Monday, 26 August 2013

Dress to Playsuit

So, as my boyfriend and I are currently buying a house, I have had very little spare money to spend on clothes for our summer holiday(we fly out to Menorca Saturday 31st). This has meant most of my sewing has been low budget and holiday orientated. I found this dress in a charity shop for £3.99 and as soon as I saw it wanted to turn it into a playsuit.

Firstly, I removed the weird skirt from the bottom.

I then lowered the neckline slightly and shortened the top but left enough for it to bag at the waist. Using the skirt I then made the shorts following tutorials from other blogs and then joined the two and voilĂ ! Feel free to leave a comment!

Saturday, 17 August 2013

1 grey pencil skirt + navy blue dye = 1 GREY mini skirt

I made this skirt a about a month ago now, it was an old skirt of my Mums and I thought it would make an excellent pencil skirt for work.

However, I found the colour quite difficult to work with and wasn't that sure what to wear with it. I also found it didn't look good with black tights which is an issue for me as when I'm at work I'm always cold and need thick tights. I decided the answer was to dye it navy blue and then it would more versatile.

Following my Mums advice, I bought a dye that was to be done in a bowl or sink instead of the washing machine, got a ton of salt and put on my marigolds. I mixed up the dye in the kitchen sink and put the skirt in and started stirring it around with my hands for about 2 minutes. I then realised that my right hand felt wet, pulled off the glove only to find my hand had turned a colour between cobalt blue and navy blue. It took a lot of scrubbing, nail polish remover, bleach and several layers of skin being removed through a load more scrubbing, before my hand looked a softer, slightly more acceptable shade of blue. Worst of all the skirt didn't even pick up the dye and it is still grey but now with a few splodges at the bottom...

So, to save this project and make it into something I will actually wear, I decided to turn it into a cute little mini skirt that I can't wait to wear on my holiday in Menorca (2 weeks today)!

This is the result, hope you like.

Feel free to leave a comment!

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Hi my name is Jo and this is my first post on my new blog. I have been stalking other sewing blogs for a while now and have been inspired to do many sewing projects, and decided it was time to start my own. So... I thought first of all I would start by showing some of the things I have made so far. Hope you like!

I made this skirt from a maxis dress I bought from a charity shop. I also made the top by cutting up a mens t-shirt.

I made these shorts from some primark jeans(a much cheaper way of getting some shorts that fit) and again I made the top by cutting up a mens t-shirt.
I am sorry for the picture quality, I will use a proper camera for my next post!