October 12, 2012 § Leave a comment
Fall has…fallen. The temperatures are dropping, and I’m chilly ALL THE TIME. So when I came across this tutorial for a super easy, lightweight cowl I was all over it. It’s exactly right for chilly-but-not-cold weather.
It’s seriously so, so easy. Take an old tshirt (or a new one you picked up on sale or something). Cut the bottom hem off. Then cut parallel to the bottom hem just under the sleeves. You now have a tube of fabric. Stretch that mutha out as much as you can. Start with stretching it your full wingspan, then you can step on one end and pull the other up — the more you stretch it, the longer it will get (obviously) and the curlier the edges will get. I think I might make a few more of these and decorate them with bleach pen designs, or dip dye them, or applique them…
July 7, 2012 § Leave a comment
Yeah, yeah, I know it’s Saturday. But at least it’s posted!
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it here, but after I had my final child, I decided to get serious about losing all the extra weight I was carrying around. After a lot of experimentation, I finally found a system that worked for me, and dropped about 40lbs. I feel better, I feel like I look better, and it’s a lot easier for me to find and make clothes that I’m comfortable wearing. However, it did leave me with a big pile of giant t-shirts that I loved but no longer could wear without looking like a total slob. So I’ve been looking for good ways to make them wearable again.
Pinterest has, of course, been invaluable. The other day I came across a super easy tutorial for turning tees into tanks, and this is what I ended up with:
I did a couple this way, and I have to say, they are super comfy. You do need to make sure that your design is low enough on the shirt that you have room for the casing, but other than that they’re pretty much no-brainers. I’ll definitely be making more.
October 27, 2011 § Leave a comment
Originally posted on A Frayed Knot Knits 12 September 2009
Today I made a total of 4 pairs of pants and a skirt for me, a skirt for Becky, and deepened the pockets on a couple of pairs of Kit’s shorts. (We will not discuss how long those shorts languished in my “to sew” pile before I got that done. Suffice it to say that I only vaguely remembered them when I found them during one of my studio clean-up days, and he didn’t remember them at all.) Here’s the stuff I made for me — I didn’t think to take pics of the skirt I made for Becky, and Kit’s wearing one pair of shorts and I’m not sure where the other one is, and besides, that’s so easy I probably wouldn’t even count it as a make on its own: just cut the bottom out of the existing pocket, cut a rectangle of muslin twice the length you want the new pocket, fold in half, sew up the sides, attach to bottom of existing pocket. Easy-peasy.
Okay, so the yoga pants-from-tshirt idea came from an article on Craft. However, I felt that the careful measurements and shaping were Not For Me (y’all know how I am), so I simplified. I simply cut the shape of the crotch seam where the armholes are, cut on the fold at either edge of the tee, then sewed the crotches, refolded the tee so the crotch seams are at the center point, and seamed up the inseam. I did add tops to these (except for the lighter blue pair, which were large enough that I did a drawstring waist) by sewing together sleeve pieces in a band and attaching them to the top. The tricky bit is to sew it right side to wrong side so that when you fold the band over, all the seaming is hidden. The coolest thing about these is that t-shirt material doesn’t ravel, so there’s no need to finish the edges. Sweet!
Now I’m off to pack for vacation. Just as a reminder, I won’t be posting much if at all while I’m away, but will continue to make and document every day, and will post a big digest of the week’s projects when I get back. Just so you know, it’s probably going to mostly be knitting, since that’s easy to pack and easy for me to work on without a lot of big machinery, like, say, a sewing machine. But I have some more big sewing projects, and also some cookie and treat making days, planned for when I get back. Oh, and my mom’s coming to visit later this month, so I’ll rope her into helping out, too!