Costumes

Costume Pirate

Costumes are a lot of fun! They challenge me to be creative, at times, too! The young man in the photo needed a costume for a summer music camp. The shirt is refashioned from a blouse that I made. I used a pattern to make the pirate vest. The pirate belt is made of a very stiff pellon, and the buckle is made of it too, but is covered in a metallic paper.  Pellon and elastic were used for the eye patch.

Voyageur Costume

The voyageur shirt was a requested custom garment for a gentleman who does storytelling tours. Historical re-enactments and story telling walks are great fun and educational too! Check out www.twilightwalkingtour.com, or use a search engine to find historical re-enactments near you, if you want some educational vacationing!

 

 

A Re-fashioned uniform

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A re-fashioned uniform… a military wife asked me to refashion a uniform that she had into a new bag. Fun!! I was SO excited about this project. Sadly, I wasn’t able to start it right when I was ready to dig into it. I would have liked to! My already existing “to do list” prevented me from doing so. But onward, and forward! Here is what she gave me for the project.

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The photo below shows a judicious purchase (a thrift store bargain), that was acquired expressly for the purpose of lining her bag.

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From Military Shirt to Bag or Purse

She sent me a link to a photo of how it would turn out. It actually was part of a tutorial on how to make it, totally expediting my ability to make quickly the exact outcome she hoped for! Here is the tutorial. So, all I had to do was “commence” as my sewing machine manual calls it! lol I removed the pockets, pen pocket and sleeve tab. Wow, that is some industrial grade velcro on those pocket fronts!!

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Next, I cut the front and back pieces from the shirt, and the olive dress shirt.

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AND the straps.

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The assembly process was next and the bag… oh the bag!! It’s a pocket lover’s delight!! Every pocket came with velcro tough enough to keep a small anxious pet inside it. Inside, there is the really big pocket from the camo sleeve, which has a strip of velcro to hold it closed. Nothing is getting lost! Next to it is the pen pocket, with three spaces for pens. On the other side of the lining, is the olive dress shirt’s front pocket. The button area was sewn shut.

lining of bag

This bag’s bottom strip is four inches wide. It will have plenty of room for personal belongings. the front has pockets that velcro shut, and also have velcro loop tape on the front. The tab that was once the shirt’s sleeve closure, is not the bag’s closure.

Pocket Lover’s Delight!

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The view of the other side.

Other side of bag

The pockets on this side were on this piece when I cut it off.  It was previously the shirt’s front. I also took some velcro from the sleeve and sewed it on here for the closing tab. THAT was a fun project! Many thanks to my friend for asking me to do this for you! Beyond that, many thanks to our military men and women for your service to our country, and to those who have paid the ultimate price for freedom. We appreciate you and are thinking of you all this Memorial Day weekend. You have our prayers.

Pillow Case Dress ReFashion

 Pillow Case Dress!

Pillow case dress

 

A pillow case being used as something other than it’s original purpose never occurred to me. Living in a world of boys, (no daughters) I was not familiar with the concept of using them for dresses, until my friend introduced me to it. I totally fell in love with the idea! I made a point of looking for cute pillow cases on my next thrift shop expedition.  I found two identical ones in a cute print, as shown in the photo. . When I returned home, I followed a tutorial online and I was so pleased with how simple they are and appreciated the outcome. I gifted one each, to two friends, who benefited from me having no girls to make fru fru goods for.  😉

Since that time, I have discovered that pillow cases make wonderful cross body bags, as well. The tutorials for this were available since before the recent wave of bags now known as “cross body”. They are wonderful for balancing the weight of the bags’ contents. Hmm… might have to try those in the future, too! 🙂

I am wondering if there are other uses for pillow cases that I am unaware of. Do you have favorite uses for them, no matter if you refashion them or not….?

 

Denim Recycling 1: Girls Jeans Remake to Skirt

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Denim Recycling: Jeans to Skirt

 

After the knees blow on a pair of jeans, there is still lots of life left in them to use for denim recycling. Some of my favorite recycling projects involves the use of  denim pants. I have made so many things with it, and have collected even more ideas than I have used. A friend asked me to do a make over on her daughter’s pants. This girl still fit her pants in the hips when the length was far too short. Her mom liked the pants and so they found a fabric that they liked, and asked for a skirt to be made out of it. I usually have a link to the tutorial I used, but in this case, what to do was obvious to me and I didn’t need one. Here is what I did: I cut off the excess denim at the hip region, below the button up area by a couple of inches. Of the purchased fabric for the project, I cut it to a measurement that would be an appropriate length for the soon to be wearer. I then pressed and sewed in a half inch hem. Then I stitched along the top edge without using a back stitch. I  gathered the top to precisely fit on the bottom of the pant, and attached it.

What Can the Leftovers Become?

Denim Recycling

I also used some of the denim leftovers, and some of the leftover fabric from the new skirt to make a little purse. I also decided to try a little beading, adding sequins in the mix, as well. I have re-beaded garments that were already designed, such as wedding gowns, and bridesmaid gowns, but I didn’t really know how to go about inventing a design. It was made with an eight year old girl in mind, and the design isn’t sophisticated. Even so, I am not sure how I would bead something that were made of a silk or silk like fabric. If there are any out there who have done some beading, I would love for you to post your project photo’s in the comments and how you went through the decision making process. I can look it up, but  then, would I find your projects posted? I know I have spent years perusing the internet and hardly a peep was posted on it from myself! 😉

 

 

 

Recycle T-shirts into Usable Goods I

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The Beloved T-Shirt Recycle Quilt

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I’d been trying to find a way to recycle t-shirts . If you’ve ever tried to repair at-shirt…. it isn’t very worthwhile. It lasts just a few wearings, disappointingly.   Yet, as many t-shirt wearers know, it can be hard to let go of much loved shirts. Such was the case here. My husband had his favorites and I mistakenly got rid of some, to his disappointment.

My friend Karen had made a t-shirt quilt like this one. Her squares were all the exact same size. Mine… were not.  I improvised though, as the picture will show. I bought batting to go inside and the backing is new flannel. It is absoLUTEly the go to blanket in the house. It is incredibly warm and we all love it.

If I had it to do over, I would put strips in between, made of woven fabric, like my sister-in-law did with her t-shirt quilt that she made for a friend. It seems sturdier to add a non-stretchy fabric between.

I have since finished a crocheted warm blanket that took me….. twenty <wince> years of intermittent work. lol Crochet is not my art, but I started this project at my mom’s initiation. She helped me pick out one that I would like from an old crafter’s magazine called “Annie’s Attic”. We went out shopping and got the materials. I worked on it little by little. She found it amusing when I showed the complete project to her 20 year later! Well, I did have six sons in between there! At least I finished it eventually. 😉

Winter Window

 

Does anyone know if Annie’s Attic has converted to an online edition at all? I was not successful at finding it.