Month: March 2016

Random Randomness

Some days there isn’t a full blown project in mind. It’s fixing little things or turning out something small so you feel accomplished. The past week was one of those times. I completed three random projects.

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The first project was fixing a dress I bought years ago. Originally it was a cotton maxi dress that went to the floor. Now it’s top is fraying and it’s nowhere close to even my ankles let alone the floor. I have been cheating and wearing it as a skirt with the top rolled down. I wore it several times like that. Have I ever mentioned I’m lazy?

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It was time to fix this dress properly. I started by splitting one of the side seems at the bottom. This dress is pretty much a tube and not the easiest thing to walk in. Is anyone asking at this point why am I hanging onto a dress that’s falling apart and difficult to walk in? I’m thinking the same thing as I write this Ha! I do like the print and it’s super soft so let’s go with that.

I split the seam up to just about the knee, tried it on for length and marked it with chalk on the front and back. I trimmed off the top of the dress.
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I used 3″ elastic to create a waistband for my new skirt which is as easy as sergering the two together and bam! Done! Dress

Next I used the cut off portion of my skirt from a few weeks ago and made a quick headband. The fabric is super stretchy so it was as easy as making a tube and sewing the ends together.  Dress

Quick and cute! Dress

Lastly, I made another disco bracelet. I loved the black one so why not make another? I bought 6″ of silver sequins. It really only takes somewhere between 4-5″ for my wrist. I made the spandex pocket on the inside for my Fitbit. Then sergered the two ends together. And bam! Saturday Fever baby!

Three new fun pieces knocked out in no time. Now it’s back to my other projects I’ve been ignoring.

Pillowcase Top and Denim Trousers

Let’s knock out the easy item first! I made another Sorbetto! This makes number 3. I’m on a roll. This one isn’t much different than my blackout version. I did remember this time to add in the 1″ I took from the top center and add it back in at the bottom. It gave the shirt more room and drapes a bit nicer. Good for those eatin’ days.

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So what’s with the pillowcase title? Well the satin fabric was leftover from a couple pillowcases that I made. It was a little weird all day to think I accidentally put one of them on to wear to work.

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The bigger piece of this post is… MY PANTS!!! I made another pair of Thurlows. Happy dance commence! *No picture. Nobody wants to see that.

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Okay maybe there’s one picture. One of my goals this year was to make another pair of Thurlows. I think they have a great shape and the construction is not too terrible.

After my last bout with the Thurlows I decided to forgoe the double welt pockets on the back. It’s a super weak point (see here for the aftermath) and until I figure out how to correct that I’ll figure out different pocket styles to use.

I’ve had this dark denim for about a couple years. I bought it at a Jo-Ann 50% off red line sale. The denim is light-weight with a little bit of stretch. To get the crotch just right for these pants I used my trusty capri pattern and marked it on the fabric. I pinned the Thurlow pattern on top after matching it up to my new lines. I also took 1″ off the front of the pants. Key point to take note of right there. It’s very important later on.

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I used a fabric that should look very familiar. It’s remnants from the ill-fitted dress now rockin’ skirt I made. I even found a zip in my stash that matched the peacock blue. Everything was going smooth as it usually does. I changed out the hook for the pants with another button because one little hook doesn’t feel trustworthy enough.

I finished the pants. Hemmed them and all. I was feeling proud. It only took a couple weekends. For me, that’s a record for something difficult. Then I got to really looking at how they fit. Why did I not notice before the finishing was done that there is some extreme puddling under my booty. What the frick!?! Best thing to do at this point is to put it down and walk away. And also take a lot of pictures of your butt. Yup, butt shots coming your way!

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Left is after and right is before. Oh yeah, on the before you can see I was contemplating pockets. No matter how much I pulled the fabric this way and that I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Then it hit me. Remember the key point from before. Well when you take 1″ out of the front then match up the sides of the front and back it skews the back of the pant leg by guess what? An inch!

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After a thoroughly good cuss at my pants and myself, I spent way too much time tearing out the side seams and a good chunk of the waistband. It was all worth it in the end. They fit and they fit well. So screw you aggravation. I win! In the pic above you can see the extreme difference in the height of the front and back waistband. I do like it higher in the back but I think on the next pair, 1/2″ off the center back and then grade it to the 1″ at the sides.

Blackout Sorbetto

There’s a couple repeat factors in this post. One is the fabric. You can see this fabric in my Black Workshirt B5526 post. The second is the pattern. It’s another Colette Sorbetto. I added a few tweaks. Just like last time I added a curved hem in the front and back. I made the back hem 2″ longer than the front. I didn’t add the little fold in the front. Actually I took 1″ out of the center from the front and back. Last time I made this shirt, I felt the straps were too far apart so my bra straps would peek out. I find that highly annoying. It also doesn’t stop me from wearing the shirt. I rock that guy about every other week.

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Sorry for the poor pics. I ran outside after work to take the pictures and the lighting stunk. Obviously I was too lazy to take new pics of me wearing it inside. You can see the extended hem line in the back. The shirt isn’t as flowy as I was hoping for. When I took the 1″ out from the center of the front and back, my brain didn’t connect to the fact that that width would also be lost at the bottom. D’oh! When I make my third one it will be perfect, right?

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Speaking of the back… I like the wide straps this shirt has. I can wear a regular bra. No cross back. No strapless. Regular, comfortable boobs bra. This workwear fabric is awesome. It’s light, soft and doesn’t get wrinkly. I need it in every color and they would all be beautiful Sorbettos.

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Oh you’re taking my picture?
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Okay! You gotta feel bad for Hubby, having to deal with this girl.

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Here’s the me-made bias tape on the inside using the same fabric.

So a couple more things to take note of. This skirt I bought for cheap but the length was all wrong. I couldn’t walk. Not even a penguin waddle.

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I took 3″ off the bottom and used my double needle to to hem it. I stretched the fabric as I sewed it. I was concerned about popping a hem when I took my first step.  I plan on making an awesome headband from the scrap piece. Or I can make a really indecent bandeau top. Might have to think on it.

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The last item is the sequin bracelet. I wear a Fitbit and I have to say the bracelet is not stylish unless you want to spend $100 on a designer one. I bought a strip of sequins at Jo-Ann’s.
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I used some spandex to create a little pocket for the tracker. I made sure to overlap it quite a bit so it’s secure in its new disco home. I’ve been wearing it periodically for a week so excuse the dry skin.
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After I hand stiched the pocket I pulled off sequins on the ends and sergered it together. I hand sewed that down too so it wouldn’t agitate my wrist.

Talk about having a good me-made day!