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Save That Dress!!!!!!

What do you do when your daughters favorite dress gets to short for her to wear?
Turn it into a skirt.
Aiyanna loved this dress last year! She liked the pockets a lot.  She would come home from daycare with treausres in her pockets. Mulch, rocks, snack, you name it you could find it in those pockets. I tried it on her the other day and it was way to short and also was cutting into her underarms. She was really upset when I took it off of her.  So when she woke up from nap she had a suprise waiting for her.  A pretty little skirt that just happened to look like her favorite little dress. That made for one happy little princees!

Here's the dress I used.

Cut the top off. I cut it an inch above the waistband.

I cut off the button on the back.

Pin the opening shut.

Sew the opening shut.

Pin elastic to the back part of waistband.
Sew the elastic un the seam allowance of the skirt.

Fold down and sew.


T-Shirt Dress

This was supposed to be PJ's, but my daughter is determined it is a dress.  It could pass for a dress! She loves it probably beacuse it is so comfy or maybe because it says Coca-Cola on it.  She's good at talking Daddy into giving her some of his Coke or she goes and finds a half empty bottle and sneaks it. She can be sooo quiet when she's tryng to get away with something!

Supplies Needed:
  • Adult T-shirt
  • Elastic
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine

Cut your shirt to fit. I used my daughters pajama dress as my pattern.

Turn inside out and sew the edges you just cut.

Cutoff the sleeve hem, bottom hem, and neck binding.

Using a tight zigzag stitch sew the raw edges of the sleeves, neck, and bottom.  You can also serge using a rolled hem. Pull taut as you sew to create a lettuce edge.

Sew the ends of the elastic together. Mine is about 18" long. It could have been shorter though.

Pin the sewn part of te elastic to the middle back of the shirt.

Find the middle front of the elastic and shirt and pin it.

Pin elastic to each shoulder.

Here is what it will look like.

Sew the elastic using a zigzag stitch. Stretch the elastic as you sew to fit the shirt.


Sewing Blind

 I finally did it!!!! I have been wanting to learn how to do a blind hem for ages now. For some reason the instructions always confuse me. So yesterday I was determined to figure it out. I sat down at my sewing machine with a pair of pajama pants I was making for Dakota and began trying to figure out how you are supposed to fold the fabric. It was so easy!!!! I don't know why I could never figure it out before.

I thought I'd show y'all how I did it.

Serger or zigzag stitch the raw edge you are going to blind hem.

Fold and iron hem up like normal.

Now the tricky part....fold the hem back so right sides are facing (like an accordian).

Make sure to leave the sergered or zigzag edge above the fold.

Set your machine to the blind hem stitch. (the highlighted one). If your machine doesn't have a programmed blind hem stitch I think you could use a wide zigzag stitch.

Here is my blind hem foot for my Brother machine. different brand machines have different looking blind hem feet so if you're not sure if you have one just google it.

Put your fabric under the foot as pictured. The fold shouldto the left of the guide (white piece).
It will straight stitch 3-4 stitches and then do a zigzag stitch, then straight stitch, zig zag stitch......

The green thread is the blind hem stitch.

 Here is what it looks like on the right side. 

I hope this helps someone! If you are still unsure of a step or if something is unclear just leave me a comment and I'll try to help you.


Tell Me What You Really Think!

Easter Sunday is a good excuse to go buy a new hat for church.
My talented Mother-In-Law  made a hat for a young lady for Easter Sunday. It was so pretty and I want to show it off.
My Mother-In-Law (Sylvia) is on the right. And left is the young lady wearing the hat Mama made.

Here is a close up of the hat.
So what do you think? I personally love it!!!!
Mama would really like some feed back on her hat.  So wants to know what y'all honestly think.
Really!!!  Love it, like it but wouldn't wear it, would never wear it, or would wear it proudly just let us know!

All Tied Up

I have talked about how my son loves to  dressed up.  Well, when he saw the Easter Bunny wearing a bow tie he was begging me to make him one. Here's how I made it.


Supplies Needed:
  • Scrap fabric
  • Scissors
  • Velcro
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine

Cut 4 rectngles.
Cut 1 rectange 2" x 3" (tie)
Cut 1 rectangle 6" x 4" (bow)
Cut 1 rectangle 7" x 4" (bow)
Cut 1 rectangle 2" x measurement of neck plus 1" (band)

Fold longest rectanlge (band) hin half  right sides together and sew short edge and the long edge. 
 Flip rightside out and iron.
Fold shortest rectangle (tie) in half and sew along long edge.  Flip rightside out and iron.
With remaining rectangle (bows) fold in half width wise so they 2" wide. Sew around all edges leaving an opening to turn it right side out. Flip right side out and iron.

Lay the 2 medium size rectangles smaller one on top of the bigger one. 
Pinch the middle together with your finger and thumb.

Wrap the smallest rectangle around the middle and hand stitch ends together.

Sew velcro on each end of the band.

Slip band through the back of the bow tie.