McCalls M9872 contrast dress

I don’t typically buy patterns as i have been getting by with DIYing. However, this pattern called to me at Walmart. I traced out the top pieces on packing paper that came with handbags so i don’t feel bad about poking holes and slowly destroying the original pattern pieces. Anyone else does that? Since i…

Dress that looks like a tee and skirt

It always begins with rifling through the fabric stash and leftovers that treasure is found. So I found a striped green fabric that is stretchy. Just enough to make a square top. I bound the neckline and arm holes with fold over elastic. Then remembered a ribbed knit tank top left it the stash. Cut…

Refashioning Xmas turquoise skirt

Remember the turquoise skirt I made last Xmas? I decided that the raw hem just wouldn’t do anymore. Also, I wanted some length added. So I cut out a rectangular strip,  folded it I’m half lengthwise, and sewed it on to the edge me the skirt. For a more unique look, the new hem is…

Refashion: corduroy jeans to skirt

I love corduroy jeans and haven’t donned denim jeans in years. I love the texture, the warmth it provides, and the stretch of the material. The zipper on a pair of old comfy cords broke so I refashioned it into a skirt. I decided on a length that I wanted, added an inch and then…

xmas turquoise skirt

It was xmas eve and I didn’t have anything I wanted to wear over black leggings and under a furry black top. I have black skirts, long skirts, but none that looked right for the season. The only logical thing to do then, is to sew myself one! I saw a tutorial on pinterest about…

Tutorial: Peek-a-boo Xmas Dress

So I got really busy yesterday, started work on a project with a very Christmassy looking fabric. This was a birthday present and is called America The Beautiful, CRK-70295-3. It’s 100% cotton, not something I usually work with, or experiment on. I have found that knits are more forgiving for an experimenter who doesn’t follow…

Little girl birthday skirts

Friend’s sweet little girl is having a birthday in two weeks and I made her skirts! I had so much fun! One’s a floral rectangle pleated skirt. The other is a bright pink layered skirt with strips of gathered fabric. Both have black elastic waist bands. Now to wrap them up! 🙂

Weekend Sewing Frenzy!

Ella and i had an awesome time refashioning the bag of clothing she brought. Check out what we made! 1. Blouse to skirt 2. Bottom of red striped dress to skirt 3. Top of red striped dress lengthened with a section of another grey t-shirt 4. Sweater sleeves shortened. Decorative buttons added. 5. Men’s shirt…

Refashion: Cropped top into feminine top

This is Ella’s third challenge for me, and the last for this weekend’s sewing frenzy. She presented a cropped square top that had been stretched in the wash one too many times. The neckline was so stretched, it could be an off-shoulder top! I had a few ideas upon seeing the top. First, i wanted…

Tutorial: Simple skirt with pockets

Looking at my stash today, I realized I still had some floral fabric left from this dress. Enough to make a skirt with pockets. so here’s what I did. Measure the widest part of my lower torso and added a few inches to allow movement and seam allowance. Fold the material lengthwise so it becomes…

Tutorial: chiffon circle skirt

Lovely friends of mine got married on May the 25th of this year and they had a beautiful pergola draped with soft flowing white chiffon. After the wedding, the bride washed the chiffon and presented the many yards to me to add to my stash! I couldn’t take all that fabric without paying so I…

tulle skirt #2

Wraparound Ivory and Peach tulle skirt

This is a second attempt at creating a simple tulle skirt for layering. It is a wraparound with hooks sewn onto the waistband. The first attempt used one long connecting rectangular strip for each layer. This attempt used shorter panels that overlapped several inches on each layer. The inner layer is made of ivory tulle…

Ballet tulle skirt

This was my first attempt at sewing tulle and it was more challenging than i had thought it would be. Gathering with basting stitches was a challenge so i did my own gathering (bunching of the fabric) as i sewed. I started by cutting 6 strips of fabric of the same length. I did about…

Adult’s reversible skirt

Reversible skirts aren’t just for cute little girls. They’re for anyone with a love for multi-functional attire! 😀 Using the circle skirt pattern, cut out 2 circles from 2 different fabrics. Place them wrong sides together and stitch the outer edge together. Flip the skirt inside out and pin the edges. Stitch just above the…

Girl’s Reversible skirt

I know an adorable little girl of 6 and wanted to sew something cute for her so i thought i’d make a layered skirt using the circle skirt pattern. Yes, i’m still in the circle skirt craze. :p I used pink fabric,  shiny black fabric, black lace and purple ribbon, along with black elastic for…

Circle skirt craze

Helped a friend with a project on Sunday where we cut a circle skirt out of some beautiful bridal fabric and then attached it to a sweet peach camisole. The final product was lovely! Too bad i don’t have photos. Anyway, that has put me in a circle skirt craze. I had a few minutes…

Asymmetric skirt

I have a black asymmetric skirt that i love. It’s one of those multi-tie types that can be worn as a dress and is longer in the back. It can be worn as a skirt with the left/right side hanging longer than the other, or as a high-low hem skirt. I folded it in half…