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I have been trying to make me some stretch denim capri jeggings.

These are the first pair.  I can’t get them on.  Big time fail right here.


On my next pair I added in some space.  They ended up being a little too big, so I took some off at the inner seam.  I had topstitched all the other seams already.

Of course.

In making these I used stretch denim, though it wasn’t really stretchy enough.  They would be more comfortable if they had a bit more lycra in them.  I also added some fancy back pockets just in case my shirt popped up.  Also…I just wanted to try out cutting leather on my Silhouette after seeing this tutorial.  I did this first before I tried it on my Nature Inspired skirt.  I learned a few things…like do the Heat n’ Bond at the same time as the leather when cutting.

The tutorial explains it pretty well.  I didn’t need to cut mine twice, though.  I used leather from a pair of suede pants I had cut up.  I put the suede side down and used the smooth side for the pocket.  It is a thinner leather, so it only needed one cut.

After I cut out the leather I cut out the same piece from Heat n’ Bond (again…just bond it to the leather before cutting).  This helps to bond the leather to the pockets.


Iron the Heat n’ Bond to the leather, take off the backing and iron to the pocket.

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Once the leather was bonded I topstitched it to the pocket.  I tried to use the denim topstitching thread, but it was so thick it was skipping stitches on the leather.  That wasn’t going to fly, as the needle leaves holes.  I switched to a light satin thread, which worked fine.


Then, the waist was too big and too low.  Ugh.  I tore out the serging of the elastic, which was turned and topstitched (FUN!!).  I put a thinner elastic in, and tried to make them tighter.

They are still too loose in the waist, but I GIVE.


I wore them once so far and they are not the most flattering things I have ever made, but with a long shirt they will be serviceable.


This week is the last week of Skirt Fixation’s Challenge Create.  I took pictures of my outfit, but I rather dislike them…so I may take new ones.  It was dreary on Saturday when I took the pictures, so I was inside.  I should have retaken them today, but it was nice outside.  So I did outside stuff and forced the kids to appreciate 70 degrees again.   So nice!

I don’t post my outfit until Friday, so I will hopefully get them retaken so they look decent.  In the meantime…we are going to Wizard Con in less than two weeks (last minute decision), so I need to make an Elsa and a Wizard from Clash of Clans.  At least the Wizard should be easy!  I get the fabric in the mail tomorrow…then it’s ON!

Skirt Fixation – Week 3 – A “touch” of vintage

Here we are at Week 3 and a touch of vintage!

Well, I am not really a vintage dresser, so I had to think of what I wanted to make for this theme.  In looking at the different  silhouette’s, I do favor the pencil skirts and suit tops of the 40′s.  I am not a big dress wearer or circle skirt aficionado.

I decided to make a pencil skirt with a kick pleat in the back.  The fabric I am using here is a plaid that has some lycra in it.  It is a suiting material, but it still needed some added thickness.  I adhered interfacing to the backside of the skirt to give it more body.  I used parts of a pattern for a knit skirt, though I added the kick pleat on my own and did the waistband differently.


The middle part is black lambskin leather with a lycra backing on it, so it has a considerable amount of stretch to it.  Lambskin hides are not very big, so I really had to think on my pattern layout in order to get the pieces I needed out of it.  Plus, it is spendy, so I wanted to make sure I made good use of it.



To make sure I had a matchy-matchy outfit, I drafted a top with a peplum back.  The neckline is too low.  I have to wear a shirt underneath to make sure I am not obscene. I guess I can live with that.  I like how it pairs with a white top underneath.



It is princess seamed on the front and back, and I added a peplum in the back that is squared off.  I lined the edges with pieces of leather.  This is another instance of me just throwing things together to see what works.  I really like how this top turned out.  Minus being too low in the front, of course.  I even used up almost all of the hide, so I am glad I didn’t have too much left over.



I am wearing ponte knit arm warmers that made, but the shirt is from CAbi.  We still have a chill in the air, so no bare legs for me.  Need to keep warm!


Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you liked my Touch of Vintage. :)

Next week is destash time, and I am so looking forward to showing what I made!

