Saturday, August 30, 2014

One Yard Yoga Waist Skirt Tutorial

What you'll need:
1 yard of 58 inch width knit fabric
Sewing machine
Ballpoint needle
Measuring tape
Waist measurement
Hip measurement

This skirt is pretty simple to sew and should work for hip sizes up to about 50 inches. The smaller the hip size, the closer the gathers will be. I hope my tutorial explain the process well enough. This skirt can easily be completed within a couple of hours. 

I love that this skirt can be worn at the waist or just above the hips and that it has absolutely no elastic band! The stretch of the knit is enough to make an extremely comfortable waistband!

Start by measuring around the narrowest point of your waist and the widest part of your hips. Write down your measurements.

1. Measure 12 inches down on fold. (This is the height of your waistband). Divide your waist measurement by 2. Measure across from fold. (This is the width of your waistband). Cut.

2. With right sides together, sew up the end opposite the fold. 

5. Cut 12inch section remaining from cutting out waistband from the remaining fabric so you have a straight edge again. Save for scraps.

6. With right sides together, a sew remaining portion of fabric together on selvage edges. I zigzag stitched my edges here after straight stitching for a little extra security in the seam.

7. Thread a hand sewing needle with a length of thread about 4 inches more than your waist measurement. Tie the thread about a 1/2 inch from raw edge and as close to the seam as you can get it. (You will want to do this on the end of your skirt that has the more uneven corners at the seam since you won't be hemming the bottom.)

8. Gather the edges by making basting stitches between 1/4 and 1/2 inch long around the entire top of the skirt.

9. Divide your hip measurement by 2. Before your tie off the other end of your thread, lay skirt flat and pull thread until the width matches this measurement. Hello!

10. Tie off thread securely and then straight stitch around with your machine to secure the gathers, evenly distributing them as you go.

11. Fold waistband over, wrong sides together.

12. Place waist band inside of skirt, with the wrong side of your skirt facing out. Stretch waistband to fit skirt and pin in place.

13. Stretch while sewing to match up all three raw edges. Zigzag stitch around.

Enjoy your new skirt!

I guess I got a little lazy with the picture taking for steps 11 and 12. Oops! 

As always, feel free to comment or email me (thewizardofoddsandends (at) gmail (dot) com) with any questions about the tutorial and I will do my best to clarify any areas that seem confusing. I would love to see your skirt if you make one!! @wizofoddsnends on twitter and @thewizardofoddsandends on IG.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Randomly Selected

Hello, how was your Friday this week? 
For today's post I wasn't sure what to post about. In fact I may do away with Favorite Things Friday altogether. Well, not altogether. It may make an appear niece every now and then but I think Fridays will just be my random day and of course Tuesday will always be craft oriented in some way. Things are changing slightly. Just   Getting a head start on my fall cleaning by starting with the blog, I guess.

So, because I had no clue what to post about I decided to scroll through the 785 photos on my iPad and post whichever one my finger landed on. I expected it to be some embarrassing selfie or a classic Hollywood photo. Nope. It's a sunset from my bedroom window where I used to live in Maine. Pretty, huh? Don't let the trees fool you. I lived in a neighborhood development and could see about 16 houses from my back porch. It was a nice place to grow up. I'm getting all nostalgic in my mind, but it's not translating to my fingers. 

For the beauty of the earth,
   For the glory of the skies,
For the Love which from our birth
   Over and around us lies:
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
   This our hymn of grateful praise.

~Folliot S. Pierpont~

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday Cables || One of Those Posts Again...

Yet again, it's late Tuesday night and I'm taking a grainy picture with my iPad and trying to bring spur of the moment ideas to life. That's basically the general process of how each post comes into being. I'll get a little more organized someday, I hope.

The spur of the moment idea is a new series for Tuesdays. Life is getting busier. I have a 45 hour work week between both jobs next week. That is a 17 hour jump from what I will be working this week! The influx of posts that I thought might happen, well, that was before I check my schedule!  Anyway, I thought a series would be good. Something I can write a post for any day when I have some free time. Check back next Tuesday for something both fashion and crafting related. I'm pretty excited about it!

Here's a fun little survey in the meantime.
1. What is the closest thing to you right now that is red? A stitch counter. Seriously. 

2. What is your ring tone? I always have my phone on vibrate. It was Moon River on my old phone.

3. What color is your favorite pillow? Um, white. My pillow cases vary. I use two pillows and don't have any matching pillowcases so they're always different colors. I don't have a favorite. I love both my pillows equally.

4. Is there an animal that creeps you out? Yeah! Aye-ayes. That one long claw they have...their faces...their fur...pardon me while I shudder. 

5. Ever have stitches? Only when I had my wisdom teeth removed.

6. Have you ever seen northern lights? Yes, faintly one Halloween they were visible I don't really remember it all that well though. 

7. Are you wearing nail polish? Yep, on my toes, L'oreal Lacey Lilac. 

8. What shoes did you wear today? Men's sneakers. When I got hired at JoAnn Fabrics I needed comfortable black shoes. K-Mart didn't have any women's sneakers in black and I didn't have anytime to shop around. They're really comfortable though!
9. What’s one thing you’re really good at cooking? Ha! I like baking treats, which I do more often than "cooking" meals and stuff. I love using our 1950s cookie press to make orange shortbread cookies. I haven't done it for a while though. I'm not patient enough to let the dough chill long enough.

