Friday, January 22, 2010

Navy Stripe- Shirt Altering

So good ole’ Old Navy had another 50% off clearance sale. (Thank you Jenni, my girl on the inside, for the heads up). I went and picked up a few more things to refashion, and I’ve been working of my other works-in-progress too.

So this one isn’t a true refashion. All I really did was resize it.   (Cost= $2.49)

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However, I completely took it apart to do so. Mostly because of the neckline- love this style. Don’t know what its called, anyone know? I decided to take it up in the shoulders to make it fit better, higher, and less saggy. A few inches makes a big difference. (pinned:)IMG_0859

This is what the inside construction looks like (inside out). Front and back pieces overlap to create the shoulder seam where the sleeve is attached. IMG_0860So I trimmed/ripped out the shoulder seams and side seams. I then overlapped the flaps more and stitched them in place.

Then I tried a new way of attaching sleeves, which is the EASY way! Sew the shoulder seams, flat, then sew up the side seam and sleeve seam in one pass. Really good tutorial here, its worth checking out! I’ll never do set in sleeves the hard way again, unless I have to. IMG_0862The sleeves were already perfectly finished, I just had to unstitch the bar stitch that was keeping them tacked up. I always need more long sleeve shirts, my arms get cold easy, so I’d prefer to have them long instead of leaving them rolled up. Oh and they were a bit wide, so I took them in as well.

I usually try to get by with using as few pins as possible, but this knit tended to roll up on the edges. Also, I wanted to get the stripes lined up as best I could.

IMG_0867   IMG_0875 Then finish up with a twin needle hem.  IMG_0930 The neckline turned out pretty good.The alterations were pretty effective.IMG_0890IMG_0938 


I’m thinking about adding a stencil. I really like the sailor feel of the navy and white stripes. So I  was thinking along the lines of the Navy theme, I’d do an anchor.

What do you think? Too Cheesy?

Which color? (these are just photoshopped to get an idea)


Anchor stencil test

Indecisive some more

So, I got this basic Old Navy shirt in the sale last week. Its my favorite kind- long sleeve, perfect comfortable neckline, basic. Its great….but…I just love these freezer paper stencils, and I can’t just leave it plain. (hey, at least its not a bedazzler!)

image So I don’t remember now where I plucked this picture from, but I just love the flower design.

And sometime ago I thought, hmm that would make a great stencil.

Just add a little photoshop/corel draw time and viola:


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So the background is the approximate color of the shirt that I want to stencil, (turquiose?). The color squares to the right are the paints that I have right now: black, green, pink, brown, white, navy, orange.

So because I’m a indecisive nerd, and because it was so easy, I made these different color combinations.

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Which do you think I should do? Suggestions?

Hoping to do this project this weekend. I’m on a craft kick.

Black Sweater fix up

While I was back home at Christmastime, I found an old sweater of mine. (Remember back in Junior High when dusters sweaters were totally “in”). Well, its still a great sweater, but the sleeves were all stretched out- drove me crazy!

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So I turned it inside out and took in the sleeves with a straight stitch- drastically at the wrists. (I think I might take in even more up to the elbows.) IMG_0834

Then I trimmed off the excess. And zigzagged the seam to reinforce and contain the raw edge(don’t need no stinkin serger…well someday I do want one, but for now my machine has some stitches that mock serge).




I also added a big black button. I had a horrible time sewing a buttonhole, but it does the job okay. I can wear it with or without the tie now.


(awful picture of myself) Well, a simple fix up. But something I never used to be able to do.

Twin Needle

IMG_0917Yay! I now have a twin needle.  (two actually, 2.0mm and 4.0mm) You need a twin needle to get that finished look on the hems of knits/clothing, like this:


I am really excited, using it should make the things I sew look more finished, less homemade. And it should help them last longer. Plus, my machine has a lot of stitch settings for a twin needle, I’ve been wanting to try them out. Decorative stitches that should work well with it too. I have no experience sewing with one, but I am excited to test it out.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Fabric Flowers

Help! I can’t stop making these! IMG_0735
Seriously, these flowers are so easy to make, they are addicting! Once I got the first one down I was on a roll. I just kept making them while watching shows, and before I knew it I had over a dozen of them!
I basically followed this tutorial, except I didn’t glue mine, I hand stitched them in place instead. Usually I avoid hand stitching like the plague. But since all the stitches are mostly hidden I was very messy and just made it up as I went along. Also, I really like how they are supposed to be imperfect, with the frayed edges and such. I l-o-v-e projects that don’t require precision!
Here’s the basics of how to make them:IMG_0716

Just start with a strip of fabric (all of mine were different sizes, I didn’t measure at all, yay!) this is also a great project for using up scraps.

--notice the band aid, one more reason I avoid sewing by hand, needle injuries are inevitable. I need to pick up a thimble.

IMG_0719Then, Knot one end of the fabric, this will become the center of your flower.

Then, thread a needle, knot the end, and take a stitch of two through the back of the knotted fabric.

Then you’re ready to start twisting the fabric-loosely or tightly, varying, whatever- and wrapping it around the center knot in a spiral.

Stitch the surrounding loop of fabric to the center knot. Then as you continue to twist and wrap, stitch the fabric to edge of the next inner loop.

Sounds complicated but you’ll end up with something like this on the back. (I used the yellow one with white thread so you can see the stitches easily) You can do it with less stitches too.IMG_0673
IMG_0698Now I have to decide what to do with them! How do I finish them up?

They make great corsage pins for accessorizing shirts!
And I want to try some out as hair clips or as part of a headband. Not sure if I can pull that off, pretty trendy for me.

I love tons of different color combinations. So I’m not sure which ones to cluster together and which ones to leave separate.

Maybe I’ll leave them all separate with pin backs on all of them, So I can always mix and match.

What do you think? Which combos are the best?

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Dollhouse Curtains

This was such a fun Christmas project.

My grandpa, my mom’s dad, was a woodworker. He built my mom a beautiful dollhouse.  My sisters and I played with it as children. But for the last ten years, its been stored away in a corner of the garage. Since my grandfather passed away two years ago, my mom’s been wanting to get it out and fix it up. 

IMG_0396For Christmas, my sister Maren unearthed it from the depths of the garage, disinfected it(mice, eek!), replaced the floorboards, and had it re-varnished. My sisters Sarah and Abby bought cute little furnishings for the rooms. And I made the curtains for the windows(the original glass windows had all been broken out).

Luckily, I had some material from my Grandma Ruby’s fabric stash. I think it was originally curtains; sky blue with little white polka dots.

I made 9 sets of tiny curtains. Here’s how they turned out, really simple:IMG_0451IMG_1010