Saturday, June 17, 2017

Secret Agent to Spiffy Outerwear

Thrift store find.
 It was linen. 
That's all this really had going for it.
My husband helped me out with my "before" pics right before I headed out to work out...
....well, that was a mouthful. 

YUCK! This linen sits weird. This linen looks weird. It's just YUCK!






It needed a good snip, so that's what I gave it!
I cut it right above the pockets.
I cut the sleeves to a 3/4 sleeve length too. 



Snip!

Snippy Snip!


That's really all I did. Then I washed it.......
A HA!!!!!!

After I washed it, the jacket frayed at the edges from where I gave it a snip. 
I LOVED it!!!!

I decided I wanted to change the color of my new jacket somehow.
But, how? What dye should I use? What color will be nice? 
There were so many decisions to consider.
I decided that the jacket screamed to be a light wash denim look.

GRAB THE BLEACH!!!!
Ok...It wasnt the light wash denim look....but...

Low and behold it sorta turned ORANGEY!!! I love it even MORE!!!

I sewed a straight stitch above each of the places I snipped so that the fray would stop at a certain point. I threw it on and I was ready to wear it over a teal dress to my dear friend's 40th birthday party!




It's Party Time!


 Happy Birthday Tara!


Hi Kelli!


Who eats rock candy at a winery? I DO!!!



Hi Rhonda!


I love these photo props!


Such a beautiful party!

See you next time!








Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Diamond Girl Jacket

 Now that school's out, I've had a chance to go through some of my clothes, and I was able to fill a large garbage bag to donate! I did set aside a few things to hopefully transform into something fun!

I have this diamond sweatshirt that I bought from Kohl's a million years ago. I love it, and I wore it a few times, but it just didn't have that wow factor that I was looking for. I was thinking it would have a better life as a jacket.
 Uh oh....That means a zipper........................
My diamond sweatshirt ready to be transformed!

I found a zipper....yikes!

I started by cutting off the cuffs of the sweatshirt because I was going to make my own. I wanted them to be a bit longer, but also more comfy.

I chopped the hemband as well.

Then I found the middle of the shirt and cut right up the front! 
SNIP!

I could have stopped here and made it a groovy cardigan, but I really wanted a jacket.

I made some cuffs and a hem band out of some black knit I had left over
 and sewed those on with a zigzag stitch.




I took the old hem band and used that as my new collar!


After about a hundred YouTube videos on how to sew a zipper, I went for it and pinned my zip to the fabric.


I realized that my zipper was too long.....more YouTube videos on how to shorten a zipper...




Just the right size...
I sewed it all up and I was ready to take my new jacket to the movies with my fam!






See you next time!


Monday, May 22, 2017

Momma needs a New Pair of Shoes


Have you ever started a project, sorta get bored/blocked/forgot about it- only to start a new project half way through the other one? Me too.

     This project started many months ago (about 10) this past summer in 2016 when my family and I took a road trip to Niagara Falls and Toronto. I knew I wanted to bring a road trippin' project on our travels, but I couldn't make a decision on the perfect project.
A pair of decorated shoes seemed to be a fun idea so I brought along a pair of cheap-o sneakers, some embroidery thread, needle and fabric markers.




I really didn't have a solid idea of what I wanted to do. I just sorta went for it!
I thought I'd get my feet wet (no pun intended) with the embroidery, so I started easy and on an easier area like the tongue of the shoes.

A little pink stripe will be nice!

I embroidered that pink stripe on the other shoe, then, with snacks, 
a nap, a coupla pit stops, and before I knew it,
 4 hours later into our trip we saw the border bridge!!! Yay!!

I was pre-occupied with road trippin, navigating, husband, snacks, and a 6 year old, 
so the shoes were put away for a bit.

While we were in Canada, we went to a pretty cool city art museum and they had an exhibit of Native Canadian artifacts. I was totally inspired by the shapes and stylized flowers and bead work of these vests and bags.






Just gorgeous, and I was totally inspired!


Four days later, on our way back to the U.S. 
I used my inspiration from the Canadian Native artifacts 
to draw and embroider more on my shoes.




We also saw an amazing glass blowing Chihuly exhibit, that found its 
way into some shoe inspiration too!






Aquarium colors!!!!






The Falls, snail friends, and my daughter's first experience with Ethiopian food.



Inspiration can be everywhere! 

I picked the shoes up again, and finished a few details. I am sick of this Midwest winter, and I want to wear my Spring/Summer (now 2017) shoes and frolic in the weather!
I wore them to school. They were perfect to wear on Friday (jeans day) since the weather is getting better!




See you next time!