St. Patrick's Day Refashion

Friday, March 17, 2017



The other week I went thrifting with my mom and I found this forest green dress from The Limited for $3.49 and in the cart it went. Lurve, at first sight. It's always interesting to go thrifting with my mom because, even to this day, whenever I pick something out, she gets a really nervous look and tries to redirect my attention onto something else. To be fair, the dress was a major don't for my body type. Drop waist, sheath but too tight on my hips, too short, and the 2000-esque bow nicely accentuated a post-baby bump that shouldn't be there anymore (it's just so rainy outside and I'm definitely guilty of sometimes giving into the sweet tooth).


However, when I looked at this dress, I saw the neck details and exposed shoulder which is my favorite feature to accentuate. The material was also a really nice quality and it was in good condition. I'm also notoriously pale 365 days of the year and this color compliments my skin tone and brings out the green in my eyes. In sum, this dress had all the necessary bones for something awesome. Plus, it would be the perfect St. Patrick's Day refashion.

I knew that this was going to be a quick and easy refashion. My favorite way to refashion is to lop off the bottom and that is exactly what I did! Yay, for a new blouse!

First, I clipped away any excess "stuff" on the dress.




Then I measured how long I wanted the blouse, including my seam allowances, and marked it on the dress. After that, I cut the dress and compiled the ribbons/excess fabric in a pile to be added to my fabric stash for later.



Moving onto the raw edges of the blouse, I folded over and ironed a 1/4" and then folded over another 1/4" for a nice, clean seam.


Once the seam was ironed neatly, the blouse went straight over to the sewing machine and stitched along the top edge.


All done! I have to say that getting photos of things has been rather difficult - especially with Hugo going through his 'terrible two' phase. Right now his patience is pretty iffy and even a 10 minute photo session with the husband is near impossible. Eventually, I will need to figure out a solution but for this post, we'll just have to make do. So here goes!



DIY Car Seat Pillow & Life Update

Saturday, March 11, 2017

diy car accessories


I can't believe that it's been almost a month since I've updated the blog!

Life has been crazy. Hugo was sick for a couple of weeks and then shortly after the terrible twos found us early. Like, super early and it is exhausting. I find myself trying to sleep whenever possible which means that the majority of my sewing projects have been neglected. Eek! We are trying to find a better routine to make things a little easier on the bear (and his parents) but it's a work in progress.

If you've been following my blog, you probably remember the post that I shared about Hugo's updated car seat. Well, his car seat is officially expiring next month so we purchased a Maxi Cosi and are waiting for it to come in! We are so excited because he loved his Orbit infant car seat so much and he had a hard time adjusting to the one he's currently in. He doesn't enjoy being in the car very much, anymore. Initially, we thought that we would eventually purchase the Orbit toddler seat however, after checking out a display in person, we were really unimpressed and kind of surprised by the difference in quality. Luck would have it that a Maxi Cosi was literally right next to the Orbit display and we liked their toddler seat right away so we went home, did our research, and decided that it was the one.

Since the one is due to arrive any day now, I decided to make this transition a little more special by making bear-bear a few car accessories from left over fabric used from his current car seat. One of which is this do it yourself car seat pillow! It's seriously so easy to do - my kind of DIY!

Here's what you need to get started:

1/4 yd contrast fabric
1/4 yd main fabric
Poly-fil
Snaps or sew in elastic

All set? Let's get started!

Step 1:

Determine the size of your pillow. I started with the inside of the neck sizing. Hugo is a busy boy and getting a measurement would be tough stuff so I just measured the collar of his shirt and added a couple of inches. My measurement was 16 inches. On the back of my contrast fabric, I sketched a half moon shape and used a drinking glass to round off the ends. Once the ends were round, I used measuring tape to mark 4 inches across moving along the half moon shape. It will look something like this:

DIY car accessories

Step 2:

Cut out your contrast fabric and use as a template for the main fabric. Make sure that right sides are facing when cutting it out.

DIY car accessories

Step 3:

Now it's time to measure and cut out 4 tabs. My tabs are 2 inches wide and 2 inches long. For extra durability, you can cut out 2 tabs of interface as well.

DIY car accessories


Step 4:

Take 2 of your tabs and pin them together with right sides facing. Do this for the other set of tabs as well. Now it's time to take them to the sewing machine! I sewed 1/4" down three sides leaving the fourth side open to turn right side out.

DIY car accessories

DIY car accessories

Step 6:

Now it's time to fancy the tabs up a bit with a top stitch.

