Month: April 2015

Tie-Dye Skirt

Every year the college I work for has a tie-dye shirt day. Where you get to go make your own shirt and then sport it during a pre-selected date. The day is in line with our Spring celebration. I have made 4 shirts now. I’m a tie-dye pro! This year the only size shirts they had left, by the time I got there, were large. I knew I was never going to be able to wear it without sizing it down. Instead of doing that, I thought I would make a skirt. Simple enough. Elastic band on top and stitch down the sides. Done and easy peasy. Yup, not happy with that boring idea.

Front

I decided I would cut up all my shirts in 9″ squares and stitch them together into a rainbow maxi skirt. The thought is kind of a quilted look but the tie-dye keeps it from feeling granny style.

Left

I started by laying out a maxi skirt that I have that I like the fit of. I randomly started sewing the squares together. I would lay the sewn together squares on the maxi and figure out where I needed to add more.

Back

I used the sleeves for the bottom of the skirt. It gave it a nice clean hem that I didn’t have to make! Bonus! The skirt has an enclosed elastic waist which helped to use more remnants of the shirts. There was hardly any waste at the end.

Full Skirt

I’m so happy with the way the skirt turned out. It’s bright, fun and funky. Plus, look how majestic I look in this picture, like a rainbow colored unicorn!

Pincushion Ring

Pincushion Ring

I’ve been thinking about this project for awhile now. I finally decided that I would take time out on my lunch and get it made.

I have a habit of moving my pin cushion here and there when I’m sewing or cutting fabric. I know there’s the wrist strap looking pincushion you can make. It really didn’t catch my eye like a pincushion ring.

Circle

I picked up a couple ring blanks from Hobby Lobby. The blank was 22cm in diameter. I wanted something bigger but I figured I could make do. I cut a circle of fabric by using a large mouthed cup and chalk.

Circle Button

After I cut the circle, I serged around it. This kept the edges from fraying and gave me a stitch to pull to start pulling the fabric into a dome. I added the button to the center before stuffing it to make it easier on myself.

Poof WO Ring

I pulled the fabric as tight as I could and stuffed it with fiberfill. I read that you can stuff a pincushion with saw dust, sand or steel wool. I guess it’s really up to you. I finished pulling the fabric closed and stitched until it was completely closed.

Preparing Ring

I added colored floss through the button and down the sides, knotting it on the bottom. This completes the little poof for the ring. I kept sitting the poof on the blank and it didn’t look like enough. I took some ribbon, folded it accordion style, and stitched the one end. Fanning it out made a little ruffle base for my poof. I stitched the ruffle to the poof so it was centered in the bottom.

Blue Ring

Creme Ring

Next was time for the hot glue. I glued the ruffle a bit more to the poof then glued the poof to the ring blank.

Two Ring Cuteness

That’s it! Done and adorable! Just a word of warning, let the ring cool before slipping it on your finger.

Banana Bread Cookies

Pinterest: Success or Fail?

I’m excited about this challenge because it comes from The Girl Who Ate Everything. If you haven’t checked out her site before you are missing out. I haven’t tried a recipe from her that I thought tasted like crap.

This post is for her Banana Bread Cookies. I love banana bread! My favorite fruit may be apples but banana bread is just the best. It’s easy to make and is always quickly eaten in my household. The cookie style is appealing because I don’t have to butter and flour any pans.

RECIPE:
2 1/2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large bananas)
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

As always let’s start with what I’ve changed. I used dark chocolate chips instead of the mini ones and I substituted the sour cream with a 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda (suggested by one of her readers). That’s it. Like I said previously, her recipes are awesome!

Butter

I melted the butter on the stovetop as per the instructions. One of the smells I hate is melted butter. It makes me want to barf. I think of those nasty little breakfast sandwiches from McDonalds. Straight-up butter smell. Yuck! Anyways, not really sure I understand why you do this until it turns brown and frothy. Why can’t the butter just be melted?

Dough

That’s the only assembly step I really followed. Everything else was dumped in my mixer and blended together. I put the mix in the fridge to setup a bit. This makes it easy to scoop them out and plop them on the cookie sheets.

Dough Balls

The mix turned out 36 cookies. By my calculations, it’s about 72 calories per cookie. I don’t think that’s too bad. The taste of the cookies is great!

Finished Cookies2

The next time I make them I will cut out the chocolate chips and add another banana. I like a strong banana taste. I’m not against the chocolate it gives a different taste but it does overwhelm the banana a bit. I deem this one a success. I can’t eat just one and find myself snacking throughout the day on them.

Stmpe

SMPTE Skirt Rehab

Ever since I started sewing my own clothing I rarely by RTW clothes. I did have one of those special coupons from JC Penney’s where you spend $10 you get $10 off. I felt extremely compelled to use it. I thought about a new pair of shoes or cardigan. Instead a multi-color skirt caught my eye. It cost me $10 in the end. And doesn’t it look like the multi-color screen you get when a channel would go out? Otherwise known as SMPTE. Honestly didn’t know that had to google it. 😄

Before Skirt

Before Side

Getting home I took a better look at my purchase. I held the skirt to my waist and realized that the skirt was ridiculously long. Maybe if I was 6 foot tall I could wear the skirt as purchased. For my 5’5″ frame, I would have to shuffle as I walked. That’s not cute!

Serger Line

Topstitch Line

I started by pulling out the stitches along the waist band. You can see from the pics above it’s a double top stitched line and then a serger line. Why cut from the top and not the bottom? The skirt has two layers and the bottom was created by sewing the two layers together then flipping it inside out. It created a single seam at the bottom that you don’t see. Taking from the top is a bit more time consuming but will keep it simple at the bottom.

After Stitches

I cut 4 1/2″-5″ off the top of the skirt. After the deconstruction, I used my serger to attach the loop of elastic to the newly trimmed top of the skirt. I stretched the elastic as I sewed to fit the width of the skirt.

I rolled the top down to completely encase the elastic. I got out my trusty double needle and stitched around. The one needle went through just the skirt and the other hit the bottom of the elastic. I stretched the skirt as I sewed. The worst thing I could do is try to slip the skirt up my butt and snap my thread because I didn’t have enough ease.

After Side

After Front

Here is the new length of the skirt. It makes for a lot easier walking conditions. The length is still long enough to keep it lady like. No street walkers here!

Finished Skirt

Removing the extra length really made this skirt look and feel better. I wanted it still to be a longer pencil skirt so the length hit me below the knees. RTW can be saved! Just a little bit of time and patience.