Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Shoulder Pad Plushie!

Do you remember this? 
Do you remember that it had shoulder pads?
If you would like to check out the entire refashion of this top, you can do it HERE

I took those shoulder pads and some extra fabric from a furry scarf, and they were a perfect combo for a Momma-made stuffed animal.

I traced out a shape, cut it out and sewed the ears on (inside out of course).
I've never made anything like this before, so we will see what happens.

Here lies the flat teddy

Check out his cute shoulder pad ears!!!

I found a couple black buttons, a bow, and tried my hand at an embroidery floss face.
Stuffed it with fluff...and...

Cute little face, but I must work on a better body next time.
Its a mouse.
Hopefully my daughter will love it for a New Year's Plushie!
She will let me know what animal this is....
I'm glad I could use my leftover scraps, and turn it into something.

I'll let you know how it goes....
See you next time!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Sweatshirt to Cardigan

This one's a long one....

I found a white sweatshirt at the local thrift store. It was brand new. It still had the sticker down the front. You know, the kind with the size on it that repeats all the way down.




Like that  ^                
It was just too plain to leave alone. I needed to rescue it from it's drab lifestyle, and turn it into something cool and artsy.
I decided to tie the sleeves in knots, and dye it blue.

Sleeve knot torture above.

This is how it came out.

Seems like your everyday run of the mill tie-dye top.
 Better, but still too boring.

I knotted the sleeves back up, and poured some taupe, and red wine dye in various places.
It definitely needed MORE COLORS!
That's better.

 I cut it up the front, and off center because I wanted the closure to be asymmetrical.


I put the sweatshirt on, and I marked little X's where my elbows were.

I'm getting ready to put on some sweet elbow patches!!!

Little "X" marks the spot!

I had some dark denim fabric from my Grams, and some iron-on sheets. You can get the iron-on paper at your local fabric or craft store. They are not too expensive, and I think its worth it.

 I put the fabric on the sticky side of the iron on transfer, and then cut out my heart shapes.

I "heart" you!

I then, peeled off the existing layer, and ironed them over the "X" that 
I made on the elbows to perfectly place my elbow pads,

I pinned a strip of  red ribbing all around edge of the sweatshirt.
 I stretched the sweatshirt, and pinned the ribbing as I stretched. 

It ended up looking like this.

It took almost an hour to sew the ribbing on, but it was worth it!
 I wanted to make sure I sewed it on slow and steady.

Here is a close up of the neckline.
I think it turned out pretty cool.

I need to fasten the newly refashioned cardigan somehow, so I sewed on a big ol' snap. (Actually I sewed on 2 snaps!)


To hide the unsightly stiches from the snaps, I sewed on some buttons.

Like this...

And like this...

And one extra button to make it look more finished.

It was perfect to wear to a movie and some
 Chinese food on Christmas day with my cute little family!

My ribbon dancer decided to photo bomb!

Showing off the elbow patches!

Happy Holidays everyone!

See you next time!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Fishy Flower Print Dress

This thrifted number was calling to me. I'm not sure why it called to me, but I don't question my inner voice anymore. So I bought it for $2.00

Fishy flower

This summery dress has thick knit fabric with a tiny bit of stretch. I'm holding it, because it was a tad bit tight.

I'm strangely attracted to this print.

When I mentioned that the fabric had a bit of stretch I wasn't talking about the empire waistline. It had NO STRETCH WHATSOEVER!!!! When I had it on it felt like it was strangling me!

I thought this would be more dramatic in black and white.

No stretch!

I knew what to do. First, I chopped the dress right at that no-stretch empire seam!

I noticed two big side slits at the bottom, which leads me to believe that in a past life this dress was a pool cover-up or something? But the fabric is thick...very curious.

I chopped off the seam that was causing all my anti-stretch problems!
I swear you could tow a car with this thing!
Goodbye "rope" seam.

I turned the skirt part inside out and layed it flat.

Then, I put the top part of the dress right side out, inside the skirt, with the cut side lining up with the top of the cut side of the skirt. Get it?

Like this.

I pinned it all together, gathering the extra fabric in a pleated fashion, and stretching as I pinned.

It fit much better! I could breathe now!

I didn't like how much it reminded me of warm weather since the ground is frozen solid here! I wanted to wear it now!

What to do....what to do......

So I dyed it!
Dark Green, and a bit of Cardinal red.
Complimentary colors mixed together make.......BROWN!!!!- ISH
It's earthy, It's winter, It's perfect!

I cut off the bottom just a bit, but I left some of the side vents, and hemmed it up.
I took the extra fabric from the bottom and made a perfectly matching infinity scarf to wear in this chilly weather.

Dramatic in my art room

Yes, I'm hamming it up a bit....

Gotta love pockets!!!
See you next time!!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Floral Frock: Two Projects- One Dress!

 Look at this floral beauty I found! It's warm, cozy, and screaming for a makeover! I want a cute dress to wear that's warm and cozy (I'm all about comfy) and I think this will be perfect!

Are those shoulder pads or pillows?
Cheesin' for the camera!

I took out those huge pads! They were really thick!

I decided the print was too pretty to waste those pads, so I decided to make a little jewelry pouch.
I sewed them together with the flat side still open.

I flipped it right side out.
I sewed on a button, and the hanger strap for a closure.

All sewed on, and ready to protect some jewelry.

Update: This pouch never made it to my jewelry box. My daughter claimed it as her own, and it has disappeared into the abyss of a 4 year old's room!

O.K. back to the dress:
It was too long so I snipped off the bottom heavy flannel flowers. 
(Say that 5 times fast)
Bottom heavy flannel flowers
 Bottom heavy flannel flowers 
Bottom heavy flannel flowers
Bottom  heavy flannel flowers
Bottom heavy flannel flowers

 I hemmed up the bottom.
The bottom scrap will definitely be put to good use somewhere else!

Now I'm ready to go to work! 
Warm and cozy!
Do you like my mudroom? (It's got better lighting.)
 I wanted to take a picture outside, but,
 1. It's freezing out there!
 2. It's still dark out when I have to leave for work in the morning.

I rolled up the sleeves a bit, threw on a belt and boots.
Now I'm ready to teach some high schoolers!

All done!

See you next time!!!