10. What is your dream job? I always wanted to do musical theatre but I get way too nervous at auditions. I recently found out that you can apprentice to become a seamstress so I think I will be looking into that pretty soon!

11. Where were you 3 hours ago? Eating supper in my room and checking Facebook. 

12. Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you? Ha! My room is pink! I'm pretty sure all 4 walls are within 10 feet of me.

13. What are you wearing right now? Bright coral-y orange sweat pants and a New York City T-shirt.

14. Have you bought any clothing items in the last week? No, but I made one.

15. What do you want to know about the future? I'll leave that in Gods hands.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

~Outfit Post~More Paisley

Lately I've been sewing a lot and finding myself doing random things and thinking, "Oh, I'd like to share that...Hm, that would be fun to post about." So if things from The Wizard of Odds and Ends start popping up on your reading list more often than Tuesday and Friday it's just me letting my fingers go crazy on the keyboard, well, touch screen. Still saving up for a laptop. Anyway, I hope you enjoy what may turn out to be an influx of posts in the next couple of weeks!

In a previous post I had mentioned that I had sewn a few things lately, so I thought I'd do an outfit post instead of making it a Tuesday Cables post like last week. I'm hoping to post a tutorial for this skirt at some point. It's written out, I just didn't plan on making a tutorial when I sewed the skirt so there aren't any pictures!! I'm excited to have to make another one!

My shirt is a little big and the shade doesn't really go with a lot of my clothes, but when I finished sewing this skirt I knew it would match almost perfectly and since I could tuck it in it wouldn't look quite so baggy and shapeless.

I loved the fall hues in the paisley and how the black background made the bright colors pop even more!

This skirt is so comfortable because it's made out of knit fabric. I didn't even have to hem it! This is definitely going to be worn many times in the next few months!

Shirt: J.Jill / $0.21
Skirt: Made by me / $5
Sandals: TJ Maxx / $15
Bracelets: Gift

Friday, August 22, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || The Library

For those of you who have been reading this blog for a while, you probably already know that I work at a library. I'm not sure if I've mentioned before that it's a children's library. I love it there. Being a library assistant is definitely my favorite job ever! I thought it might be fun to give you a little peek at one of the projects I was working on today.

With school starting up in less than a week, story times will begin again as well. I lead a story time for ages 2 through 4. The first day, wait, every week of story time is nerve wracking. I don't know why I get nervous before every single story time, but I do! Anyway, one of the fun things I get to prepare ahead of time is name tags for the kids. I won't know their names until sign up starts, of course, but it is fun to be able to choose what the name tags will be and how to make them. 

Last session I printed up a bunch of bees and just colored them in. The session before that it made alien name tags to go with our outer space themed week. This time we'll have a dog themed week during the session so I found a clip art picture of a dog that looked like it could easily be made into cutouts. I rubbed pencil on the back of the picture and traced the pieces onto some old cardstock from the card catalog.  Tracing and cutting the construction paper pieces was probably the most tedious part because I had to do 30 ears and paws and eyes! Don't you think they turned out pretty cute though?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday Cables || Paisley

Back in February I mentioned that I'd bought a serger. I used it to sew a dress (and many more things since then) that turned out a little too big for me. I let it sit for the past six months and just a few days ago took it out of my closet and decided to fit it. I don't have much experience fitting things. At all. I put the dress inside out on my dress form and pulled the side seams until the dress was snug and pinned it together. Next, I followed the pins with a chalk liner and serged the new edges. It fit perfectly! 

I wish I had taken pictures of the process, but I only have a couple of outfit pictures from after church. I used a paisley quilting cotton that I can't remember the name of now. I'm getting a little braver with prints and vintage inspired. This is a very busy print, but I'm happy with how the dress turned out, even though it took six months to finish.  

Last week I went a little crazy with sewing and made a couple other articles of clothing. I haven't had a chance to take pictures of them yet, so check back next week to see what else I've made. :)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Favorite Things....Friday/Saturday

Not much to say. I'm working on plenty for a Tuesday post and loving it! Lots of classic movie watching along with pattern cutting, sewing, etc. I've already finished a shirt. That's not pictured because it's in the dryer. Here is my mess right now. I'm going to need to vacuum later!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tuesday Cables || Scarves and Satin Binding

A few weeks ago I posted a photo of fabric I was going to use to make a blanket for my nephew. I finished it shortly after and gave it to hi for his birthday! This was the first blanket I ever made with batting! One of my co workers was marvelous in suggesting different ways I could make the blanket. I ended up choosing what I thought was the simplest way, but goodness, tying every other square was a tedious job, thought it was well worth it! 

Around the same time I made the blanket a coworker at the library asked if I could alter some scarves for her. She didn't like the width of them and wondered if I could cut each scarf in half and hem up the edges. The fabric proved to be a little bit difficult to work with so I kept trying different stitches and methods of hemming on one scarf until I got it! She picked out some beautiful scarves! I loved sewing them! She also let me keep the other halves of the scarves which was SO generous of her!

