Altering my t-shirt

Remember the t-shirt I stenciled, only it did not fit properly due to it being a men’s t-shirt?

Altering a men's t-shirt to fit a woman's body

Well, I altered it using a t-shirt that fits me as a guide. I took in the shoulders, shortened the sleeves, and added side panels of knit fabric to give me room in the bust.

Altering a men's t-shirt to fit a woman's body

My gal pals over at the Capsule Wardrobe Sewalong Facebook group  helped me problem solve a bit for this one. I didn’t have a ton of fabric to work with, so I was a bit stumped at how to proceed, and what exactly needed to be adjusted. Usually I try to buy shirts that are way too big in order to make alterations easier. This t-shirt was way too big in the shoulders, but not big enough in the chest. Tricky. Very Tricky.

I should have done a FBA (full bust adjustment) because there is still some pulling in the boob area, but I am pretty satisfied with the fit now! It is amazing how much more flattering a shirt can be when it fits in the shoulders.

Have you ever adjusted the fit of a store-bought t-shirt?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book

Today we have a book on our shelves that I have been waiting for a long time to check out:

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Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book

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by Gretchen Hirsch

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you will know that I am a big fan of Gretchen’s, and actually had the pleasure of meeting her at the 2015 sew expo.

I have been waiting for this book to come in at the library for a while now. I love it. I cannot wait to actually sew something up from it. This is a book that I definitely want to purchase and add to my personal library. It contains such fantastic retro dress patterns. And you know how I feel about those.

What is on YOUR shelves?

Nostalgic rite of passage

Camp photo from 1982

Sorry it has been a bit quiet around here. I can assure you our lives have been anything but that. Our youngest is away at camp right now with her class, and the hustle to prepare for this epic adventure has been, well…epic. Between the emotional pendulum she has been on, swinging from extreme elation to extreme anxiety, to the physically preparing for her to go.

I have been keeping my hands busy by making a bunch of stuff (like this and this), but we had to also buy a bunch of stuff, and send a bunch of stuff. In fact, I think her bags weigh more than she does.

This is a right of passage, though, right? Our oldest did it 6 years ago, and I even did it circa 1982 on the East Coast (see above photo- can you guess which one is me?). Although, I will say, it was much easier to send our oldest. The first reason is, I had a 4 year old to take care of. That made our days fly. The second is because my younger, Falafel, has food allergies and asthma. SO much harder to trust others to handle what you handle on a regular basis when there are things that are out of the norm.

Camp photo from 1982

I’ll give you a hint: I am wearing a hat.

 Anyhow, I hope she is having a blast and making memories, just like The Bee did when she was 10, and just like I did when I was 10. My husband had the privilege of missing out on all that fun. He was sent to a Catholic Military boarding school. That is a whole other ball of wax.

Did you go on a grade school camping trip when you were younger? How about your kids?

Project Run and Play Stenciled t-shirt for me

Do you remember the freezer paper stencil Abby from Sew Much Ado shared last month? Well, this time I made myself a Project Run and Play Stenciled t-shirt!

Project Run and Play stenciled t-shirt FREE PDF

I got my husband to cut this stencil out again, for me. Thank you, Honey.

Project Run and Play stenciled t-shirt FREE PDF

I probably should have made my own t-shirt. Instead, since I couldn’t find a nice weight t-shirt in the women’s section (they were all thin see-through tissue…seriously, designers??!!) I found this one in the men’s section. And it doesn’t fit properly. I think it may be because most men don’t have large ta-tas.

Project Run and Play stenciled t-shirt FREE PDF

I think I may have to alter this one because I am in love with how the painting came out. I may have to ask my buddies over at the Capsule Wardrobe sew along Facebook group. Those ladies are awesome at helping each other with fit issues.

Project Run and Play stenciled t-shirt FREE PDF

OR I can just ask my husband to cut out yet another of these stencils and I can just make my own shirt.

Either way, I love this stencil.

What have you made lately?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Mason Jar Nation book review AND a Giveaway winner

On our shelves this week is a book we reviewed!

Mason jar Nation book review

Mason Jar Nation

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by Joann Moser

I had the pleasure of reviewing this interesting craft book. Firstly, I love mason jars. We actually use all different sizes of these as our drinking glasses, already. I find their weight and texture to be perfect for all our beverage needs. Plus, I really don’t like drinking out of plastic.

The book begins with a history of mason jars and their evolution. It then covers different techniques to alter them (cutting the glass, and punching holes in the lids, etc). Then it has 50 projects using the jars.

Mason jar Nation book review

I have only tried this one, so far, but it is such a great idea!

Mason jar Nation book review

You glue a super strong magnet to the lid, and use it to organize your small metal tools (such as pins, paperclips, etc). You can use the inside to hold anything you want, as well. If they aren’t metal, it works much better .

  Mason jar Nation book review

It works for any size jar you have, too!

Mason jar Nation book review

I can’t wait to try out some of the other projects, including making a bird feeder!

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::Even though I received a copy of this book to review, as always, all opinions are mine mine mine::

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Also, I am happy to announce the winner of the Field Research Cargo shorts chosen by the random number generator is:

Maria Sews

Congratulations, Maria! I will be emailing you today. A big THANK YOU to everyone who entered! I wish I had a pair to give each of you.

Field Research Cargo Shorts giveaway

Remember the cargo pants I started, but they were too small for my girl? Well, I unpicked the one leg I had done because I wasn’t happy with it, and one thing led to another….and now they Field Research Cargo shorts.

