Friday, July 25, 2014

Stylish in Seattle

Summer bliss...  Seattle has turned out to be the perfect vacation destination for our family. Cool weather, beautiful scenery and amazing food and drinks. We are saciated. 

Luckily, I brought along a recent refashion for a night out. 

Here's how this wild top began it's life. 

Unfortunately, my photographer was out if town when I began this refashion, and I had to snap a photo of it hanging up. 

I found the significantly oversized top at Holy Nativity Thrift Store for $2. I loved the feel of the thick slinky fabric, but I wasn't wild about the print. (Ha!  Get it?)  Anyway...  

I decided to give it a try. 

I began by taking it apart. 

Next, I trimmed the sides and armholes. 

And cut it across the middle. 

I then trimmed up the sleeves and cut them off about 3/4 of the way down. 

The original shirt front became the back, and the original back became the front. 

The new neckline was a little large, so I put in a few pleats. 

This summer I learned to use my serger (which I love), so I serged down the back and around the top of the bottom half. 

I also went around the top half. 

Next, I sewed the top and bottom half together. 


For the sleeves, I serged around the edges and...

Hemmed them up about an inch. I don't have a photo, but I added elastic. 

Next, I added elastic around the middle. 


Now this wild print is super stylish. 

Before/ After. 

A big thank you goes to my sweet sis-in-law who snapped the photos. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Lazy Summer Sewing

I'm two weeks in to Summer, and I've been indulging myself with sewing and spending time with my son. Lately, I've been doing a lot of pattern sewing.  Perhaps I need to brush up my skills a little, or perhaps I've found some awesome patterns and fabric that I love.  Either way, it's been a fairly blissful sewing period for me.

I used a pattern to make these digs for a party in Waikiki.

These hula outfits I made for a group of kids going to Japan.  The boys' shirts were from a pattern, but I whipped up the girls' dresses from one of my own patterns. 

It was rewarding to see them perform as a group with their super spiffy outfits.


I also had some time to do a refashion.  

I found this polyester golf shirt at an awesome thrift shop (Holy Nativity) for $1.50.  I've had my eye on it for a while, but only decided to buy it when it went on sale for half off.  I guess I'm too cheap to spend $3.  

Luckily I discovered this awesome pattern, which I've used to make two pairs of pants, shorts and this awesome skirt.

My photographer is out of town, so I had to sneak this shot in the dressing room at Nordstrom.  I would say that it was pretty resourceful of me.

I have a few more refashions in the works for this summer.  Hopefully, I'll be posting soon.  

Until next time...

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A Sewing Blog Course!

I am super excited about a new course being taught by Beth Hunting (The Renegade Seamstress), and I can't wait to share it with you!

What a genius idea!  I have been waiting for a course like this since I began my blog.  If you haven't visited Beth's blog, you should head over there and see for yourself why I am so excited.  She is an outstanding seamstress who has been incredibly successful creating a beautiful blog and growing her blog audience.  
The course is called Secret Ways to Make Your Sewing Blog a Success.  I hope you'll join me on June 5 at 11 am (EST). Here's what you'll learn:
  • How to determine who you want to be in the blogging community
  • How to develop friendly alliances with those who can help you grow your blog
  • Ways to attract readers to your blog
  • Ways to manage your time
  • How to improve your photography
  • Ways to manage your time
  • How to develop your creative vision
  • About self promotion and networking
  • Ways to increase traffic to your blog
  • How to develop new career opportunities using your blog
  • Ways to make money from your blog
To register click here