Hello everybody! After a week of suffering post-op, and then a wobbly week after that trying to get back to my self much sooner than body wanted me to, I’m back. It was touch-and-go there for a bit, but I am on the mend and my new nose (though still swollen) is looking fabulous! I wanted to show it off for our family’s observance of Mother’s Day this weekend. I thought an easy-going shrug would do the job.
It started off looking like this:
Recognize the top fabric? I’ve already made some awesome (I think) pillow cases out of that. But today’s shrug was made out of the middle remnant. I Love the turquoise color and palm branch-ish print on it.
Unfortunately, there was much less of it than I thought…
It’s looks big but there’s less than a full yard here. I really wanted to make my favorite style kimono with this fabric, but there just wasn’t enough… So, I had to come up with a plan B.
I began by cleaning up the 2 long raw edges with a rolled hem.
Then, I folded it in half length wise (Right sides together).
And I pinned it (on the unfolded side), from the outside corners in, leaving a gap in the middle. The gap is where my arms will fit through. It ended up being about 16″.
I prefer to secure my seams with a locking stitch, as opposed to a back stitch. On this machine, I can actually select a stitch that will begin and end with a locking stitch. That’s especially nice because than I don’t have to take my hands away from my project to manually push the locking stitch button.
Once that was done, I was finished! I didn’t even finish the outside edges because they were the selvage, and I thought they looked pretty cool as-is.
Easiest shrug ever!
I was ready to head to my folks’ place for a belated Mother’s Day cookout.
That puppy was as amazing as it looked and worth every. single. calorie!
With our #4 brother and sister-in-law back from Florida we decided to have an epic photo op.
I have the best family ever!
Not bad for my first refashion since the big “event.” 🙂
It’s actually going to take a full year before the true shape of my new nose comes to fruition. The week after my surgery was awful; 10 out of 10 on the pain scale. No joke. My surgeon said that my nose was much worse than he thought. All the damaged cartilage crumbled like sand when he “got in there” in the O.R. He had to completely rebuild my nose.
But it was all worth it 🙂 I’m so happy I can breathe again… and so happy that I have a pretty nose out of the accident. I guess there’s a happy ending to the story after all.
Day 7 of Me-Made-May’14, or, as the hicks natives in Indiana would say, “Sevumb”
We have a delightful 70s inspired, hand made shirt.
…I can’t imagine why the original owner wanted to part with this. It was really well put together, the print is EPIC, and it’s just a fun shirt. I wanted to leave it as is, actually.
I guess it could use a little updating 😉 so I started with a few amputations:
I also made a cut right up the middle of the shirt. This is going to be a shrug of some sort but shrugs are a dime a dozen so I decided to spice it up with a “high-low” hem thingy.
I also made a cut up the middle of each sleeve, which I didn’t seem to take a picture of…
The end result is a hippie chic (I hope), out-of-the-box shrug
Better view of the sleeves
When I put this on this morning, I looked at Hubs and said, “Does this look stupid?” Hubs will ALWAYS tell me the truth about my clothes/appearance. Always. I LOVE that about him 🙂 Now, that I’ve landed my hottie hubby I wanna KEEP him, so I listen to what he says.
His response, “It doesn’t look stupid… I just don’t like it.” I seriously love him! 🙂
…and yet I still wore it so I guess I don’t listen to him 🙂
Remember this refashion from waaaaaay back? Yeah, neither does anyone else… including me.
…cuz it sucked.
I attempted to make one ruffled scarf from these 2 scarves.
…and ended up with this
Yeah… not my best work 😦 Miraculously enough, it’s not even my worst work 🙂 I intended to rectify this situation, however.
Summers in Indiana (usually) are sweltering. This summer has been freakishly cool. I NEVER leave my arms uncovered, regardless of how hot it may be. I cover up the flab at all costs. These (former) scarves are super lightweight and would make the perfect arm cover-upper for a hot summer day… I had plenty of material left over from this failed refashion.
So, I decided to make a shrug from the leftover blue scarf!
As you can see, I folded it in half lengthwise. Then, I sewed the edges down (top right corner of scarf and bottom right corner of scarf) and in about 8 inches. This left a gaping hole in the middle.
After I removed the tassels, there was a raw edge on the opposite ends. So, I gave them a quick hem 🙂
And that’s it 🙂 I paired this with a black tank top and some jeans for a dinner with my Birthday twin, Billie.
I liked it almost as much as Lucia liked her guacamole.
There’s really nothing to do in Kokomo but eat… and go to Target! Who doesn’t love a good trip to Target? It was Billie’s birthday wish.
Target was lovely. But, alas, all good things must come to an end… the only thing left to do was to go back to my place and eat some more! 🙂
I’ve always been a birthday snob. I think birthdays should be a BIG deal.
I mean, it’s the ONE day out of the whole year that’s all about YOU! If anyone’s going to make a huge fuss over you, get you a nice gift, take you out to a restaurant you’re too poor to go to otherwise… it should be on your birthday 🙂
No one else seems to share my affinity for that sentiment except for my pal Billie! She’ll always have my back when it comes to birthdays 🙂