Field Research Cargo Shorts

I sewed up a size 7, but they are too tight around the waist/ bum area for my girl, and she typically wears a size 7. So I would say these fit like a size 6.

Field Research Cargo Shorts

The pocket lining and waist band facing is a fantastic kitty print. Gender neutral in my eyes. All the seams are finished with a faux overlock stitch from my Contessa.

Field Research Cargo Shorts

There is a flat front with elastic in the back. There are cargo pockets, and the back ones are fastened with green buttons.

Field Research Cargo Shorts

Now for the fun part! To win these fun shorts, all you have to do is enter using the rafflecopter below. Only for U.S. residents (sorry my international buddies!). The giveaway ends this Sunday.

Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Field Research Cargo pants ready for an adventure

Remember the first pair of cargo pants I made? Well, since those ended up being a muslin, I made another pair of the Field Research Cargo pants, only this time in a size 9/10. And you know what? They are perfect!

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

I used much crazier fabric this time. I have been working on using just what I have in my stash, if I can, lately. I don’t remember where I got this stretch denim from, but I am in love with it.

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

Let’s take a closer look, shall we? Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

My Falafel chose the “coordinating” (I use that word lightly) banana fabric, for the pocket lining and the waistband facing (that only she can see).

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

I turned the stretch crazy denim to the other side for all the pockets. And my girl also chose the “Caution” buttons for the back pockets. We have been saving them for the perfect project. She said, and I quote Watch out! That’s my butt!”.

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

I did something a little differently for the bottoms of the pants. I added elastic as per my girl’s request. She didn’t want any critters to be able to crawl up her pant legs while she was on her camping trip. It seemed like a perfectly reasonable request. So I happily obliged. I really love how just that small change really enhances the overall look! PS- so do fuzzy striped socks, right?

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

One really fun part of this pattern is the zip off legs! I had never even dreamed I could do this before this pattern. And it wasn’t all that scary once I dove in.

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

Unziiiiiiiip!

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

We only unzipped one, because of course, the temps have dropped again, and it was so cold she had goosebumps on her legs. But you get the idea. They go on and come off really easily!

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

These are such cool pants!!

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

I had her field test them.

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

They passed with flying colors.

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

I am super happy that I made these for my girl. Not a quick sew by any means, but completely worth it. She is one step closer to being ready for the trip. Now if only I were!

Ninja Kitty T-shirt

Remember last year when I made a Ninja Kitty Stuftie for Falafel’s friend? Well, they are still friends, and they are still into playing Ninja Kitties. His birthday is coming up (with a Ninja theme), so I came up with another gift for him this year. A Ninja Kitty T-shirt!

Ninja Kitty freezer paper stencil t-shirt

My husband is our designated exacto blade  handler in this house, and he is so good at it. He came up with this design by altering another he found on the internet. He then cut it out from the freezer paper, and I painted it on a t-shirt.

Ninja Kitty freezer paper stencil t-shirt

Instant cool Birthday gift fit for a 10 year old boy!

Ninja Kitty freezer paper stencil t-shirt

Since it is painted with regular acrylic paints, I threw it in the dryer to heat set it. Now it is ready for a ninja kitty to wear it!

Ninja Kitty freezer paper stencil t-shirt

I am hooked on freezer paper stenciling (especially with my husband doing the hard work)!

Have you tried this method of painting on shirts?

Guest Posting at Sew Mama Sew

Triangle pocket tote tutorial

Today you can find me over on the Sew Mama Sew blog, sharing my tutorial for the triangle pocket tote.

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I had a great Mother’s Day. The Bee gave me $16.00 in cash. $1.00 for every year I have been a Mother.

Oh that girl.

My family let me sleep in until 9, which I cannot remember the last time I did. We all went to the garden center for plants. Then on a hike. And my husband made me the most delicious sushi ever for dinner. AND I ate an entire pint of cashew cream caramel chocolate chip ice cream. Myself.

I would do it all again. Especially the ice cream.

The best part of all was sitting with my girls and chatting.

I feel loved.

I hope you had a great Mother’s Day, and feel loved, too.

Happy Mother’s Day

The reason I am a Mother. My husband and our girls.

My husband and our girls are the reason I am a Mother, and I am grateful and thankful every day for all three of them.

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My weekend is off to a good start. I took our youngest to a Tibetan Monk Mandala Ceremony yesterday.

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It was a pretty incredible experience for both of us.

Tibetan Monks at the Mandala ceremony

Falafel was entranced. She loved the chanting. She said it brought her peace.

sand mandala

A highlight for me was when they swept it up. They actually gave out bags of it to the huge crowd that was there, so that we could place them wherever we thought needed the most help, or blessings. We have both decided to think about it, before placing them.

Blossoms

I have always been facinated with this ritual. I love the symbolism. It is a great reminder to appreciate what you have now, because the world is ever changing, and nothing lives forever. Life is so incredibly beautiful because of it’s impermanence.

Cottonwood

On the walk back to our car, I took photos of all the beauty I saw. Nature that may not be around in a week or even another day. I captured their images so that I can remember the delicate intricacy that made up these blooms.

Lone iris

To celebrate Mother’s Day, I look forward to us all being fully present with eachother. Well, that AND not doing any dishes. The kids always stress about what to get me, and really if I don’t have to do dishes, it is a good day.

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I wish all of you a thoughtful, peaceful, beautiful Mother’s day with those you love.