acCORDing to Rylee

My youngest niece Rylee is turning 7. This depresses me greatly. To add insult to injury, she’s of the age now where she wants to be with her friends at her birthday party and NOT her favorite Auntie *cue the lip quiver. That just doesn’t seem right…

In spite of this, I decided to make her a birthday present anyway.


I made her a lipstick pouch and used a fun cording technique. Β And I’m going to show you how easy it was πŸ™‚ Continue reading

Refashion Runway Challenge 5: Boho Chic

This piece is super light weight and flowy. I knew it’d be perfect for #RefashionRunway3 Challenge 5 πŸ™‚

Thank God for tank tops πŸ™‚

This is a nightgown actually, and on the back yoke there was some embroidery.

Pretty... but not the direction I want to go for this challenge...
Pretty… but worn and outdated

I thought I could seam rip this out… yeah, no. Don’t even try. SAVE YOURSELF the time (and your religion!).

After hours (no joke) of trying, I finally decided to just cover it!

I found this blue crochet scrap from a refashion gone awry.

Because the crochet has “holes” in it, I sewed this over the yoke with a multiple zig zag. Basically, there are 3 straight stitches inside each “zig” and “zag.” AKA an “elastic stitch.” It caught the holey fabric of the crochet better than a regular zig zag would have.

Trim the access.
Trim the excess… much better.

You can still see the embroidery coming through, but that was actually my inspiration for making this REALLY “boho.” I decided to use blue, yellow, and green thread and stitch the heck out of this with some fun decorative stitches!

The Janome 15000 is the perfect machine for such a task. With 525 decorative stitches on it I can’t go wrong πŸ™‚

That's not even half of them...
That’s not even half of them…

A lot of machines have many/really nice decorative stitches… but another reason I chose to use the 15000 was because it has a 9mm zig zag. Most sewing machines go up to 7mm. It’s amazing how much bigger the same stitch looks when it’s sewn at 9mm.

See? πŸ™‚

Knowing that all my decorative stitches are gonna be GYNORMOUS, I began with the blue thread and sewed along the neckline.


Then, I got my yellow thread and sewed a different decorative stitch under that.


This material is SUPER thin, so I had to use a tear away stabilizer on some of the stitches.

It tears away from the stitch underneath.
It tears away from the stitch underneath.

I selected a different stitch and used some green thread. I repeated this process until the entire yoke was covered in stitching… and I did the same pattern on the bottom hem of the shirt too.

I did’t use stabilizer on the top (blue) heirloom stitch, which kinda gives it a “smocked” look, I think.

I wanted to add an easy sleeve, so I used the original ruffle at the bottom of the nightgown.

Nothing goes to waste.
Nothing goes to waste.

Right sides together with the armpit of the shirt, I sewed in the ruffle.

Easy sleeve.
Easy sleeve.

You might’ve guessed I cut 14″ off the bottom of the nightgown. I had hoped I’d have a knee-length dress left over… Alas, after trying it on once my sleeves were in, I HATED the length! The decorative stitches on the bottom sort of gathered the material giving it a bubble hem appearance. As a severely pear-shaped woman, that is probably the least flattering silhouette on me. Though it pained me greatly, I had to cut off more length 😦

All that time stitching you… I’m TOTALLY saving this scrap for something else…

I finished my new raw edge with a rolled hem and began the process of starting over with the decorative stitches….


I decided to try some different stitches while I was at it… and I used only blue thread for this because I didn’t think the green and yellow were translating well on camera.

Then, I got super daring and decided to add a couple rows down the front of the shirt in a kind of Β half rectangle shape. I measured, marked, said a prayer, and went for it!

It worked! *Cue Hallelujah Chorus

I sewed another row inside that one and decided, after hours of sewing and 6 filled bobbins later, I was done πŸ™‚

Storm’s rolling in…







See the rain drop? I barely made it inside for the downpour.

This one took a lot of time, thread, and patience. I really like how it turned out, though. I didn’t really do anything too spectacular to this. This refashion was just having fun with thread colors and stitches. That’s it! Refashioning doesn’t always have to be complicated. If you want to spice things up, have some fun with your decorative stitches. See what happens πŸ™‚


I’m a little shocked I’ve made it the the Final Four in Refashion Runway. This is definitely very cool. All the ladies who were a part of this are pretty awesome. If you’d like to vote for your favorite “Boho Chic” refashion for this week, Click Here.

Ladder Stitch Tshirt dress

My 2 younger brothers are quite the studs (not that my older brother isn’t...). They workout like it’s their job and they’re super fond of attending body building events like the “Arnold Classic” just to name one. It’s a chance for them to bond with other workout-a-holics, stock up on free samples of nutritious wonders, and…. even get a free T-shirt or two πŸ™‚

Exhibit A
Exhibit A

I am SO not a “metabolic man” or woman… Β but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate a FREE Elvis inspired t-shirt!

I saw something on pinterest and thought I’d give it a shot. I folded the white T in half (inside out) and put one of my best fitting T’s on top of it as a pattern (also inside out).


Then I cut…

Should be fool-proof, right?
Should be fool-proof, right?

I immediately took the Tshirt to our Imagine Baby Lock Serger. We’re going to have some fun sewing this side seam!

This is seriously the most amazing serger, ever!
This is seriously the most amazing serger, ever!

I set it up to do a Ladder stitch, and I used extra thick “Aurifil” thread. Sergers (good ones) can handle this heavier weight thread, no problem.

When I was done, this is what the needle thread looked like:


And this is what the White thread I used in the lower looper looked like:


Pretty nifty, right? That’s the beauty of a serger with 2 thread capabilities… you can use, er, um, only two threads πŸ™‚

When I turned the shirt right side out, this is what happened to the red thread:

Looks like a ladder, no? :)
It “pulls apart” from the shirt… Looks like a ladder, no? πŸ™‚

I finished the raw new sleeve “caps” with a rolled hem using the same thread. Rolled hems require 3 threads, so I had to use another spool and re-thread it for rolled hemming.


Because it’s stretchy, the seam has a “lettuce leaf” effect.

The outcome wasn’t too shabbs for a 5 minute refashion!


It may be a weeeeeeee bit small. Oh well, that’s what jackets are for.

Close up of the "ladder"
Close up of the “ladder”

I paired it with a Michael Jackson-esque jacket that I got at Carson’s on MEGA “yellow dot” sale a couple summers ago.


I love spring (when we have one) #Indiana
I love spring (when we have one) #Indiana

I wore this shirt dress/tunic thingy to church Sunday morning. I did receive compliments on it πŸ™‚

And it was perfect for lounging at home on a most appreciated day off

Law & Order: SVU marathon. Oh yeah, baby.
Law & Order: SVU marathon. Oh yeah, baby.

If you don’t have a serger capable of 2 thread serging, you can easily do this embellishment with a “flat lock” stitch on a 3 thread serger. I just might try that next time so you can see. But this is definitely a fun way to take an otherwise “boring” resize and make it fun.