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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…


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?!


Instantly slim tut!

It all started by me following a pin on Pinterest

Source: 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!!


Instantly slim tut


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!

Old spice…

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It has been awhile… I really wanted to try my hand at refinishing a furniture (didn’t have anything particular in mind.). But 2 things always got in the way:

First I don’t have lots of space for this big of a project.

Second, time… Just can’t have enough for all the projects I wanna do!

Butttt, I found something that wasn’t taking too much space and would not take too much time! An old spice cabinet!

Spice cabinet redo

I found this one at the thrift shop for a whooping one buck. It was screaming seventies and was just plain ugly. Why not try to rejuvenate  it? or should I say,  age it?!

Let’s go for a…

Spice cabinet redo
I almost used the same technique as in my plywood background tut .

Firstly, I sanded the thing slightly.

Then, put a coat of primer (I used some leftover from the girls room painting).

Painted 2 coat of matted white  paint (again from leftovers). Here it is after its 2 coats of paint.

Spice cabinet redo

Already better looking isn’t it?!

Sanded it with a 120 grit sand paper and used a steel wool to add more aging.

Spice cabinet redo
I really like it, and I think it’s looking so much better now! It will find a home in my sewing room and will be useful holding my bead jars…

Spice cabinet redo

unless Camille claims it…

Spice cabinet redo

(Has anyone noticed my “new” second plywood?? hehe)

If you wanna see a before/after picture…

Spice cabinet redo

I used some frames I sprayed paint white for Camille’s room as a prop in the photo booth we did for Julien’s birthday. They ended up all chipped after the day so I decided to distressed them too! (I think I’m addicted…)

distressed frames

I love the way the old gold paint is showing under 🙂

distressed frames


Pour ma belle amie! 

Un petit changement pour une vieille armoire à épices achetée 1$ au centre bénévole! À peu près la même technique que mon plywood… Sablage, primer, 2 couches de peinture, sablage léger avec du 120 et laine d’acier pour vieillir un peu plus! Les cadres sont ceux de Camille que nous avions utilisé pour les photos durant la fête de Julien. Vu qu’ils étaient un peu maganés, j’ai vieilli un peu ceux-là aussi! On voit donc la peinture originale qui était dorée 😉


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I’ve been wanting for a long time a plank of plywood to use as a photo background. Not knowing we had it home stored somewhere. Duh. MY hubby kindly cut it off to fit the table. Now I have a background for my pictures. AND a background for birthday parties! YAY! I really like the distressed look for wood so I went to work on it a bit.

Here’s a small tutorial if you want to have one yourself.

distressed background tutorial

First, since it was stored for a long time and it was used for a seeding table,  I vacuumed  it 🙂

then I paint a coat of white, roughly, without thinking too much.

distressed background how-to

That was the easy part  ha.

white paint finish:

distressed background how-to

Then, I sanded it here and there (sorry no picture for this one!)

And I used some steel wool to give a grey finish a bit everywhere…

distressed background how to

I really like the finished look! And I can ham a nail on it to hang my handbags! It will be so much easier to use than my rolling blind (that keeps falling off) 🙂

distressed background how-to

I started to use it to take pictures ….

special order for a wedding!

It is much easier to edit with this back ground than a white toile and I think light is more diffuse too, less harsh.

Pickle holder, vintage tupperware!

I can put it standing up or lying down, and I think I’ll use the left over and do the same process so I’ll have both a back ground and a table top. I think pictures will look better than with white cardboard…


I’ll be using it for Julien’s birthday too, I’ll post some pictures soon!

P’tit résumé pour mon amie de la rue Brion! (hihi) donc une explication du procédé que j’ai utilisé pour vieillir une planche de Plywood afin d’avoir un fond pour mes photos. J’ai juste peinturé une couche de blanc vite, vite, sablé un peu partout et frotté avec une laine d’acier pour vieillir un peu plus! Ça fait cool hein??! 

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! 😉


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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T-shirt top play dress tut!

