Football Fashionista

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Every once in a while artists and creators hear some great words that sound a little bit like, “Make whatever you want.” For real? I don’t have limits? Maybe a few limits, but I was granted creative liberty on this particular project, and I was so freaking excited! (If you couldn’t already tell.)

I love up-cycling and I love making children’s clothing. I think both can be super creative, fun, and don’t have lots of rules! Children’s clothing allows for much more cuteness and freeness than adult clothing. I was commissioned to make some pieces of clothing for a little nugget and here is the story…

There is an uncle who is a high school football coach and there is a niece that attends almost all football games. The uncle has lots of t-shirts representing the school so the mama asked me to make some cute stuff for the nugget to wear to the games out of the old t-shirts. Most specifically she wanted some warmish items (for chilly nights) and maybe some dresses (because that’s kind of my specialty).

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Here are the starting supplies. Tons of shirts from her uncle and 2 jackets from her mama. I made 4 pieces and here they are.

1- For the first piece I used the most vintage looking t-shirt and the corduroy jacket. I felt I could play on the vintage feel with these 2 items.

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Along with the vintage feel of the fabrics I tried to choose a classic shape. Fitted at the top and looks a little bit like a jumper and then more full at the bottom. I thought it was kind of classic/preppy/football seasonal looking.

Check out these cutie details – ruffles and elbow pads!!!! Makes me smile!

2- For this dress I used a shirt that was designed by her uncle, so I wanted to used the whole design of the shirt and include the last name on the back.

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I’ve made lots of t-shirt dresses so I kind of kept my usual shape with this one. It was easy to pull from knowledge I already had, plus I was able to keep the full design of the shirt. It’s basically an A line dress with short sleeves and a ruffle bottom. I wanted at least one short sleeve item for her to wear while it’s still warm outside. You can always layer later.

I attached the sleeve almost like a baseball tee would have the sleeves attached. I was able to make the best use of my supplies by doing it this way. And the ruffles – a perfect addition to all little girl clothes.

3- This is where I went wild and totally didn’t follow the guidelines, but it’s my favorite of the 4 pieces and I’m glad I veered off track. When it’s chilly outside you have to cover up your cute clothes with a jacket, so why not make a jacket?

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I mostly used one of the jackets for this project. I sized it down from adult to basically a 5T, created a stand up collar, used excess for a ruffle bottom, and lined the sleeves for a pop of orange as they roll up. For the back I used iron on interfacing to make a giant stiff patch that was then sewn into place. I made bows for the front and used the original buttons from the jacket.

I know I’ve already told you how cute ruffles are, but seriously??? I can’t even handle this. It really is one of my favorite up-cylce projects that I’ve ever made. I don’t want to be a cougar, but I would totally rock a jacket like this in my size! I’m very proud of this one. (Okay…I’m proud of all of them, but this one really is the best!)

4- This was the most simple of the pieces and it was created from the same t-shirt used in the jacket and then scraps from the navy dress.

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It’s a simple, sweet, elastic waist pull on skirt. It’s soft comfy and will look great pulled up high on her waist or sitting more on her hips. It would look pretty with the jacket or just a plain t-shirt. Tights look adorable with skirts and so do suspenders.  It’s mainly just a little something that she can probably wear this year and next.

Hello football fashionista! This kid might be the best dressed cougar at the games. My mom made clothes for me and my sister growing up, but not too many kids get the opportunity to have someone make custom clothes for them. I always felt so special having my “own” clothes that no one else had so making kid’s custom pieces is so exciting. You get to allow a child to feel super special and unique! I heard she put them all on for a fashion show at the house and modeled like a champ! I know she will be knocking everyone’s socks off at the games!