Signature style & Pinteresting Project – April

This week for Project Run and Play, we are supposed to show our signature style.  This has evolved for me over time as my kids have outgrown the dressy, special occasion clothes.  If I were to make a lovely dress, it would sit in the closet unworn and unloved. :(

Right now my signature style for the kids is:

  • something that is fun and comfy
  • matchy, matchy outfit
  • use of embellishments (iron-on rhinestones, vinyl iron-ons, ribbon, trims, etc.)

This outfit doesn’t really have embellishments, but it does use a mixture of different fabrics.   It is a bit of a collaboration with the girl.  I told her what I planned and she agreed. ;)  Then she picked out a bunch of other fabrics for me to make her clothes.  She keeps me busy, I tell ya!

The shorts are a modified Ottobre pants pattern from a few years ago.


I increased the size, made them shorter, added to the rise and added elastic to the back.  I also did the waist band differently.  This was inspired by pinning these shorts from Zulily:


I had some black fabric that was similar to the coral fabric, so I thought it would make a great pair of shorts for Anya.



I wanted it to be contrasty, though, so I put cream underneath it.


It looks so nice inside, too!  I am getting better at doing these fly zippers.  I also really like doing snaps, as it is much easier than a button and buttonhole.


I made two shirts to go with the shorts.  Both are self-drafted.

This first is a very soft tank top, and I used up the last of this fabric on this shirt.  I had to piece together the front, and the top is part is lined, enclosing the seam across the middle.  She is a bit particular about clothes being itchy at all, and I figured the seam would be itchy.  This is a very lycra heavy shirt, so I used clear elastic at the neckline and arms to keep it from stretching out of shape.

Normal picture of Anya…in the midst of a cartwheel.


The circle shirt is from this tutorial.  For Anya I made it 32″ wide, and cut 18″ on the fold for the length.  As the fabric is lace-like, I serged the edges twice.  I then did a straight stitch and a zig zag stitch for the folded over hem.  It shouldn’t fray…I should hope!


She was very happy with this outfit.  She was so happy with it that she wore it to Catechism class, and it was 40 degrees.  I made her wear boots and a hoodie, as I was tired trying to explain to her that she might actually get cold.  She wasn’t having any of that.


Sometimes you just have to let it go, and let them learn!

The “Clan” shirt

Kai is a little addicted to the game Clash of Clans.  It is on Brian’s phone, so he doesn’t get to play it too often.

I guess you could say that Brian AND Kai are playing the game.  It is constantly playing, so when Brian is at work he checks on it and tells Kai how the game is progressing when they get home.

Yes, my guys love playing games.

So…Kai wanted me to make him a Clash of Clans shirt.  He asked often for it.  At first I was thinking that it would be hard to cut something out of my Silhouette machine that would look decent.  Then I remembered that I purchased some  Transfer Artist Paper several months ago.  You print a mirror image onto it with a color printer and then iron it on.

At first he wanted a Wall Breaker on his shirt.  Um…no.  Skeleton carrying a bomb??  I don’t think so, son.  I told him I would do the logo with the shield, as that was fairly benign.

Yes, this is totally copyright infringement…or something.  I am a bad person, but good mom (FYI…when I searched for t-shirts I saw a whole lotta copyright infringement of people selling shirts with the logo and characters on them, so at least I’m not sellin’ it!).

Here is what it looks like printed out:


Here it is on the shirt:


I ironed it too long, so I had a hard time getting the paper backing off and it wasn’t smooth anymore.  Maybe reading the directions before ironing would be a good thing!  It says 20-25 seconds, and I did more like twice that at least.

I also made him a pair of sweat pants.  He really, really likes comfy clothes.  This is a deep wine color, and I used an Ottobre pattern that I lengthened a bit.  I also added front pockets to it, as well.    The shirt is an Ottobre pattern, too.


He wants more sweat pants, so I shall be making him a few more outfits.  I made the pants extra long so they fit him in the Fall again.  Our kids seem to grow like weeds over the summer!  Must be all that fresh air that they get.


Just a reminder that voting for Challenge Create: Adult Edition is up today for the refashion week.  Go and check out the other contestants, as everyone did a great job!

I have next week’s outfit all done, and just need pictures.  I am working on the last week’s challenge which is just something from your stash, which will be fairly easy since ALL of my sewing right now is from my stash!

