Madewell Inspired Shirt Dress Refashion In 6 Easy Steps

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Thread It Thursday!!!!

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A week ago I saw this simple and cute shirt dress on Madewell’s website. I instantly thought of doing a DIY version of the shirt dress. My goal with this tutorial is to make it really simple, so that even beginner sewers can make it. Let’s get started…..

Supplies:

2 button down shirt that are 1- 2 sizes larger than what you wear. Both shirts need to be the same size. I went 1 size larger as I did want to have to deal with a lot of fitting issues. *Be sure to get shirts that are made of high-quality cotton. ( I purchased both of my shirts from the Thrift Store in the men’s section for $4.00 each.)
Coordinating Thread
Ruler
Pins
Marking tool

Method:

1. Using a seam ripper remove the pocket from the white shirt. Then give that area of the shirt a good pressing.

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2. Now it’s time to measure and cut
For the white shirt, you are going to measure 1 1/2″ above the last button. Draw a line across the shirt at your measurement and cut. (Make sure your shirt is buttoned before measuring and cutting.)

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3. With the blue shirt (make sure the shirt is buttoned as well) measure down 1/4″ below pocket. Mark your measurement across the shirt and cut. (If you desire more length remove the pocket off the blue shirt, press the area and cut right under the arm’s all the way across.)

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4. Unbutton both shirts pin them right side’s together at the raw edge and sew with a 5/8″ seam allowance. ( If you need more length use a 1/2″ seam allowance.) Trim and finish seam with picking shears, serger or zig-zag stitch.

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5. Try your shirt on and decide how long you would like your sleeves to be. Mark the area with a pin. Now lay the sleeves out flat. Add 1″ to the pinned area. Mark your measurement and cut. Repeat to the other sleeve. Next press your raw sleeve edge under 1/2″ and then again 1/2″. Pin to secure and sew close to the edge. Repeat with other sleeve.

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6. Give your seams and shirt dress a good press and you’re done.

I hope you enjoyed this refashion tutorial. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

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Dress ~ DIY
Clutch ~DIY ( here)
Shoes ~ Steve Madden

The Madewell dress goes for $110.00 and my refashion cost a total of $8.00. I am very pleased with how this refashion turned out and the fact that it was very simple to achieve.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I greatly appreciate it.

Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable ☺

Project Runway Inspired DIY Metallic Red Lace Dress

Hello everyone,

It’s Thread It Thursday!!!!

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Photo’s c/o Pinterest

I’m excited to share my latest project with you. I have been obsessing over this dress for quite a while….even in my sleep…lol.  You know you really love something when you just can’t get it out of your head.  This dress is inspired by Project Runway Allstar’s Designer Sonjia Williams and Pinterest.

Now, all I needed to do was…… figure out how to get my vision to come to life. So I started looking online at dress patterns. I found one that might work, but it wasn’t exactly what I had in mind. So, I kept searching and finally I came across what I was looking for.  Simplicity New Look Pattern 6225 View C.

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To make this pattern into a dress, I simply added 12″ to the length. Since I used lace I did not hem the capped sleeves or the hemline. I created a dress using a red-ish silk fabric to go underneath. I simply used a sleeveless dress from my closet as the pattern. I have a tutorial here which shows the method. In the end, I was very pleased with how everything came together.

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Dress – DIY
Clutch – DIY here
Shoes – Vince Camuto

It’s nice to see inspiration and what you envision come to life. It feels like a dream come true.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by, I greatly appreciate it.

Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable ☺

DIY Ikea Bag No Pattern Needed

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Thread It Thursday!!!!

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This tutorial was inspired by another wonderful blogger. This bag is so “Easy” to make and you can make it in 1 hour or less.  This bag can be used for so many things. Laundry, beach, travel and more.

For this project you will need:

(*This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive compensation if you make a purchase using the links.)

1 3/8 yard of (oil cloth, laminated cotton and/or light-medium weight vinyl )
Coordinating Thread
3 Yards of Nylon or Cotton Webbing

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To make this bag visit Sewchet’s blog, which also has other great tutorials. A big thank you to the blog Sewchet for such a great tutorial.

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Thank you so much for stopping by, it’s truly appreciated.

Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable ☺

DIY Pink & Grey Striped T-shirt

Hello everyone,

It’s Thread it Thursday.

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I made a decision to work on improving my sewing skills 1 pattern and 1 project at a time. Patterns can be a bit confusing for me. So for a while a worked on projects without patterns. Now that a bit of time has passed, I’ve learned a bit more and regained my confidence. I am ready to give the pattern’s that I didn’t give away a try.

Today’s project was made using Simplicity’s pattern 2156 view C. I bought this so long ago and never did a thing with it until now.

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I made the following alterations.

