Showing posts with label shirt. Show all posts
Showing posts with label shirt. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tuesday Cables || Thank You Rit Dye

The last Tuesday Cables post that went up was about dyeing my bleach blotched vest.. I knew dye probably wouldn't absorb into the bleach spots, but I still held out a little hope. Over all, the end result was not too bad. 

I was so surprised when Ruth from the Rit Studio commented. She told me that bleached fibers are damaged and usually won't take dye. Then I went to Twitter and saw that someone at Rit had replied to the blog link that I tweeted and had offered to send me some other dye colors to try out! How awesome is that?! Of course, I went straight to the Rit website and started looking at what colors were available. Finally I settled on Petal Pink, Pearl Gray, Dark Green, and Teal. 

I just want to take a moment here to note that I am not being sponsored by or receiving payment from Rit Studio and Phoenix Brands for any part of this blog post. I'm simply posting as a thank you to the company for their great customer service and generosity. 
When the package arrived I had no idea what it was. I was mid-cold at that point and had completely forgotten that I was being sent the dyes. So I was surprised again when I opened the package and realized it was the dye!

Sunday afternoon I gathered up all the essentials, dye, salt, gloves, and went down to the basement where we have a giant sink. Last time, which was my first time dyeing anything, I used a powder dye and the stovetop method. This time I used liquid dye in the sink, which also happens to be right next to the hot water heater which is very convenient considering that the instructions call for hot water!

First was Pearl Gray and a pair of white pants with dirt stains on the knees. I am SO happy with how these turned out! You can't even see where they were stained!

Second into the sink was a white tee shirt that just needed a little something to make it more interesting. I toyed with Heiden of tie dye, but I didn't feel like preparing more than one color.


 I attempted to make it a Teal ombré by setting sections of it in the dye bath for a little while and then lowering another section in. I didn't use any exact science with this one. I'm happy with the results and this shirt will definitely be worn now. 

After having used both powder and liquid dyes, I like the liquid better than powder. The instructions are pretty much the same exact thing but you don't have to worry about whether or not the powder has completely dissolved. Plus, The liquid mixes so quickly and evenly into the water. Thank you very much to The Rit Studio for sending me some dyes to try out! 

Again, I just want to say that I was not paid by Rit Studio or Phoenix brands in any way for this post. I just wanted to write it as a thank you for their great customer service and generosity!!

And as always, thanks to my subscribers and anonymous readers as well. :)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tuesday Cables || Asymmetrical Ruffle Button Down Shirt Tutorial

Well, that was a mouthful of a title. I wasn't too sure what I'd be posting today, but I had made this shirt before from a tutorial I found probably four or five years ago and can't seem to locate now. I've been looking for a black button down shirt and couldn't find one in a style I liked so I thought it would be fun to write out my own tutorial for this shirt refashion! (If anyone stumbles across the original tutorial I'd love to know so I can link it here.)

First, of course, start out with a plainly styled button down shirt. I just bought this one, specifically for this tutorial, at a thrift store today for $2.99. It had gathering under the bust, but it worked out alright, so there is a little leeway with design.

1. Try your shirt on and mark about half an inch longer than where you want the sleeve to end. Button all buttons and fold the shirt in half matching up the shoulder seams. Pin in place if necessary. Cut sleeves.
2. Next, cut the cuffs and seams from the sleeves you just cut off. 

3.Lay sleeves flat, you should have two pieces of fabric that now look like the top photo.
4. Cut off the narrower side of the fabric. You won't need this.
You should now have a 2 fairly square pieces of fabric. The edges can be a little rough because you won't be able to tell one you make the ruffles.

5.Cut your fabric squares into strips approximately 1.5 inch wide. You will probably end up with one strip at the end that tapers to a point. You won't need that one and probably won't end up needing all of the strips you cut either.

6. Baste strips and gather as you go along. Be sure not to gather strips too tightly. Leave enough room for adjusting the ruffles later on. 
7.When joining strips overlap about a quarter of an inch and be sure at least one basting stitch goes through the overlap.

To give you an idea of how tightly to gather, my fabric strips were about 12 inches long. When I gathered them it took 3 strips to make a 9 inch ruffle. I used 3 strips for the ruffle closest to the buttons, 2 strips for the middle ruffle, and 1.5 strips for the shortest ruffle.
8. Lay the ruffles on your shirt so you can decide how much you want to stagger them or how far apart you want to place them. It's okay if the tops are a little staggered too.

9. Pin ruffles to shirt, making sure to untwist them as you pin, and try on shirt with collar down to be sure that the collar covers the top of the ruffles in the way you would like it to look.
10. Sew a straight stitch down the center of each ruffle.

11. Trim the longer frays. You may have to trim them after the first couple of washes as well.
12. Hem sleeves and then you have finished your shirt!

The sun set while I was refashioning my shirt, so here is the lovely finished product brought to you by a bright camera flash. Note to self: make sure to button ALL the buttons next time. I only missed one. After the first three buttons the rest the button placket is hidden.

Happy sewing! :)








Tuesday, April 8, 2014

How to Wear a Button Down Shirt as a Skirt | Tutorial

Recently I did an online challenge where the bloggers who took part had to wear a button down shirt three days in a row and style it differently each day. On day three I decided to wear my shirt as a skirt. You can see that style [here!] There are quite a few similar tutorials on line, this is my version. It makes more of a high waisted skirt that is good for layering. Of course, these are just guidelines, you can change things up a little and style it your own way; shirt tucked in or worn over it, with a belt, as an underskirt for extra length, etc. The usually works best with a plain button down shirt that's a size or two above what you'd regularly wear.

