Sewing & Fashion



Friday, October 10, 2014   

Old Navy top refashion

 I purchased this top (or maybe it was a dress, I'm not sure) from Old Navy this week for under $7. It was a size large and had no sleeves. I don't wear sleeveless tops. I figured I would cut off some length and use that fabric to add sleeves.
First off I tried it on to see how much length I needed to cut off for my sleeves.
Next I cut it with my rotary cutter and large ruler.
Then I layered my sleeveless top over the fabric and cut my new sleeves adding 1/4 inch seam allowance.
 Here is a good picture for making your own sleeves from craftiness is not optional you can find the
 full tutorial here

Below is how I put it all together.
You can see how I took in the sides to make it smaller (the dots are my seams)

 It turned out like a peplum top loose and flowy. I am so excited that It turned out.


Friday, September 26, 2014 

Old Navy Jersey Maxi Dress Refashion  

Happy Friday to you all!
I am trying something new. Every Friday I am going to do a DIY sewing/refashion tutorial. I have been making a lot of my own clothing lately and refashioning others. I am loving it! So here is the first one.
I got this Old Navy Jersey Maxi dress on sale for $11!! All the talls were gone. I knew the regular length would be too short. I figured that I would refashion it anyway so I ordered a XS in black, light grey and charcoal. I am glad I did they are so comfy!
Here are the before and after's
Here is the light grey dress. I think this one is my favorite. it is so comfy I feel like I am wearing my pajamas!!
This dress is really versatile. They can be dressed up or down. I will be able to wear these dress all year. Here is a more casual look with Toms and a hat.
 A more dressy look.
I will certainly be paring these dresses with cute colored tights for fall.
Have a great weekend everyone! xx


Tuesday, September 23, 2014 

DIY jersey knit t-shirt dress

I have been wanting a cobalt blue dress for some time. I couldn't find one that was long enough or had sleeves or ...well you get the idea. So last week I made one. I am so excited! I know I will be making more of these dresses. They are so comfy, I could wear it everyday.

This pictures shows the seams down the sleeves and side of the dress.

 I got this fabric from Girl Charlee you can get there from here at the beginning of summer thinking that I would get around to making some things soon. Well I am kicking myself now that it is fall because this is the perfect summer dress. I do have to wear a slip because this jersey knit is thin.

I layed my fabric out on my table and smoothed it. Then folded and laid some of my favorite pieces (top and skirt) out to make a dress pattern. I made it long, you can always cut the length after you sew it all together.

The fabric is folded over. The fold on the right side of the picture. You will cut two of these pieces (one front and one back) Don't worry too much about the neck part I just cut along my navy shirt. I did trim it down later.

Make sure you add a half inch for you seam allowance. When I first sewed my 2 pieces together my dress was rather large. Better too big than too small. But I trimmed it down and sewed it again till it fit perfectly.

You will cut two of these pieces (one front and one back) They will look like this.

After you have your two pieces line them up inside out and start at the neck and sew down the sleeve. Then do the same with the other side.

Then start at the bottom of the sleeve and go to the armpit and turn and go down the length of the dress. Repeat with the other side. try the dress on to make sure it is the fit you want then start on the sleeves or neck.


  I cut the sleeves to a 3/4 length folded it over and hemmed it. (below)

On the neck I just cut it to my desired scoop neck and folded over the neckline about a 1/4 inch and sewed it together. It is not perfect but looks pretty good for being a first timer ;) The neck needs to be ironed a bit after being on my hanger.

I left the bottom un hemmed. I kinds like it that way. I might hem it later but for now it is fine for me. I kept the length at my knees. I don't want it creeping up my legs when I am wrestling with my kiddos!

I have really loved making some of my own clothing. They just fit so much better.
I will be making a few more things so be sure to stop by.



Friday, September 19, 2014

Tunic sweater for fall with jeans or leggings

I just got this Old Navy Scoop Neck Tunic sweater on sale this week. When I opened it up I fell in LOVE with it! I got the Small\Tall in Charcoal I am 5'7" so I always get tall at Old Navy. It is going to be one of my go to sweaters the fall I can tell already. It is perfect to wear with Jeans or leggings.

leggings: forever21 (here) (I got a medium so they were long enough and not really tight)
shoes: famous footwear (similar here)
necklace: forever21 (similar here) 

I am going to have a hard time not living in this sweater all winter long. I think I will be ordering a few more in their other colors!

sweater: old navy (here)
distressed jean: old navy (here)


September 4, 2014

Wear those white pants or shorts after Labor Day!

