Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Quick Fixes

My wardrobe has been undergoing some changes this spring, I have bought clothes, made clothes, and bought clothes and altered them. And yes, I have gone through my closet and pulled out the things I no longer wear. They are now sitting in a bag on my floor. Judging by how things have gone in the past, they will probably sit there a long time. But at least they are no longer taking up space in my closet!

I wanted to share with you a couple of quick, easy alterations I did recently that made the difference between "won't wear" and "love it".

Quick-Fix 1: Is your maxi too short?

I bought this maxi skirt because I thought it looked cool, but it was just the wrong length.

The hem was pretty narrow, so I couldn't really let it out. The waist however, was over an inch wide. I started by seam ripping the waist and taking out the elastic.

Then I pinned the elastic on top of the edge of the waist in a few places. This helped me know how much to stretch the elastic as I sewed.

Stretching the elastic while you are sewing (as shown in the second picture below) keeps the edge of the fabric underneath the elastic.

Here is what the waist looks like now:

You can kind of see the faint line about two inches below the elastic where the bottom of the waistband used to be. I gave myself a couple more inches of length!

Quick-Fix 2: The baggy shirt

I've been wanting a jean button-up shirt for a while now to wear as a jacket with some of my sleeveless dresses. I found a cute one the other day that was only a few cents (yes, you read that right!) so I knew I had to get it. Only problem was, it didn't have the pretty, fitted look I wanted.

The answer? Darts! This is one of my favorite fixes. It is so simple, and makes such a difference!

With the shirt inside out, fold the back about a third of the way from the side seam. Sew in a dart. Don't be too concerned about getting the curve perfect. Just sew what you think will work - you will have time to tweak it later.

Once you have the first dart sewn, measure and pin so you know where to sew the second one (picture on the left below). When both darts are sewn, try the shirt on and see what you think. It may take a few tries to get it perfect. As you can see in the pictures below, my first darts didn't go all the way to the hem of the shirt, but after I tried it on, I adjusted them to what you see on the right.

To finish the alteration, cut off the excess fabric, leaving about 1/4" seam allowance, and zigzag the raw edges.

Quick fix, huge difference!

Hooray for new clothes - and easy ways to fix them!

Monday, May 16, 2016


I don't browse Pinterest very often. When I do, it's usually because I am searching for inspiration - at the sewing machine or in the kitchen. Not that long ago, I went browsing for little girls' fashion. I just sat there and thought, "Someday, when I have a little girl..." 

I like things that are cute and feminine, girly and not too grown-up. There's a whole lot of too-grown-up-ness out there, I think! 

For some reason, I really like tutu skirts.

I've also recently fallen in love with the same sort of look in women's clothing (recently as in just now when I was searching for pictures of little girl tutus on Pinterest to show you). I have some soft pink sheer that I think will work perfectly! As I was saying, inspiration!

Back to little girl clothes - this pretty white dress is just perfect!

I made a couple out of some beautiful cotton prints I got recently. They were pretty simple to make, and I love how they turned out!

Well, that's all for now. Excuse me while I go pull out my pink sheer and start planning my tutu skirt!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Just Another Belated Post

Blog posts have been few and far between lately. Sorry for that! Life has been a little more crazy than normal lately, and sadly, blog posts aren't on the top of the priority list. They are crowded out by sewing projects that have to be done now and planning for choir concerts and teaching lessons and...sometimes I wish my life was more relaxed and I could just sew and blog all day long...but then I would probably get bored.

As I mentioned in my last post, I had a table at an event a few weeks ago. It was really fun to come up with ways to display what I had to sell. And of course I decided I should decorate some headbands the night before. I just love cramming in last-minute projects, apparently. Anyway, it was a fun evening (they had good food, which made it even better), and although I didn't sell much, a lot of people took my business cards, so it was a good way to get my name out there.

Here are a few pictures of my display:

As you can see, we had a pretty nice view! The event was at the top of the tallest building in town.

The hanging rack above and the black organizer below were both things my brother left behind when he moved out. When my parents heard that I was looking for ways to organize my table, they knew just what to suggest!

I bought the two frames below at a thrift store. The one with the headbands is actually a painted cork board. What a neat idea!

I just love these flannel pajamas!! They were such a fun project!

You meet a lot of new people at these events. It just so happened that the woman whose table was next to mine was part of the same home school coop where I am a choir director. So we had seen each other, but didn't really know each other. We had fun chatting during the slow times. She takes pictures of anything she sees in nature, architecture, etc. that forms a letter. You can then put the pictures together to form words (last names, sports teams...) and she will frame it for you! Check out Prints Charming Images on facebook to see some of her work!

Well, now I am in the (very slow) process of getting everything that I have left up on ebay. It might take all summer, but I will get there! In the meantime, I am trying to plan out what my summer will involve besides sewing. And blogging. Occasionally. Don't expect too much.