Added a 7″ zipper in the back
Added 3″ in length
Shortened the sleeves
Cut the neck band on the bias

I must say that this pattern was easy to follow and make custom changes to. I really enjoyed working on this and little by little my sewing skills are improving.

Most of all my daughter, really loves it. Which definitely brings a big smile to my face.

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Thank you so much for stopping by, I truly appreciate it.

Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable 🙂

3 Ingredient DIY Dry Skin Scrub

Hello everyone,

Can I just say……I am really looking forward to spring. This winter weather has been brutal.

What’s the weather been like in your area???

For me and many other’s the wintery conditions can be very harsh on the skin. Which, is why I decided to try this great DIY.

The great thing about this scrub is it works!!!!  After two applications I saw my skin returning to normal. Thank goodness!!!! Another benefit….it only requires 3 ingredients, which you probably already have in your kitchen.

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You will need:

1/2 C Organic oats (old fashioned or steel cut)
1/2 C Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
2 Tbs Raw Honey

Stir to evenly combine ingredients. Store in an air tight container with a lid.

My method of use:

I apply warm water to my face. Next rub in a nickel to quarter size amount all over my face. Rinse with a nice warm/damp wash cloth. I have been doing this twice a day. In the morning and before bed. I can honestly say that by the second day of use, my skin was back to normal. I am so “THANKFUL” for that. I also exfoliate with a sugar scrub recipe which you can find here, once a week in the mornings only. This regimen has been very beneficial for me. I hope this recipe is as helpful to you as it has been for me.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I greatly appreciate it.

Until Next Time,

Sewloveable 🙂

DIY Midi Length Tulle Skirt

Hello everyone,

Welcome  to Thread It Thursday!!!!!

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I am excited about this Sewing DIY.  I’ve been talking to my daughter’s for months about making these skirts.  So a couple of weeks back we headed to a specialty fabric store in our area, to get what we needed. We arrive and head to the section of tulle and organza to see what we could find.
 
One picked a vibrant purple organza and the other picked a fuchsia organza. Now we needed a lining fabric.  Which didn’t take long…..they ended up picking a fuchsia polyester lining and purple silk charmeuse.  Both choices will look great underneath their organza selections.

They both requested elastic waist skirts.  I knew that I wanted to surprise them with something a little more elegant than traditional elastic.  So a few day’s later I decided to check my local Joann’s and see if they had what I had in minds.  They just happened to have this great “Gold Sparkling” elastic. Now that I had everything I needed, it was time to start sewing.
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To make this Tulle Skirt…….I followed one of my previous tutorials here. This tutorial will tell you all you need to know to make the skirt.

We had fun snapping a few quick shot’s of my girl’s running around in the snow. A big thanks to them for agreeing to do this!!!
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Thank you so much for stopping by. I truly appreciate it.

Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable 🙂

DIY Faux Leather Bottom Clutch

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Thread it Thursday!!!

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I love a clutch it’s a quick and simple project. I’ve had this DIY on my mind…..ever since I made the tote version. You can click here for that tutorial. I finally had some free time and decided to make a few. A couple as gift’s for a friend and my daughters and I couldn’t forget about myself.

Let’s get started…..the project can be completed and ready to use in an hour or less!!!

Supplies:

1/4 yard of a woven fabric

1/8 yard of leather or faux leather

12″ Zipper

Method:

Start by cutting your fabric to the following measurements.

Woven (2 )pieces 12″ × 7″

Faux Leather (2) pieces12″ × 4″ image 1. Take your faux leather lay it face up and your woven face down clip together and sew together with a 1/2″ seam allowance. (Note for this entire project we will be using a 1/2″ seam allowance.) Repeat this step with the other  two pieces. image image image image Finish the seam as desired   ( i.e. serger/overlock machine, zig-zag stitch or pinking shears) It was will look like this. image image The next thing you need to do is take a piece of cotton fabric lay if over your faux leather and press the seam down, towards the faux leather. Repeat to other piece. image Next let’s top stitch the seam to secure it down an add a nice professional touch. Repeat with other piece. image Using your serger/overlock or zig-zag stitch. Finish the top edge of your woven fabric. Next you can install your zipper. image image We are almost done. Unzip your back halfway. The fold so that right sides are touching and the wrong side is facing you. Make sure everything is aligned nice and neatly. image image Clip to hold into place and sew around with a 1/2″ seam allowance and finish seams. image Turn your clutch right side out. Make sure to push the corners out as best as you can.

Tada….. All done. Feel free to add a tassel if you like. Click here for that tutorial. Or check out another post here on the fold over clutch.

This is a very easy to make project. You can play around with the dimensions to make it custom to your needs.

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Happy Sewing & Thank you for stopping by.

Until Next Time,

Sewloveable 🙂

DIY No Sew Tassels

Hello everyone,

It’s Thread It Thursday!!!!!!!!

