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I’ve never been a good clothes shopper.

Just ask my sister, Jan, who would painstakingly shop for the perfect outfits while I was off swimming, riding my bike, and hanging out with my friends. But when I needed something to wear, I’d go directly to her closet to find it. Needless to say, it would drive her crazy.

Last year, before my refashioning obsession and since I live 1800 miles away from my sister now, I shopped for months to find the perfect dress for my daughter’s Rustic Chic Wedding. I finally took the easy route and settled on a simple black dress.

Today I accidentally made my dream Mother of the Bride dress, almost one year later. The colors and style would’ve been just right!

I started with this thrift store dress. Not really that bad in the fit department, but I think with a few minor adjustments I can make it a little more exciting.

And here’s the new dress.

Wouldn’t this have been a perfect Mother of the Bride Dress for a Rustic Chic Wedding in a barn. If you check out the wedding post, be sure to turn up your volume and click the triangular music button before you start to scroll down. The music makes it all the more magical.

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Mmmmmmmm… strawberry-rhubarb pie… peach cobbler…brownies!

When a delicious smells like that fills your kitchen and the timer goes off, you’ll be ready to take your perfectly baked creation out and protect your hands with this cute double pot holder. Conveniently hang it on your oven door so you’ll never have to search for hot pads again. Make it in any color you’d like to match your kitchen, or sew a few to have on hand for the perfect hostess gift.

Click here for the complete step-by-step photo instructions or watch the Facebook video here: (Be sure to turn on the sound )

If you’re not on Facebook, you can watch the video here:

How to Sew a Double Pot Holder - YouTube

Happy Sewing!

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OK, so maybe I HAVE been watching too much Mad Men this summer.

BUT THOSE DRESSES!!!!

I just can’t get enough!

I want one…….

So…..

I found this little number at the thrift store the other day and made it into this:

 

Here’s how:

First look in the mirror and pull the dress up until you get the desired hem length. Mark with safety pins where you would like the bottom of the bodice and the top of the skirt.

Stretch some quarter inch elastic around your waist to the desired tension. Cut and sew onto seam allowance, stretching as you sew to create a gathered look.

Now you could walk right into Sterling Cooper with your steno pad and start taking dictation for Don Draper.

And I seriously made it in ten minutes yesterday.

You might also like to check out some other tutorials:

Thanks for visiting!

Beth

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“Life is trying things to see if they work.”

-Ray Bradbury

This shirt and post are the perfect examples of Ray Bradbury’s quote. When I started out redesigning this huge shirt,

I wasn’t really sure where I was going with it. I knew it needed to be smaller. But other than that, it was just trying things to see if they worked.

I love how the sleeves turned out, but that only happened after several different attempts at sleeve treatments.

Not to mention, I tried an animated GIF to see if it would work.

It did.

SAH-WHEAT!!!!

If you’re interested in learning how to make an animated GIF, go to gickr.com.  It’s SUPER fun and easy to do.

Now on to redesigning this huge polka dot shirt.

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One of my earlier posts from exactly 5 years ago today… I still remember crackin’ myself up while writing this…

Today I feel like Bill Murray’s character, Bob, in the movie, “What About Bob”, one of my all time favorites. It is a hilarious laugh fest throughout every scene. In the movie, Bill Murray portrays a man riddled with anxiety who has every phobia in the book. He “accidentally” ends up  on vacation with his psychiatrist, played by Richard Dreyfuss, and ends up driving his doctor completely out of his mind. My favorite scene in the movie is when he is covered in life jackets and tied to the mast of the sailboat joyously and triumphantly proclaiming,

“I’M SAILING! I’M SAILING!”

What does this have to do with today’s post you ask? Well, today I’ve forced myself to do something I don’t like to do so I’m feeling a bit like Bill Murray and I want to triumphantly proclaim:

“I’M MENDING! I’M MENDING!”

You see, as strange as this might sound, I hate to mend.

WHAT??!!?!!? Screeeeeetch…. Back the truck up! I can almost hear you shout.

The Renegade Seamstress hates to mend?

