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Jeans to Wrap Skirt

My husband gave me some of his old jeans, so I finally got to try out a design from 99 Ways to Cut, Sew & Deck Out Your Denim.

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I’m really happy with the finished product. I doubled the width of the top fabric strip from the pattern, because the photo looked wider than a 1″ fabric strip used as a binding, and that 1″ binding would have been too hard for my clumsy fingers to maneuver. Next time (I will definitely make this again) I’ll widen the top fabric piece again to 3-4″, and I’ll widen the fabric width for the bottom piece to 6-8″. You can see this pattern, #46 Miriam, on the Amazon page.

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Otherwise, this book is fabulous. I was hesitant to order the book because I’m getting older and would feel silly still dressing like I’m in my 20’s. But, there are 16 more projects in the book that I have tabbed and plan to make. Most of the designs are fun and modern, and just as creative as the ones from my favorite Project Runway episode (where they raid the denim warehouse and Christian makes pants from denim jacket sleeves).

More restyling from Compai

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I successfully finished my first set of sleeves, although they aren’t quite symmetrical. The hardest part of this pattern was putting in the collar, because the inside looks so messy that I can’t believe I actually put it in the correct way. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a review on Sewing Pattern Review when I was running into trouble, so I made my best guess.

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I do really like the pattern although next time I will probably use a fabric with more swing (instead of plain old cotton) and will not make the neckline as low-cut.

Sorry but I can’t find a link to this pattern on the Simplicity site, even in the out-of-print section.

The perfect version of this shirt? It’s Lindamade. (Although she used a different pattern, I think the design looks almost identical, except mine had a seam down the front and a belt.)

Now WE have a sewing/workout room. 🙂

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I decided that I needed a dress form to help me fit my projects better. Luckily
Joann’s had a sale on the Drtiz Twin Fit Petite Dressform.

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Obviously the quality isn’t quite like the ones they use on Project Runway, but this way I can use the same dress form even if I lose or gain weight. And I love that it has a hem marker, that should make things easier.

Even though the dress form came from the UK, I was planning to find a French name for her, because clothing design always makes me think of the French. I was leaning toward something sophisticated like Camille, Emmanuelle, Coco, Frederique, Martine, or Suzette.

However, when the box came to deliver her, I cracked up and am calling her Fraulein Schneiderbuste for now.

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Although I have made 2 skirts (Built by Wendy here and Linen Craft Reversible Skirt here) since learning to sew, I wouldn’t really wear either of them. But my newest project- definitely wearable.

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The Cabo Halter, from Amy Butler. I used Robert Kauffman fabric. The pattern was very easy to follow and quick to sew. Thanks to all my past invisible zipper failures, the invisible zipper was actually pretty easy. The hardest part was the hem. For a short gal, you would think that would be my strong suit. For some reason, my hems always look sloppy, especially because when a garment is flared at the bottom and you fold it up, it just gets wrinkly with all the extra fabric.

Sewing the upper bodice actually reminded me of this purse, where I used the same fabric.

I will definitely make more of these halters, although I’ll tweak the sizing a bit. It fit perfect up top, but my hips and belly made it a bit too tight to wear over jeans.

My favorite sewing blogger‘s Cabo Halter is here.

I love this book. The projects are beautiful and the instructions are very detailed. I’m sure I will refer back to these instructions for all the quilting basics (applique, binding, log cabin blocks). I’m most excited by the “Scrap Wrap” project- a scarf made from wool suiting and vintage silk kimonos. However, living in Puerto Rico and dependent on air conditioning, I’m in no hurry.

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I did make the Closet Case Sachet (a very quick project to make when the fabric you were going to use for your next big project has to be washed first). It is almost complete, just needs stuffing- and I’m not sure how difficult it will be to find cedar shavings in the Caribbean…

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Can you tell I really like turquoise?

The sachet will make a nice gift, and now that I’ve learned log cabin piecing, I’m anxious to put log cabin patches on everything….

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Simply Green Giving is one of my new favorite books. I’ve finally started to realize that crafting and being green (mostly through re-using) go hand in hand. I always brought old stuff to Goodwill or the Salvation Army if I didn’t use it anymore, but now I try to find ways to reuse myself first. Old clothes that don’t fit? I can use the fabric for small sewing projects or even to practice!

I highly recommend this book. Not only is it beautiful and a nice small size, but I think I will actually use the ideas. The book is full of simple ideas to make your gifts look nicer. I’m sure kids would love to receive vintage jewelry tucked inside an old candy box, or even just money secretly hidden inside a hollowed out book.

After reading this book, I check out Daily Danny at least each week for more great ideas.

I also bought his other book, Simply Green Parties, which I love as well.

I also think that reading Apartment Therapy and their first book has been a good influence on me becoming more environmentally aware….