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. 🙂
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!
Here is a quick and fun tutorial to make some Christmas cones. These cones were a tradition in my family growing up, and now that I’m older, I’m continuing the tradition with my own family. I make one a year after the season is done in rememberence of the year. You can fill them with treats or other goodies and hang them anywhere. We usually put them on our tree. Enjoy!
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…
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!
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 sweaterinto skirt tutorial!
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!
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 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…
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!