Side note about my "Checking In" post: I totally forgot to write 10 questions for the Liebster Award! I didn't officially nominate anyone either, so I guess that' short of okay. Ha, I feel so silly about it though. The Summer Reading Program is over now so hopefully I can collect my thoughts and the remainder of my sanity and work on my blog a little more!

Do you know how to run a sewing machine? How old were you when you learned?
Have you ever handmade a gift for anyone? (It can be anything, doesn't have to be sewn.)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || Food

How's that for an alliteration?
Our fridge has been on the fritz for a month and can't be fixed. ;) (FYI don't buy Whirlpool.) Their customer service  even told our appliance repairman over the phone that he soldered something wrong and that's why the fridge wouldn't work after waiting two weeks for the parts to come in. Just one look at their facebook page shows that repairmen all over the country must be soldering things wrong...or something is wrong with the refrigerators Whirlpool manufactures. Hmm...oh well. Thankfully, Lowes gave us a loaner fridge in the meantime. Grocery shopping will happen tomorrow after the new fridge is delivered, however there was the slight issue of what to have for dinner tonight. Some sort of take out was the plan.

I worked all day at the library today and was pretty hungry. I looked in all of the cabinets and saw about half a box of spaghetti. Alfredo was the first thing that popped into my mind. I used Dawn Carter's Quick and Easy Alfredo  Sauce recipe from It just so happened that we still had all of the ingredients even with shopping day tomorrow!

It was delicious! And very quick and easy to make, just like the recipe says it is! We had some leftover mushrooms from part of another recipe. My mom suggested I add those to the alfredo which was a fantastic idea! I also added a can of chicken and heated up some beets and we had a quick, easy, and delicious dinner!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Checking In

For months I had been planning on blogging while my nephew was here and that obviously didn't happen. I'm sorry, but not sorry and not in a rude way.

The past couple of weeks I really had hoped to blog. Meeting my first nephew for the first time for his first birthday was amazing! He lives 3,000 miles away so I just soaked up every minute! Every cuddle, every coo, every squeal, and every smile. There were so many smiles!

Thank you all for being so understanding. Things should be back to normal here on the blog by next Tuesday.

A while ago I was nominated for the Liebster Award again by Paige of Style For Real Life and Ireland of Ireland Rhea, so here are their questions and my answers. :)

Paige's Questions

1) What is the long term goal for your blog?
Honestly, I would hope that even more people would enjoy it and give comments and suggestions, etc. on my posts, but one long term goal I may take some flack for is wanting to be able to pay at least one bill (aka medicine) with the income from people clicking on ads. That would be great mainly because I know blogging is something I can do if I have a UC flare and can't actually get to work.

2) What have you enjoyed the most about blogging so far?
I LOVE being able to write about things I enjoy and love seeing the comments from people who enjoy reading my posts! :) 

3) Peanut butter + chocolate or mint + chocolate?
Mint and chocolate, no contest!!

4) For your birthday, would you rather have your mom or sister 
cook you special meal or go out to eat?
We usually order Chinese food, so it's kind of a combo of the two. No family member cooks for me, but we don't go out. 

5) Series or stand alone books?
I enjoy series, but I don't read much and often go long stretches between books.

6) What version of the Bible do you prefer?
I have an NKJV teen study Bible that I LOVE! Currently reading NIV though. 

7) Do you journal your studies in scripture?
No, but I do quite a bit of underlining and a little writing in the margins of my Bible.

8) If you were to host a period costume event, what era would it be?
Either 1860s or 1940s.

9) Do you spend your day in bare feet, socks, or shoes?
Mostly socks if I'm just around the house.

10) If you could have a gift card to any clothing store, including online, what would it be for? Eshakti, I think.

11) If I were to visit you in your hometown, what would be the first place you'd want me to see? The library! It's so cool!

Ireland's Questions

1. What is your eye color?

2. How do you feel about pink?
I don't mind it. I have had both a bright pink (by choice at age 13) and a pale pink (color it was when we moved in) room. Though just before we moved I had repainted my room to a light blue/gray.

3. Are you a techie?
No, I am a strong believer in googling to solve tech problems though.

4. What's your life philosophy?
John 3:16

5. How would you describe yourself in three words?
I'm just me. :)

6. Do you have Netflix?

7. What was the last thing you ate?
Crunch Berries Cereal.

8. Out of anyone in the world (survival experts excluded), who would you choose to be stranded on an island with?
Hm....this is such a difficult one. Moses? He lead a whole nation of people through the wilderness for 40 years. ;)

9. What's in your purse right now?
Wallet, gum, phone, camera. I know there's more, but I can't think of it off the top of my head.

10. What famous female figure, dead or alive, would you like to have over for tea?
I can't decide between Mary or Martha.

11. Which book character would you change lives with for a week?
Jo March.

I would like to nominate my readers who also blog for this award. I know there are a few of you whose blogs I have yet to really discover in depth. So please, feel free to post your blog name and a link in the comments!!