Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The bathing suit/beach cover up!,

Well, after a couple days of full on creativity and incorporating ideas and the coverup is done!

The requirements for my beach coverup was that it needed it cover me up from the sun and or cool breezes, I wanted it to look cool and unique and I wanted to not look like I threw on my husbands old shirt for a cover up.

I removed the collar and added a hood, I removed all the men's buttons and added one big button for a closure. I added some elastic to the back for some shaping. I also removed the cuffs and about 10 inches of sleeve and added a color blocked band. I decided to stick to just the 2 black and white prints for color/contrast.

The outside of the hood is the body from a very old white cotton shirt that I had but no longer wore due to a stain. I made the hood extra large and lined it in color blocked black and white prints and then added a button and button hole to hold it folded over. Sooooo cute!!!

I also added fussy cut appliqués from the martini black and white print along with some general print shapes and appliquéd them on with raw edges.

So, what do you think???

- Steph... From my iPad


Friday, July 8, 2011

Re-fashion of my husbands shirt

One of my husbands favorite dress shirts sustained a tear up the side. It has been sitting in my sewing room for a while now. I couldn't bear to just get rid of it.

I am in need of a couple bathing suit coverups/beach wear for an upcoming trip to Mexico. I decided to do a mini challenge for myself and transform the cotton dress shirt into a beach coverup for me.

I pulled a bunch of items from my stash and am going to see what happens! You know, just have fun with it. The shirt is huge on me. The back hem hits just above my knees and I will need to remove half the sleeves so I have plenty of shirt to work with.

I have some ideas... Now to get playing.

The shirt. It is 100% cotton shirting in a small blue on white check.

The scrap pile to play with. Various trims, a couple quilting cottons, some leftover scraps from previous projects and an old white cotton shirt with ruffles that either gets reused or goes to the donation bin.

- Steph... From my iPad


Monday, July 4, 2011

Joanns 4th of July sale

Yesterday saw me making a quick detour to JoAnn Fabrics.
I just and to! They were having a great sale on Vogue patterns. 3.99$ a pattern, I just needed to stock up.

I got a total of 10 patterns.
4 for Melissa and related wedding patterns
2 for our 'SteamPunk' themed Halloween Party this year
4 for me... A couple dresses and a beach coverup

I did also find some fabric for a beach coverup. They had a great sale on the 'silkys'. 40% off plus I had an extra 10% off for the entire purchase.

I am not traveling this week and next week I have some time off so, keeping my fingers crossed I will get some time in the sewing room. My immediate plan is to straighten up my sewing room and to whip up whatever items I may need for our trip to Cancun in August. A beach coverup, a pair of linen beach pants and possibly a cotton long sleeve beach shirt. I just need relaxing resort clothes.

Hope everyone has a Happy 4th of July!!

- Steph... From my iPad