Thursday, July 31, 2014

Everyday Outfits - Chambray Button-up, White Cami and Bermuda Shorts

Since I wrote this post on cleaning out your closet I have really started to look at my clothes differently.  My goal is to get more wear out of what I already have in my closet by remixing my wardrobe.

Here I'm wearing a chambray shirt tied at the waist, over a white cami with Bermuda shorts.  A very casual and simple look, but these three items are staples in my closet because they can all be worn several different ways.

Chambray is really popular right now because it can be dressed up or down.  This is a light colored chambray but they range from dark blue to light blue and everything in between.  A must for my closet.  A white cami...well, we all need one of these because they are great for layering.  I love the longer length of this one.  I prefer to wear the longer, Bermuda-style shorts because I think they have a slimming silhouette and can be worn casual or dressy.  Add in some embellished sandals and some simple jewelry and I'm out the door.

Shirt: Liz Claiborne / Cami: Walmart (girl's dept.) / Shorts: Target / Sandals: Target

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Simple Sleeve Refashion Tutorial #1

I have always liked this top, but it was always a little too low-cut and the Batman sleeves kind of bothered me too.  It's hard to see how low-cut it is in the picture, but trust me.  I spent some time deciding how to take it in and came up with this plan.  I normally take sleeves in from the underarm area, but that wouldn't help out in the neckline in this case.

The great thing about refashioning clothes is YOU get to decide what it will look like.  There is no wrong in refashioning.

I decided to take in the tops of the sleeves which would also help make the neckline smaller.  I pinned where I wanted to take it in.

Sew along pin line and trim excess fabric.

There you have it!  A simple sleeve refashion!  The neckline is so much better and the Batman sleeves aren't as big.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Turn Those Old T-shirts Into A Maxi Skirt Tutorial

I recently did this post on a swimsuit coverup and decided to try it again and make a colorful maxi skirt.  I randomly chose some colors and sewed them together with a zigzag stitch, then added elastic at the waist. I didn't even finish the hem because knits don't fray...super easy!  This maxi skirt can be worn 3 different ways (front, back, sideways).  I love how it turned out!  There is no wrong way to wear it.  What do you think?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Oh Happy Day!

My new wigs have finally come in!  As many of you know from this post and this post, I am currently going through chemo after breast cancer and yes, I lost all my hair.  But that's okay because it gives me a chance to try out some wigs in different styles.  May as well have fun with it!  I am so grateful that there are wigs out there to make me feel more feminine again!  I've been wearing scarves and bandanas so far, so I am HAPPY to have wigs to wear!

I chose these two styles...the top one is a little lighter and longer than the bottom one, but I'm going to wear both of them with a smile.  May as well shake it up for a while! :)  Please excuse the selfies and blank looks, but I was so excited to share them with you.

Which one do you like better?  Let me know, I'd love to hear from you!

Friday, July 25, 2014

String Wrapped Bottles and Jars Tutorial

Today I thought I'd share a little craft idea with you.  My daughters and I recently wrapped some old bottles and jars with embroidery floss to add some color to our mantle and a shelf in their bathroom.  We just glued the beginning of the string and wrapped it tightly in a random pattern and glued the end down.  We switched colors here and there to create colorful, haphazard stripes.  We didn't want it to look perfect, but rather unique.  I love how they turned out!

These were old jars that I just soaked in hot, soapy water to get the labels off.  If some of the glue from the label remained, it was covered up by the string.  This project cost me $0...the jars were going to be recycled anyway, I already had the glue and the embroidery floss.  These add a pop of color to any shelf or space.  Try making your own!  Be creative!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tips For Cleaning Out Your Closet

I go through my closet about 2 or 3 times a year to decide what I want to keep and what to do with the rest.  If it's taking up space in my closet, I want to make sure I'm wearing it.

Over the last year or so I have decided to keep only pieces in my closet that I truly love.  I used to think that "more" was better and would constantly shop to fill up my closet.  I would end up with a bunch of "One Hit Wonders" and pieces I really didn't like or didn't go with anything else in my closet.  Now I have learned to re-work the clothes that I do love and wear them in several different ways.  When I shop, I ask myself if that particular item is versatile enough to wear at least 3 different ways.  If so, I generally buy it, if not, it stays on the rack.

