MMM14: Day 19

Today’s refash is from waaaaaay back. Remember this? Click on the link if you need a refresher.

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This was actually a refashioned refashion I made from a 5X shirt I got on mega clearance at my former Job #2. If at first you don’t succeed, right?

Well, believe it or not, I STILL had scraps left over from the original shirt!

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I loved this print SO much, I just had to make something else out of it πŸ™‚ If you’ll recall… I struggled with this one. It was my second refashion of all time and things didn’t go very well, hence the reason I had to do it over. Not taking any chances the 3rd time around I invested in yet another pattern. Cue gasp

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For someone who HATES patterns you’re probably thinking I use them a lot and am a total hypocrite. Well… I don’t know how to argue that because it’s seemingly true πŸ™‚ But, I will say I mostly just use the patterns because I’m hopeful I will GROW to love them (and it never happens) and, secondly, I just use them to cut the right size shapes of my shirts and completely discard the actual directions.

That’s exactly what I did with this refashion: I cut my pattern pieces and assembled them MY way and completely ignored the instructions.

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Had I READ the instructions I would’ve known it was for stretchy material and not blouse-y material like this. As such, the shirt ended up being too small 😦 So, I had to cut an extra panel of fabric and add it into the back of the shirt…

Also, I totally messed up the bias tape neckline… That, in combination with the extra panel of fabric in the back, TOTALLY messed up the “fit”.Β  It was all gape-y, so I had to completely improvise the back, and did so by adding a casing for elastic.

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It’s not a total abomination, but it’s not super attractive either.

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Bright sun makes me “creepy face” smile πŸ™‚

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The final product was okay… not my favorite. Third time is obviously NOT the charm for me πŸ™‚

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It was just a wee bit chilly, so I paired it with one of my favorite cardigans.

I’ve realized that when I sew, I just kind of have to wing it. I do better, creatively, when I just figure it out on my own. Patterns stifle me for some reason. They’re like cucumbers… I try and try and try to like them but I don’t. I keep thinking my taste buds will acquire the taste… but they never do. So, I’ll just have to accept that patterns aren’t my thing.

Nor are cucumbers πŸ™‚

19 down, 12 to go

MMM14: Day 17

I purchased this Men’s XL polo stretchy shirt thing because 1) it looked super warm & comfy and 2) I wanted to branch out a little bit. I’ve never done a refashion out of Men’s clothing.

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IΒ cut the shirt right under the armpits,Β Then, I had to take it in a wee bit.

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Pin, mark, sew, cut…

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Much better!

Right now, we just have a tube top… The fair isn’t until July, so I really don’t need a tube top right now. (That’s a joke… and a bit of a ‘dig’ at fair goers).

πŸ˜€

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I’m only going to use one of these sleeves to make a V neck.

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I evened out one sleeve, then cut it down the middle

 

After I sewed each strip on the one edge, I turned the tube inside out and pinned them to my garment

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Is it making sense yet?

Sew the straps down in the front side and then the back. Of course, you’ll sew them on the inside, not the outside as seen on Minnie πŸ™‚ I also sewed down the entire raw edge of the main piece with an easy hem, before I sewed down the straps.

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And now I have a slightly classier tube top πŸ˜‰

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I wore this to work and paired it with a dress code/work appropriate sweater

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Yes, that’s my bedroom. I didn’t get a chance to bother someone to take my after pic… so I had to do it myself after work. On the upside, I figured out how to use my camera timer πŸ™‚

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My next investment will be a tripod πŸ™‚

17 down, 14 to go.

MMM14: Day 15

Day 15 brings us to this:

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I got this size L tshirt at a garage sale last summer for the color. I like peach/salmon/coral, what have you colors. It’s a little big…but not so big that I’d have enough material to make it a long sleeved T. So, I decided to do a little color block action with one of my Nanny’s T’s I took from her estate.

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Minus the black, I think the white, tan, and coral will be lovely together.

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That had to go

I cut the front and back (and took off the sleeves) panels of fabric from both shirts and did a bit of “re-construction.”

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Pin and sew…

 

My Nanny’s shirt is a M and the curves shirt is L… so I ended up trimming the curves shirt to match the smaller size.

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Like sew πŸ˜‰

Now begins the RE-construction where I sew the sides and shoulders back together.

