Monday, December 21, 2015

Just Makin' Things

In my last post, I promised a picture of the Christmas dress I made for Maya. Here it is:

It was quite windy on Sunday! We had our church Christmas program that day - the last big thing for me before Christmas. I sort of have Christmas break for a couple of weeks now. I say sort of because I still have things to do and places to go...planning for choir next semester and, well, Christmas shopping...

I also had time last week to make this:

It was a quick, easy project! As you can see in the picture below, it is really just a big square with neck and arm holes.

I like that I can dress it up, too.

Yay! New clothes! I will definitely be making more of these in the future.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

It's December - What Can I Say?

Well, it's been a while! What with rehearsals and concerts and practicing and teaching and planning, I have had very little time to sew, and no time to blog! Like I told someone a few days ago, "December is bad! It's good, but it's bad!" By way of excuse - I mean, explanation:

It's true! If you know any musicians, be sure to give them a hug - or some chocolate - this Christmas season. Really. We need it.

Anyway, some of the concerts are over, and I have a little break tonight before plunging into another crazy week, so I thought I would at least post something. I don't have any sewing projects to show you, but I should in the next few days. I am hemming up some pants for a neighbor, and I just finished making a Christmas dress for my little "sister" Maya. I'll post some pictures as soon as I can! I also have plans to make something like this for myself:

It looks so comfortable, and I found some really neat fabric at a thrift store (for 50¢!) that I think will work really well. It should be a quick project too, so I might even get to it tonight! Yay! I feel like it's been a while since I have sewn something for myself.

Well, that's all the sewing news I have. I've been so busy I haven't even had time to go Christmas shopping yet...but that's kind of normal for me, I think. If I remember right, I tend to do most of my gift shopping the week of Christmas. This year I get all the way until Friday!

I hope you are having a blessed Christmas season among all the craziness!

Behold! My Servant whom I uphold,
My Elect One in whom My soul delights!
I have put My Spirit upon Him;
He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.
He will not cry out, nor raise His voice,
Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.
A bruised reed He will not break,
And smoking flax He will not quench;
He will bring forth justice for truth.
He will not fail nor be discouraged,
Till He has established justice in the earth;
And the coastlands shall wait for His law.”

~Isaiah 42:1-4

Monday, November 16, 2015

Falling for Fall

Well, autumn is here...and almost gone already! That was fast! The trees have been so colorful this year!! I wish the wind would stop blowing all the leaves down. I got to enjoy the beautiful colors on a hiking trip back in mid-October. It was actually the annual St. Louis Symphony trip that I and several friends from my church take each fall. This year, we combined it with a trip to Elephant Rocks. It was my first time hiking there and it was love at first sight. We were blessed with perfect weather and the scenery was gorgeous!!

That view! I could live there.

In the weeks leading up to the trip, I decided to make myself some new clothes, of course. I wanted something new to wear for hiking - some sort of tunic top I could wear with jeans. I found a piece of knit fabric at a thrift store that I thought might work. Only it wasn't really a piece of fabric. It was a seamless tube of fabric. Unfortunately, the pictures I am sure I took of it have disappeared, so I can't show it to you.

Anyway, I just cut slits down the sides for armholes, cut a V in the top for a neck hole...

...and sewed the fabric on either side of the neck together to create the shoulder seams.

Then I turned the raw edges on the neck, armholes, and hem under once and sewed them down.

I could have left it like that - it looked great with a belt - but the waist didn't gather evenly when I put a belt on, so I added elastic.

The belt hides it so you can't even tell!

It was such an easy project and I love it! And it was really comfortable to hike in, too.

I'm going to have to go back there someday!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


There is a family in my church with three beautiful girls (and two adorable boys!). The middle girl, Maya, is kind of my adopted little sister. She has modeled some of my sewing creations over the past years:

This year, as my church's annual Reformation Dance drew near, I came up with the idea that my sisters and I should make princess dresses for Maya and her two sisters, Ammi and Emma. The girls were consulted, and we received requests for two Sleeping Beauty dresses (one pink and one blue) and a Rapunzel dress from "Tangled". It was such a fun project! I made the blue dress for Maya. I really enjoyed getting to re-create the dress from the movie! And I loved searching the fabric stores to find just the right fabric. Here are the three princesses:

Anna put her own twist on the pink Aurora dress. You can't really tell from the picture, but the overlay on the skirt is glittery gold netting. So pretty! And I love how the Rapunzel dress turned out - the ribbon on the front and sleeves was perfect, Sarah!

Such darlings!! The best part was how much they loved their dresses!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Sharing Life

Last year, I got to help plan a wedding shower for my good friend Sarah, and then be a bridesmaid in her wedding.

This year, I got to help plan a baby shower for her adorable little boy.

I saw on Pinterest (where else?) that you could make clouds from stuffing and hang them from the ceiling. What a cute idea! So, I made lots of clouds.

I looped clear thread through them so it would really look like they were floating.


We're getting pretty good at this! I think we should start a business. ;-)

I found some adorable elephant fleece at Walmart that I just couldn't pass up. I had so much fun making this outfit!

I used this free pattern for the pants and this one for the shirt. I had to adjust the sizing a little on the shirt because it seemed way too small even for a newborn, but it came out well!

I cut out elephants from the blue fleece and stitched them onto the arms and one leg.

