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My DIY Spring Wardrobe from 2017 by Sewing Daydreams

My DIY Spring Wardrobe from 2017

Spring is almost through here in upstate New York and I am pleased to say that I had a rather productive one!  I got to sew up some pieces that I had been thinking about for a really long time and it feels so good to finally be able to wear them.  I caught up with the talented photographer, Dave Blenis, recently and got to show some of my newest sewing pieces off.  Read through and check out my homemade spring wardrobe pieces from 2017.  After wearing them for some time, I have some new insight into them that I’m going to share here.  From my Red Riding hoodie to my embroidered Bohemian tunic to my Mad Men inspired skirt… Enjoy!

Also, as a side note, my husband enjoyed this spring wardrobe photo shoot because he got to take a brief vacation from being my Instagram Husband.  🙂

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Embroidered Tunic Tutorial

DIY – The Embroidered Tunic Tutorial

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Spring is finally here and I want to celebrate with an embroidered tunic.  I want a shirt that’s somewhat light, airy, and fun to accompany my mood (I’m not a winter person and am celebrating the warmer, longer days).  I’m thinking a boxy shape, 3/4 length sleeves, with a deep v-neck in the front.  It will be a longer tunic, with the sides split up to the waist.  For the color, I’m thinking off-white with some fancy stitching around the edges.  Sound good?  Let’s get sewing!

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Hooded Wrap Tutorial

DIY – The Hooded Wrap Tutorial

Hooded Wrap Tutorial

Hooded Wrap Tutorial

Hooded Wrap Tutorial

Hooded Wrap Tutorial

I like wearing it open without the self-tie belt as well.

It’s cold where I live, and I want to make something cozy that I can layer on to help keep the chill off.  I also want it to be versatile enough where I can wear it out or wear it in while cuddling on the couch. So, today, we will be making a hooded wrap long sleeved shirt with a self-tie belt at the waist.  Of course, there will be pockets, so no worries there.  Here we go!

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How to Hem Dress Pants

DIY – How to Hem Dress Pants – A Tutorial

Today, we’re going to learn about how to hem dress pants using a blindhem stitch. These pants were bought by a friend unfinished at the store, and it’s a really easy fix to hem them up yourself.

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Adding Inside Pockets onto a Blazer Sewing Tutorial

DIY – Adding Inside Pockets onto a Blazer

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Today we’re going to add inside pockets onto a blazer.  I love the blazer, but the pockets that came with it are essentially non-functional.  The opening is a vertical slit and they are only a few inches deep.  I’m pretty sure I would only trust them to hold my chapstick, if that.  So, we will be adding a pair of patch pockets to the inside of the blazer to make it that much more useful.

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Classy Plaid Gathered Skirt Tutorial

DIY – The Classy Plaid Gathered Skirt Tutorial

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Today is a good day.  Today I finally begin my Christmas present to me! I’m going to make a classy plaid skirt that will *hopefully* be done in time for Christmas.  This will be a gathered skirt tutorial.  I’ve been wanting to make something plaid for the winter season.  In the back of my mind I kept thinking about this lovely skirt made by Gina Michelle and decided that it would be a classy winter look using some plaid fabric.

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diy bibs

DIY – Upcycle Towel into Toddler Bib

My one year old is exploring the wonderful world of food. Not only does he enjoy eating the food, but he likes to squish it in his fingers, run it through his hair, fling it from his spork, push it off his tray, and occasionally, put it behind his back.  Needless to say, mealtime is a very messy though enjoyable experience.

My son has a ton of bibs from when he was younger, but they are really meant for babies and don’t really stop the food from covering his clothes.  So I thought, DIY bibs, or more specifically, DIY toddler bibs!  We recently upgraded our towels so I decided to upcycle an old towel into a toddler bib just the right size for my little man.  Read on for my full DIY bibs tutorial…

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comfy sweatpants tutorial

DIY – The Comfy Sweatpants Tutorial

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Winter is coming, and I’m going to make a nice pair of comfortable sweatpants for my husband to lounge around the house in. These pants will have an elastic waistband, drawstring, inseam pockets, and cargo style patch pockets.  We’re looking for handy and comfort here.  So, without further ado, read on for my Comfy Sweatpants Tutorial!

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Beanie Hat Tutorial

DIY – Upcycle Sweater into Beanie Hat Tutorial

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I recently took an old sweater, cut it up, and repurposed it into a super cute skirt in my Upcycle Sweater to Skirt Tutorial.  Today, we’re going to cut up some more of that sweater and make a fun little slouchy beanie hat perfect for the upcoming cold weather.  Read on for my Upcycle Sweater into Beanie Hat Tutorial!

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Sweater Skirt Tutorial

DIY – Upcycle Sweater into Skirt Tutorial

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It’s sad to say, but summer is ending and the cold weather is coming!  We’ve been doing a little cleaning around here and I’ve been getting rid of a bunch of old clothes.  I pulled out this old pink sweater for the donation pile, when I realized it would make a really cute sweater skirt perfect for the early fall weather.  I’ve been really digging skirts lately since my Perfect Pencil Skirt I made it a little while back.  Read on for my upcycle sweater into skirt tutorial!

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