+ - - - - - - DIY gathered bell sleeve refashion

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This dress is actually a refashion from one of my DIYs! I literally couldn’t find the right fabric or the right dress at the thrift store so I just grabbed my old boxy dress DIY and went for it! I took it in to be more A-line and added the sleeves. I realized after I attached the sleeves and took in the dress a little, it turned out to be kind of summery. Ehhhh, what can you do. Still love it and can’t wait to wear it!

Instructions:
-mark where you want your gathered bell sleeve to start
and measure the length you want the bell to be
–cut just below you mark
measure the opening of the sleeve then double the measurement.
-Cut out 2 rectangles that are the doubled sleeve opening measurement by the length you want the bell sleeve to be.
-Then hem one of long sides of the rectangle
and sew a basting stitch to other long side.
-then gently pull the basting stitch to be the size opening as the sleeve opening.
-sew the side of the bell together to make a tube.
-pull the sleeve through the gathered part of the inside out bell
-pin and sew the 2 openings together
-topstitch the outside of the sleeve just above the seam you just sewed, making sure to sew the inside raw edge or the seam allowance upward into the topstitch creating a flatter gathering.

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Instructions:
-mark where you want your gathered bell sleeve to start
and measure the length you want the bell to be
–cut just below you mark
measure the opening of the sleeve then double the measurement.
-Cut out 2 rectangles that are the doubled sleeve opening measurement by the length you want the bell sleeve to be.
-Then hem one of long sides of the rectangle
and sew a basting stitch to other long side.
-then gently pull the basting stitch to be the size opening as the sleeve opening.
-sew the side of the bell together to make a tube.
-pull the sleeve through the gathered part of the inside out bell
-pin and sew the 2 openings together
-topstitch the outside of the sleeve just above the seam you just sewed, making sure to sew the inside raw edge or the seam allowance upward into the topstitch creating a flatter gathering.

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Here is the before shot! If you want to know how to make this boxy dress hop over HERE!

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+ - - - - - - DIY velvet wrap dress refashion video

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Instructions:

  1. try on the dress and mark your natural waist then add a half inch for seam allowance. then Cut.
  2. Also mark where you want the sleeve end and leave a half inch for hemming
  3. and cut 
  4. try on the top half inside out, then mark and sew where you want the top to be taken in. 
  5. lay out a skirt you like the length of over the bottom half of the dress you cut off. Then cut off the extra length
  6. If you have a back seam to the skirt, cut that part open. Unless you just have to sides seams then cut up one of the side seams.
  7. fold the skirt in half and mark a curve on the open side like this
  8. hem the curve by rolling the edge under 1/8” then  1/4”
  9. lay the skirt back down on the table and fold it into a wrap, 
  10. flip the top inside out and slide the right side out skirt into the top matching up the waists. Pin. Keep in mind where you want the seams of the skirt to hit when ou pin it to the top half of the dress. I also let the back of the skirt have a little more fabric that I will later gather so it isn’t too tight around the booty. But you can adjust the wrap however you want depending on preference
  11. Sew the waists together! You can use a zigzag or what I do is use a straight stitch but stretch the material as I sew so it will have a nice seam and still stretch. 
  12. Hem the sleeves the same way you would hem the curve.

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+ - - - - - - Birthday weekend photo overload and Happy new years!

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The best birthday I’ve had up to date! Danny went all out for my 3oth by planning a fun weekend…I haven’t had a planned birthday since I was in High School. So this was SO fun. Literally I hope he plans awesome birthdays for me every year (he doesn’t read my blog so maybe someone can pass along the hint for me..wink). We drove over to my moms, dropped off the kids and headed to Jackson Hole. Woke up early to catch the sunrise, did a little bit of kissing for the camera at our engagement spot (this was the ultimate present to me because he doesn’t like pda), then grabbed some breakfast and happy birthday hot chocolate at Persephone Bakery, did some light shopping (aka find clothes and decor for the kids…my favorite), had dinner at Trio, went to Rogue One where I cried like a baby, then checked out the town square at night all lit up, went back to my parents and kids in the next day and ate my brother’s deep dish homemade pizza and a birthday cake, opened presents, played settlers of Catan and exploding kittens until we dropped, then ended the weekend with a dip in the lava hot springs….phew long run on sentence over here. Oh and the lava hot springs were amazing… the coolest part…the snow! Big fluffy flakes falling on us as we soak in the springs. The kids LOVED it, especially rome who could live in a bath. BEST BIRTHDAY EVER. Literally, going to be hard to top.

