>Misadventure in Sewing – Floral Skirt

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     You may remember my floral skirt that I made from a dress recently. I thought it was adorable and I couldn’t wait to wear it! I thought it would be best to wash it first. I threw it in with my clothes, fully intending to remove it when I put the rest of the load into the dryer. Because it is rayon. Well, I forgot. I threw my new skirt into the dryer with everything else and let it run for about 15 minutes before I remembered. I didn’t get a pic of this because it will look the same anyway. Unless I wear it for the pic. No Bueno. That would be a really bad picture! I washed it again, maybe I can stretch it. Or go on a severely restrictive diet. What a bummer.

>Lining a Basket

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     Well, today’s post clearly shows what a perfectionist I am NOT. Since I moved to my new home, my unmentionables have been living in a box in the top of my closet because I decided that I didn’t want to take up space in my bedroom with a dresser. It clearly wasn’t a well thought out plan but I am slowly getting things organized. I found this super cute basket at the Salvation Army and thought it was a good basket for my socks and undies. Since I don’t want my things snagging in the basket I decided to line it. I wish I had taken before pics of this project but I just wasn’t thinking that far ahead. The lining is an old linen blend curtain (also from the Salvation Army). I put it into the basket, tucked the fabric all the way in and then cut the fabric around the basket allowing some length to hem. I machine hemmed the fabric then put it back into the basket. After some tucking and arranging to make sure it was all even I hand sewed the fabric to the basket. I decided to use the contrasting orange thread to give it a little personality. Here is the hard part – getting the needle through the basket weave was much harder than I thought it would be! So much for my vision of cute, little, evenly spaced orange stiches. So, I did what I could to make sure the liner was attached to the basket. I like how it turned out. Something only a mother could love…..

Here is what I should have done in the first place!
Burlington Baby Large Cherry Willow Basket Set with Liner, White
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>Misadventures in Sewing

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     Today, all I can say is “Oops!!”. You have seen that I love to change dresses into skirts or cut and redo skirt lengths to make something new and current. One piece that I love is my leopard nightgown into skirt.
I wore this skirt to work and loved it. It was so comfy and I thought it looked cool. But, when I washed it, I noticed that the elastic twisted inside. NOT comfy! I need to fix this before I wear it again.

This next skirt is going to be a little more difficult to rework. At least, for me it will be. This is a peach colored skirt that I shortened. I didn’t cut straight and the back of the shirt is a little shorter in the middle, making a slight A shape in the back. I already have a problem with pregnant butt under my skirts, the shorter hem in back is not good! The problem for me is, I will need to go a bit shorter to get it right. I am not sure yet if this new length will be suitable for work….
If you remember the original post, you might remember the stains on the skirt. I am happy to say, they came out!!
Oh, well, we live and learn from our mistakes, right?
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>Where Do I Find My Energy?

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     I have never mentioned how packed my days are. When I bought my house, I had to go far to find something for the price I wanted to pay. I work full time in Santa Clara, California and I purchased my home in Los Banos, California, 80 miles away, half of it over a mountain pass. As you can imagine, I have very little time during my day for such things as healthy meals. But, I do have breakfast tackled! And, it tastes like chocolate ice cream!!!
     Every couple of weeks, I look for bananas on sale. This week I found them for 3lbs/$1.00. I packed four bags full of bananas. I also got some over-ripe strawberries and papayas on sale. I peeled the bananas and broke each into three pieces, bagged them and put them in the freezer.

If you have a regular blender, make the pieces a bit smaller.
On Sundays, I make big batches of smoothies using my Euro-Pro Ninja Master Prep Blender and Food Processor. My Ninja can handle about 8-10 pieces of banana at a time. I love that my Ninja can do this, I used to break blenders in the past! I add this and add enough almond milk to almost cover the bananas. Any kind of milk is delicious in this recipe. To add beneficial fat, I use a couple of tablespoons of organic peanut butter. This week, I plan to try walnuts instead of the peanut butter. Then, the most important part, a couple of tablespoons of cocoa powder (the kind you use to bake your brownies). Blend, adding more milk if needed. I split this into multiple plastic cups and freeze. Then, in the morning I grab and go. I usually wait about an hour after removing from the freezer to eat. It is the consistency of ice cream and tastes delicious. You can also forgo the freezer and drink right away as a smoothie.
     My daughter is not a fan of the cocoa powder so I skip the cocoa and add frozen strawberries instead. I will also replace some of the milk with orange juice, this never fails with her!

