Ten below shirt

My least favorite time of the year is here: Snow, ice, sub-zero temperatures… all I can do is grit and bare it ’til it’s over… In May-ish #Indiana

No, but really.

I got this .99 cent dress a few months ago and I had no idea what to do with it. I liked the color; it’s Muffin’s favorite and I try to keep muffin happy πŸ™‚

IMG_3830Unfortunately, I noticed some issues with the coloring…


I have no motivation to do anything in the winter. I thought if I gave this thing a dye job and tweaked it a little bit well, at least it would give me something to do while I’m trapped inside for months. So, that’s what I did.

This should deepen the purple… we’ll see, anyway.

The stove in our new house is gas, not electric… It was a bit scary doing this dye job stove top for the first time. The “open” flame tripped me up a bit and flecks of the dye powder would “catch” on fire for a second or two… yeah, I’ll be using alternate means of dying in the future.


My near death experience was so worth it for that color! πŸ™‚

After I took off the length, I took in the sides a bit

I took my time on this. What else do I have to do??

Then, I used THIS bad boy to serge it:

IMG_4078At Job #1 we’ve specialized exclusively in Janome Sewing machines since 2000. Recently, we decided to broaden our horizons with Baby Lock machines. Their sergers, specifically, are SO amazing. They self-thread! They do a fun “Wave” stitch. They’re incredibly smooth and I’m so excited about it.

I’ll be spending a week in St. Louis next month getting trained on every Baby Lock model and I can’t wait! In the meantime, I thought I’d “test” them out a little on my own πŸ™‚

IMG_4080Seriously, this thing is so smooth I can’t stand it!

I was feeling really pumped. I cut the bottom scrap of the shirt at the seam, folded it in half long/length wise and serged that down for a nifty sash.

IMG_4087The instruction book gives you tips on how to make corners nice and polished like this; not bad for my first attempt πŸ™‚

I turned my new sash right side out and sewed the raw edge down with a simple straight stitch.

Goodbye, raw edge.

I was using a Baby Lock serger… I might as well stick to Baby Lock for the sewing, right?

Say “hello” to Elizabeth.

“Elizabeth” not only helped me with the completion of the sash, she also helped me finish the bottom hem of my new blouse.

I rather like how it turned out
I think I’m going to start wearing sashes more often

Since it is sub zero outside, I paired it with a go-to sweater:


My bestie came over for a night in and made me dinner.

What a gal!

I would’ve taken a picture of the final product… but we ate it all before I could do that.


Doris Day provided the entertainment πŸ™‚

❀ her!
I ❀ this gal too πŸ™‚


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