Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Just for Leisure!

A new creation was born!

Finally, I completed a thought I had many, many months ago! The 75 degree temperatures we are having, must be inspiring?

I'm thinking back to the movies I have seen most recently. Ummmm..... no, I don't think Leisure Suit Larry was one of them, but this top really reminds me of of leisure suit!

"This suit is for leisure, but many times I wear it to get down to business." Fez

I made this using an ordinary white tshirt from Target and a sad plain white sheet, begging for a new life. I tore the sheet into several 1.5 inch strips. The fraying edges of the ruffles add to the look and the handmade charm of the shirt. I ran a simple gathering stitch down the center of each strip, then pinned the strips in place as desired. Another zip down each side of the gather with the sewing machine, and I called it a day. A day for a bike ride???

Maybe so.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Testing... Testing...

I had 5 minutes to spare tonight and decided to try something I've been hearing about lately. Making plastic 'fabric' from recycled plastic grocery bags. I watched a brief tutorial on Etsy:

And it truly took as much time for me to watch the video as it did to make my own. I LOVE those kinds of projects. So here is a quicky business card holder. Honestly I couldn't think of anything quick to sew. I was buckling under pressure as I could hear the voice of the little people in my life, drawing near.

I really like how the one even has the recycle logo and plastic bag. A happy accident! And the other bears the famous Fareway Crest. Or whatever you want to call it. Finished, the material almost resembles those Tyvek shipping bags. Kinda cool. And what a neat way to ship something. I might have to try that out. I need to spin my wheels a bit on this idea. I'm sure the possibilities are endless!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Mo Projects! MoHAWK!

I borrowed a book from my sister last week. A really interesting book called Generation T- Beyond Fashion - 120 ways to transform a T-shirt! There are some really, really cute ideas in here. I borrowed and adapted one. It uses 2 shirts to create a 'mohawk' looking hat. It's just something fun, and can be made personal depending on the t-shirt used. I went through our closet and put my hands on two (Jeff's side of the closet of course!) which haven't seen the light of day in a while! In about 20 minutes, I was left with the following...

My model was watching cartoons at the time he tried it on for me. Therefore, I took it upon myself to experiment with my pictures a bit.

Monday, March 15, 2010

I'm Baaaack....!

Wow! It's been September since my last post? How do you spell slacker? Oh, I guess I just did!

I think I've been reinspired by the 50 degree weather we are experiencing in Iowa right now! And the fact that spring begins on Saturday!

So, we got through Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, a wonderful Mexican Vacation, and now we are into spring break. It's about time I get busy. Well, I've begun. As stated in a previous post, I've begun to experiment with reclaimed tshirts. I'm finding this to be quite fun. Soooo.... many possibilities here! I recently attended a sewing session downtown DM, where several gals got together and rumaged through tshirts and got creative behind the foot pedal of their machines. I plan to attend the exchange they have planned in April. There is sure to be ideas looming on this day. And I must confess... hunting out the cute little odd, lonely tshirts at the thrift stores can be somewhat addicting!

Today I have finally added a few new items to my Etsy site. I am excited about them, as I had so much fun creating them. I think they turned out so cute. Especially the one I originally created for my own little blonde ambition. It reads, SPEAK SLOWLY I'M BLONDE. Well, not only that... but, she's two! So cute and so fitting for her personality. The tops can be worn as a dress, a tunic style shirt or just a top, for older girls. They are sleeveless and have a tie closure. Not to mention the comfort of wearing a tshirt, but a little bit of sass and style to go with it!

I hope to keep creating and posting. Creating... and posting... creating..... and posting....

Wish me luck!