Saturday, September 9, 2017

Long-Sleeved Blouse to Cute Peplum Top

     There were two reasons I wanted to rescue this shirt. First, it was my mother's when she and my father took their engagement photo 21 years ago.

   Second, I really like the peplum-style frill at the bottom of the shirt. 

Oh, did I mention it's 100% silk?

     Now, for the upcycle. First I turned the shirt inside-out and unpicked the sleeves, being very careful not to rip the material. 

Next, I took in about a half inch from both sides.

     For the sleeves, I first hemmed them a bit to fit the slightly smaller armholes, pinned them, and sewed them back onto the blouse.

     After trying on the blouse, I decided to make it short sleeved instead of long sleeved. In hindsight, I probably should have done this before reattaching the sleeves to the blouse to ensure the sleeves were exactly the same length. Fortunately, the lengths were only slightly off. 

My new peplum top is finished!

~ Gloria

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tailor a Shirt in 15 Minutes

     Surprisingly, this was one of the easiest sewing projects I've ever attempted!

- Sewing machine
- Black thread
- Scissors
- Sewing chalk 

     First, figure out how much you need to take in. I ended up taking in half an inch from both sides. Turn you shirt inside out and mark along the edges how much needs to be taken in.

     Sew along the lines.

     Lastly, cut off any excess material and serge the raw edges (or if you're like me and don't have a fancy serger, use a zig-zag stitch). 

     You're finished! Put on your new shirt and proudly show off your tailoring skills. 

~ Gloria

Monday, February 6, 2017

Tri-Fold Birthday Card

     We have a fairly large family so when it comes to birthdays, we always have difficulty finding a card with ample room for all of us to write a birthday note. Recently, I came across a great idea for a large card.
Introducing: the tri-fold card!

- 1 sheet of thick, patterned paper
- 1 sheet of construction paper, the color of your choice
- Glue stick
- Scissors
- Decorative edge scissors
- X-acto knife (or in my case, box cutters)
- Calligraphy pen

     First, cut your sheet of patterned paper in half.

     Then, fold each panel in half.

    Open up both panels, place the inside ends on top of each other, and glue down.

I was using double-sided patterned paper, so never mind the inside pattern.

     Measure and cut two pieces of construction paper, leaving enough to overlap on the ends of your card, and glue them on the inside of the card. 

     Fold over the overlapping ends of the construction paper and glue down.

     Using you X-acto knife (or box cutters) cut a slit in the right side on the front of your card.  

     Cut out another piece of construction paper. 

     Glue it onto the left side of the card. Don't glue down the opposite end of the paper as it will be inserted into the slit you cut and act as a "clasp" for your card.

     To create a centerpiece for the card, cut out an oval piece of the patterned paper using decorative-edge scissors. 

     Then, cut out another smaller oval from the construction paper using regular scissors. 

     Glue the two pieces together.

     Using the calligraphy pen, write out a birthday greeting. 

     Glue it to the front of your card, and voila! The card is complete.