When going through my "questionable" clothes, I sort them into 3 different piles.
  1. Refashion/Repair:  In this pile, I have to really decide if it's worth keeping and fixing it up, or is it just going to sit in a pile forever.  I've learned to be choosy about this because I hate feeling guilty about not turning it into something more exciting...and I'm okay with that!
  2. Donate:  For this pile, I make sure items are still wearable.  If I wouldn't buy something stained or torn, I doubt anyone else would either.
  3. Trash:  If an item doesn't make the first two piles, it goes into the this pile.  This is the pile that is beyond hope.  I may love a t-shirt, but if it's not worth donating it needs to go in this pile...and again, I'm okay with that!
Even though I love all the pieces in my closet, I still go through them a few times a year to make sure they are worth keeping.  For some reason I tend to do this mid-summer and mid-winter.  I guess it all works out because if I haven't worn an item and don't plan on it, I may as well get it out of the closet!
After going through my closet, I make a list of items that I would like to add to my closet.  I keep this list on my smartphone, so whenever I'm out shopping I can refer to it instead of trying to remember everything.

This was the donation pile (a few things are my daughter's), all going to a new home!  It doesn't look like much, but it was a pretty big pile.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Man's Dress Shirt and T-shirt to Casual Summer Dress Tutorial

This casual summer dress is a mix of this t-shirt to cami tutorial and a man's dress shirt.  I don't have step-by-step photos, but this is how I made it.  I made the top part of the dress like the tutorial. Next, I cut the top part of the man's dress shirt off and used the fabric from the sleeves to make the ties.  You could also use part of the t-shirt (as shown in the tutorial) to make the ties.  I then sewed the bottom (man's shirt) to the cami top, easing the fabric as I went along.  That's it!  I pressed it and was ready to go.  Turned out pretty cute, huh?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Easy Ruffled Tank Tutorial

I don't have step-by step instructions for this refashion, but trust me, this is very EASY to do.  I simply cut off the sleeves at the seam, as well as the neckline (these both happened to be V-neck t-shirts).  No need to finish the edges because knits don't fray.  I cut the sleeves down the seam and into strips lengthwise about 2" wide.  I ruffled them close to the edge, as shown in this recent tutorial.   I sewed them onto the shirt around the neckline and was good to go!  I love how this went from an ordinary t-shirt to a flirty and a stylish tank top!

Try making one yourself!  These are great to make if you have a shirt that has a stain on the sleeve (don't ask me how I know this! wink!)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Thrift Store Score!

I'm gonna pop some tags, only got twenty dollars in my pocket...okay, okay...but I do LOVE to go thrift shopping, and a couple of days ago I went with my two daughters.  I didn't have anything specific in mind I was looking for, but I really scored big!  I hadn't been thrift shopping in a while because where we live now, we only have a few thrift stores and they aren't the best.  I was surprised I came home with all this, but I lucked out!

I got 6 pair of shoes, 2 button-ups and 3 belts for $36.00!  Yes!  All of the shoes are leather except the sparkly sandals and the brown wedge sandals.  Gotta love that!  Look at the brands...I got them so cheap and everything looks brand new or at least close to it!

I love thrift shopping for several reasons.
  1. I love scoring a bargain!
  2. I love to help the environment by recycling/reusing.  So many clothes end up in the landfills each year because people just throw things away.  Donate! Donate! Donate!  Share the love!
  3. I love filling in my wardrobe with new pieces that I normally wouldn't pay full price for.
  4. "One man's trash IS another man's treasure".
  5. It amazes me to see what is out there.  Yes, some things are older than the hills, but there are a lot of recent fashions as well.
  6. It's fun!
Are you a thrift shopper?  Email me or comment and let my know what you've scored recently!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

T-shirt To Cute Summer Dress Refashion Tutorial

I think this may be one of my favorite refashions yet!  It's bright and unique!  I started out with a man's XL t-shirt so the sleeve length would be longer and also the length of the dress.  I tried on the t-shirt and pinned where I wanted to take it in.  I wanted it a little loose for summer.  Sew where the pins are and cut the seam allowance to about 1/4".

Next, I took some scrap green t-shirt fabric and cut it into 5" wide strips (and whatever length they happened to be).  This will be for the bottom ruffle.

Sew the green strips end-to-end, right sides together.  Sew the two final ends together to make a long tube.  Ruffle this green tube of fabric.  The easiest way I have found to do this is to set your STITCH LENGTH to the longest stitch setting and set your TENSION to the tightest setting.  This will ruffle the fabric as it sews.  Genius!

Pin your ruffle to the bottom of the t-shirt as shown and sew along one of the existing seams on the t-shirt.  You don't have to finish the edge, unless you prefer, because knits don't fray.

You can leave it as is, or I decided to embellish the dress for a unique look.  I took some other scraps of the same green t-shirt and made 1" strips and sewed them together as I did for the ruffle above.  Then pull on the ends to get them to roll.

