Month: May 2015

Up-Cycle: Old Sweater to Little Girl’s Dress

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I am proud to say that I have been exercising regularly for over 120 days now. In that time I have noticed a lot of changes in my body, most notably, has been in my arms. They have gotten bigger. Which is great, as I have never been particularly muscular in my upper body. The downside that I am finding is that some of my favorite shirts just don’t fit anymore!

I had been surfing Pinterest, like you do, and came across a pin from for a sweater to sweater dress up-cycle that she had done. I decided that I had to try it with one of my old sweaters.

This is how it went: Read the rest of this entry »


Steampunk World’s Fair!

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Many, many man hours went into making our outfits for the Steampunk World’s Fair.

The Steampunk World’s Fair is the largest Steampunk festival in the world.  For one weekend in May they take over a couple of hotels in Piscataway, New Jersey and make it a home to music, entertainment, and hundreds of people. This was my first year in attendance.

My outfit was made in a few days while I Read the rest of this entry »

And Now for Something Completely Different!

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This month’s challenge from The Monthly Stitch is totally different than the normal challenges, because the article in question this time around is to be Menswear &/or Childrenswear. Not a typical focus, as most (if not all) the participants are adult females.

I really wanted to make this adorable little girl’s winter coat, but Read the rest of this entry »

Drafting a dress

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I was playing around with a bit of fabric from my collection a while back. I had just finished the showcase gown and wanted something on Evan, she seemed naked without the big white ball gown she’d been sporting for months, so I draped this red and blue stripped jersey over her and just fell in love with the idea of making a dress out of it.

The question was, how? Read the rest of this entry »

Purple Shirt for a Dinner Party with Friends

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We were invited to a dinner party by a couple my husband and I are friends with back in mid-April. The morning of the party, I decided that I was going to make a shirt to wear that night. I figured if it didn’t work out, no biggy I’d wear something else. So, I set to work sketching a pattern on my muslin. I used one of my favorite shirts as inspiration, a black kimono style shirt. You might remember this Read the rest of this entry »