Yep, it’s true. I’ve never been much of a mender. In the past, I’d rather stick a needle in my eye. But today, I’m actually mending and much like Bill Murray’s character, Bob, I want to tie myself to my sewing machine and joyously shout out my amazing accomplishment to the world.

“I’M MENDING! I’M MENDING!”

It all started because I’m too cheap to go out and buy new jeans for Cooper. His jeans are wearing out quickly, but with summer fast approaching and school just about over, I’d rather not buy any new jeans now, since he’ll most likely grow out of them by fall. So here I am, actually mending a pair and finding it’s really not as bad I as thought. Not only did I mend Coop’s jeans, but I also made a tutorial for you just in case you also have a bad case of “Mendaphobia”.

It’s really not that horrific, you’ll see…..we’ll do this in baby steps.

First turn your jeans inside out.

See, that didn’t hurt. Now gather some scraps of thick fusible interfacing. I happen to have loads of scraps from all of the tote bags I make.

Next, place the jeans over the end of the ironing board and straighten the rip as much as possible so it lies flat. So far, so good.

Now iron on a piece of fusible interfacing directly over the rip. Baby steps… Baby steps…

Using a zig zag stitch, sew back and forth and all around the interfacing until you’ve covered the entire area. Just keep changing directions. No need to panic.

When you’ve finished sewing, this is what the patch will look like on the inside. If you find  thin areas, don’t fret, just add more interfacing and continue sewing with a zig zag stitch over the next piece of interfacing. Continue until all of the thin ripped areas are covered.

Breathe deeply, count to ten and trim the excess interfacing.

There now. You successfully faced your Mendaphobia! See, it wasn’t so bad, was it!

Happy Sewing (and Mending)!

Beth

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My most humble apologies!

I just realized that when you clicked on the sale for The Refashion Handbook, it was saying sold out.

There are plenty of books and plenty of time to order before Mother’s Day if you’d like.

Click here to order your copy today.

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The delight of creating and choosing joy no matter what.

My mom in a nutshell.

It is in her honor that I bring these projects ideas to you today, hoping that her legacy will live on through me and through you.

Cheers to projects that bring you and the others around you joy.

Casserole Carrier

Made from an on-trend fabric and a few sewing steps, including a feature that attaches serving spoons to the top, this carrier will turn heads as soon as your mom walks through the door.

Fabric Bowl Covers

Your mom’s salad bowls deserve so much more than plastic wrap. They deserve a cheerful, washable fabric bowl cover to keep those bugs out of her salads.

Zippered Pillow Covers

Decorative throw pillows are a great way to bring beautiful fabrics off the shelves and into your mom’s home.

Chunky Hand Knit Blanket

Your mom will will love snuggling up with this cozy blanket, a good book and a steaming cup of cocoa.

Towel Robe

A handmade towel robe would make a luxe gift to go along with a spa treatment for Mother’s Day.

Embroidered Jeans

If your mom loves the look of embroidered jeans, but you don’t have the time to embroider them yourself, try out this trick…

Mosquito Repellent Bracelet

Summer means backyard BBQs, fun in the sun, and beach parties, but your mom doesn’t want to slap pesky insects when she ventures into the great outdoors. She can wave bye-bye to bugs and look great doing it when you make her some of these fun insect repellent bracelets.

Apron Made From a Man’s Shirt

Make a new, bright and cheerful spring apron for your mom or maybe even yourself. So many colors to choose from…

Hand Sewn Journals

You can put these colorful books all around your mom’s house so she can record her thoughts, generate unique artwork, make lists or even document her travels. She never knows when a bright idea is going to hit her and she needs to make a note of it.

 Insulated Lunch Bag

Your mom will look forward to her lunch break with a colorful, insulated lunch bag that you made for her. She’ll get to relax, visit with friends and recharge with great food: it’s exactly what she needs in the middle of the day.

Soup Bowl Hot Pads

I love the idea of this Soup Bowl Hot Pad. Use it for hot bowls of soup, or even cold bowls of ice cream. My friend Barb suggested using them to put between dishes in the camper to keep everything safe while traveling. BRILLIANT!

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