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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Striped Summer Dress Tutorial

DIY – The Striped Summer Dress Tutorial

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Sewing Daydreams - The Striped Summer Dress Tutorial

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Hello! It’s been a hot summer this year, and I have been living in dresses (which I have to admit is one of my favorite parts of summer!)  I’ve been thinking about adding a new dress to my summer wardrobe and finally got some time to make it happen.  So today we will be making a nice, comfortable striped summer dress perfect for hot and lazy August evenings (my favorite weather, in fact!).  This dress will have a v-neckline in the front and back, an elastic waistband, and very useful front pockets.  We will first make our pattern using an old dress as a guide, and then our striped dress.  Read on for my Striped Summer Dress Tutorial!

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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 show you how to make a pencil skirt, and this pencil skirt tutorial is one that I have been thinking about making for a while now.  I actually haven’t made a skirt since my Golden Skirt Tutorial which is from way back when I just started this blog!  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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upcycle romper tutorial

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’ve been on an upcycling kick lately turning a sweater into a skirt, and earrings into a necklace. Giving new life to old things is really rewarding and surprisingly easy.

I paired my new tunic along with my previously upcycled ankle length summer jeans.  Read on for my full tutorial…

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ankle length jeans tutorial

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 at Forever 21 and Macy’s.  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!  I often pair these with my shirt that I made with my Upcycle Romper into Tunic Top Tutorial.  So, read on for my Upcycle Old Jeans into Ankle Length Summer Jeans tutorial…

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upcycle earring necklace tutorial

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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t-shirt dress tutorial

DIY – The Fancy T-Shirt Dress Tutorial







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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t-shirt refashion open back

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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inseam pockets tutorial

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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Sewing Daydreams - Lacy Summer T-Shirt Tutorialial

DIY – The Lacy Summer T-Shirt Tutorial

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sewing daydreams lacey summer tee

sewing daydreams lacey summer t-shirt tutorial

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; my Lacy Summer T-Shirt Tutorial.  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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