Do it yourself: turn a men’s dress shirt into a cute blouse

 

 

Press entire shirt flat at seams with iron on high- always consider the type of material when using an iron. Never burn your threads!
Press entire shirt flat at seams with iron on high- always consider the type of material when using an iron. Never burn your threads!

 

Cut sleeves off evenly- avoid any "jagged" cuts.
Cut sleeves off evenly- avoid any “jagged” cuts.

 

 

Turn the shirt inside out and mark curves to give a more feminine fit to the shirt.
Turn the shirt inside out and mark curves to give a more feminine fit to the shirt.

 

Take both sleeves that were separated from the shirt body; and cut down the arm seam.
Take both sleeves that were separated from the shirt body; and cut down the arm seam.

 

 

Lay the cut open sleeve flat on your ironing board- press with your hot iron
Lay the cut open sleeve flat on your ironing board- press with your hot iron

Yes- this quadrilateral is supposed to illustrate a sleeve cut open and pressed/ironed flat. In the next step it will be clear why we did this…

 

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Cut strips of fabric that are two inches wide using a ruler to get uniform cuts. Do this for each sleeve, as you will be using this material as bias tape.

We will use the sleeves to make bias tape for our sleeves and add an accent waist strap for our new re-fashioned top.

I will post future items on how exactly bias tape making works- but for now you can check out this blog at www.danamadeit.com to see how it is done.

The finished product includes bias taped sleeves, and a waist tie accent.

 

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Ladies Blouse made from a refashioned men's dress shirt diy.
Ladies Blouse made from a refashioned men’s dress shirt diy.
Ladies Blouse made from a refashioned men's dress shirt diy.
Ladies Blouse made from a refashioned men’s dress shirt diy.
Ladies Blouse made from a refashioned men's dress shirt diy.
Ladies Blouse made from a refashioned men’s dress shirt diy.

That’s all for now, thanks for stopping by!

-S

Guest Bedroom Re-fresh

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My small guest room refresh started with choosing a bright and comforting wall colour called: Blue Hydrangea.

 

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Using Behr Ultra colour from The Home Depot we only needed two coats of paint.

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Installing a ceiling fan was no walk in the park: before securing the fan, we had to go into the attic space to ensure outlet box was mounted to a beam. That way there would be both something secure for the fan to screw into, and no danger of the fan becoming loose and falling from its mount years later.

 

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We installed the crown moulding with a soft metallic seashell colour from Rustoleum’s Metallic paint line from the Home Depot. As a finishing touch, we replaced the old wood bi-fold doors with border-less mirrored bi-fold doors. I just love the idea of replacing wooden doors with mirrored doors for rooms that don’t have formal mirrors. They are functional and help to save on space.

 

Here are some final shots of the crown moulding after using some extra coats of Rustoleum’s Metallic paint in Seashell.

 

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Sun dress for the young animal lover

Sun dress for the animal lover- (size is for age 2)
Sun dress for the animal lover- (size is for age 2)
Sun dress for the animal lover- (size is for age 2)
Sun dress for the animal lover- (size is for age 2)

This design was not my own- I developed a technique that I read about in a couture sewing manual that spoke to the replication of garments. The replication of garments is often done when you have a piece of clothing that fits well and has a great original design, but unfortunately due to time, (and loving it so much) the clothing becomes worn, torn, or the material goes out of style.

For this dress (seen above- Sun dress for the young animal lover), I took apart an old dress piece by piece and transferred the shapes onto new material. When deconstructing a garment it is important to take photos of what the original looked like, that way you wont loose track of how the newly created sections will fit together.

The end-product will leave you with an exact replica of the old piece of clothing, and if you save the old pieces that you used to transfer on to the new ones, you will be able to recreate the garment over and over again!

-S

A Pale blue silk camisole inspired by vintage style

I worked on this piece a few weeks ago when I was inspired by something I had seen in a vintage shop. I sourced all of my own materials; but the design was not my own.

My favourite part of this piece would have to be the lace fringe that hangs down to provide a “1920’s lingere flapper girl” style”. I only wish I could have made this in a size large enough to wear for myself!

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…just a little bit

Kimono Inspired robe made from imported wool and silk from Japan

Welcoming Spring!

My spring creations are coming into full form. My main project d’obsession has been a kimono-inspired robe made from silk, wool and my usual dependable Guuterman thread. I love the feel of this robe, (I swear) it came to me in a daydream when I first imagined it.

When it comes to my designs I always like to think about them in depth. Usually they come to me while looking at something beautiful- muses. Or, while gazing out of a window at a gorgeous day.

***Update***

I completed the robe- but, as I often do, I gave it away as a gift.

My Great Grandmother recently turned 90 years old and we had a large party for her, organized by my Mom.

I thought that the robe would be a nice gift- as it is from the heart, the materials were all imported, and it looks like something she would love to wear.

Here are a few shots of the staged robe:

Kimono- Given to my Great Grandmother for her 90th birthday.
Kimono- Given to my Great Grandmother for her 90th birthday.
Kimono- Given to my Great Grandmother for her 90th birthday.
Kimono- Given to my Great Grandmother for her 90th birthday.