>Skirt from a Dress – Floral

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     One of my treasures that I found at the Salvation Army this past Friday was this cute green floral dress. Okay, the style wasn’t so cute but the pattern is. This dress is a throwback from the ’90’s, sleeveless with a back tie and a high waist. I tried it on and although it “fit”, it highlighted all the wrong curves.

     I put the dress on and, looking in the mirror, decided what length would look best. I cut the skirt off, adding an inch at the top so I could turn it to sew in the elastic.
This was really super easy. I measured the elastic around my waist for a real custom fit. I then pinned into the waist of the skirt in four places equal distance apart. Then I stretched the elastic and pinned into the skirt in several places between the original four pins. I machine sewed directly onto the elastic, stretching the elastic as I went along so the fabric would pucker evenly with the elastic. Here is the finished project.

I made it knee length because it has a rather long slit in the back. I like it knee length, I think it skims over my hips just right. It will look great with my denim blazer!
If you want to get this look without stalking the thrift stores, you might try this rayon fabric from Fabric.com.

Stretch Rayon Blend Jersey Knit Floral Turquoise
Stretch Rayon Blend Jersey Knit Floral Turquoise

The Bossa Nova skirt is now a free pattern dowload! 
    Bossa Nova Skirt
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>Skirt From a Dress – Brown and Green – Fun!

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     Happy Friday! It was certainly happy for me because my Salvation Army had its storewide 50% off sale today. Yaaaay! I picked up lots of new project stuff. And, the smokin-est deal was my suede jacket with sweater sleeves for only 5 dollars. Loving this jacket and I expect to get a lot of use from it as the weather gets colder.

$5.00 Suede Jacket!
     One of the great things I got today was a super cute tank dress in brown with a ruffle near the bottom and some really cool embroidery.

     This didn’t need much. It already has an elastic waist. I cut the top off, staying close to the elastic. The dress was lined and the lining wasn’t attached to the skirt so I hand sewed the lining on to the elastic. Really, the only reason I hand sewed was so I could hang out on the sofa and watch tv….. I don’t know yet what I will do with the embroidered part.

     I plan to wear this with a lime tank and a brown cardi. This skirt is so comfy and I think it skims over my hips and bootie just right. Can’t wait to wear it next week.
I also cannot wait to get started on my other projects!
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>Dresses and Skirts, Oh My!


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I recently went on a shopping expidition at the Salvation Army where I got lots of loot for not a lot of money. I had a blast changing other’s cast-off dresses and skirts into something cute and stylish (and comfy!!)
When I saw this skirt, I just loved it! What can I say, I’m a child of the ’80s. It was long and flowy and a great summery coral color. But, now that I am 29 years old (for the 12th time), I like my skirts a little shorter. Go figure that it would take me this long to feel comfortable showing a little leg. Anyway, I went from below the knee (unfortunately I lost my before picture) to this cutie. All I did was cut it to the length I wanted, pin the hem and run it though my sewing machine. Super easy!

Now, this is embarassing but I’m going to say it. At the upper left hand corner of this photo, the skirt shows some blue-ish staining. I actually made this stain myself when I put it through the wash. I accidentally washed a black skirt with the load :-(   I’m hoping some pre-soak spray will do the trick to removing that stain!
This next dress looks so cool and tropical. But, as a girl with boobage, the top was too snug.

Since I couldn’t wear this cutie as it was, I cut the top off. I then turned the top of the skirt over and stitched to create a space for a tie or elastic. Don’t forget to leave an opening in the inside so you can feed your tie or elastic in. I went for a tie waist using extra material, however I found this tie to be a bit bulky. I am going to add elastic to the waist instead before I wear this skirt.


I think that this weekend I plan to recover some throw pillows. Looking forward to that! And, maybe a little Salvation Army shopping tomorrow.
Happy Crafting!