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$5 Refashion: The Ruffled Tuxedo. Working in the same building as DownEast’s warehouse store can be a problem at times.

$5 Refashion: The Ruffled Tuxedo

A problem because there are so many inexpensive basics. DownEast’s basic tops fit fabulously, so I thought I’d use a couple of tops for a refashion. Ruffles are in vogue these days. 25 Ways to Refashion a Sweater. Empire Cut Blouse. Spring Sewing ~ Spring Ruffle Top Tutorial. From Rae: This spring top is perfect for layering under cardigans in cool spring weather and can be worn right into summer!

Spring Sewing ~ Spring Ruffle Top Tutorial

Choose two contrasting fabrics for extra pizzazz. The instructions here can be tailored to any size. Side view with pockets. Step 1: Take your chest and hip measurements. Measure around your chest, with the measuring tape under your armpits and above your bustline (this is NOT the fullest part of your chest). Example: My chest measurement is just over 35 inches. Here is the formula for you to use: ____ + 1” = _____ / 2 = _____ + 1” = ________ inches. How to Create Elastic Shirring. November 27th, 2008 Email 87 users recommend By using elastic thread and a simple straight stitch, you can create professional-looking shirring such as on this neckline.

How to Create Elastic Shirring

Empire Cut Blouse. Now with TUTORIAL - for pregnant bellies too :-) ***Edited -- somehow the pics were gone and I don't know when or why.

Now with TUTORIAL - for pregnant bellies too :-)

Thanks to the fellow Crafter that told me abut it! I uploaded them again, hopefully it is all working fine now... Guest post: rachel from playing house ... Rachel has a lovely blog where she chronicles her beautiful life with her hubby and two girls, shares her recipes, favorite diy's, and all things that inspire her!

guest post: rachel from playing house ...

Head over to her blog if you want to have some feel good fun! Thanks again rachel for guest posting! First off, thank you Caroline for letting me share some love on your blog! I am mildly obsessed with thrift stores and re-making old things. Today I want to share with you two easy/cheap/cute ways to take a men's XL tee and turn it into something you might actually wear. Here we go!... (I am AWFUL at taking pictures of myself, obviously, please forgive....and expect craaaazy faces) 1)TURN SHIRT INSIDE OUT. 3)Take you sleeve scraps, trace your hand (these will be your pockets), then cut (you'll have four pocket pieces now) 4)Turn shirt right side out. 5)Turn inside out again, pin and sew from the armpit, around the pockets to the bottom. Circle Shirt Tutorial. Circle Shirt Tutorial---also known as the project that took three tries, nearly made me throw my serger out the window, led to the discovery of water soluble stabilizer, and had me so frustrated I wanted to scream.

Circle Shirt Tutorial

I saw a great circle shirt tutorial on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a try. It looked so easy. So I found some pretty floral sheer fabric on the cheap rack at WalMart and thought it would be so pretty and flowy. I cut it out and got out my serger to narrow roll hem the edges. That’s when the hair pulling and temper tantrum began. Tops :. #5421 Top with decorative piping. Difficulty: ** You will need: sheer fabric; satin (for trimming); zipper; fusing; bias tape.

Tops :. #5421 Top with decorative piping

Attention! Fabric consumption varies depending on the size of garment. First of all, print out paper patterns and lay them out at the width of fabric/ knit you plan to use, to see how much fabric you will need. When sewing the garment, pay attention to notches- they must coincide. How to make a draped t-shirt. This cowl neck top is quite easy to make.

How to make a draped t-shirt

It has only four seams and you can create the pattern yourself. The cowl neck comes from making the neckline of the shirt wider at the front than the back – this extra fabric hangs down creating the drapey neckline. The folds in the sleeves come from extra fabric as well, which is added by angling the shoulder seam upward. You will need: Measuring tape ⅔ yard stretchy fabric (I used a cotton/lycra jersey) Matching thread Sewing machine Chalk (or pencil and large paper to make a pattern) Pins (optional) The first step in making this top is to measure yourself. 1. Before you start, wash your fabric the way you want to wash the finished top.

I like to draw the pattern directly on the fabric with chalk, but if you prefer to make a paper pattern the steps are just the same. Drawing the pattern for the front: Beginning about 4 inches from the top of your fabric and 6 inches from the right side, draw a line 4 inches longer than your shoulder measurement. Urban Renewal by Mari Santos. We're usually kinda "meh" about most T-shirt surgeries because we're just can't get into the hack'em, slash'em sartorial school of thought.

Urban Renewal by Mari Santos

Toronto-based Mari Santos, on the other hand, is such a genius with a pair of scissors we want to hitchhike across the border, kidnap her, head back south, and then set her to work against her will on the oversize T-shirts we seem to get for free by the pound. Except that it would probably be illegal. Which is kind of a bummer.