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Convertible denim skirt April 4, 2010

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Earlier this week, I was rummaging through my wardrobe for something to wear besides my daily jeans and I found some old denim skirts I have. I used to wear denim skirt EVERYDAY. I have about 7 of them. πŸ˜› You know how sometimes you are totally into some styles for a period of time and then you stop wearing them. A few years down the road, you take the old clothes out and wear them again and you either feel weird in them or ask yourself why you wore that style back then. πŸ˜› Well, I felt weird in this particular denim skirt … it felt too short.

So, I decided to update my denim skirt.

I added a bit of fabric with some lace to the hem. This extension is removable too! So, when I want to wear my denim skirt just the way it is, I just need to remove the lace extention. πŸ˜€

Here’s how it’s done.

1. Measure the hemline of the skirt (front + back + 1 inch). This is the length of fabric and lace you should cut.

2. The width of the fabric is up to you. I only wanted about a inch longer for the extention so I cut about 2.5 inches of the fabric. You can cut a wider piece if you want it to be longer.

3. Place the lace on the top edge of the fabric (right side). Fold the other side of the edge up to meet. The lace will be sandwiched between the folded fabric. Pin the lace in place between the fabric.

4. Sew a straight line on top where the lace is between the fabric. This will form a tube with the lace inside.

5. Turn the tube inside out and iron the fabric & lace flat.

6. Run a straight stitch at the fabric edge where the lace is to keep it flat.

7. Place the piece of fabric you just sewed onto the inside of the hem line and mark the places you want to sew buttonholes onto the fabric. Sew the buttonholes onto theΒ  places where you marked. Cut open the buttonholes.

I did my buttonholes with my awesome automatic button holer on my Brother sewing machine. πŸ˜€ Your machine should have a guide on how to sew a button hole. If not, this is a good tutorial on how to sew a button hole manually.

9. Pin the fabric onto the hem line all around on the wrong side of the skirt. Start sewing the buttons onto the skirt where the button holes are.

As I’m not good at measurements, I did it this way so that the buttons and the buttonholes will actually ALIGN. πŸ˜› You will want to make sure that the fabric will be held tight by the buttons. This is because if the fabric hangs lose, it will droop from the hemline. I also used different coloured buttons because I did not have enough cream coloured buttons. πŸ˜› So I just grabbed the next available colour I have. πŸ˜›

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I got myself another “new” bag! March 13, 2010

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Inspired by this tutorial over at Praiseworthy, I decided to refashion my own old A-line skirt into a new tote bag. So here it is!

I got it done in in 5 hours or so. πŸ˜€

I’m liking this refashioning business! HEHE. It’s super fun! πŸ˜€

I made booties for my piano bench! March 10, 2010

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I made booties for my piano bench!

The fabric was from an old pair of denim skorts (skirt+shorts) I had. The lace was from the $2 store.

And this was how I made it πŸ˜€

1. I measured the leg width and cut out circles with about 2 extra inches around the width.

2. I sewed around the circle with a zig zag stitch to prevent fraying.

3. Then I sewed the lace on the right side of the fabric.

4. This is how the circle looks like with the lace on. Ignore the pen markings πŸ˜› I was marking it and realised that it’s not necessary really. πŸ˜› It’s a disappearing ink marker, so the marks will disappear after a while.

5. Fold the circle into half on the wrong side of the fabric. Stitch a few stitches at the edge. Repeat on otherside of the semi-circle.

6. Fold the stitched up circle again in half with the stitched up portions meeting. Then stitch at the edge of the semi-circle again.

7. Continue until you get something like this. If you want a smaller bootie, you will have to fold & stitch a few more stitches.

8. On the wrong side of the fabric, stretch and sew an elastic band into the circle (about where the previous stitches are, doesn’t have to be precise).

9. And there, the sewing is done!

10. If you have quilt batting or thick felt, you can cut out a square piece about the size of the bootie and insert it into the bootie.

This will give cushion to the chair.

So there you go! New booties for my piano bench!

You can make these for any chair legs really. It protects your floor as it prevents the floor from being scratched! πŸ™‚

“new” skirt refashioned from old pants March 2, 2010

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today, i’m wearing a “new” skirt. i refashioned it from an old pair of marks & spencer pants I got on sale a few years ago at like $29.00. I wore it for a while but unfortunately the material was too thick and I also altered too short. πŸ˜› it was also a little too big and baggy.

As the weather’s been really hot these few days and I wanted to wear a skirt instead of jeans. so last night, I decided to make this pair of old pants into a skirt. πŸ˜€ i’m afraid i didn’t take the “making in progress” pics, but here’s the skirt! πŸ˜€

it was hard trying to take a pic of my big fat butt. πŸ˜›

Edit (12 March 2010): I have another pair of pants I want to refashion into a skirt. So maybe I’ll take pics to show the process of doing so then. πŸ˜€

Some sewing projects February 23, 2010

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Last month, I made this neck pillow for my mom with this pattern. Mom loves it πŸ˜€ she uses it alot , especially when watching tv.

Last night, I used the left over fabric to update my old mousepad at work. πŸ˜€ I used this method.

I also made an apron! recycled from a piece of $1 tablecloth I had and also the fabric from a freebie shopping bag we get alot these days from merchants. I came up with this on my own. Now I won’t get wet when I do the dishes! πŸ˜›

It feels great to sew things I can use!