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…

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Bummer

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.

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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.

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Gorgeous!

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

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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.

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Goodbye, raw edge.

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

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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.

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I rather like how it turned out
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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:

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

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What a gal!

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

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Doris Day provided the entertainment πŸ™‚

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❀ her!
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I ❀ this gal too πŸ™‚

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