In other sewing news, the Spring Top Sewalong starts on Monday, so I want to get a few new Spring tops done for when the weather warms up.  Plus they are nice to wear under cardigans in the winter, too.

So much sewing…so little time before springtime yard work cleanup starts!

Skirt Fixation – Week 2 – Refashion

Well, here we are again!

This week we are supposed to upcycle from a ready made garment.  I wasn’t sure what I had and thought I would have to go to a thrift store to find something.  That would have negated my intention to not buy ANYTHING for this contest, as I have way too much to sew up.

Then I remembered that I threw this dress into my upcycle box:


It is a lovely cotton eyelet summer dress from the LOFT.  I wore it twice…maybe.  It just really isn’t my style.

I orginally thought I would make a dress out of it for my girl.  Now wouldn’t that make a great dress for a little blonde waif?

Yes, yes it would…except…dress.

The last time she wore a dress on her own accord was at sometime this past winter when one of her friends came over and they played dress up.  They put on my shoes, some dresses and sprayed my Bath & Body Works bath sprays all over the place.  They smelled really good.

So…no dresses for her anymore.  ’Tis a shame, but one must adjust to the tween or make lots of stuff that never gets worn.

Onward to making something for me!

I put on my thinking cap and browsed Pinterest for a bit until several different ideas finally gelled into my little brain.  I decided to use the bottom part of the dress as an underskirt for a plaid skirt with some leather accents.  Luckily I have a massive amount of fabric, so I didn’t have to buy anything.


Here we have another drop-waist skirt (ya gotta know what works for you!), with layered squared off circle skirt cuts that I randomly picked up and sewed up to show the skirt underneath.  This is what I mean:


I love the look of layered skirts, so this was really fun to make and experiment with pulling up the different sections.  This has a definite “Scottish Kilt” flare going on up here.


Boots – Matisse Outlawed (out of production – got these on Zulily for a steal – the Renegade boot is pretty similar)

I should have really interfaced the top of the skirt, as the fabric has a little bit of stretch to it.  The bottom part is a bit heavy with all that fabric.  It is lined on top, but the lining isn’t really substantial.  I added belt loops, as I figured I would need a belt to keep this  sucker up with all the weight…plus it just looks cool.  The belt loops are the plaid fabric with a leather overlay.


I put in a side invisible zipper, and can I just say I love my new zipper foot?  Holy crap did that make putting in the invisible zipper a complete breeze!  Totally worth the $18.  I see many more invisible zippers in my future!


I was going to make a white lace shirt to go with this, due to the lace on the underskirt, but that was just a bit too “twee” for me all together.  Instead I used my TNT self-drafted princess seamed shirt pattern to make a fitted stretch poplin shirt.  The black poplin has a white stripe in it, and it isn’t very thick.  I doubled up the arms and put white bias binding between the layers to bring in the white from the collar.   The middle front is also lined.  With all that lining it adds a bit of bulk and not a lot of shape.

The collar is a nice brushed cotton from a flat bed sheet that I cut on a significant curve and it is lined.  I put the lace that was around the neckline of the dress into the edge of the collar.  So, this is what it looked like:


Still a bit too “twee” for me, so I  hacked that off.  When I wash the shirt the edges of the lace should get a bit frayed, and I think that will look cool.

It is hacked off in these pictures outside (I bet you are jealous at how well I hide the remote! ;) ):


I stitched a channel with a button hole opening on the bottom side around the edge, and I threaded a white satin ribbon through it.   I wanted to be able to bunch up the collar and give it some volume.

The poplin is stretchy enough that I can just pull it over my head.

I also made the jewelry for this outfit.  I bought the beads around my birthday in December, and it was time to do something with them.  They are three necklaces and the earrings.  The silver chain was just a length folded on itself several times.  Pretty easy.  Making this kind of jewelry is fairly straight-forward.  It is just threading beads together.


So…I had a refashion on the underskirt and the collar, and the rest was from my fabric stash.  Probably NOT as much as I should have gone for the refashion part of this challenge, but I kept within my budget of $0 so I win in any case. :)

Well, I hope you liked my refashion/stash mix!

Voting opens on Friday for your favorite creation.