Monday, September 26, 2011


Monday, September 26, 2011 at 8:23pm

These are the 2nd & 3rd items I worked on this week, a skirt that was included in donation of clothes to my family and a shirt I bought at Dollar Tree. The idea came from THE SISTER'S FOUR

2. SKIRT- donated
3. SHIRT- $1 +tx Dollar Tree

BEFORE: Skirt too big and not flattering to my hip/saddle bags :/ thanks mom lol Pencil skirts are a lot more flattering on me.


Inside out, I matched side seams and pinned down.

I then stitched from the elastic waist on the center back area, straight down to remove some of the excess flare.

I then cut.

Since that wasn't enough, I then unstitched the sides, exposing pocket, cutting more than half of it and planning to remove more fabric before sewing up.

I pinned each side,from the outside, overlapping back fabric towards front pocket, making sure the pocket although smaller now, was positioned correctly.

I then sewed the sides up and then flipped inside out to sew up the now 2" deep pockets. I had to cut them due to their original positioning and my desire to cut excess fabric off around them.
skirt "AFTER" 
revealed at the end

BEFORE: I bought this irregular shirt from Dollar Tree. It was wide and angled weird at the bottom.

COLLAR: I cut off the v-neck. I wish I would have only cut the front cause it opened it more than I would have liked.

I turned inside out and pinned where I'd sew and cut

Removing the extra sides fixed the flare/angle at the bottom.

I took my daughter's outgrown, slightly faded shirt and cut into 2 strips, removing the elastic too.
 I then went through my stash of old shirts aka cleaning rags haha and found something that matched my daughter's shirt.

L. OPTION 1- I played around with the strips after cutting 1 flowered in half and using 1 piece, keeping the other partly attached and using 1 whole turquoise strip cut in half
    R. OPTION 2
            C. OPTION 3

I also cut a 5" strip from the turquoise shirt and pinned to the bottom of the purple shirt. I ended up cutting it down to 2.5" and leaving it raw.

I then sewed strips in place and bottom strip sewing right over the 2 original seams, all in a light grey color. It was a nice break up in color and not too noticeable.

AFTER: I Wore my NEW top with my NEW skirt, black suede boots & simple pewter jewelry.

 CLOSE UP: Right to left side.


SKIRT- It angled from the back, slightly shorter to the front.

TOTAL REDO'S Due: 12, make up for the time lost during the year, totaling in 18 redo's to complete before my 1yr Anniversary on Blogger (actual 2 years of redo's)


 Monday, September 26, 2011 at 8:23pm

This weekend I worked on an OLD pair of comfy jeans I thrifted years ago, which needed NO SEWING!!!
 I babysat 2 new cuties :)  Friday, helped at our church's community event, Friday evening marked our new student/child's (M. S.) 1st week with us on Saturday, which has included lots of girl talk, of course, got lots of stuff done with hubby while kids partied w/ Tia Bon (my sis, their auntie) ANNNND attended, participated and received from our weekly, AWESOME, church service...followed by a much needed nap & Fireproof w/ the fam. Long but enjoyable weekend!

Here's how the clothing part of it went :)

1. JEANS- previously thrifted

Opposite pocket and knee already shredded....pocket lining covered my thigh but my knee was totally exposed :o lol not a big deal but everytime I bend down my knee gets stuck in hole and it continues to grow.

 PATCHES: I had 2 different shades of jean, previously purchased at Walmart. I chose the lighter.
I had just enough of the light patch for all 3 areas and cut to size. I laid them out so I'd remember which ones went where. MEMORY ISSUES!!! LOL

 First you preheat the area to be patched, 30 seconds on the NO STEAM setting.

Then you lay the shiny side down/jean part up and hold iron down over patch 30 seconds. Repeat on each hole. That's it! SO EASY *TIP* Great to do for new jeans too, so that "fashionable" shredding don't turn into BIG holes.

Inside of pocket: what the jeans looked like.



CLOSE UP: Still has shredded look but no holes.

KNEE: I can bend it with no more stretching or knee showing. Wash as usual.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 12:37am

This weekend I also worked on khaki pants I bought years ago at the thrift store and because I have varied in weight over the years, I had left them as is....just in case. But I decided to take them in, if I "grow" I can always take them out. The last redo was pretty fun and super easy. I used one of my son's old collared shirts for a necklace, idea found HERE from THE SISTERS FOUR.

2. Khaki's - already owned
3.Boy's shirt- Son unknowingly donated haha

BEFORE: Comfy Khaki's that were too big in the waist/bum area. 

Button was very loose.
I turned the pants inside out and sewed from the waist down to about the hip area and tapering off at the end so that the flipped side would not look weird.

Sewn from waist past pocket. Also fixed button.

#3 Necklace
BEFORE: This was my son's shirt but it was getting a bit small and too worn out to pass on. Love that my friends and I swap/pass on our kids' clothes. So, I got the idea from a new fav blog, to reuse in making a necklace! 

I cut right under sleeve not knowing how much I'd need. And I cut into strips from seam to seam, using the stripes as guides.

I ended up only using some of the blue and all of the stripes. You'll see that I set aside 1 blue strip and the bottom "hem" piece for later. Since this shirt had a split hem at the bottom for hip fit, it was actually 2 pieces when I cut it. I slightly stretched out the strips above the bottom pieces for the necklace.

As per blog, I gathered the "seams" and used 1 of the "hem" strips to tie a knot and then did the same for the other side.

Both "seams" are tied with the "hems" of the shirt.

Then I cut the reserved strip in half, cutting off the seam areas and using 1/2 strip to fisnish off the look. I wrapped in opposite directions, over the combined seams and knot,trying to cover it all neatly. I then did the other side.

AFTER: Finished ! I like that I can tie around my neck at various lengths depending on the

OUTFIT- I wore this to church on Sunday. I paired it with a clearance top I purchased recently at Old Navy with my Navy bucks(gave me 1/2 off discount), only $1.50+tx! I also wore the fixed khaki's, my wedges, wood bangle, copper hoops & lg green ring my aunt gave me. LOVE big rings!!!

Close up-

TOTAL makeup REDO's left:14