Showing posts with label refashions. Show all posts
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Little Bit of Black and White for Spring

So. In my usual dedication to my plans, I went in a totally different direction with my sewing than I had planned.  Last night I cut out a sundress and two pairs of lace leggings for my granddaughter to be sewn up today.  I was ready to sew - actually at the machine - when a flash of black and white caught my eye peaking out from under a pile of fabric.  About a year ago I found a black and white valance at the thrift store, still in it’s packaging.  The cute strip of gingham across the middle was the deciding factor.  That and the 25 cent price tag. I planned to take it home and make a skirt out of it for Mackensie.  But as usual my plans changed, I moved on to another project and the valance languished amongst all the other forgotten pieces of loveliness in my fabric chest. Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I found another piece of fun black and white fabric covered in horses, in a pile of fabric given to me by a friend.  Mackensie loves horses, so I knew it would be well received when sewn up.  Again I had big plans, again they were forgotten. Beginning to see a pattern here?  Well today was the day.  I only had enough of the horse fabric to cut out a bodice, so I used some polka dot remnants for the sleeves.  I made a simple peasant blouse which I think pairs perfectly with the gathered skirt I made from the valance.  I love that the patterns are different on each piece, but fit together so well. I was surprised and happy to see that the black on each fabric was the same. Black can be so hard to match.   Mackensie loves the outfit.  Not just for the horses, but the twirly skirt. The most important item of clothing in a two year old’s wardrobe!  I think this little outfit will be adorable paired with a red cardi, or any other bright colour for that matter.
Tomorrow we move on to day three of KCW.  Have you made grand plans?  I have. I have a sundress and two pairs of lace leggings to sew. But wait………what is the lovely piece of red fabric I see dancing in the corner of the sewing table…
Happy Stitching!


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A Purple Dress and Stupid Mistakes

Do you ever make sewing mistakes that are so stupid, you can’t believe you did it? I do. OFTEN. You’d think I’d learn. But no.  My Fibro brain was going full force when I cheerfully sewed the wrong piece of elastic to the pair of pj pants I was making.  Naturally I thought everything was fine. I attached the elastic to the top of the pants, after carefully measuring and ironing a quarter inch fold over. Then I folded the elastic and fabric down and sewed again. As I was mentally patting myself on the back, I noticed a forlorn piece of elastic glaring at me from beside my sewing machine. I looked at the pants, only to see a waistline fit for an elephant, not a two year old boy. It was four inches too big. That poor pair of pants sat reproachfully on my cutting table for two days, until this evening when I couldn’t avoid them any longer. The elastic had to come out. Forty-five minutes later the offending elastic was gone. Have I mentioned how much I hate unpicking? Especially when it is a pair of navy blue flannelette jammies, with matching thread.   Elastic casings are starting to look better and better.

And another thing. On Sunday evening I wrote a post about the swoon cardi I made for my step-granddaughter. I was being lazy and wrote it up using Blogger, instead of Windows Live Writer like I usually do. Apparently Blogger was having issues and refused to save or post my post. I tried for over an hour to make it work, then finally copied and pasted my post onto WLW. Problem solved, right? Wrong. About an hour later I checked my home page for something, and nearly cried. The post I had worked so hard on, was exactly the same as the post I had written before it. Lesson learned. If you are going to be any length of time between writing posts, check your last post!  In case you are wondering, I deleted the first post. I can make a fool out of myself very easily. I don’t need my blog to make it glaringly obvious to the world thank you very much.


Next on the agenda, a purple re-fashioned dress for my step-granddaughter. I love a fast and easy project. Lexi  loves purple. I found this long sleeved tee for $1.00 on clearance at a local store. I knew I wanted to make a dress, but I didn’t really have anything suitable colour wise, and I didn’t really want to use quilting cotton. I found the perfect tie neck top in my closet. It is hard to tell on a monitor, but the purple flowers are exactly the same colour as the tee. It looks like the sleeves are incredibly long in the photos, but they aren’t.


PicMonkey isn’t co-operating at the moment, so I haven’t been able to edit my pictures yet.





The skirt is the bottom of the top, and I used the neck ties for the front waistband and ties in the back.  I thought it looked a little plain, so I made matching yoyos and sewed them to the bodice with a little added bling.




I think it turned out cute. Lexi loves and and it fits perfectly. Proof that occasionally I can do something right!


Until next time,  Happy Stitching!