I pinned them on my new dress in a random, curly fashion.

Carefully sew your embellishment, removing your pins as you go.  I did this on the back neckline as well.  After trying the dress on, I decided it needed some tweaking, so I cut off the neck band...

Cut off the length of the sleeves (I know, I know, that's why I bought the XL).  Then stretched the fabric to get it to roll.

The finished dress!  I loved how it turned out!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Turn Those T-shirts Into Camis Tutorial

I don't know about you, but I really don't like t-shirts.  Yes, I have a drawer full of them, but I never wear them.  I thought, why not turn them into camis?!  I came across this tutorial and decided to try it out.  These camis are SO SIMPLE and fun to make!  I made a few for myself and my daughters.  They are super comfortable and the sky is the limit on ways to mix and match the straps!  Try one for yourself (I'll bet you make more than one)!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Paper Bead Necklace Tutorial

Do you have some old magazines?  Some Mod Podge or white glue?  Some yarn or string?  Then you can make one of these awesome paper bead necklaces!  I have seen paper beads all over and decided to give it a whirl.  I found this tutorial here.   Actually, it was very easy.  It was fun to see the papers rolled up and how they became beads.  These are two that I made and I'm giddy over how they turned out!

This project cost me nothing...I already had old magazines, Mod Podge, and embroidery floss.  Now to try and make a pair of earrings to match...(wink)!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Positively . . .My Favorite Breakfast

I LOVE BREAKFAST!  I mean I really LOVE breakfast.  I think it is my favorite meal of the day.  I'm one of those people that likes to eat the same thing day after day, and of course it has to be healthy.  I'm okay with that.  This is my new favorite breakfast.

1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup  organic blueberries
1/2 cup organic skim milk
1 TBS. chopped walnuts

Mix this all together and enjoy!  I have it with my morning cup (pot) of coffee and I'm good to go!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Turn Those Old T-shirts Into A Swimsuit Coverup

Here is an EASY to make swimsuit coverup.  I don't have a tutorial, but all I did was cut up t-shirts, lay them out in the design I wanted, sewed them together with a zigzag stitch for stretch, and added elastic to the top.  I didn't even hem the bottom because knits don't fray.  Very simple!  Play around with colors and make your own patterns.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ways To Feel Pretty During Chemo

  1. PAINT YOUR NAILS. Fingernails, toenails, both...whatever tickles your fancy.  Paint them bright and flashy or a pretty, soft pastel.  Heck, paint each one a different color!  A little color makes you feel happy!
  2. WEAR MAKEUP.  The whole glam or just lip gloss.  Add some color to your face and you instantly look healthy and vibrant!
  3. PERFUME.  Spritz on your favorite scent and watch your mood change.  I have a large variety of body sprays that I wear and love!  Each day I wear a different scent!
  4. WEAR A PRETTY TOP/SCARF/EARRINGS.  Wear something that makes you feel beautiful.  Are bright colors your thing?  Wear them!  A new scarf?  Wear it!  Don't be yourself!
  5. SMILE.  A smile can make all the difference in your attitude and outlook!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Ruffled T-shirt Tutorial

This is one of my favorite refashions!  I love taking something boring and adding some pizazz to it!  This started out as a man's size L t-shirt.

I turned the t-shirt wrong side out and pinned.  You'll notice the pin in the middle.  That is where I cut the length to use for my ruffles.

Cut off the length where you want.  Knits don't fray, so you don't have to finish the edge.  Bonus!

From the piece you just cut, cut off the bottom seam.

Now, take the excess fabric and cut into strips.  Mine was only wide enough to cut into 2 strips.

Sew along the side seams on your shirt where you pinned.  Cut off excess fabric, leaving about 3/8" seam allowance.  Again, I just eyeballed it!

Take this excess fabric and cut in strips lengthwise for your ruffle.  Mine was only wide enough to cut in two.  Don't worry about the underarm seam, it won't matter when you're all done.

Next, sew all your strips together, end to end, until you have a lone strip.  Make sure the seams are all on the same side (trust me on this one!).  To ruffle the strip is very easy.  Set your machine to the longest stitch and tightest tension.  I stitched mine strip down the center so it ruffled on both sides.  Then let the machine do it's magic!

Next you will pin your ruffle to your t-shirt.  As you can see, I cut the original collar and folded it down and pinned the ruffle to that.  Make any pattern you like with your ruffle.

Sew down your ruffle on the same seam you ruffled.

You are done!  This is how mine turned out and I love it! I get so many compliments on it!

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