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Michelle at MichellePatterns is doing another challenge this week 🙂 It’s called the pinterest challenge (it’s not too late to participate and do the giveaway!) and you have to make something inspired from something you pinned on pinterest… I saw lots of  dresses made from t-shirt tops so I decided to give it a go! (here’s another one for inspiration)

T-shirt top dress

Remember the white cami I dyed? I finally used it 😉 Along with some fabric my friend Katrina gave me (Hi Redrane!)

T-shirt top dress

It was going to be for Camille, since I find it hard to find some cute dresses the length we like.

I cut the cami about 4 inches under the arm.

T-shirt top dress
Then I cut 2 inches strips from the remnant.

T-shirt top dress

Sew 2 strips together to make a long one and ruffled it with my sewing machine.

T-shirt top dress

I then pinned  it around the collar and cut the over and sewed the 2 end together to make a loop and sewed it on.

T-shirt top dress

The purpose of this ruffle is to make more girly and to hide some of the dye stains 🙂

Next I measured the length I wanted and cut the fabric  accordingly (width is selvage from selvage). Sewed the selvage together.

Gathered it and sewed it on the cami.

Made a ruffle with the fabric remnant and added it to the skirt. Put a cute belt and you’re done!

T-shirt top dress

When I showed it to her when she came back from school she squealed with delight and was wearing it the next morning (so the pictures are taken before she left for school and she ‘s standing up on her dresser lol!)

Freezer paper appliqué tut

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Freezer paper appliqué tut

I’ve been wanting to try this technique for more than 6 months now… It has been delayed that much because it’s impossible to find  freezer paper here in Québec! No grocery stores, no walmart nor Zeller’s and the like are selling it! Can you imagine that?! Finally I gave in and bought the stuff at Club Tissus, 11 bucks for 50 paper size sheets… this is not cheap, but it’s for a good reason 😉

I can say I’m thrilled with this technique and I almost regretted not to buy this stuff earlier (this was the cheap in me lol).

Wanna now what I did? let’s go for a walk thru …

First you will need

  • some freezer paper (in the wrapping aisle of your grocery store) It’s a paper that is wax on only one side.
  • Fabric paint (I  used dollar store acrylic paint mix fabric medium)
  • sponge brush
  • iron
  • X-Acto or utility knife
  • Piece of cardboard
  • hair blower if you are anxious to see your results like now!
First, decide on what you want for appliqué and draw it on the paper side of your freezer paper (keep in mind that you’ll get a reverse image, so draw you letters backward is you want to write something) With X-Acto cut along your lines and tear your drawing to remove the center, keeping any small parts inside.

Freezer paper appliqué tut

As you can see I did an anchor and I keep the small circle at the top.

Next, iron your design (wax side face down on your fabric). It will stuck to your fabric like a sticker! Put any small parts of your design on  and iron them too (see my small circle?).

Freezer paper appliqué tut

You will need a piece of card board to put between your 2 layers of fabrics, so when you will paint you won’t have a mess on the back.

Mix your acrylic paint with your medium according to instruction or use fabric paint. With a sponge brush, dab your design taking care not to put paint anywhere else on your fabric.

Freezer paper appliqué tut

Continue until all your design is covered with paint.

If you are like me, and just want to see the finish product now, blow dry it for about 5 min, until paint is set.

Freezer paper appliqué tut

remove your freezer paper carefully and iron it to set the paint.

Freezer paper appliqué tut

Did someone said FUN???!!! Man, I have TONS of plain t-shirts…. LOL!

DSC_9239Freezer paper appliqué tut

It looks soooo professional don’t you think?? This skirt is for Camille and I made it using all thrift store fabrics…

On a other note, I’ve finally decided that I won’t use this bag as a school bag after all…

Eco-friendly shoulder bag

I’ll be afraid to dirty it all the time and I will not want to put it on the ground, not very useful for a school bag 😉 So I’m offering it on my shop (here). I bought a little vintage something instead….! Pictures to come when I’ll receive it 😉