He's so cute!! It's so fun to have a friend with a baby! :-)

Friday, October 9, 2015

*That* Blogger

Well, it's been a while. I tend to get impatient and annoyed with blogs I follow when their writers don't post regularly, and here I am, not posting regularly. :-P When I started this blog, my goal was to post twice a week, but it's been over two weeks since my last post. Yes, I am a hypocritical blogger. Or maybe I am just learning to be more understanding: life gets in the way! Seriously, don't ask me what I've been up to lately unless you want a really long answer.

Of course, just because I haven't been posting doesn't mean I haven't been sewing! No matter how busy I am, I always manage to find time for that! And actually, a lot of my busyness right now is sewing! I finished this fun top yesterday:

I've wanted something like this for a long time, and I had just enough sheet (yes, it was a sheet) left over from a dress I made this summer. I have found a couple of knit sheets at thrift stores, and I just can't pass them up. Knit material is expensive, so when I can get it for cheap in the form of a sheet, I do!

This cool silver belt was another thrift store find: 25 cents at my favorite thrift store. It just might be my favorite thrift store because it has belts - and fabric - for 25 cents.

Another thing that has been keeping me busy is my sewing class! I got the opportunity to teach a sewing class this semester down in Branson. It has been a fun adventure! Our one hour class goes by so fast, but we are getting things done! There are five girls in the class (two of them weren't there when I took this picture). They keep me smiling!

I love it when people get excited about sewing!

Well, that's all for now. I have a lot of projects in the works, so expect several posts in the next few weeks! But I'm not making any promises, because, you know: life. ;-)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Exciting Announcement!!

I have uploaded my first sewing video to Youtube! I now have my own channel for The Makeover Seamstress! Check it out here. I am so excited! Be sure to let me know what you think!!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Trying Out Boho

If any of you readers have liked my facebook page, you will have seen a post about boho style, and how I recently discovered that I, well, love it!! So I've had some fun recently making a few boho-inspired tops. I have a lot more ideas, as is obvious from my new Pinterest board, but I don't have all the time in the world for sewing, so I am working my way through one project at a time. Here is what I have made so far:

This is the first one I made. I have had this beautiful lace for a long time, and was waiting for just the right project to use it on. I love the scalloped edge! I put elastic around the waist so that there is no need for a belt.

This one is a bit costume-ish, I think, but I still really like it. Can't decide if I want to sell it or keep it for myself! I sewed "belt holes" in the sides so that a belt can be worn without interfering with the flowy sleeves.

These two are my favorites! They are to sell, but I have a lot more of the fabric left, so I might just have to make myself one! They are so comfortable! And I love the shimmery flowers.

In addition to sewing boho tops, I have also been trying out some boho hairstyles. You don't see any in the pictures above because I haven't quite perfected them yet, but I did some tutorial watching this morning, and I'm gonna keep trying!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Catching Up

Well, it's been a whole week since the craft fair and I am finally getting around to posting about it! In my defense, this week has been quite crazy, crammed full of planning for my choirs, late nights, practicing music, and other such things. It was the reality of life after the excitement and fun of travel. Life sure doesn't wait for you to catch up!

Anyway, about the craft fair...It wasn't very successful as far as selling things, but I was able to get my name out there and meet a lot of potential customers. In case you haven't seen it on my facebook page yet, here is what my booth looked like:

My dad helped me make (or rather, I helped him make) the wooden frame to hang all the clothes on. He's pretty amazing!! In fact, my whole family is pretty amazing. One of my sisters sister helped me set up, my mom sat with me at my booth for several hours, one of my brothers handed out my business cards and did his best to get people to buy my stuff, and both of my brothers helped take everything down and pack it up. And the other sister who was working and couldn't be there was supporting me from a distance. Yeah, I am super blessed!

My front table display. All the phone cases, zipper pouches, and jean bracelets right where everyone could see them...a great setup, if only there had been more kids!

I covered boxes with an old sheet and stapled in dividers to keep the different sizes separate.

As you can see in the picture below, I also displayed some of my dad's woodturning stuff on my table to get his name out there. He has made several wooden bangle bracelets. They are so pretty!

It will probably be a while before I do another craft fair, but it sure was fun to prepare for! Now to find some way to get rid of all the stuff that I didn't sell and really did not want to have to bring home... :-P

Monday, August 17, 2015

Cramming it All In

Well, here I am, back in Springfield. Last week was busy: helping my friend move in and unpack, running lots of errands with her, sewing in the evenings, spending time on the beautiful LSU campus, and then flying back on Saturday. Now it's time to get down to business: food shopping, getting a flat tire fixed, and most importantly, preparing for the craft fair. Only four days left!

But enough about that! I promised some pictures of my first flight, and I'm sure you want to hear all about my trip! Well, maybe not, and I'll be nice and spare you all the details, but here are some of the highlights.

First, some scenic pictures. These myrtle trees were literally everywhere!

Here is a bit of the LSU campus. I wish I'd gone to school there!

I made a couple of skirts the other week that I was able to wear on the trip. I love this western-inspired one.

A friend gave me (yes, gave) a large roll of jean fabric. That stuff is expensive!! I was needing a new jean skirt...

One very hot day, my friend and I went for a walk at the nature center.

They have a lot of lizards in Louisiana.

Then we went to see the city, but it rained, so we toured from the car.

And then I got on an airplane for the first time:

I did warn you about the cloud pictures...

Thanks for the great trip, Sophy!