DIY car accessories

Step 7:

Now that we've finished our tabs, let's add them into our pre-cut fabric for the pillow. Insert the tabs facing towards the body of the pillow with the right sides facing.

DIY car accessories


Step 8:

Sew it all together with a 1/4" seam allowance leaving a space to turn the pillow right side out.

DIY car accessories

DIY car accessories

Step 9:

Time to stuff with the pillow with your poly-fil! Once your pillow is stuffed, ladder stitch the opening closed.

DIY car accessories

Step 10:

We're almost down! We've just got to add our snaps in the center.

DIY car accessories

Ta-da!! You're all done! We tried the car seat pillow out this afternoon when we were running errands and our little bear loved it!

DIY car accessories

DIY car accessories
Oh  my goodness, this cute little bear!

DIY car accessories

DIY car accessories

Have you sewed any car accessories for your little one before? Let me know and don't forget to stay tuned for the third part of this DIY car accessories mini series!

DIY Maternity Sash + Baby Shower Details

Saturday, February 11, 2017



This week our little bear became sick for the first time. Instead of catching the common cold or flu, he came down with croup and strep pneumonia. Croup in itself is already pretty scary but anytime you hear the word "pneumonia" associated with an infant, it's downright terrifying. Thankfully he is doing really well now and is continuing to improve daily. Since our little bebe is still not feeling well, I don't plan to post often until he is better and this is going to be a rather quick post.

Last Sunday my sister in law and I had the honor of throwing her sister a baby shower. The celebration took place on Super Bowl Sunday (oops - that Lady Gaga performance, though!) and we had our first real snow in years. Since a real snow is rare in the Seattle area, it just made the shower all the more exciting and memorable.

After coming across maternity sashes on Pinterest, it was a DIY must. How adorable are maternity sashes and why didn't I know about them when we were expecting Hugo!? They are incredibly easy to make and so fun to customize. Even though our decorations for the shower we're pretty playful, we decided to do a sweet and elegant sash for memories.

Here's the how to!

Materials:

  • A wide ribbon
  • Felt
  • Silk Flowers
  • Beads or Pearls
  • Lace (optional) 
  • Hot Glue Gun/Glue
  • Needle & Clear Thread

Step 1:

Determine the desired length of your sash and add your lace. I chose approximately 2.5 yards for my ribbon and a yard of lace. My lace was intended to be in the front only and end right in front of the bow. I placed the ribbon in the middle and hot glued. I also made sure to glue in areas that were thicker in the lace in order to hide any hot glue. 

DIY BABY SHOWER IDEAS


Step 2:

Next, grab your flowers and then figure out how you want to arrange your flowers.

DIY BABY SHOWER IDEAS

DIY BABY SHOWER IDEAS


DIY Evening Dress

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


The evening dress is finally complete.

I feel like there was a lot of build up to this moment throughout the month and there were so many moments when I thought that I was going to finish much earlier than I anticipated. I knew going in that this was going to be my hardest project to date and it was though, not in the way that I imagined that it would be. As you know, this dress was inspired by the Oscar De La Renta  gown that I talked about in a previous post. I knew that I wanted a classic bodice with a chevron paneled skirt in order to achieve a similar look.

To achieve the perfect retro bodice, I used Butterwick B6353 which is designed by Gertie. I zipped through Gertie's pattern and the bodice was so pretty to just look at. Not going to lie, I had some serious sewer's pride going on. I couldn't believe how professional the bodice looked and the fact that I, I did that!?

Then, I moved onto self-drafting the skirt and this is where it the dress became a challenge.

I self-draft a lot with my upcycles and ninety percent of the time it turns out okay so I wasn't too concerned with trying to come up with a skirt. This should be loosely translated as, 'I had no fear and cut all the fabric!' Did I mention that I cut all the fabric? Cause, I did. Almost the entire 3.5 yds, into 20" panels. In my mind, fabric equated fullness, volume. I am here to tell you that it does not. After I cut my 20" panels, I took two panels, mirrored them, and then cut them diagonally. This was to create the chevron pattern from horizontal lines. I quickly noticed that my chevron panels were no longer rectangular rather, they took on the shape of triangles. Of course, I rationalized that the shape change didn't matter, cuz I'm just gonna gather it anyways, duh!

So, I sewed my panels together, matching each line perfectly. It looked so beautiful. There was a lot happy dancing in the living room that night. And then, I sewed the skirt to the bodice.

Sigh. It looked awful.

The fabric was overwhelming around the waist and the skirt needed to be removed. Once removing it from the bodice, I also removed several panels to create a flattering gather at the waistline. This is when the triangular shape of the chevron panels became really noticeable. The front chevron panel created a bubble effect which made the dress look less evening gown and more maternity-esque. I was so reluctant to let go of the chevron in the front since they were the basis of this dress and I was really hopeful that it could be saved. I asked my grandmother how to fix the shape with out losing the chevron and she simply said: “Sometimes you have to do what you’ve got to do.” Well, the front chevron panel was removed shortly after.

I’m not going to lie, I am really disappointed that there’s only one chevron panel left in the dress but, I did learn a lot and, in the end, it turned out okay. There are so many things about this dress that I would do differently if I had more fabric and a little more patience. Since I was over it in the end, I didn’t add the rest of the lining into the dress. Only the bodice is lined which is silly and not recommended. Now the lining tends to creep up the in the back, yikes! The dress kind of took on a life of it's own and in some ways I am really happy with it and in others I accept as a learning experience. I still love the bodice. It's absolutely beautiful and I think that I am going to make the B6353 dress in it's entirety.


Anyhow, here is the final dress!

Jacket: H&M, thrifted, $4.50
Dress: Black & White Satin, thrifted, $4.99
Black Satin: $7.99
Lining: $2.49
Belt: Bought in St. Petersburg, Russia
Shoes: MIA, thrifted, $6




Sometimes you need a little sass and a hair flip. 



Chevron back (and lining creeping up the bodice - eek!)


DIY Rustic Baby Shower Banner

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

DIY PARTY BANNER


I know I always say this... but it's been SOOO busy! We went on an Ikea trip this weekend which means there are boxes every where, old furniture on it's way out, and just stuff every where you look. It's been driving me crazy the last few days which means my upcycling has been on hold. However, I have been sewing a few things here and there over the last week. The diy evening dress is almost done (cross your fingers that I won't have to seam rip the skirt, again.), and I've been sewing a few decorations for an upcoming shower, and a few other things that will be announced soon-ish.

So what are we going to talk about this Tuesday, you ask? The upcoming baby shower! There are so many beebs due soon and I am super excited! When my sister in law mentioned that her sister was having a baby boy in March and that it was really difficult to plan a shower from Carolina, I was more than happy to offer help with a location and planning. I love doing things like this! Plus, she registered for a bunch of burp cloths and, if you remember my DIY baby burp cloth tutorial, you know this is right up my alley. Now, I've just got to find the right fabric collection for her style.

DIY PARTY BANNER

Transformation Tuesday: Footie Pajamas to Mittens

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Refashion, upcycle, sewing for baby

This week was another busy one and a lot of routine hopping for the Hugo bear which meant nap and sleepy time were all over the place. Getting anything done was a challenge. Hugo is definitely an active little boy and I am learning how to keep him engaged in activities as well as directing his energy so he doesn't become bored so easily. I think boredom could be a large fraction as to why he doesn't sleep through the night. This week we experimented with alternating an activity at home and then with an activity out of the house. My mom got him a Mickey Mouse calendar for Christmas and we write down our big or outside activities and talk about any events that are going to happen that day. I am also trying to rearrange our routine at home. We're so used to letting Hugo determine how the routine is going to be set and doing things around his nap or nighttime. Since he's getting older, I think that starting to do things while he's awake and letting him participate a little is going to be beneficial in keeping him engaged and learning. I think that I noticed he was ready for a shift in routine at home when he wanted to "help" do the dishes, got really excited to see the vacuum, and attacked the broom. haha. He's the cutest!


DIY Evening Dress Pt. 1

Thursday, January 5, 2017

A big (or not so big) event is coming up this month! I will be turning thirty. My last some-what cool milestone birthday. Truthfully, I spent a lot of time thinking about turning thirty when I was in my mid-twenties. I was kind of nervous to be creeping closer to the big 3-0 but luckily, it isn't at all like I imagined. I read an article once that said being in your thirties feels good and I have a feeling that I am going to enjoy my thirties.

In order to celebrate, I decided to sew myself a fancy dress! Last month when I popped in at the thrift store, I found 3.5 yds of black and white striped satin material for $4.99. Score!! I wasn't entirely sure what I wanted to do with the fabric until I came across this dress by Oscar De La Renta and I fell in lurve.

Image found on Pinterest
And then I found a ton of other amazing inspiration similar to Oscar De La Renta's design.

Found on Etsy here
Also found on Pinterest


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