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Cardi to cardi refashion!

Believe it or not, but I found the perfect gem at the thrift store the other day!

just look it:

cardi to cardi refashion

Isn’t it just great looking!!?

My heart may have skipped a beat when i first saw it lol! Fushia! Black 80’s design! good quality and soft fabric…

In true 80′ style you have:

cardi to cardi refashion

Here’s the fit just out of the hanger, don’t mind the t-shirt I was wearing underneath.

cardi to cardi refashion

And here is what I did to it…

First,

cardi to cardi refashion

I removed all the linings and shoulder pads (I don’t know why, but I get a kick out of removing shoulder pads from garments…)

cardi to cardi refashion

Put a nicely fitting cardi on top, all aligned with the cardi to be refashion

cardi to cardi refashion

Cut all around, leaving about 1/4″ for seam allowance.

cardi to cardi refashion

Pinned everything into place so nothing would move on my way to the sewing machine. Sewed the side seams.

cardi to cardi refashion

And then sewed some more because it was kind of bunchy at the waist.

My now good fitting cardi:

cardi to cardi refashion

Isn’t it cool???! Just love it!

J’ai joué un petit tour à une veste des années 80 que j’ai trouvée au centre bénévole… Le tissu est de bonne qualité, la couleur juste mon goût et qui n’aime pas les designs de ces super années-là?!

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Give me some glitter

I was in a glitter crave…. I mean, everything I am doing each week is house stuff, kids stuff and studying my a$$ off… There is such a amount of chemistry labs and reports one can handle before doing the crazy dance… and I even dream almost every night that I’m doing chemistry reports and prelabs, wish I was kidding! I haven’t touch my sewing machine for the last 5 weeks (weaning is hard here people!) and the only thing I did with a needle and thread was hand sewing scouts badges and knee patches.

glitter needs

So enter this nice looking shirt that I love to wear. But if you could peek at my winter shirts drawer, you’d be amazed by the monochromatic grey, black and white stripes shirts  that are in there.

And I really wanted glitter somewhere. You know as a healer… Like the chicken noodle thing soup.

glitter needs

I spent an hour hand sewing sequins on this shirt. And that was about all my brains could handle anyway 😉

Sequins are kind of glitter  don’t you think??

Made me feel better….

Pattern try: Mary’s Fancy sash dress

Camille was really in need of new dresses (Have I ever said that I have 2 really girly girls?) And she’s hitting that age where it’s becoming very difficult to find older girl dresses that is lengthy to our taste (yep, hers too)… And everywhere I was looking there were only cotton dress patterns, the one made for hot summer days, not cool winter ones.

Girl's world!

As I was drooling  going through that book (again!) and cooing over those lovely and colorful dresses the bulb went on!  I could make one for winter using heavier weight fabric and she could wear it putting a long sleeve t-shirt underneath… I mean duh, that was so obvious 🙂

So,  I took some 2$ corduroy from the thrift store I new she would love and a contrasting cotton skirt and went to work…

Pattern try: mary's fancy sash dress

Easy to make! I had a bit of trouble with the bias binding at the neck and armholes but it went fairly quickly! I was going to make some of them for summer and I think i’ll make bodice linings for these ones.

She LOVED it! in fact she was wearing it the next morning when I woke up and I had to make a point for her to get it off lol…

Pattern try: mary's fancy sash dress

I really like the contrasting orange sash, it pops up a lot! I just need to find a long sleeve t-shirt now 😉

And since I had about  a yard left, I made a matching skirt for her little sister

Pattern try: mary's fancy sash dress

Rachel was estatic!

Rachel's new skirt!

I thought there were too much fabric as the skirt is bunching at the waist but she loved the fullness…

Rachel's new skirt!

(she wanted to take pictures with her dolly!)
Mommy’s happy, both girls are too!

Rachel's new skirt!