I know you already know from my previous excitement that this was fun for me. Seriously it was a blast! One night at around 1 am I had to force myself to go to bed but I didn’t want to stop working. It’s been a while since I’ve really thrown myself into a project with that much gusto. Maybe this was just the change up I needed to get me re-excited about all my projects. It really has been a bit of a kick in the butt to get me going again. I’m thankful for a friend and her daughter who trusted me to “make whatever I wanted”. It’s always nice to have someone trust your judgement and it’s always nice to let loose and have fun with sewing. This project was definitely fun! There were some t-shirts left over, so maybe there is more of that in my future. ; )

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So Vintage

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My camera broke not too long ago, and I was so sad. I ended up getting one at a consignment store for $20. It’s not the best in the world, but it serves it’s purpose. Everyone once in a while the picture comes out looking kind of vintage. It’s usually a happy surprise since I like vintage-y things. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI was trying to take pictures of some peter pan collars I had made. My wood cabinets help the vintage look, but the color is right on. So here is modern 1950’s version of myself. Hope you have a great day!

 

Happy 4th with Swimsuits and Stuff

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I ordered this swimsuit from dealfind for $15 and with shipping it was about $25 total. I love the high waisted because I’m a little chunky, but of course I loved the vintage feel. I thought it would be cute for summer, but especially for Independence Day. Well it wasn’t quite right when it came in. Of course it didn’t look like the picture because my body is nothing like hers. I’m not crazy enough to think that it would look like that on me. It didn’t come up as high on my body and the waist band had a tiny piece of elastic at the top that squeezed the ever living daylights out of my tummy. Yuck… I don’t need an extra roll. The buttons were so far to the sides that they were almost on my hips, the removable straps were kind of crappy, and it was black not navy. Basically you get what you pay for. A cheap bathing suit was exactly that, but lucky for me I can fix some of this stuff.

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I cut off the top striped part of the waist band and created a new waist band out of red lycra. I used the matte side out so it would blend better with the existing fabric on the bathing suit. It was about 3.5 inches wide and I sewed it to the bottoms with a zig-zag stitch for stretch. I then moved the buttons about and inch and a half closer together. I also used the red lycra to make straps for the top. I placed them farther to the sides than I usually would, but I liked the look. I then added a bow to the center top.

I definitely ended up with the vintage-y feel that I was going for. It did feel a little like a dance costume though. I guess I could add rhinestones and a hat. Then I could do a dance to “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” Maybe I’ll save that routine for another day. I ended up wearing it with a red bandana tied in my hair and red sparkly earrings. At the pool I said I didn’t have to go under since I had a hair accessory and earrings. I don’t usually mind swimming, but a certain host likes to snap pictures at their 4th party so I tried to not look too much like a wet rat while I was there.

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Of course I needed a selfie to document the day. What would the internet be without selfies?…Probably not too much of anything. JK. It would probably be way better, but oh well.

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Here is another picture from my fabulous 4th of July. It’s my dad and my sweet tater-tot of a niece at the fair. We went to see fireworks. It was a wonderful night!

Moral of the story: My holiday was wonderful and I hope yours was too. Also, chunky girls can wear 2 pieces too. Sleep well tonight everyone!

 

Prom Hair Stuff

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There is something so exciting about this time of year. I’m not talking about the spring time…I’m talking about prom season. I love the sparkle, the glamor, the excitement, the nails, the hair, the rhinestones, the pictures!!! Maybe this sounds super lame because I’m 27 years old and should care less about prom, but I teach a lot of kids that go to prom and I work at a store that sells prom dresses. I just spent some lovely time with my sister “Facebook stalking” prom pictures. We analyzed who’s dresses were pretty vs. ugly. We conversed about who’s dresses fit properly and who’s needed to be hemmed. Basically we were like the horrible television shows that give recaps of fashion the day after a red carpet event. It sounds so ridiculous but is so much fun. We take a great amount of pride in knowing how to help a girl look good in a dress.

This post isn’t just all about how much I love prom. I actually did make something. I made a prom headpiece. I was given scraps from the altered dress and this is what I made.

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I used a metal comb from the craft store as a base. I took a strip of the 2 pieces of fabric and made them fan across the top of the comb and I sewed them into place. I used a strip of fabric to seal down the edges with hot glue. I then hot glued what was a vintage clip-on earring to the side to had some bling. I then use E6000 glue to add a few more rhinestones.

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Here is her lovely hair with a glamorous, almost vintage-y, feel. Not only did her hair look great, but she was stunning also. I hope all girls (and guys) enjoyed their prom season!