Monday, December 16, 2013

Upcycled Christmas Tee

Hello again!  Are you ready for Christmas? I’m not even close. The decorations are up, some of the baking is done, and I’ve sewn a few gifts. By this time every year I am starting to panic, worrying that I’ll never be ready on time. But when Christmas Eve rolls around, I realize many of the things I thought were important aren’t. All that really matters is that we are together as a family. So this year I have decided to enjoy the days leading up to Christmas, and not worry about the little things that don’t get done. They don’t really matter anyway.

While raiding my stash a few days ago I came across the top from an old pair of my Christmas pj’s. It was bright red, with an embroidered tree on the front. It was big enough to cut out a who tee for MacKensie, but I also found some soft white knit that would work perfectly.



 She was busy watching Santa on t.v, and wasn’t impressed when Nanny wanted her to pose for pictures, hence the grumpy face.

I used the Bimaa Sweater pattern by Lou Bee Clothing on Etsy. I cut the neckline higher and sewed a rib knit collar. I think the shoulder seams look high because it is a heavier weight fabric. I cut around the tree on the old tee and sewed it to the new one with a decorative stitch (little hearts). It’s funny, my machine has several decorative stitches on it but I never think to use them. I think it worked perfectly here. I have made the Bimaa several times, and I know I will use it many more times in the future. I think I had better cut a size larger next time. MacKensie is growing like a weed!

Until next time, Happy Stitching!



Monday, June 24, 2013

Better Late Than Never…..

Well.  Obviously I missed posting the rest of my makes for KCW.  Life has a funny way of intervening on even the best laid plans.  But I did sew, honest!  I sewed summer clothes for Brady, my ‘adopted’ grandson.



Four simple stash-busting tank tops, and two pairs of shorts.  I made the tops by tracing around one of his little tee’s.  Easy – peasy, and perfect for using up remnants of fabric!  On two of the tanks I serged around the edges in a contrast thread for interest.  On the other two I used  this  (scroll down on page for tutorial)  method by Carolyn of  Handmade By Carolyn  to attach the neck and armhole bands.  I find it so much easier and neater than struggling with knit ribbing or trying to hem neatly.  I’ve done this on all of my knit projects since, and will probably always will.  These two tops were made from men’s tees, and I was able to use the existing hems, making it even easier.

The shorts were made using an old Simplicity pattern that I can’t remember the number of, it’s been used so many times.  They are simple elastic waist shorts with  front pockets, easily made in about an hour.  I don’t have a picture of the little man wearing any of my creations, but I have to post one of the cutie himself!  He was too busy enjoying his cake and ice cream to smile for the camera….


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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Red Gingham

I love this little outfit. Red gingham just screams  ‘summer’ and ‘picnic’ to me. You too? Thought so!  I made this outfit from a little tablecloth I picked up at my favourite thrift store for 49 cents. The fabric is soo soft, and very light weight, perfect for summer. I didn’t have a pattern for the dress, I just made it up as I went along. I did use a pattern for the panties, but can’t remember which one. (there are so many out there!) I already had the eyelet lace, so this outfit cost a grand total of 49 cents.  My kind of price!  I meant to take pictures of MacKensie wearing it the other day, but, naturally I forgot. I wish I had, because it is so much cuter on her.

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Tomorrow I plan to make a dress for my daughter Hillary. What have you been up too?
And because I can’t leave without showing some major cuteness,
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Our little bathing beauty.  She really loves her bath time!
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Summer Dresses

The warmer weather has finally arrived to stay. (ok, at least we hope!) MacKensie is growing like a weed, and I’ve been busy sewing summer clothes for my little monkey. I finished this pink embroidered sundress and diaper cover last week. It is a tiny bit too big, but with the rate she’s growing, she’ll fit into it in no time.
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The fabric is gorgeous, and the pictures don’t do it justice. It has a sheen to it, even after being washed, almost like a polished cotton. Can you believe this fabric was a curtain?  I found it months ago at a local thrift shop for a dollar, and couldn’t believe my luck. The previous owner had simply made a wide hem at the top for a rod to pass through, so the design on the fabric wasn’t affected at all. I still have enough left to make her another dress when she outgrows this one!  Sewing for MacKensie is so much fun, that I have to pace myself, or she’ll have enough Nanny made clothing for three little girls!
Next time I’ll show you the red gingham dress and ruffle bum diaper cover I finished the other day.  And after that, the angel tops, and after that…….