Do you like DIY’s but perhaps you don’t sew ?????

Do you enjoy DIY’s but you don’t have a ton of time to spend on one???

Do you like the idea of a DIY until you see it requires a lot of  supplies or that it’s going to be really expensive?????

Then this is a great DIY for you.

It’s a quick and easy No Sew project.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1/8 of a yard of Suede, Faux or Genuine Leather

Permanent Fabric Glue (I used Aleene’s Fabric Fusion)

Jump Ring

Lobster Claw Closure

A large binder clip

Method:

Cut your fabric

7.5″ × 4″ (or what ever you desire)

From that piece of cut fabric cut a strip that is 1/2″ wide. Fold that strip in half length wise and glue together. Next fold in half again and glue the ends together.
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On the wrong side of your fabric, measure down 1″ and draw a line across.
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Starting from the bottom cut/strips that are 1/4″ apart. Being sure not to cut pass the line drawn.

It will look like this. Next your ready to apply fabric glue as shown. The place the strip we cut and glued earlier as shown. Then tightly roll and use a binder clip to hold securely until dry.

Next place your lobster closure on to the jump ring and attach the jump ring to the tassel.

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Now you can use your tassel on a handbag or as a keychain.

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Happy Crafting & Thank you for stopping by.

Until Next Time,

Sewloveable 🙂

A Sewing Disaster!!!

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Thread it Thursday.

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This post is all about turning a sewing disaster into something wearable. This Duster Jacket was suppose to be a dress. Until, this sewing project went horribly wrong. My first thought was to scrap it and move on………but I hated the thought of letting this cute fabric just go to waste. Then I had that Tim Gunn of Project Runway make it work moment.

May I present the three quarter sleeve duster jacket.

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You can also check out how I used this fabric on another sew project here.

I would love to know…..if you’ve had a similar experience and how were you able to salvage it ????

Thank you for stopping by. It’s truly appreciated!!!

Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable :mrgreen:

Easy Faux Leather Bottom Tote Tutorial

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Thread It Thursday!!

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You can never have enough bags, so why not add another one to your collection. Let’s jump right into this tutorial.

Materials

1/2 Yard of a woven, canvas, duck canvas or a home decor fabric ( I used a striped woven fabric)

1/2 yard of faux leather, vinyl etc

Directions

Start by cutting your woven fabric.  Fold fabric in half (lengthwise) right sides facing (wrong side facing you) cut 1 piece that is 13.5″ W x 16″ L

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Next from the woven fabric cut 2 strips that are 4.5″ W x 27″ L

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Faux Leather cut 1 piece 5″ W x 16″L

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Take your faux leather and lay it right side up.

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Lay your woven fabric on top right side down (wrong side facing you) and clip to hold into place. (No pinning into faux leather) Sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Finish seam as desired (pinking shears, zig-zag stitch or serger.)

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Next take a large piece of scrap cotton fabric and lay it over your faux leather and press the seam. Then top stitch across the seam to keep it in place and give it a nice professional finish.

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All pressed and top stitched.

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Now fold your bag in half clip in place.

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Now sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance and finish seam as desired.
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To create a boxed bottom for the tote the corners need to be squared off. Grab one of the bottom corners and pull and flatten it creating a point. Feel with your fingers to make sure the bottom and side seams are matched up.

Measure about 1″ down from the point creating a triangle that is about 2″ across the bottom and mark with a fabric marker.

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Sew across your marking’s and finish seam.

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Let’s work on the top of the bag. Fold over the top edge of the bag 1/2″ and then 1″ and press in to place. Sew around the top, close to edge. Now give the bag a good press. Making sure to use a cotton fabric over your faux leather.

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It’s time to work on the straps. Fold the fabric in half right sides facing. Press and sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance and finish seam as desired.

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Now turn your straps right side out and and press. Turn your ends under 1/2 ” and press like so.
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Let’s attach the strap’s to the bag. Measure over 1 1/2″ from side and down 1 1/2″. Pin in place sew using the box with an X inside.

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* This part is totally optional. It does give your bag more structure. Again, it’s optional.

Cut a piece of cardboard that is 2″ W x 16″ L.

Then fold your left over woven fabric in half lengthwise (right sides facing) cut a strip that is 4.5″ W x 18″ L.

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Next fold over width wise, press and sew each side of the strip with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

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Next insert cardboard

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Fold in open edge 1/2″ and sew closed.

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Give it a good press and it is ready to insert into the bottom of your bag.

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If you’re looking for a way to keep your new DIY Tote or handbag’s organized check out this easy tutorial here.

A big thank you to Courtneybre’s fabulous blog. She featured the fabulous Paris themed button down in a blog post which….. I just had to have. Check out how she styled it here.

Thank you for stopping by.

Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable :mrgreen: