Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Little Transformation

I love tunic tops, and while I have several that I can wear during cooler weather, I don't have many for summer. On a quick thrift store run, I found a skirt on the clearance wrack for less than a dollar that I though might just make a cute tunic top. I forgot to take a picture before I began dissecting it, but I pieced it together so you can get an idea of what it looked like originally.
The skirt flared out at the bottom with four godets. The first step of my transformation was to take them out and take off the waistband. That left me with this:
I sewed the seams together where I had taken the godets out, took out the side seams at the top for arm holes, and cut a neck hole. It was starting to look more like a shirt!
Once I had sewn the shoulder seams, I tried it on. was a little shorter than I wanted. No worries! I could just cut the shirt in half and insert the waistband for extra length.
I planned to gather the top and bottom pieces to the waistband and add a zipper in the side. I didn't want the top to have too much gathering, so I cut it down a little, angling towards the waist.
At this point, I finished the neckline with small strips of facing cut from the godets. The neck was a little wide, so I gathered it a bit in the middle, front and back.

Here is the top, gathered and sewn onto the waistband:
And then the bottom piece:
Now all that was left was to hem the armholes and put in the zipper!

Hooray for cute summer tunic tops! And the cheap skirts that can be transformed into them!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

For Your Information

Just a quick post to bring to your attention the new page I added to my blog! I now have a "Currently for Sale" page with pictures and info for a lot of things that I am selling. If you want to buy anything, copy the title into the contact form on the right and I will get in touch with you!

On a different note, I thought you might like to see this owl that I made.

I think he's rather cute.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

A Refreshing Diversion

Sometimes, in the midst of all my serious sewing, I get the urge to do something fun. Occasionally these diversions are a desperate escape from projects that are driving me crazy, but more often I just need a little refreshing break but can't tear myself away from the sewing machine. Or something like that.

Anyway, I went to my "Crafty Ideas" board on Pinterest yesterday just to see if there was anything I might be interested in making. I found these:

So cute! I decided I needed to make some. Here they are:

I didn't realize until just now when I compared pictures that I made similar colors/animal types! My orange one was supposed to be a fox, but it turned out looking so much like a dog that I decided that's what it had to be. My tiger started out looking like a bear, but with some advice from my sister, I was able to fix that. It's amazing how much just the shape of the ears or placement of the eyes can do. 

The tails are the most time consuming part, but as my sister said, "You are making animals. They have to have tails." So, they have tails.

I call them Pet Palz, and I think every child needs one. My favorite thing about them is that they roll! I could probably entertain myself for hours just rolling them around on the floor. Yes, I think I need one, too.