Thursday, January 30, 2014

Refashioning a Cat Sweater: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

 Making a cat sweater from an old sweater

There is a tad bit of embarrassment in writing this post.  On one hand, I feel a bit accomplished for knocking out a sweater refashion in under an hour.  On the other, I made a couple big rookie mistakes that affected the final product.  I blame the wine.

In any case, I wanted to show you the kitty sweater outcome so that you can use it to create you own refashioned pet sweater - yes, dog owners, it will work for Fido as well.  At the same time, I'm going to point out my mistakes so that you can avoid doing them.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Recipe: Homemade Toaster Pastries

Delicious, easy, homemade pop tarts
I know that baking often times takes a secondary place in the kitchen.  All of us are busy- I understand. And for me, cooking trumps baking every time.  Something about not eating cake for breakfast (what did Bill Cosby say about that again???).

Sometimes, though, we just want to create something a bit special while at the same time getting in and out of the kitchen as quickly as possible.  That's where this recipe comes in!

Cue the music for homemade pop tarts.  And yes, they're soooo much better than the original toaster pastries you buy in the freezer section.  And yes, you're going to have to give up discus throwing, since you may give up buying the hard aerodynamic ones in the box in the cereal isle.  If you have your pie crust already made an in the fridge or freezer, it's just as easy as taking it out and getting started!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Tutorial: How to Resize Your Jeans to Make them Skinnier

Tutorial on how to take in your jeans

Today I tackled that dreaded sewing project- trying to make a pair of pants actually fit.  A while back (June, 2012, actually) I found a great pair of Lucky Brand jeans on sale for only $20- brand new.  Since that time, I've stopped wearing them much.  They seem too big for me (I can only think that I was a few pounds heavier when I bought them) and the style of the legs is a bit too wide in today's skinny jeans market.

Now I'm not a skinny jeans type of person.  My body type dictates that I DON'T taper my pants at my ankle; I always need a bit of a boot or straight cut down at the feet.  But these jeans had too much material even at the thighs, which just made me feel two decades older and fifteen pounds heavier.

I've seen lots of skinny jeans refashions online, but I don't like the way that many of them are done.  The idea of just pinching the material along the sides and then sewing up the edges often times leads to twisty pants legs, and I didn't want that.  I also needed to re-fit the pants starting almost up at the hips.  So here is a tutorial to help you take your jeans in a size or two, while still keeping the fabric true to grain so the legs won't twist.  This takes longer than just making a new, quick seam, but ultimately will look more professional.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Bleached Tee, Doctor Who Style

Dalek Shirt

This tee is a Whovian's dream.  In fact, I can't take credit for making it.  My son actually is the creator of this Dalek work of art.  He had a girl at school who saw the Don't Blink! shirt we made for him (see it here), and she wanted him to make one for her.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

One Last Christmas Post- Felt Ornaments For All!

So I'm a little behind on my posting, mostly because I did an enormous amount of creating and crafting over the last few weeks and have not sat down to write.  Also, many of the things I created were intended as Christmas gifts.  Can't show those before they're opened (awkward)!

So in the spirit of the banana ornaments, I also made felt ornaments for both my husband and my son.  The relevancy to others may be slight, but I want to brag.  My family loved them and I think they turned out well.  So sorry, reader.  You're stuck looking at my family's silly ornaments.
John Egbert Homestuck Christmas Ornament

The first one was created for my son, who is an avid reader of the Homestuck web comic.  The main character, John Egbert, has a tee shirt with this little guy on the front.  It's one of his most recognizable features.  My son even has the same shirt (he was John Egbert this past Halloween).

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