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Friday, August 12, 2011

PSST……..Is anybody there?

Hello!  Long time no see!  How is everyone? I’m embarrassed to say that it has taken me this long to figure out certain issues I’ve had with blogger. Then, Google had to join in the fun and switch everything around on me!  My blog disappeared from my Dashboard into the great unknown.  It seemed that every road I went down to find a solution, only led to a longer bumpier road!  But, I’m happy to say that I finally have everything up and running, and hope to catch up on my blogging.
My summer has been busy, sewing crafting and fun times with family. My baby granddaughter is due to be born any day now, and I couldn’t be more excited! In my next few posts I will show you some of the things I have been working on for her.
For this post I’m going to go back to June, and show you the two dresses I made my niece for her birthday.
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These little dresses are so super simple to make, that they have become my go-to gift idea for the little girls in my life. I make the skirts extra full for that twirlability factor that is oh so important to little girls. The yoyo flowers on the yellow dress are sewn in place. The flower on the purple dress is actually a pin, so she can wear it on other outfits too. I usually make matching belts for these dresses, but this particular niece doesn’t like  them. All in all I’m very happy with the way they turned out. Just the thing for the scorching heat we’ve had this summer.
Before I go, I have one more thing to show you. Meet Beau.
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He has quickly become a big part of the family in the six weeks we have had him. I wondered how he would fit in with our two big dogs, but there have been no problems at all. In fact, Abby has adopted him. When he first arrived he was tiny, and Abby groomed him and tried to carry him around in her month. It was so heart warming to see, I just wish I had gotten pictures!
Now they are pretty much inseparable.
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Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!  

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

A New Year....

I know, I know, I'm a little late jumping on the 'Happy New Year' bandwagon. Our Christmas and New Years were wonderful. Full of family and friends coming together to celebrate. My wonderful children gave me a new laptop for Christmas! I am so lucky to have such wonderful kids. Unfortunately though, I haven't been blogging! I've been reading everyone else's blogs, but just haven't felt up to doing it myself. The holidays were stressful, and it has taken some time to recuperate. Fibromyalgia doesn't take a holiday! Stress intensifies my pain and other symptoms, so I have been content to relax and enjoy your blogs! I'm starting to get back into my grove, and hope to pick up my blogging where I left off.
I have done a little sewing. Well, more embellishing than sewing! My daughter saw two tee-shirts embellished by Sachiko from Tea Rose Home, and she asked me too make some for her. They were both easy to do, and look so cute when they are finished. The first one I did was the 'Ruffled Shirt'. Sachiko made her's from a cream coloured sleeveless tee, but I used a black 3/4 length sleeve top.



Black is so hard to photograph!

The second tee is another ruffle shirt, this one with rows of vertical ruffles.I started with this,

And this is what I made,

I think they both turned out ok, but next time I make the vertical ruffles, I will sew them even closer together. Thank you Sachiko for the great tutorials!
My daughter is pleased with her new tops, and that is all that matters. Have a lovely day ladies! Anne

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Sunday, November 28, 2010


Everybody needs a little, right? Tonight, I decided that applied to dogs as well. Mercedes needed a new collar, and with black fur, her new black collar wasn't leaving much of an impression. I searched through my button box, and came up with a package of sew-on pink 'crystals'. It seemed like a match made in heaven.
(isn't my new tea towel cute? My son's girlfriend Rachel gave it to me)

Since I am the Queen of easy crafts, I decided this was the project for me! Wait, did I say it was easy? No. Definitely not. It was very difficult, very tiring work. Here, I'll show you...

First, you try the collar on your long suffering, completely disgusted (but oh so co-operative) dog.

Now doesn't she look happy? When you have the correct fit, take the collar off, and put a pin close to the slide. You don't want the collar to get bigger or smaller while you are sewing. I spaced the crystals out as evenly as I could, but naturally I ended up being at least one short. Figures. Oh well, I think it turned out fairly well and I'm happy.

Mercedes LOVES it. She practically BEGGED me to take her picture in her new finery. Really! I only had to bribe her with one treat, to make her sit still. (she was too busy showing off to Abby, to hold still for a photo session)

I'm pretty pleased with her fancy collar. I looked at similar ones in the pet store for up too $20.00! I love my dogs dearly, but I can't see spending that much on a collar. One down, one to go. Abby, that means you're next!

She's beside herself with joy. Really. She's thrilled. Can't you tell?

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