I know in the past there has been some crazy fashion rule that "we aren't supposed to wear white after Labor day". That is it just not true anymore. You can put together a good outfit with white jeans or shorts by adding some dark colors and boots to make it more appropriate for fall. I am not quite ready for boots yet, since it is still in the 80's where I live. These shorts are on sale at Old Navy for super cheap!! So forget the no white pants of shorts after Labor day and go get some white jeans or Shorts!

 shorts: old navy, rock star style (find them here) they are currently on sale for $5.99!!!

Here are a few outfits I styled to show you my cute new white shorts.

top target: (similar here)
belt: target (find it here)
hat: old

tee and bag: tillys (old)

shoes: toms (find them here)
sweater: rue21 (similar here)

chambray: old navy (find it here)
belt: target (find it here)
sandals: target
necklace: jcrew (similar here)
Old navy is having a big sale and I got a ton of cute stuff for really cheap. Dresses for under $10 and pants for under $15!! go check it out. And if some of you didn't know Old Navy has Talls. Yes, for those of us that are over 5'7". I just love that I can get stuff that will be long!!

Men's Baseball Tee 3 ways

This is one of my favorite outfits. I have always loved baseball tees. I bought this one at Old Navy in the men's department in a Medium and "skinnyfied" it. Pair with your favorite skinny jeans and you have a perfect, casual outfit for running errands or just hanging out.
Top/Old Navy
Hydraulic skinny Jeans/Tillys
Shoes/Grey Classic Toms
 Skirt/Forever 21
I got a medium in black/white and Navy/White (I am 5'7")
Necklace/Lisa Leonard, Tiny Silver Initials
Shorts/cut off pants Hydraulic/Tillys
Bag/Crossover bag/Tillys

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Taking in a thrift store pencil skirt

 I have been wanting a cute grey pencil skirt for sometime. I ordered some from H&M but ended up sending them back because they were too short. Then last month I saw one for $3 at a thrift store. It was a few sizes too big and was really long- like a midi pencil skirt. But for three bucks I figured I could take it in and shorten the length. Trust me when I tell you I am not a professional seamstress.
But I figured if I ruined it I would only be out $3.

 This is the before, there was about 2.5 inches on each side that needed to be taken off. I took in the hips/sides since I have nothing to fill them in. I turned the skirt inside out and pinned where I wanted to do my seam. I started at the waist  and sewed all the way to the bottom of the skirt. I did one side and then tried it on again. then did the other side.
This is the skirt after taking in the sides. It is a little fitted at the bottom and the length was still long which made it hard to walk in. I cut off a few inches and hemmed it. remember you can always cut more off but you can't put more back on.
 I am happy with how it turned out. A perfect little pencil skirt just for me :)
Also I just got this perfect little Mossimo tee at Target. They are on sale for $5!!
I also got these darling animal print flats at Target this week for $12. They are going to be perfect for fall, they go with everything.
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, July 25, 2014

How to SKINNIFY any shirt

 I have been wanting this JCREW factory shirt for some time. Last week they were on sale for $20 and another 50% off, $10.00 each. Perfect! So I snagged 2 of them up. This cream/navy and a cream/grey and a few other things I will show you when they come in the mail. 
I wasn't sure how they fit since I haven't shopped at JCREW for a while, so I guessed with Medium. The length was good but the rest was BIG! S I do what I do to most of my tops-SKINNIFY! Yes, I know that is not a real word but it is the best description.
Skinnified-to make a big top fit perfectly!
 Big and boxy!
 I start by using a shirt with a perfect fit that I already have. I used this one from Target. I turned my Jcrew shirt in side out and lay if flat, make sure all seams are flat. Then I lay my pattern shirt (target shirt) on top of it. Press both shirts flat and line up the neck and the bottom.
 Then I take a pencil and lightly trace pattern(target shirt) onto the Jcrew shirt. You might have to go over a few times for the pencil to show up. make sure you leave a half inch for your seam allowance. Better to error on the too big, then too small. I used a blue line in Photoshop to show you my pencil line.
 Use a big stich the first sew, start from the bottom of the sleeve. Make sure the fabric is laying flat, sew up the sleeve to the armpit. Then with your needle still in the fabric lift pedal foot and turn fabric to go straight down the shirt. Sew all the way to the bottom. Repeat with other side. Try your shirt on and make sure everything is the way you want it. Then using a small stich go over the first stich just   to make things secure. Cut off the excess fabric, leave about a 1/4 inch or use a Serger to finish your shirt and your done!
I love my new perfect fitting JCREW top and can't wait to wear it! You will be so glad you know how to do this it has changes my clothing world. I have a really long slim torso and small bust. I was  limited to just getting small shirts and having them be too short or getting medium/large and having them be to big. Now we can have the best of both worlds!
Thanks for your visit. Let me know if you have any questions :)

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