Still can’t belive she’s starting preK tomorrow afternoon…

Camille a besoin de nouvelles robes pour l’hiver (qui devrait arriver un jour!) et on commence à avoir de la difficulté à trouver cet item, particulièrement apprécié dans cette maison, à une longueur convenable… J’ai donc essayé un patron pour une robe d’été… avec du tissu d’hiver, en l’occurence  du corduroy (2$ du centre bénévole) et une jupe de coton de chez Reitmans! Patron facile, fille aux anges! Vu qu’il me restait un peu de tissu, j’ai fait une jupe pour Rachel! Et elle était absolument ravie!

Instantly slim tut!

It all started by me following a pin on Pinterest

Source: graspingforobjectivity.com via Denise on Pinterest

This is the same woman. See how the cut and the fit are related to make her look biggish or slimmer??

If you click to go on her blog, you’ll see how back pockets, top stitching, the cut of the pants, how all that affect the way you look. It’s kind of interesting to look at so many jeans on the same woman and see the effects 🙂

I know, it’s a no brainer, but I never took time to think about it. So I took a closer look at my jeans and pants… tried them on… and went all excited to see I could make them fit better! You see, I’m kind of tall and I can’t find lots of jeans the length I need (at a price I’m willing to pay!). I buy my pants at Reitmans. They’ve got jeans for tall women, nice price, comfortable… but it’s mom jeans… and are not that flattering for my wide hips self.

Are you in the same boat?! I thought of you and made a

Instantly slim tut

Really, I just took in the legs at the bottom to have a slimmer cut, but if you don’t know how to do it here’s some pictures for you to follow!

First, put your first pair of pants inside out. Put them on. Pin one leg  on the outside  until you have a fit you like ( keeping the hem even, so you are substracting the same amount of fabric from the back and front) (sorry I was so excited I forgot to take pictures for this step!) The inside  side of the leg has  top stitchings so It is difficult to do a nice and good looking job if you pin there.

Go, to your sewing machine and sew a straight line following your pins.

Instantly slim tut

Next, put the just sewed leg onto the one to be done, keeping the hem and crotch seam even.

Instantly slim tut

With a bit of soap, or pencil just draw your line following your new seam.

Instantly slim tut

Instantly slim tut

Sew this one and you are almost done! just cut the extra fabric, zigzag stitch and Wear your new nice looking, nice fitting jeans!!

Before:

Instantly slim tut

After:

Instantly slim tut

Donc un p’tit tuto pour vous faire une cure d’amaigrissement instantanée! Sérieusement, avez-vous vu sur la première photo? C’est la même fille, 2 paires de jeans différents! Et toute une différence! Comme quoi la position des poches, la coupe et les surpiqûres peuvent faire un gros effet! J’ai donc voulu avoir des pantalons plus “avantageux” sans avoir à changer ma garde-robe. J’ai pris un de mes pantalon, l’ai tourné envers dehors et épinglé le surplus de tissu du côté extérieur de la jambe (en prenant soin d’en enlever autant de tissu à l’avant et à l’arrière). J’ai ensuite cousu en suivant mes épingles. Pour faire l’autre jambe (ou un autre pantalon!) on met la jambe égale à l’autres (en alignant l’entre-jambe et le bord) et on fait une ligne égale à la première couture. On enlève les surplus de tissu, une petite finition au point zigzag et TÀ-DÀ! de “nouveaux” pantalons!

Pattern try: sew serendipity skirt

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Yep! Must be on a roll… lol I made something else for me! Isn’t it wonderful?

sew serendipity

From this book, I made the skirt 🙂

sew serendipity

And better than that, I also did a muslin. My, I’m beginning to be too good 😉 (not taking myself seriously here)

my sew serendipity skirt!

The muslin was fitting alright, but somehow the skirt ended up a bit large. Like very, very comfortable large. Like don’t pull the skirt down because it will large… ha! I think I’ll add darts at the back so it will be a better fit.

my sew serendipity skirt!

For this little number I used all reclaimed material (of course) so I threw in the mix 2 pairs of black denim pants, corduroy pants (from hubby) and some stretch cotton white stripes on black pants. I also used a necktie to make the pocket and some thrift store fabric for the facing. Even the zip is reclaimed…

my sew serendipity skirt!

Lemme talk about that zip… see? it’s an invisible zipper!

my sew serendipity skirt!

