Swimsuit surgery

What to do when your daughter’s old swimsuit is all stretched out, and the new one you buy is three pieces (a rash guard top, boy shorts, and a bikini top)? Turn the bikini top into a tankini by combining it with a portion of the old stretched out suit. image


Boy’s shorts upcycle tutorial

shortsYou know when your kids outgrow their denim shorts, but they are still perfectly wearable? Or when kids wear holes in the knees of their jeans during the winter, and by the time it’s warm enough for cutoffs the jeans are too small in the waist? Add panels on the sides and bind the bottom, and you’ve got a new pair of shorts!

Here’s what to do!

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Project Sewn, black and white: part 2


Woohoo! It’s the first ever Project Sewn contest, and this week’s theme, for both the designers and sew-alongers such as myself, is Black and White. This is one of those trends that I’ve been seeing all over the red carpet, and I don’t have too much of in my own closet, so it was fun to create something. Continue reading

Easter “formal” dress

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This Easter dress was totally inspired by the display at JoAnn’s. You know, the display right by the entrance, where they try to entice you to buy the new fabrics and patterns by making a couple of them and putting them on the mannequins? Well, I usually walk straight on by those, but this time, I was enticed. I fell in love with the pink ruffled knit fabric they had on display and thought it would make a great Easter dress for my daughter.

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Mending Sunday

So, you know those lazy weekend days with nothing to do? Yeah, me either, which explains why my mending pile had grown out of control.

Yet, somehow, today at 2:30, the house was clean, grocery shopping was done, the final load of laundry was in the washer, all the other laundry was folded and even put away. I don’t know how that happened.

But with an entire rainy, cold afternoon to get stuff done, I resolved to make headway on the mending pile.


Here is my pile of accomplished items: one sundress (top of slit had ripped open), one top (lengthened), one t-shirt (v was stretched out, added an inset), one skirt (skirt had pulled loose from waistband), two pairs of leggings turned into bike shorts (holes in the knees). Um, I guess my daughter is rough on her clothes? (I also fixed two loose elastic waistbands by adding in a new piece of elastic, sewed on a button for my husband, and added my daughter’s three latest badges to her girl scout uniform.)


Here’s my pile of items still to mend. Still quite a few. Too-tight fleece pants, two more pairs of holey leggings, two pairs of my son’s jeans and a pair of his sweats with holes in the knees (the jeans are now too small… Oops), a linen skirt of mine in which the elastic gave out, and a pair of my husband’s shorts with various holes.

Some of these are easy (leggings, sweatpants), some are just sad (too-small jeans and fleece pants). Some will be fun (how to upcycle those shorts?).

In any case, I reclaimed some of my sewing space. Yay! Hopefully I can finish off the other easy items soon.

Leggings upcycle into skirt



What do you do when your kid rips holes in the knees of her leggings? I upcycle the leggings into a skirt (and a matching skirt for her doll out of the leftover fabric).

This is very easy to do. Cut off the legs at the holes and even the length. Rip out the center seams of the leggings (up until the crotch seam, leaving the seams in the front and the back) and turn them so that the legs are now the front and the back. Cut triangular panels out of the discarded bottom of the legs material, and sew on the new “sides” of the skirt.

I use hair elastics for the doll waistbands.