>Misadventure in Sewing – Floral Skirt

>Hello Crafty People!

     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.

>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
Happy Crafting!                                          

>Fun Times at the Renaissance Faire

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We went to the Renaissance Faire today and we had so much fun! The costumes worked out great. In fact, I was called a “tease” because I showed my calves and not my ankles. We shopped, ate well and enjoyed the fabulous people watching.
My daughter dressed as a pirate for the faire. I found her blouse and vest at the Salvation Army and she wore her black skinny pants and my hand-me-down black boots. I made for her a bag to tie around her waist to carry her valuables.

Fumiko had found the collar of the white blouse to be irritating so I removed it. She layered the black vest over the white blouse. It fit perfectly so all we did was to tuck the collar back into the shirt to hide it.
Fumiko added a skull scarf and her piratey scowl.
The kids cannot wait to do this again!
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>Preparing for the Weeked

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This Saturday (9/18/10) is the opening weekend for the Northern California Renaissance Faire at Casa De Fruta in Gilroy. I promised to take the family there and we cannot wait to go! We plan to get into the spirit of the RenFaire and, rather than rent or purchase costumes, plan to make our own costumes. My boyfriend already has his costume so it is just me and the kids who have to get creative. We plan to go to the Salvation Army this evening to shop for suitable clothing to transform. My inspiration for my costume is this costume by Zoogster Costumes.
Sexy Renaissance Wench Costume – Dress, Apron and Garland

My plan is to find a long, flowy skirt, vest and a blousy top. Then I’ll layer the skirt with a piece of cloth for the apron and add a belt and suede boots. As for the kids, I suppose that will remain to be seen. I will post an update as to how these costumes turn out!
Happy Crafting!

>Skirt from a dress!

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     Happy Friday to you all! It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right? I thought I could celebrate the weekend eve with something fun and super cute. I spend a lot of time stalking the neighborhood Salvation Army looking for good deals and I found this great strapless dress.

I tried it on and it fit great, however, I don’t “do” strapless. I just don’t like how it smooshed the girls. Even though this is a dress, it has a fantastic tie waist. So, I cut the top of the dress off just above that tie waist. Since I also don’t “do” belly shirts, I had no problem leaving the top of the skirt unfinished. Now, I just throw the skirt on, tie the waist so it doesn’t fall and I’m on my way. Super comfy and no fuss.

If you like this look and want to score it for yourself without stalking thrift stores, you might try:
Amy Butler August Fields Graceful Vine Moss
Bossa Nova Skirt Pattern

     The fabric and the pattern are both available through Fabric.com. Whatever you decide to do this weekend, I hope you keep it safe and have loads of fun!

Happy Crafting!