MMM14: Day 31

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The time we’ve all been dreading (or looking forward to…) has arrived. It’s May 31st, which means today is the LAST post of

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Dry your eyes.

I hope you like my final installment:

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Sidebar: I can’t resize or caption my photos in “reader” anymore… does anyone know what that’s about???

Continuing on, we have this blase knit top that I picked out for my Job #2. It’s cute, it’s comfy, it’s in dress code, what’s not to love?

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I see a lot of “Sonoma” shirts at the Goodwill… hmm. Oh well. It’s a little “L” so I’m going to take it in just a wee bit. I marked 2″ on each side and in my sleeves.

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Then, I sewed a straight stitch down the marked lines and cut off the excess fabric. I usually like to cut my fabric before I take it in because it’s not fun dealing with all that bulk. This material is stretchy and I didn’t take all that much in, so I went ahead and sewed it before cutting the excess.

At Job #1 we’ve been crazy busy setting up for the quilting expo we’ve been sponsoring all week this week. I needed to wear a white shirt with our logo on it and since I hadn’t gotten around to wearing this at Job #2, I figured it’d be a perfect choice!

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This is our logo that was “Digitized” by one of our other sewing instructors. To make a long story short, you can’t just take a picture of something (a logo for example) and expect your machine to just “know” how to embroider it. You have to use a specialized software program that will “Stitchify” your graphic picture so that the machine will recognize it as an embroidery design. That may sound easy but it’s not. I sewed out several samples of this before actually putting it on my and two other employees shirts.

To make another long story short… I nearly lost my religion! The material (THEIR nice store bought fancy, schmancy polo shirt material, that is) was SO difficult to embroider I don’t even have the energy to type it out and explain.

I had to call a friend to finish it 😦

This is further affirmation that I’m an ACCIDENTAL seamstress and not, in fact, a real one.

My friend Constance at Tender Loving Keepsakes, graciously bailed me out. Unfortunately, I had already damaged the other two shirts in my failed efforts and we had to “patch” the embroidery design onto the shirts instead of embroidering it directly onto the fabric, as you’ll notice in these pictures.Β 

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Constance did a fantastic job, considering what she had to work with!

In spite of my embroidery fail, I wore my shirt to the quilting expo all weekend.

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This is our booth πŸ™‚

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This is me in one of my sewing classes. We started at 8:30 in the morning went to 9 in the evening (we also had to drive an hour to and from the venue). We did this 4 nights this week… Have I mentioned yet that I’m tired?

In spite of it all, I did have a great time. We got to promote our Business, make some great friends and network connections,… and make an extra buck or two πŸ™‚

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I got a nifty lanyard and everythang πŸ˜‰

Sooooooo…. I may not have embroidered this shirt. But, I DID refashion it so I’m totally gonna “count” it πŸ™‚

31 down, 0 to go!

I’m going to bed

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MMM14: Day 30

This has been a BUSY week for me y’all. I failed to remember that on May 1st when I started this venture! I’ve been in Indianapolis all day setting up for a huge sewing/quilt expo that I’m a vendor for through my Job #1. We’ve been at it since Wednesday non-stop and I’m dog tired!

As such, I only had time for a No sew today

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Our grandson’s preschool graduation was tonight and I figured the bright blue would be an homage to the lil man since that’s his FAVORITE color. πŸ™‚

I unbuttoned this to get the collar around my bust, wore the buttons in the back, and wrapped the sleeves behind me, and headed out the door to lil man’s party.

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3rd from the left πŸ™‚ He’s “Totes adorbs!”

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I can’t seem to resize my photos tonight…. oh well. Lil man was so proud to graduate from preschool. Papaw Tim and “Warwah” were pretty proud too!

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When we got home, I let down my hair and made hubs take a proper “after” shot of his tired wifey.

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“My” tired! (As my niece would say). I’m going to bed… but first, one last gratuitous “proud grandma” shot πŸ™‚

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They grow up so fast, don’t they!

30 down, 1 to go!

 

MMM14: Day 29

Only 2 days left of Me-Made-May’14. Wow πŸ™‚

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Remember this refashion from last year??? It’s not the dress I’m redoing… because I actually already “redid” it πŸ™‚ Today, I focused on the leggins.

I saw some cropped leggins in a Soma catalog.

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$42.00

Seriously? I’m not paying $42 for leggings. I figured I just “crop” the one pair of leggins I do have (and hardly ever wear!). In fact, I kind of forgot I had them…

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I marked 3″ up from the bottom with my chalk pen.
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Cut
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Pin the new raw edge under an inch-ish
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Sew

It was super easy. And, it didn’t cost me anything!

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Recognize this hot purple numba? πŸ™‚ My new cropped leggins were perfect for this.

I like the cropped version much better. Yes, I already wore them…. but so what? I still made them in May πŸ™‚ And, there are a few other tunic-y/sundressy outfits I can wear this with in the future.

29 down, 2 to go

MMM14: Day 28

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I found this at a garage sale last summer for .50 cents. I liked the Bandana-ish print and figured I could make a cute top or sundress out of it.

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I put it on Minnie with the side zipper in the front. I like zipper front closers… I “De-pants” this with a few darts.

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To turn these size 16 capris into a top,Β  I had to really reshape them… then, I decided I wanted straps.

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I pinned this down and sewed it. And because my “straps” were actually a banded lining in the capris, I had to fold them in half and stitch it down. If not, the exposed white banded stabilizer/interfacing is what would show when wearing this new shirt properly.

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Pinned.
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Stitched.

I cut some length off the bottom, opting for a tunic. I finished the edge with a rolled hem on my serger.

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Not bad. It’s definitely “Memorial Day Cookout” appropriate πŸ™‚

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It’d be rude of me not to sample all the food…

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Mmmmmmmm

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Hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day.

28 down, 3 to go

MMM14: Day 27

Today’s refashion was a generous donation from my friend Desiree. Translation: this cost me NOTHING. More importantly, I’m so “popular” now from this blog, that people are giving me their items to be refashioned! I think that can only mean I have, officially, “arrived.” πŸ˜‰

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It’s not bad… It actually reminds me of that outfit J. Lo wore in “Maid In Manhattan”.

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The thing is, J. Lo is a real size 6 (or smaller)…

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…I am not

I’m an 8, but I feel MUCH larger in this get-up 😦

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Sad face

I did get it to zip so… that’s some consolation πŸ™‚

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I ripped out the lining, and seam ripped out the zipper.

The zipper was IN the turtle neck. Weird. I then sewed up the gaping hole the zipper left behind and made an asymmetrical cut. We’re turning this into a shirt!

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Did the same thing with the sleeve.

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I cleaned up the raw edges with an overcast stitch:

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Then, I folded the edge under and sewed it down with a straight stitch.

I’m ashamed to admit this but I let OUT the darts in the back to give me extra room 😦

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This bought me 2 extra inches..

These darts are “French” because they curve, as opposed to just being a straight line. Google darts if that doesn’t make sense πŸ™‚ I left the darts in the front in tact because my vanity just wouldn’t permit me to let them out!

The shirt was all fine and dandy but I had gone a little crazy with that asymmetrical cut! It was too short on the one side 😦

Then, I remembered a scrap I had left over from my Weekender’s top πŸ™‚

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Save your scraps!

This bottom scrap will save the day!

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Are you seeing my vision?

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Trim it

Pin the black scrap into the white top (right sides together) just like you’re sewing on a sleeve

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Sew it down.

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I have to admit, I’m rather proud of this one πŸ™‚

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I probably should’ve worn something patriotic to church… oh well.

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You gotta cover it up at church!

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27 down, 4 to go πŸ™‚

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