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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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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!

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My Go-To Face Mask Pattern- a practical beginner’s sewing project

Many people are making their own cloth face masks and learning how to sew in the process. It’s a practical beginner’s sewing project and a great way to be of service to others by making masks to give to family and friends or to donate to places that need them such as hospitals.

I’ve made a few masks for my family. The first ones I made were in early April for my household. I had a limited amount of elastic, only enough to make three masks. I ordered some elastic and was informed that it wouldn’t arrive until July! (It ended up arriving in May).

I could only make 3 masks so I made one for my daughter, my son and myself. I made the type of masks with pleats. I had some leftover scraps of quilting cotton that were 100% cotton and tightly woven so I felt that it would be safe to use for masks. I cut 2 pieces of cloth which were 6 inches by 9 inches and made 3 pleats on the mask. I had a hard time with the pleats on the first mask that I made, especially sewing through all those layers of fabric. But as I went onto the 2nd and 3rd masks, the pleats and sewing went smoothly. The tutorial I chose to make these masks was a YouTube video by Thoughtful Creativity on “How to batch sew masks for hospitals”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FW1TCQDN4do

When I made face masks for my parents, my mom wanted face masks that weren’t pleated. I found a website that contained videos and written instructions on how to make a shaped face mask. What I liked best about this website is that it included a PDF pattern for the shaped face mask. The face mask is lined on the inside with fusible interfacing. It basically has 3 layers which are two pieces of fabric and interfacing in the middle. Here is the link to that website: https://blog.treasurie.com/diy-mask/

I made more masks for my sister, her family and also my brother using this shaped face mask pattern. For the elastic that goes around the ears, I cut 6 1/2 inches of elastic for women and 7 inches for men or bigger faces.

Happy sewing!