Hello blog land! I’m back! This move was a hard one for me, probably with the girls being older and having more things and being possessive of where they all go. But we’re mostly settled in now. I can’t wait to show you some pictures when things are all squared away!
For my daughter’s teacher’s gift this year I knew I wanted to make her teacher an elegant scarf. I went to Harts Fabric (of course) and found this gorgeous Italian fabric. It’s a cotton/wool blend and was absolutely stunning. (Here’s a few other prints in the same type of fabric.)
I bought 3/4 a yard and cut it in half to make two pieces that I sewed together. Then I did a rolled hem all the way around the scarf.
Then I added this pretty floral lace trim around the two ends. I added it to both sides of the ends so you would see it no matter how the scarf was laying.
Here’s the finished scarf.
It makes a beautiful gift for someone (or one for yourself). The total cost of the project was about $10!
Have a beautiful weekend. I’m back Monday with a beautiful giveaway!
Tags: DIY, Harts Fabric, scarf, shawl, tutorial, women's tutorial
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From the beginning I’ve been a fan of tone on tone clothing. And my color preference is white. Here’s a little tutorial using some scrap fabrics in different tones or textures. You could do this with any shade of shirt and coordinating strips.
First figure out what fabrics you want to use and cut them into carying length strips. Sew them all together so they are in one long piece.
Get your long strip and ruffle it.
Here’s how mine looked at this point.
Press the ruffle strip so it’s nice and flat.
Now pin the ruffle strip in a swirl pattern onto your shirt.
Then just sew it into place around all the edges.
Here’s the finished product.
I love this kind of shirt under a black blazer.
Have a lovely day!
Tags: ruffle, shirt, top, tutorial, women's tutorial
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I love plain T’s. But here’s a way to add a little more to your average T.
Get your T- shirt of choice. This was one I tried to do this technique on the back that completely failed. Then I marked where I wanted to replace a panel. I started narrow at the top and made my panel wider towards the bottom…
You can see I wrapped it around to the front of the shirt.
Then cut that panel out. Here’s the shape of mine.
So basically you are going to replace the panel with another piece of fabric, the texture and color are your choice. I chose to keep it black and to add texture by a shirred panel. I got a piece of fabric that would fit and gathered each side. After doing this, cut it to the size of the missing panel. Pin it WELL and sew or serge in place.
I love the way this came out. It’s a little drapey, but only from the back. I love suprises on the back of shirts.
It’s an easy way to update a plain T-shirt in to something just a little less plain. You can also see that I made my panel a little longer to create that draped effect.
Like it? And so easy, huh?
Tags: refashion, tutorial, women's clothing, women's tutorial
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Here’s a refashion that’s super easy that adds a lot of texture and interest to a plain top!
Cut some strips of fabric. Mine were about 2.5 inches wide.
Ruffle them on each side of the strip.
Tags: refashion, t shirt, top, tutorial, women's top, women's tutorial
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Per popular demand, here is the Pratia tank tutorial!
Start off with a t-shirt or tank top. What I did was get a larger t-shirt so I could gather it at bottom like the pratia tank. I cut off the sleeves so it would be a tank.
Measure your neckline and get a piece of chiffon that length and fold it in half.
Pin it to the inside of your neckline with it peeking out. Stitch it in place.
Since I cut the sleeves off my T, I wanted to finish the edges. Fold it under and pin it.
I highly recommend interfacing where you are going to be adding the embellishments, otherwise it’s going to sag. So I use a lightweight fusible interfacing.
For the flower pieces, here is the shape and dimensions I used.
Fold your pieces in half and cut that petal shape out.
I used the extra sleeve pieces, cream chiffon(the kind that won’t fray) and another grey jersey I had.
How many do you need? A LOT!! I took this photo before I started adding them and I actually needed three times this cut amount. So make sure you have a lot of fabric on hand!
Lay two petals on top of one another, as shown.
I did a small ‘X’ shape to stitch them so they stay in place. I used my sewing machine, but you could do it by hand, too.
Just add more, and more, and more, and more………(It’s time consuming. I’m warning you), until you have something like this. My recommendation is don’t skimp. When I was getting tired of doing it I thought, “Maybe this will be enough…” But it really looks great when it’s full of petals.
I really liked the bottom gathered feature of this top. So what I did is just used the original hem and I cut a little hole in to it with my seam ripper.
Measure how much elastic you will need to be comfortable around your waist. Pull it through the hole. Stitch the elastic together .
Here’s how it will look after.
Now it’s done!
I can’t wait to wear this under a cute cardigan. I love all the texture of it!
Tags: anthropologie, chiffon, jersey, shirt, top, women's tutorial
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