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Sunday, August 7, 2011

What Can You Make Out of an Old Shirt and an Old Pillowcase?

A brand new absolutely fabulous summer top!

Here's what I started with ... say no more.
After cutting off the top collar and part of the sleeves in a straight line, I lined the remainder of the sleeves with a thin binding made out of an old patterned pillowcase.  

 I then inserted pleats on the back and front so that the top fitted my chest and back snuggly, and then trimmed them with a wider strip of pillowcase fabric. 
Then I sewed two shoulder straps and adjusted their length to fit my shoulders.

I also sewed the front button opening of the shirt closed.

Finally I added a cute little ruffled fabric flower!
This cute little top literally cost nothing to make and is so flattering!
Sew happy!
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Woman's Spring Top - Made by me!

I found this tutorial for a Spring Ruffle Top at Sew, Mama, Sew and just had to make one!

Here is my finished product!  

I left the ruffle off the sleeves, but added a large ruffle flower to create some interest and individuality. 

 And it was my first attempt at making pleats and I must say they are dead easy!  

This top has not buttons or zippers and just slips comfortably over your head.  

Love the spring feeling it inspires!  And how it hides the baby handles. :)
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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Making it Mine - Blouse Revamp

I picked this top up from a Charity Store for $3.  I loved the green fabric and the cut of the top ... but it need my special creative touch!

Again I have forgotten to take a before photo until I had pinned half the pleats on (which I wasn't undoing). so you get the idea.  It was a very plain top.

I added a pleated ruffle around the entire neckline, and a big bow, in a calico fabric which gave it some weight on an otherwise lightweight cotton top.  

Now I have a top with flair!  Love it!  :)
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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Ladies T-Shirt Tweeked!

I bought this t-shirt from Target last summer at an end of season sale for the bargain price of $3.  It's super soft and so comfortable, but just a bit boring.  So....


I simply added a ruffle down the centre and some cute fabric ruffle flowers to the neckline, all cut from an old pair of baby pants in the exact same colour!  

My T-Shirt is no wallflower now. :)

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Revamp - Twin Set T-Shirt and Shrug from 2 old tops!

Remind me next time to take a before photo. :)  But to give you an idea, I started with 2 long sleeve tops with gathered arms and bodices.  They were both very long and had an A line shape.  I thought they looked dreadful on my daughter.  So ....

Revamp time!!!

Now I have a very cute T-Shirt and matching Shrug!

With the T-Shirt I cut off the sleeves and trimmed them with a floral mauve cotton fabric.  I used the same fabric to create a sweet ruffle flower on the bodice.  I also used the sleeves to create 2 more ruffle flowers for the bodice.  

With the Shrug I used a no-sew pattern and simply cut the shrug into the right shape, unpicked the gathering on the arms and bodice, then sewed on a large ruffle flower in the same material as the T-Shirt and presto ... a really cute little matching shrug.

And my client is loving it too. :)  Always a good sign of a job well done!

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

My First Little Girl's Vintage Inspired Peasant Dress with Ruffle!

I whipped this cute little peasant dress up yesterday. 

I love the floral mustard design with the calico style sleeves and ruffle.

This is in fact, the first ruffle I have ever made and I must say I'm so pleased with the way it turned out!  

And so easy to make.  I think I'm going to become a serial ruffler now. :)

The little flower was also super easy to make with just a knotted strip of fabric, twisted and rolled around into a flower shape!

Similar flowers were used to create the headband.

Unfortunately my little model thought it was too cold to model her new dress last night. :(  
Lucky the weather is warming up ;)
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5 minute Chocolate Cake in a Mug!

This dessert of Chocolate Cake and Passionfruit Yoghurt Icecream was so simple to make.

1 Coffee Mug (large mug) 4 tablespoons flour(that's plain flour, not self-rising) 4 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoonsbaking cocoa 1 egg 3 tablespoons milk 3 tablespoons oil 3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional) some nuts (optional) Small splash of vanilla

All ingredients were mixed in a cup, then put in the microwave for 2 minutes!

I also sprinkled some icing sugar on top - as if it wasn't sweet enough! :)

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