MY FIRST ONE! Oh my holy gosh! Did I said that I won’t be coming back? So easy peasy. And with no invisible zipper foot!  It’s not perfect but for a first one it’ll do. I was impressed with myself here since I was dead afraid of them 😉

my sew serendipity skirt!

About that pattern, I did as written but made the skirt longer. Quickish and easy. I can see more of this skirt in my future… (but I may try the Large size instead of XL)

Une p’tite jupe pour mon moi-même!

Faite à partir du livre Sew Serendipity. J’aime beaucoup! J’ai même fait une toile avant de faire la “vraie” jupe!  

Donc la jupe est faite de matières recyclés (naturellement!) j’ai donc utilisé 2 paires de jeans noirs, un pantalon en corduroy gris (merci mon mari!) et un pantalon noir rayé blanc. Et aussi une cravate pour faire la poche. Même la fermeture éclair est recyclée…. Ma première fermeture invisible!! Je suis tellement fière de moi! Elle n’est pas parfaite, mais pour une première elle va faire l’affaire. La jupe est très confortable quoiqu’un peu grande. Je vais être belle pour mon retour à l’école 😉

My second Tova!

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My second Tova!

I think you will see more of them… 😉 This is my second Tova this week.

I’m happy because I will have 2 new tops to wear at girl’s camp this week! it’s suppose to be very hot this week end, so I’ll be all comfy.

My second Tova!

This one is made from a reclaimed duvet cover and cotton remnants….

My second Tova!

Love the gingham accent!

My second Tova!

It has the front panel and elastic band at the back like the first one.

Mon second Tova en une semaine! Celui-ci est fait d’une housse de couette et de restes de coton. Il a le panneau avant et la bande élastique comme le premier. Ils sont tellement confortables!

Something quick, he said.

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tskkk, dads…

Mine asked me do sew him a working half apron. With a pocket for his tape mesure. With velcro closure. With an elasticized waist band “so it’s not going down my knees when my tools are in”. You know… “just sew something quick”… bwahahaha!

But I was a good girl and came up with something 😉 And just so you know I’ve got a really good daddy that I  love  him big time….

Working apron tut

So, introducing the working half apron! I don’t know if you are really interested in such a tutorial, but I decided to make one anyway because: first, It’s my blog! and second, I needed something tangible so I’ll remember what I’ve done if he’s ever asking to have a new one 🙂

I’ve got some pictures of the process but in the middle of the project I just forgot I was going to make a tut and stopped taking them, so I’ll walk you through the last steps…

You’ll need:

  • an old pair of jeans
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • chalk (or in my case a bit of soap, love soap for marking fabric!)
  • wide elastic
  • velcro
  • Sewing machine

Take your old pair of jeans and lye it down, straightening the waist band. Cut it straight at the crotch.

Working apron tut

Make a cut, from the crotch and passed the zipper. Now you have a big rectangle with 4 panels and 4 pockets.

Working apron tut

I cut the panel with the zipper closure off. Now 3 panels and 3 pockets. I had to remove one of the belt loop as it was too near the edge and I couldn’t sew into it.

Working apron tut

I cut the side to square it off.

Working apron tut

I then fold the crotch so the jeans lay nice and flat and pinned it into place.

Working apron tut

I draw a line and cut it square. (with the pins still holding the crotch).

Working apron tut

Iron a hem 1″ all around (but for the waist band) I wanted to turn it under and make a narrow hem with a nice finish but turned out my sewing machine didn’t want to do that… Mmmmh starting to think about getting an industrial sewing machine… But never mind! I just overlocked the edges and made my hem as is ( 1/2″ seam allowance hem) and made another seam 1/8″ near the outside edge for a nicer and more professional looking hem 🙂 (don’t forget, the iron is your best friend!)

I had a rectangle of jeans lying around (for a bag strap I didn’t end up using) so I made a strap and sewed it to one side of the apron. Attached a long strip of velcro (rough finish velcro side)

Took a strip of wide elastic, sewed it to the other end, and sewed a bit of opposite side velcro.

Working apron tut

couldn’t resist and put my handmade tag! 😉

Done!

Working apron tut

Hope everything is making sense… My dad was very happy to have it and put it to use straight away!

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