Friday, November 28, 2014

Dia de Los Muer-nksgiving!

Look at this awesome fabric!
Folklorico Cartas Marcadas Brite
Check out the website where I bought it HERE

 It's just perfect for a Dia De Los Muertos dress! It's going to be perfect! I'm so glad I bought it in August, so I will have plenty of time to create and wear it before Halloween! 
(Can you hear the sarcasm)
.....time just slipped away....... 

I was still going to make the fabric into dress, because I just loved it so!!!!
  I decided to buy a pattern. A real pattern online!
 A printable file that I had to put together, and decipher all by myself!

 I put my mind to it and decided to go for it!
I found one that I liked on 
You can check it out HERE

I originally wanted to make it with long sleeves,  but I didn't have enough fabric.
Shorties will have to do!

I kept putting it on and taking  it off to try to get the best fit. This was a long process.
Too big in the shoulders, too long in the torso, and I had to veer away from the pattern slightly, because I have no idea how to go about fixing the "too big shoulder situation" without having to take off the sleeves and put them back on again. 

Adjustment here, adjustment there...

here a pin, there a pin, everywhere a pin pin.
I just can't get over how awesome this fabric is!
Or, how awesome my thanksgiving was!

Turkey! Yummy!

I wore the dress a month late, but I got so many compliments last night that it was worth the procrastination! 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Art Teacher Dress #3 :The Crayola Dress

This is a pillowcase that I found for about $0.50 at Goodwill. It was half price day!
I knew that I didn't want the pillowcase, but that crayon patch was the BOMB!!!

I promptly plucked that patch from it's home on the pillowcase, and propelled it towards a new life!

Does anyone know where this could have come from?
It was hand sewn onto the pillowcase. It looks like it had a previous home attached to something else.

Someone took good care if it.

Here's the back in case you were interested.

I bought this strapless dress on half price day as well.
 I originally got it for the fabric, to make a scarf or tote bag.... but something spoke to me!
I knew what I had to do!

I set my machine for fancy stitch #14, and sewed that puppy on my green tube dress.
Off center, and asymmetrically of course! Who wants a crayola patch right in the center? 
Not this girl!

Sewed it on!!

The temperatures here are less than desirable, so in order to wear this to work I must do a bit of layering with a sweater and boots! Yay!

Here's a bit of attitude.

Check out that big ol' patch!

Warm and Art Teachery! 
The wind chill today is -2. 

Have a fantastic and warm day!!!

By the way: The sweater, dress, patch, and belt were all thrifted!
about $6.00!
Not too shabby!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

90's T-shirt Dress

I found this thick, soft, and comfy awkward dress at my favorite Goodwill for a three dollars.
 It was half price day. YAY!
Anyone else think these pockets are placed...uh..strategically? 

Thanks for takin' my picture babe! My kid rules!
Do you like the black socks?

Here's a close up of the weird pockets.

Those pockets gotta go!
I picked them off with my trusty seam ripper!
Look closely to see the cool flowery print.

Bye Pockets!

I asked my daughter what else I should do to this dress. She promptly replied, "Momma, you should dye it violet." being an art teacher and all, I was so impressed that she said violet and not purple, so how could I refuse. "That is a fantastic idea Olivia." I told her.

So, I dyed it violet.

Remember the print you had to look really closely to see? Well, the best thing happened....
When I dyed it, the print didn't take the dye, and it just popped right off the fabric!
I love when stuff like this happens!

Check out how cool this turned out!


I think it turned out pretty nice!

I didn't like how high the neckline was, so I ripped off the two top buttons, and sewed up a V neck.

No more buttons!

I sat on the couch, and watched "Sofia the First" with my daughter, and ripped off the buttons.

The silly tie thingies on the back of the dress serve no purpose either, so off they came!!!
Rip! Rip! Rip!

I decided not to take any length off the bottom,
 because I liked the way it looked with boots for the fall.
I think this will work nicely for the spring too!

Not too shabby for $3.00 and a box of dye!
Thanks Tara, for takin' my pic in the lovely library!
Read a book everybody!

Awesome and warm for fall with boots and a cardi, but versatile in the spring with flip flops!