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Not bad, but something’s missing on that neckline. “Raw” edges are just stupid and unprofessional and a big no-no, in general. Gotta fix it

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I’m just going to “borrow” you for a minute…
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This is your new home, coral neckline…

Now that that’s taken care of, there’s that pesky sleeveless situation… I didn’t have enough material leftover in the coral material to make long sleeves and, believe me, I tried! I was just gonna have to use the scraps of Nanny’s shirt to make the sleeves

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Goodbye, pocket

This pocket was my favorite part of the shirt! It’s the reason I stole it from my Nanny’s closet before the rest of her items were donated… I’ll hang onto it for another refashion πŸ™‚

I wanted to do some elbow patches on the sleeves but that, uh, didn’t turn out…

 

 

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I guess this’ll have to do

It’s still a cute shirt, Laura. Let’s have a smile.

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I’m at my pal Vicky’s house for a much overdue Girls’ Night. Can you tell we’re movie/theater geeks? πŸ™‚ Our “kick” du jour is “2 broke girls”… how befitting πŸ™‚ And where else do 2 broke girls go for dinner? Wendy’s

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Chili in mid-May… it ain’t right!
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A hoodie to boot! #IndianaProblems

I think my next “elective” surgery will be a nose job….

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Vicky’s a fan of the candids

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15 down, 16 to go

MMM14: Day 5

Exciting news. Not only is this Day 5 of MMM14, this is my 100th post since starting my humble blog πŸ™‚ I don’t know why that excites me, but it does. I guess, because I’ve actually stuck with it (so far). I have a tendency to get bored with things after a while… always moving on to the next best thing. Yes, I’m that type.

Just goes to show, people can surprise you sometimes… more importantly, you can surprise yourself.

Well, enough of that..

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I picked up this Navy dress (for .99 cents, as always) because I love Navy and the golden medallion print Β rocks my world.Image

Β also cut off the belt loops and fake pocket flap things… And some taking in had to be done.

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I took “up” the shoulder straps a few inches.

I sewed that down with a simple straight stitch. Then, I removed the gold buttons and made sleeves with the bottom scrap of the dress

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In case you haven’t picked up on it… I never not wear something with sleeves.

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Sew the sleeves, then pin them into the top (right sides together).

Sew

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Use that fun “overcast” stitch to secure it better.

Close up:

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Looks like a serger’s stitch

It’s just a bit more “pretty” than a straight stitch and much more secure, obviously. In the “olden” days it was customary to sew your garment/pattern pieces together with a straight stitch and then run a zig zag stitch along the very edge of the fabric to keep it from fraying. The “overcast” stitch does both of those in one. It saves you a step. So let’s all get out of the “old” sewing mindset and move in to the present [sewing] day by utilizing our overcast stitches πŸ™‚

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I did all my sewing on THIS bad boy!

Janome’s Horizon 15000 Memory Craft. “Wow” is the only word for him…

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C’est fini. I’m rather fond of this one. You’ll notice in the before picture that the second button was missing. I harvested one from the scrap I cut off and added it in.

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So, when I was putting this on in the morning Hubs says to me, “That’s pretty! I like that shade of purple.”

PURPLE?

Am I the only one who sees Navy?

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Purple or Navy?

Hmm… what do YOU think?

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Navy? or Purple?

5 down, 26 to go πŸ™‚

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MMM14: Day 4

For Day 4 of Me-Made-May’14 I have for you an awesomely blingy, flowy, stretchy, comfy undershirty thing πŸ™‚

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What exactly, do you ask, is wrong with it????

Nothing is wrong with it… except it’s crazy long. Like, to my calves long. I’m 5’2 or 5’3… I can never seem to get an accurate gauge on the mystery that is my height. It’s a rather bizarre phenomenon that I doubt I’ll ever know the true measurement of. Why the simplest of things seem to be so difficult, I’ll never know.

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So, we cut

And, I ran the raw edge under my machine using a very tight zig zag

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It was still a little big. Dressbarn sizes typically run large, in my opinion. As arbitrary as sizes are, I’m still always, always, always a size 8/Medium. At the DB, I’m “Small”. That might be why I love shopping there so much πŸ™‚

I purchased this a few summers ago on crazy clearance. I think I only paid about $4 for it.Β  I probably would have gotten a small if one was available…

Luckily, there’s an easy no sew solution to this problem:

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Why overthink it, right?

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See how the zig zag stitch on the stretchy fabric makes it curly? It’s the “lettuce leaf” πŸ™‚

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This length works much better on persons that are 5’2 …or 5’3

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4 down, 27 to go