Sewing Daydreams - Perfect Pencil Skirt Tutorial

DIY – The Perfect Pencil Skirt Tutorial

Sewing Daydreams - Perfect Pencil Skirt Tutorial

Sewing Daydreams - Perfect Pencil Skirt Tutorial

Sewing Daydreams - Perfect Pencil Skirt Tutorial

Sewing Daydreams - Perfect Pencil Skirt Tutorial

Today I will be making a pencil skirt that I have been thinking about making for a while now.  Now that I have my little kiddo, it’s hard to find the time to do any intricate sewing.  This one is quick, easy, and to the point.  Can’t go wrong with that.  Read along for my DIY perfect pencil skirt tutorial.

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DIY – Upcycle Romper into Tunic Top Tutorial

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My sister recently gave me a romper which is cute, but is just way too short.  I’m somebody’s mother now (!!! still such a wonderful and wild experience !!!), so there are some lengths I just will not wear anymore.  But the material is so pretty and the sleeves are so fun, so I decided to upcyle it and turn the romper into a tunic top.  I paired my new tunic along with my previously upcycled ankle length summer jeans.  Read on for my full tutorial…

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DIY – Upcycle Old Jeans into Ankle Length Summer Jeans Tutorial

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I was cleaning out my closet a while back and decided to get rid of an old pair of jeans.  I loved them, but had them for years and they were wearing out around the back end, so I decided it was time to move on and tossed them into my bag of clothes to get rid of.  Recently, I was thinking of what to bring on my upcoming holiday and was wishing I had a nice pair of summer jeans to bring along.  I fell in love with the length of ankle jeans, like those that can be found here and here.  This length looks great with a pair of wedged sandals or heels and is a fun alternative to traditional shorts or capris.  I thought of this old pair of jeans and decided to upcycle them, and fix them up.  If I get one more season out of them, it would be worth while.  Well, they turned out better than I had hoped for!  So, read on for my Upcycle Old Jeans into Ankle Length Summer Jeans tutorial…

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DIY – Upcycle Earring to Necklace Tutorial

For some reason or other, I have a collection of misfit earrings that I don’t wear anymore.  Either one has gone missing, or I purchased them online and found them too heavy to wear (my adage “the older I get, the larger my earrings get” has a side effect!). I tend to keep this misfit earring collection because some of these earrings are just so pretty and I hope that either it’s missing partner will miraculously turn up, or I can find some other use for them.  Well, I finally found another use for them… upcycle them to a necklace!  Read on for my Upcycle Earring to Necklace Tutorial!

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DIY – The Fancy T-Shirt Dress Tutorial

 

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My husband snuck this photo of me getting ready. He’s the best. 🙂

T-shirt dresses are one of my favorite things because they are extremely comfortable and quick to get dressed in.  Today, we’re going to make a t-shirt dress, but jazz it up a bit with some lace trimming.  This will keep the comfort factor, but allow me to wear it dressed up to fancier events.  This dress will have short sleeves, a scooped neckline, and inseam pockets.  Read along for my DIY fancy t-shirt dress tutorial …

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DIY – T-Shirt Refashion – The Open Back Bow Tutorial

I recently got the chance to have some photography done by the talented Dave Blenis showcasing some of my homemade clothes.  I was blown away by his photographs.  They made my clothes seem legit!  I had made this shirt last year prior to my sewing blog, so never got a chance to share it until just now.   Though I had made the shirt from scratch, the method of applying an open back bow can be used for any t-shirt refashion and is a fun and easy way to spice up your wardrobe. So read along for my T-Shirt Refashion – Open Back Bow Tutorial!

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DIY – The Inseam Pockets Tutorial V2

I had previously made an inseam pockets tutorial which uses interfacing to help create sturdy pockets on clothing made with a very light fabric.  However, I’ve realized that most of the other times I’ve made inseam pockets, I do it a bit differently and don’t use as much interfacing.  Hence, today’s post titled Inseam Pockets Tutorial Version 2.

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DIY – The Lacy Summer T-Shirt Tutorial

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sewing daydreams lacey summer tee

Today we will be making a t-shirt that I have been thinking about making since the early spring, but put on hold until after my pregnancy.  Though the end of summer may be in sight, there are still plenty of warm sunny days ahead and what better way to enjoy the last days of summer than with a light t-shirt made even lighter from a partially lacy back.  I’ve seen a lot of wonderful examples of t-shirts incorporating lace into their design out there in the blogosphere.  Some of my favorite sources of inspiration include posts from Cotton and Curls, Pearls and Scissors, and So, Zo…What do you Know?.  Today will be my own take on the subject.  This shirt will have a scooped neckline and hemline to match.  The lace on the back of the shirt will mimic the scooped hemline.  Read on for my lacy summer t-shirt tutorial.

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DIY – The Two Minute D-Ring Belt Tutorial

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Me sporting my brand new belt (and my 39 week belly!)

The first time I made a D-ring belt, I was blown away by how simple and fast it was.  It literally took me two minutes and then I had a brand new belt (one which I still wear all the time, mind you, and which you can see here, here, here, and here).  Today, I want to share this easy peasy DIY tutorial with all of you, so read along for my DIY-Two Minute D-Ring Belt tutorial…

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DIY – The Double V-Neck Boxy Dress Tutorial

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I like it with a belt as well…

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And the belly picture… so very close now!

My sewing goal while pregnant is to make dresses that will still look good after my belly is back to normal. So maternity wear that is able to translate into normal wear.  Previous attempts include this sheath dress, this Simplicity dress, and this trapeze dress.  Today, in my attempt to do that, we will make a boxy summer dress with a v-neck both in the front and the back that sports little tiny sleeves.  To help the dress keep its shape up top and not fall off the shoulders, we will add a small strip of material across the back v-neck.  This dress idea was inspired after a Silence + Noise Vega shift dress that was selling at Urban Outfitters, which is unfortunately sold out but which you can still take a peek at here.  I was originally planning on adding some front rectangular patch pockets, but since my belly is 37 weeks out at this time, it’s hard to gauge exactly where I want to put them.  So, I plan on adding them after my little man makes his grand entrance.  While pregnant, I always feel that adding a belt helps flatter my shape but without a belt looks nice too! I just think it’s just best to show off that tummy rather than hide it. 🙂  Read along for my DIY double v-neck boxy dress tutorial…

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