Tuesday, May 23, 2017

sewing with knits, elasic waist summer skirt

An addition to Me Made May 2017 is this knit skirt. I'm starting to branch out from my lounge pants and wearing more clothes that are presentable this month because my foot is allowing me to leave the house more (even though my shoe still makes my foot puff up like a Dr. exam glove).

This skirt has an elastic waist and it's cut with a slight flare towards the bottom so it's not a pencil skirt. The waist uses 2" wide elastic in a separate casing and it's pretty comfy.
I had originally bought this fabric from Hawthorn Threads to use as a short summer skirt and I'm really enjoying it today as the temps are rising!

It's kind of a purplish / navy blue fabric with a turquoise and a light teal design on it. I hadn't thought about what tops I would wear with this when I bought the fabric. I've since realized, I don't have many tops that actually look good with it. This white shirt is a safe match so it'll get a lot of wear.
The sides were not quite matched up seeing how it wasn't a straight cut, but flared out a bit. I at least got the lines of the design even and matched up from from to back.

Shirt- Target
Skirt- Me Made, knit from Hawthorn Threads
Earrings- Nickel and Suede
Bracelet- SoSoBella 
Watch- Fossil (from my husband 16 years ago, my then fiance :)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

altered mens pajama pants to fit women

My teenage son is picky when it comes to his clothes. There was a pair of pajama pants I bought him for Christmas and he stopped wearing them so he gave them to me. I have gotten quite a few clothes from him and I love it!
I enjoyed wearing them for a few weeks. I thought I would like the side pockets, but ended up not liking the extra fabric bunch. Also, the rise was too tall for my liking and I ended up rolling the waist band once. One thing I did love about them was the wide legs and the thin cotton fabric.

After a month or so, I decided to make them fit me better. Just a couple simple sewing alterations made them easier to wear and enjoy. These are not pants I'm going to be wearing out of the house, and so I don't care what they look like so much.

First, I cut along the waistband right under the elastic to remove it. This left a raw top edge.

I then cut out the pockets and sewed the openings shut. This made a nice smooth fit on the sides, with less bulk. I never used the pockets anyway.
Next, I sewed shut the open front fly.

Finally, I used some 2" elastic I had on hand to redo the waistband. There was not enough fabric to make an entire new casing so I sewed the top edge of the elastic to the top of the RIGHT side of the pants. Then flipping the elastic to the inside (WRONG side) of the pants allowing the top seem to be hidden. I then secured the elastic bottom to the pants, stretching it to fit as I sewed.

The bleach stain on the side adds nicely to the stay at home look of the pants, don't you think?
Plus the fancy black ankle brace is just the perfect accessory to complete the look. Going on three weeks from this incident.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

me made may 2017

This month is Me Made May hosted by Zoe of "So Zo What do you know blog"
On Instagram you can follow along with many who have pledged to wear and show their creations with you using the hashtag  #MMMAY17

I committed to wear at least two handmade articles of clothing each week, plus each week I would sew up a new item with the fabric and patterns I have had ready for quite some time.

Sounds do-able right? Well April 29th, I sprained my ankle. So the clothing item construction have had to be put on hold with my bum right foot. I really have lots of items I need to sew up and can't wait until I can get to them. Maybe I'll have a Me Made June :)

Here is my attire for most of the first week of May. Isn't it lovely? I did make these pj pants. I altered them from a pair of store bought ones my son stopped wearing. Read about the basic idea of how I altered them Here.

 My sprain was Pretty bad, the Orthopedic Surgeon called it a grade 3, with a full ligament tear. I was immobile for the entire first week with a huge swollen ankle and the bruising spread all over to the foot and ankle by the end of the first week and beginning of the second week. The second week of May the swelling was subsiding and the bruising looked worse and darker. I was told it would look worse before it got better, and that's for sure. I had to sew an order for my shop that first week that was on a deadline and I sewed it with my left foot! That is harder than it sounds.

Now I'm in the third week and I'm actually driving a little bit. I only go pick up my child from school a few blocks away right now. The range of motion on my foot is still limited but it is getting less and less stiff and I'm able to bear weight on it longer by walking and standing. I still need to elevate it several times a day to re-leave some of the pressure and keep the inflammation down. It's been in a brace and stabilized and I'm feeling better every day. I don't need to take pain medication every night anymore but some nights I wake up feeling the pain. It'll still be a long time before I get it back to my normal function but I'm hopeful that in several months I will have all the activity I once had in it back. Because of my muscle disease, I felt hopeless and very saddened that I would loose some muscle and not regain my full activity level with this injury. It is depressing, but I am seeing light at the end tunnel.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Pinners Conference - AZ

This coming October 6th and 7th Pinners Conference will be in Phoenix Arizona. I'm super excited (and a bit nervous) to be teaching a sewing class!
I'll also have a booth there so you can come take my class and you can come meet up in person!
Have you been to Pinners Before? What did you think; what was it like? I have never had the opportunity to go in person but have followed them online and others who have gone and loved seeing the photos and hearing of how awesome it is. Plus, it'll be so fun to experience in person.
If you want to come, be sure to use promo code “EDEENUT” when you register so you can get 10% OFF your ticket.
Here's a fun video of a recent Pinners that gives an idea of what it's like.

After hearing from a friend, Carli, how much she loves teaching at the conference, I had a thought one Sunday that I would love to share some of my sewing knowledge with those who want to learn more about sewing. I contemplated what technique I use often that is so useful to me and that others would get a lot of benefit from as well. Something that seems so hard but is really the easiest thing ever to do. I narrowed it down to sewing an invisible zipper. And it really is super EASY!

Come and learn with me how to make your own couch throw pillow with an invisible zipper, allowing the insert to be removed for washing. This technique isn't as hard as you may think! You'll gain the skill to swap your pillows with new covers anytime you wish. 
Swap out the covers for holidays. Change up the look of your house with this simple and inexpensive method. 
This class is meant for those with a basic knowledge of how a sewing machine works and can sew basic stitches. This is not a class to teach you how to use a machine. You don't need to be an advanced beginner but need to understand how to use your machine.

Be sure to order your Class Kit in advance from >HERE< and it'll be waiting for you at the beginning of the class.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

sunday style report: denim and leather

Sometimes easy outfits are the best. I love when I can wear one dress and not have to worry about matching or coordinating a top and a bottom, skirt or pants. A dress is super convenient for so many reasons.
This shirt dress is still going strong and on repeat every month or so. My husband doesn't like it at all, but I do and it makes my life easier.

I got this new leather wrap bracelet this week and love it so much! My wrists are pretty tiny so I was happy to have this come and fit me perfectly!
Hopefully the leather accessories will cancel out my awkward faces, ha! This is the best of the bunch.

Shirt dress- Old Navy
Earrings- Nickel and Suede
Bracelet- LieBaMarket