Sunday, February 27, 2011

REDO #14 COTTON JACKET: FIXING FAUX POCKETS

Sunday, February 27, 2011 



I'm on time today! :)

This week my kids had the whole week off ("Presidents week") as opposed to the 2 Monday's off, like most schools.
 I totally enjoyed it and wish it wasn't over so soon.
 Due to their time off, I put off working on my REDO until.....Saturday night! Not totally intentional, just happened that way.  
 Either way, I knew in advance that this REDO would have to be something easy so not to take away my time from them or IF at last minute, I'd have to work on it (latter occurred lol)
I got this at the thrift store, by appearance in great condition.
Aside from being a little big, it was lacking a basic functional quality: POCKETS!

adding pockets, adding pockets to jacket, thrifted redo, thrifted jacket

JACKET: Thrifted $ 2.00


It was a trick, faux-pockets :/

Where a pocket would naturally be!


I cut a slit on the inside along the seam of "pocket" flap. 
That is where I would eventually be pinning pockets.

POCKETS- This is my 1st ever pocket creation!
 I used an old black t shirt as material, the pockets from my blue coat as guides & the kids' WHITE crayon to draw lol 
I pinned the center of each "pocket" together so that the 2 layers wouldn't separate while cutting.

 I left the pins in the center from before and sewed all around except for the openings

I pinned each side of the new pockets to the jacket openings and sewed all around. What I couldn't get with the machine I did by hand. I then took in 1/4 in. on each side of jacket.


AFTER: I wore with REDO#11, pearl strands, jeans & boots


POCKET: My new pockets! Nice and deep & warm too.
I eventually sewed the pocket to the inside so that it would be fully attached.


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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

REDO #13 UPDATING A CROSSOVER DRESS

 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2011 




 I've had a great weekend!
We celebrated my baby girl's 5th birthday in a "SASSY SALON" theme party,
 with friends and their daughters on Saturday.
 Sunday afternoon enjoyed a birthday lunch with family in honor of my baby's birthday
(more presents) and then spent all day Monday, her actual birthday, 
doing fun stuff as a family!



UPDATING A CROSSOVER DRESS, crossover dress


This is THE dress I wore to my baby girl's party :)

It's also my second ILGWU item. 
(International Ladies Garment Workers Union)
REDO #3 is the other one.
 History lesson here:
WIKIPEDIA says it's '...one of the first U.S. unions to have a primarily female membership, and a key player in the labor history of the 1920's and 1930's'

It's pretty cool owning a piece of clothing,
from a company with that kind of beginning. 




Tuesday, February 15, 2011

REDO #12 DE-FRUMPING A SHEATH DRESS

 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011


HAPPY VALENTINES!!!!

fixing a sheath dress, thrifted sheath dress



I reserved this dress for VDAY since its reddish/black and thought it appropriate for a nice evening out.
For the day dedicated to LOVING your spouse, significant others, kids, family 
and friends more than usual.


 I'm REALLY not fond of lace
but I loved the cream sheer panel behind the lace and kinda digged the buttons. 
 This is the 2nd lacy item I now own too.
The dress is boxy, has no shape at all and is SO blah. 
I figure I'm helping the ladies who might have worn as is....or the landfills of another trash piece lol
It needed to be taken in a few inches on each side, sleeves shortened 
and maybe the length too.


Monday, February 7, 2011

REDO #11 SHORTENING EXTRA LONG SLEEVES

 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2011



shortening long sleeves


I'm late again..... this time I was in Eureka with my hubby, NO KIDDOS!
 Not that we didn't miss them TONS but they were enjoying the vacation of a lifetime with my sis and friends at Disneyland.
This is their first time too, their first plane ride,
their first vacation without us.
I think that was a little hard to swallow.
We weren't able to do that with them for financial reasons
and responsibilities we have at the time.

CRAZY thing is hubby has never been to Disneyland!
Most of his family is in Los Angeles.
I found it hard to believe but he swears it's just never worked out.
I've been a few times.
The last time when I was 16...it's been a while.
That is definitely on the MUST do list
and with our kiddos! 

Knowing I would be preparing for 2 separate trips (kids & ours),
I chose an easier item this week.