Now that my 20s are over and I can reflect on the last decade, I can say I’m really looking forward to my 30s. I can’t believe how much of a different person I am in 10 years. I’m pretty excited to these coming years! My kids are getting smarter, sillier, funnier, and I will love to see what they become. I’m falling more and more in love with my husband every day and look forward to all the family adventures. I’m excited to pursue my sewing even further and now with my husband’s full time help. SO many things I’m looking forward to!

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+ - - - - - - DIY fringe sweater refashion

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I’m obsessed with all this fringe around here and I thought it can’t be that hard to stick it on a sweater….and I was pleasantly surprised! It was easy and really really amped up a sweater to looking newer and fresher. Enjoy the simple refashion below!

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+ - - - - - - DIY dried eucalyptus and fruit table setting (with those free printable placemats)

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Those of you throwing a little Christmas dinner party, this may be super easy for you to do last minute. Grab a few candles, a bag of cranberries,  a few bunches of dried eucalyptus (or buy it fresh), print off some Plum Box Press free placemats, and dry up some orange slices. Just layer the eucalyptus, stagger the candles in, and last, throw in some fruit! If you want to throw a free placemat under the plate, then wrap some rosemary around it, it always has a nice touch.

To dry up orange slices, I thinly sliced some cuties, coated them in sugar, threw them on a drying rack then put that on the oven rack, and let cook 2 hours (flipping halfway) at 200 degrees. I realized the thinner sliced it was the less time it needed. Like half of them burned because they only needed to be in for hour and a half.

spoons and cups from target, rest from the grocery store. FREE placemat here

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+ - - - - - - DIY 15 minute lace skirt video

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This skirt is the ultimate feminine and flirty skirt. I can’t believe how easy and quick it is too. I made it just in time for holidays and I’m only out $6 after thrifting the lace and buying the lining and elastic. My favorite part….NO hemming. Can’t wait to try this on 10 other fabrics! Supplies and instructions that go along with video below.

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Supplies:

2.5 to 4 yards of thin to medium weight lace fabric
2/3 to 1 yard stretchy lining fabric (nice you won’t need to hem or serge
2″ wide elastic size of you waist
scissors, thread, sewing machine, pins

Instructions:

  1. You’ll need 2/3rd to 1 yard of a knit or strechy  fabric for the lining. 
  2. Fold the lining in half and place a stretchy skirt down the middle of your lining. Then mark outwards on one side to make an A-line shape. Also mark the center of the skirt. 
  3. Fold at the center and cut the line you marked.
  4. Round the bottom of the skirt starting at the sides toward the center of the skirt at the fold.
  5. Flip the skirt to be right sides together or the outsides of the fabric pieces touching.
  6. Pin and sew the side together. This will become the side seams
  7. Serging optional because knit doesn’t fray!
  8. Grab a lace fabric that isn’t too thick so it can be gathered a lot. At least 2.5 to 4 yards. The more you have the more gathered and full it will be. I picked one that had a nice lace edge at the bottom because I liked that look and I don’t have to hem it!
  9. I will mark where I want the fabric to hit at my waist and legs. Cut and leave an extra inch at top for gathering and the waistband.
  10. Fold fabric in half making sure to line up the to shorter ends. Sew the side up to make a big tube.
  11. Sew a basting stitch or the longest stitch around the top of the raw  edge of the lace
  12. then pull the ends of the stitch gently, till the skirt gathers to match the same size opening of the waist’s lining
  13. turn the skirt and lining fabric right side out
  14. slid the lining into the gathered lace skirt and pin it together matching up the lace’s one side seam to one of the lining’s side seams.
  15. Sew the two skirts together at the top and serge if you want.
  16. Sew the two ends of the elastic together with a satin stitch which is a tight zigzag
  17. Get your 2” wide elastic and measure your waist as you stretch it a little.
  18. match up the sides of the elastic with the sides of the lining and skirt. remember the skirt’s waist won’t be as small as the elastic. 
  19. That is why you will be stretching the elastic as you sew.
  20. Sew it together with a zig zag stitch making sure to get the lace’s gathered stitch hidden just under the elastic and again, most importantly stretch it as you sew
  21. When you put it on for the first time you may hear threads snapping and that is totally normal because the straight non stretchy basting stitches are just coming undone and the zigzag stitches are there to keep everything together!