- Patchwork Maxi Skirt
- Rag-a-muffin Wreath
- Cutesy Drawstring Bags
I really needed to do something with all my old Spurs t-shirts that I don't wear or don't fit into anymore. So I decided I would cut them up & make a patch work maxi skirt. I also included some other t-shirts that I don't wear that I thought would go nicely with my black, white, gray and pink theme.
I decided on a 16" square for all my pieces. Some shirts proved a bit small for 16", but I made it work. Now...just cutting everything up took a while, but left me with a bunch of usable scraps. I cut the shirt bottoms into strips about 1.5"x6"-7", and will use the sleeves to make small drawstring bags.
I anticipate 3 projects from this reincarnation.
Most people who know me know that I'm dressed like a hippie as often as I can get away with it. Being a native Texas girl, I'm also inspired by western & southwestern styles as well... so I guess it's no surprise that I'm now in LOVE with the Junk Gypsies. I'm going to take a stab at restyling a thrift store dress (to be posted when completed) into a Junk Gypsy style skirt. Here's my inspiration piece:
Stay tuned to see how mine comes out!
I found a knit maxi dress at my local thrift store to use as my guinea pig. The results aren't bad, but I have a couple lessons learned from this first effort. Here's mine, not quite as sexy, but still pretty cute...
Step 3: Now sew your waistline. I had some 1/2" knit elastic that I needed to use up, so my waistband case is only about 5/8" wide. Fold over the raw edge about 1/4" & then fold again the width of your elastic & stitch all the way around, leaving a small gap to insert your elastic.
Step 4: Insert your elastic into the waistband casing.
Sew the ends together. I stack mine & use a zig-zag stitch to secure.
Step 5: Mark & cut your fringe pieces. I laid my skirt out with the side seams stacked one on top of the other so that the center front (CF) & back where the outside edges when laid on the table. Then using the CF & CB markings I made while it was on the dressform, I drew a line between them.
LESSON LEARNED ONE: I had planned to have the front shorter than the back, but I don't think I had quite enough difference in height between them & somehow my curve was dipping at the side seam. I think next time I'll mark this before I sew the waistband, or mark the 4 CF, CB & SS points with a hem marker, then connect the dots.
Step 6: Start cutting fringe. I have a special ruler with slits every 1/2" that I used to keep my rotary blade on track. I cut my fringe into 1" wide piece because I knew it would roll up when done. I cut through both layers at once from the bottom up to my marked line.
Step 7: Put on a good movie & grab a spot on the floor to start tying knots. Back on the dressform, tie the first row of knots all the way around - my knots are are about 1" - 1.5" down from the top of my fringe line. Then knot the second row using 1 tail from each side in between the first row of knots & knot again.
LESSON LEARNED TWO: This came out longer & fuller than the Junk Gypsy skirt - on my next attempt, I'll pick a tighter skirt & get my asymmetrical shape laid out better. I do like my knots though - think I'll keep those. :o)
Just in time for the summer solstice - my hand painted poppy shoes! I just used standard acrylic craft paints, a water soluble marker & a lot of patience. I love them, I had to take the pictures and post them before they get dirty :o)
I downloaded & printed some vintage style clipart images to inspire me.
My bee graphic is a download from Graphics Fairy & my poppies are from a "learn to draw" tutorial. (http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/how-to-draw-a-poppy.htm)
My first blog post ever is a crafting post, using some Gap jeans I bought at Goodwill, & "reincarnating" them into some fun Americana jeans - just in time for the family Memorial Day bash.
Here we go....
Step 2: Figure out how high you want your colored insert to go, measure from the bottom & mark it on both outer leg seams, and use a seam ripper to open the outside side seam. (My slit was 20")
**NOTE** If the outside seam of your jeans is the seam with the top stitching, then open up the inner leg instead.
Step 3: Select your insert fabric. For my Americana jeans, I selected a red, white & blue batik cotton with stars. I wanted a wide inset, so I cut my inset triangle to be 22" tall by 6.5" wide.
Step 4: Pin your inset to the leg slits starting from the bottom up, and check to make sure the grain is straight by holding up your jeans when everything is pinned so you can see it hang straight.
Step 5: Sew your inset triangle into your slit. I used .5" seam allowance & gave myself about 2 extra inches at the top of my triangle so that I knew I had plenty of fabric to close everything up.
Step 6: Hem. I tried on my jeans & use a dress makers hem marker to mark out my hem. I did a simple double rolled hem with a straight stitch - then I went over that with a cute flower stitch. the bulky seams were too much for the flower stitch, so I had to "jump" over those.
Step 7: Decorate as you like! Done!
I used the extra jeans fabric to make stars, and I cut out some of the stars from my inset fabric. Then I hand stitched them on using embroidery thread. I think they need a little bling, but I haven't decided what I want to do about that yet. hmm, maybe sequins ;-)
Here my nosy cat got in the way. I'm sure we'll see more of him as this blog progresses.