Jun 22, 2017

A Navy and Cream Skirt

Next in line from my Mom's stash of dresses was this cotton/poly navy and cream dress.  I liked the print and the buttons up the front of the skirt portion.  I decided to give it more versatility, though, by cutting it in half and making a skirt first, with a top to follow.


It was a pretty straight forward refashion.  After cutting it at the waist and removing the elastic, I made a new waistband from the lower portion of the bodice.

May 30, 2017

The Fuchsia Tunic....part two!

The last refashion I completed in the tunic series left me with part of a skirt.  I could have just hemmed it and added it to my wardrobe, but quite honestly, I have too many skirts already.  I decided it would be better served as a simple peasant dress for one of my little granddaughters.  To recap, this was the before and after of the tunic:


And the following pictures are my best attempt at photographing a VERY busy toddler.  I think it was easier making the dress than taking the pictures!!


May 22, 2017

Clipping the Bat Wings!

Digging through the box of dresses that my mom gave to me (ones that she wore back in the late 70's-early 80's), this blue one was the next to catch my eye.  I really liked the soft color, and although it is polyester, it has a linen-like feel to it.


The overall fit was fine, but it needed some tweaking to bring it up to speed. 

May 14, 2017

It's tunic time...the final chapter!

This is the final tunic in the series and also serves as a transitional piece into my next focus of refashioned clothing.  A while back, my mom gave me a box of her (mostly) dresses that she wore in the 70's and early 80's.  I have decided to try and breathe some new life into them.  This skirt and blouse is the first one to be transformed.  It just happened to make a nice, lightweight tunic that will be great for the summer months ahead.

May 8, 2017

It's tunic time...part seven!

I have really been enjoying making, and wearing, these tunics!  They are soooo comfortable!
This tunic started with a turtleneck and a skirt.

Apr 21, 2017

It's tunic time....part six!

This tunic started out as a slim fitting men's shirt.  I loved the color and small checks.  If you notice in the before picture that the shirt is hanging from tree branches, it's because we were camping when I did this refashion.  Yes, I brought my sewing machine camping!  I have to admit, though, after years of tent camping, we now enjoy "glamping" in a travel trailer.


Apr 11, 2017

It's tunic time....part five!

This tunic is probably the simplest one yet in my series, and the most comfortable!


Apr 8, 2017

A Mary Poppins Party

The women's organization of our church just celebrated their 175th anniversary!  To celebrate, we decided to throw a Mary Poppins-themed party.  We decided that there were many life lessons that could be learned from Mary Poppins in helping us to become "practically perfect in every way."

For the invitations, I downloaded an image from the internet and added the party details.  I would reference a source, but to be honest, this image is widely available and I can't remember which site I actually got it from.  I also made matching posters.



Mar 30, 2017

Time Out From Tunics!

Sewing has been put on hold lately.  My hubby runs two businesses, home designing and general contracting, and I am the lucky person who gets to do all the bookkeeping!  Business tax returns are due one month earlier than personal tax returns and there was a mountain of receipts to organize and account for this year!  Luckily, I finished them in time and sent them off the afternoon of March 14, just in time for our tenth grandchild to be born later that night!  Needless to say, I have been happily busy doing the grandma thing!  I even had the privilege of doing the newborn photo shoot, of which I'm not a professional, but my price is right!  

Meet Isaiah Daniel...


Mar 13, 2017

It's tunic time...part four!

Finally, a break in the rainy weather!  This simple tunic has been done for awhile, but the weather hasn't exactly been picture-taking weather.

This tunic started as an oversized t-shirt with white banding around the hemline.