Monday, January 31, 2011

REDO #10 PEACOCK FEATHER BABYDOLL TO FITTED BLOUSE

 MONDAY, JANUARY 31, 2011 



BABYDOLL BLOUSE, DIY FITTED BLOUSE,
OK so this week I'm a tad late, I was in Sonora  picking up youth from Winter Camp!

I'm wearing this blouse tonight, dinner date with my lovey(kids in tow lol) :)
I loved the pattern and the "peacock eye" action. 


BLOUSE-thrifted  $1.89
It's a babydoll blouse but really does nothing for a woman, completely unflattering, 
and just hangs loose like a big sheet :/ So I'm going less potato sack more hourglass haha
 And the ruffles.....those are being reworked for sure!

I began unstitching the ruffle.

Ruffle completely off.
 Since it shortened the blouse, I knew I had to rework the material back on to extend the length.

I turned inside out and sewed a new seam 1" from the original.

The body was next, I took an inch in on the sides of the blouse.

BACK VIEW:
I then worked on adding the material back to the bottom of the blouse. 
Except, I didn't just want to add it back as is, I wanted to break up the pattern a bit. 
 I turned the extra material around and created a lighter tone on the bottom.
 After trimming length of "ruffle" and trying (multiple times) to make the side seams match with the blouse seams, decided to place them in the front and back. 
I folded over a thin flap 2x then ironed down a section at a time for easier sewing.
 I then pinned down the back "ruffle" seam to match the original center seam on the back of the blouse.

FRONT VIEW: 
I sewed from the front all the way around until I met with the other side. 
My previous mistake and inability to work my original plan, allowed for a cool feature in the blouse: a slit/triangular opening! 
When I tried it on I still wasn't satisfied, the blouse was still too loose on the waist.
I turned inside out 1 last time and sewed lower side seams 1/4 inch in. 
That was it, I was done!

 AFTER:
 I love how it now sits on my hips loosely.
  I wore with all my thrift finds....Tank, cropped jacket, pinkish bangle, dk jeans & flats :)
 It can be worked so many ways

TOP Close up, I left the ties open

BOTTOM close up, 2 tone blouse

SIDE

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

REDO #9 ADDING PLEATS TO A BLOUSE

 SUNDAY, JANUARY 23, 2011 


ADDING PLEATS TO A BLOUSE


BLOUSE $2






First off, this was my BIRTHDAY WEEK!!! Just thought I'd share lol. I had a GREAT birthday and was blown away with how God blessed me. I'm still in awe :))

I found this great blouse at a different thrift store a while back and saved it for this week. Knowing I had a birthday coming up, I wanted to work on this blouse in time to wear it out. Birthday evening plans- Tango Buenos Aires, it was AMAZING!!!  So, this week I got to wear it twice.

1st, I played around with the scrunchy material and 
decided to add pleats for some definition in middle. I ironed them in 1st.

I ironed all the way down just in case I decided to sew it to bottom hem. I ultimately just went about half way down and "erased" excess pleats by ironing them out.

2nd I turned inside out to unstitch the side hem. I was hoping to let it out a bit, resew and then tightened width on the lower end of blouse.

Beginning to unstitch

Completely unsewn!
 Realized too late that this material is NOT forgiving in any way, once you make a hole its totally visible and it shreds like madness. 
So...after fighting with my machine, getting no where and having to keep cutting shredded sides, I FINALLY sewed it back together.
 Unfortunately, it was now snugger than before, Yikes! I just about gave up with this one. Really, I was so frustrated!!! What to do?! 
Give up, find something else to work on or just suck it up and make it work?

I decided I wasn't going to let my $ and time be wasted. 
So, I started to take out the cute scrunchy elastic pattern :( I thought that might help the upper area have a little more room.
 It worked but not quite enough. I then flipped over the blouse and took out the 2 long pleats on the back. 
I wasn't going to undo MY work, I was going to undo someone else's lol. It worked!

My Birthday outfit! I wore it this way today but w/ my hair pulled back. 
Wore my Blk fitted velvety jacket,skinny's, boots & charcoal jewelry.
 (Necklace is really a belt)

Without Jacket-
 <--1) side I worked on, I didn't dare touch the other side lol
                             <--2) Because of my seam "mistake" it actually tightened the bottom hem a tad more creating this nice overlap! Who would have known?! lol

SCRUNCHING:
 The pattern is still there thankfully even after taking out the elastic which held it together. Except now with no elastic, it opened up the neck much more and showing straps is not an option. I folded over 1/4 in on each side and sewed by hand. It tightened neck up nicely.

PLEATS: Turned out pretty good

SIDE: --> 1)The hem I worked on
             <-- 2)the fold over it created


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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sunday, January 9, 2011

REDO #7 MEN'S REVERSIBLE VEST

 SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, 2011 




DIY REVERSIBLE VEST,


This week I worked on a vest I bought last January from Target's (men's) clearance.
 I had worn it once already as is but realized it was too boxey. 
So, this week I decided to make it a little more feminine and rework another part of it.

PS.....I got blessed with 2 camera's for Christmas! God is good!!!! 
So, my pictures will be much better :)


Sunday, January 2, 2011

REDO #6 FIXING BELT LOOP ON JEANS

SUNDAY, JANUARY 2, 2011 




HAPPY NEW YEARRRRRR!


Its the first weekend in 2011

 and wanted to do something easy after all the late nights.



FIXING BELT LOOP, BLING JEANS, JEWELED JEANS

I pulled out some jeans a friend gave me over a year ago,
 she couldn't use them and passed them on to me. 
Since this was back when I wasn't being consistent with my alterations,
 I tucked them away in my closet thinking I'd get to them. lol That never happened. 
They're "jeweled" both on the front/back pockets, not my typical style,
 but they're brand new and free!

She's also taller than I am,
so I needed to take in the length and fix a hole where a belt loop tore.