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Refashion: Boho pants turned into a Boho dress

I really like the idea of up-cycling and refashioning old clothes into a new item of clothing. It’s fascinating to see the creations that are made from transforming an old or thrifted article of clothing into something new and more modern.

I turned this pair of wide legged boho pants into a dress! I seam ripped the inseam of the pants and then sewed it up into a skirt. There are tons of videos on YouTube with tutorials on how to do this. It’s really easy to do!

For the top part, I removed the elastic at the top and with the extra fabric that was there, I used the top part of a pattern that I have in my stash to fashion a V- neck with straps. I had some leftover black cotton scraps that I used to cut into shoulder straps. I also used the black cotton for the facing. I cut the bodice to fit me and made it into an empire waist. Since there was extra material, I gathered the top part of the skirt.

This dress is the perfect quarantine dress. It’s so comfortable that I’ve worn it many times already. Comparing that to the fact that I haven’t worn this as pants for over 5 years, I’d say that’s a plus! I’m also embarrassed to think that it’s been sitting in my closet unworn for that long. It didn’t spark joy then, but it sparks joy now!

Up-cycling and refashioning is a great way to foster your creativity in sewing. It’s a great way to be resourceful with what you already have in your closet instead of throwing it away. What a fun and fulfilling project… Happy Sewing!

Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.

Fred Rogers
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Coconut Oil Skin Cleanser

Why spend a lot of money on expensive skin cleanser with ingredients that you can’t even read?:

Glycerin, Water, Myristic Acid, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Palmitic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Lauric Acid, Coco-Glucoside, Glycol Distearate, Fragrance, P-Anisic Acid, Tocopherol, Peg-14m, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Disodium Edta

Did you know that you can use coconut oil as a facial skin cleanser? Because if you can ingest it, wouldn’t that be better for the outside of your body as well?

Here’s how it works:

-Warm up coconut oil in your hands so that it is pure liquid.

-Apply and massage the coconut oil gently onto your face to cleanse your skin.

-Rinse face with warm water and then use a damp washcloth to blot or wipe away the oils.

Simple!

Coconut oil is great for moisturizing your skin since it penetrate deep into your skin. Since coconut oil is an anti-inflammatory product, it works great for reducing acne breakouts and for soothing acne already on the skin. Coconut oil is also great for reducing wrinkles in aging skin. The antioxidants in coconut oil protect the skin from the damage and harmful effects of free radicals. Coconut oil is also an antibacterial product which helps clean the skin by killing germs and bacteria. It also helps the skin heal and rejuvenate itself.

Natural is better and safer for your skin, your face and your body. Natural is better because you are free from the harmful chemicals that don’t belong on your skin or body in the first place.

If you want, you can also add any essential oil based on its benefits for an added bonus. Add 3 to 6 drops of essential oil to 1 ounce of carrier oil, in this case, coconut oil. Blend it well then massage about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of the mixture onto your skin. Rinse with warm water and use a damp washcloth to wipe away the oils.

Try coconut oil as a skin cleanser today. It works great and really makes your skin feel healthy and smooth. Get that coconut glow on your skin. Look healthy and radiant. Be natural. Be free.

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McCalls 7970- A Wanna-Be Wrap Dress

I finished sewing up this McCalls 7970 dress and I am very happy with the results. McCalls 7970 is described as a loose fitting, pullover dress with an elasticized waist. View A has bodice and skirt flounces. View C and D has a multi-tiered skirt as well as a side front slit and belt. I chose View B which does not have any tiers or flounces but has very pretty sleeves and appears as a wrap dress but really isn’t. It’s a wanna be wrap dress.

I chose View B, mostly due to the amount of fabric I wanted to use which was 2 yards. It was a choice between view A or B. View A states that 1 7/8 yards is needed for my size. View B states that 2 and 1/8 yards is needed. It was a choice between View A or B and I have enough sleeveless dresses, so B it is! Luckily, for me, 2 yards was all I needed and worked perfectly for me for view B.

I chose fabric that I purchased from a little store in Downtown L.A. There you can chose any fabric for $1.99. The fabric isn’t the very best quality but good enough for me. Suggested fabrics for this pattern are crepes, cotton blends, georgette and stable knits. The fabric I used is a bubble crepe.

Besides the amount of fabric, I chose view B because of the sleeves. They look so fluttery. I also like how this dress looks like a wrap dress. The bodice crosses over and the front skirt panel has two sections sewn together making it look like a wrap dress.

I would definitely recommend this pattern since all the views are very pretty. I can see myself sewing up all views as well as hacking view D with the view B sleeves. I like the flounce of view A. I really like the tiers on View C. The tiers is a really popular look and I plan to make this view next. It’s perfect for the summer.

I was thinking the other day that I have made a lot of new dresses lately, but because of our current situation, I have nowhere to go. Which is ok. It’s actually even better because I notice that I don’t feel rushed or pressured to finish a dress. There’s no stress involved. I get to practice this craft and take my time. If I run into a mistake or a setback, it’s no big deal. I put my project aside and save it for another day with little worry or concern. I save it to tackle for later. I can feel that it’s truly the process not only the product. It’s actually quite relaxing and that’s a great feeling.

Happy Sewing!