Underneath each set of photos the steps are listed with corresponding numbers.


1. Make sure the collar is folded over the shirt so that it's on the inside.
2. Find out which button and corresponding buttonhole fit best around your natural waist.

3. Place the top edge of the shirt at your natural waist. Make sure the collar is still turned inside.
4. Button shirt so that it fits comfortably around your waist. Button the rest of the way down.
5. Pull the yoke up. (The part that would go across your shoulders on the back.)
6. Fold yoke down and smooth.

7. Pull right sleeve across front and around to back.
8. Tuck sleeve into the ”waistband" that you made from folding over the yoke. (Don't worry if it's a little loose, that will be taken care of in the next step.
9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 with left sleeve.

10. Finished back. You'll want to check in huge mirror to make sure everything looks smoother than mine! 
11. Finished front.

Just incase you've noticed that it looks like I'm leaning slightly to the left. That's not the shirt, the camera, or your eyes playing tricks. That's just my slight spine curvature. 


So, there you go.  Shirt as a skirt! 






Saturday, April 5, 2014

1 Button-Down | 3 Days | 3 Ways - Day 3

Thanks to Olivia, the three Boyer sisters, Jessica, Brigid and Charlotte, and to  Callie, and Ashley for hosting this fun challenge!!

Creations  by Callie: http://www.creationsbycallie.com
Bramblewood Fashion: http://www.bramblewoodfashion.com

Today was an interesting outfit choice. I had no idea what I was going to wear and then just decided to get really creative with how I style my top. I don't personally feel convicted to have my backside covered when I wear pants, but I know a lot of girls do and that's sort of how I came up with this fun ensemble. It's inspired by the pinterest posts about wearing a buttondown shirt as a skirt.


The shirt does add a little bulk around the waist so I wore a wide belt to define my waist better and to hold the sweater closed so you can't see where the outfit changes from a tee to the buttondown. 

Feel free to comment if you'd like a tutorial on how I wore my buttondown top as a bottom piece of my outfit! I post every Tuesday and Friday and I would love to share :)

Button down shirt/skirt ;) : same as days 1 and 2
Tee: Sonoma- Kohls: $5.80
Cardigan: Sonoma- Kohls: $17.60
Pants: Levi's- JC Penney: $? (Had them a long time!)
Boots: ?- JC Penney: $17.00

Hope you like it!
Have you ever worn a shirt as a skirt?






Saturday, September 14, 2013

Men's Shirt to Skirt

You've probably seen "men's shirt to skirt" tutorials on Pinterest and that is exactly not where I found the tutorial to make this skirt. I actually googled "men's shirt to skirt" and his was the eighth result on the page. I picked it because I liked the way it looked better than all the results ahead of it and I had a skirt that I thought would make a good template.

The tutorial is right here:

I loved the tutorial. A LOT of pictures and just enough written instructions that I knew what I was supposed to be doing if was confused by a picture. Does anyone else do that? I know I can't be the only crafter that goes mostly by pictures and not written instructions.

Before I started I managed to snap one quick before picture so I actually have what will pass as a before/after photo for this project! Now, let me explain a little. The shirt/skirt is 100% cotton mint chambray. NOT WHITE! My camera kind of decides to make each picture a different color which can be a cross between amusing and frustrating, depending upon what I'm trying to take a picture of. Pardon the wrinkles on the skirt and scraps in the background. I had literally just finished sewing. Excuse the sock as well. That diffuses the flash so I don't get a glare across the mirror. So professional. Anyway, less writing, more picture.


And, just an example of what I mean about my camera sort of having a mind of its own when it comes to the color of each picture, here's a lovely yellow-orange tinted photograph. Hello 1973!


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pointless...like a circle.

I've been doing quite a bit of sewing in the past week. I guess I reached the burn out point for a bit with crocheting. Every so often I do that with each type of craft that I enjoy. I'm sure sewing is coming to that point soon and I'll probably take a break from it by crocheting again.  Let me give you an example of how I burn myself out, in the past 7 days I've made two skirts and restyled a shirt. The circle skirt I made after I worked a 9 hour shift at my regular job. So, you get the idea. I sit for hours on end, me, my sewing machine, and my record collection. Ah, Glenn Miller! Anyway, I reach a point where I just have to stop. I can't sew another stitch. And to tie it all in with the title: the reason why all this sewing is pointless is because I'm keeping it. I'm not selling it. Yes, I love being able to wear what I make, but I feel like I really should try to sell more than the eight little items listed on etsy right now! --In case you wanted to see them again: ;) http://www.etsy.com/shop/wizardofoddsandends

Here are a couple pictures of the circle skirt.
I am so happy with how it turned out! Believe it or not, that used to be a shower curtain. It was perfect for this! Plus I had extra elastic left over from a project I made about a year ago.  I used this pattern that I found on Pinterest with a few of my own modifications: http://www.danamadeit.com/2008/07/tutorial-the-circle-skirt.html

...Have I mentioned yet how much I love Pinterest?

Now, to get you all caught up. I was going to take pictures of this shirt restyle in progress...I'm not good at that. Here are the only three pictures I took "in progress." It's pretty simple anyway...

That little blotch on the shirt is an olive oil stain. You can 't actually see it in normal light. Only in my insanely, insanely bright camera flash....  And as you can undoubtedly see, there is no method to my picture taking madness whilst I'm sewing.
Finished results were much better than I expected. The shirt looks a little, askew(?) because there was a little stretching and rumpling up (so technical, I know) of the seams. It looks fine when it's being worn, I was a little worried about that. I am thrilled that I actually have a nice summer top now and not just a plain old ribbed tank top!