I’ll be here this weekend!

This will be my first fair! I figured it’s time to use my skills and make things not just for myself. This is scary, since I’ve never done this before, but can’t let fear stop me or I won’t do anything! If you’ll be in Charlotte, stop by! There will be other great artisans there whose stuff I love!

Just a peek at what will be there:

I’ll also be adding new stuff to my Etsy shop after this weekend.

Gotta go back to sewing!


Nighty Nights!

I did a little search on what men like to see women wear to bed and what women themselves like to wear if there’s a man in a bed. The findings were interesting to say the least! Men prefer women to wear nothing (big surprise!), but if a woman isn’t that comfortable with being in the buff just yet, they like women’s sleepwear to be sexy, but without trying too hard. Think white tank tops and some cute cotton underwear, his t-shirt or his favorite team jersey! I don’t know why the jersey surprised me, but it did!

Of course, women prefer comfort. It seems that the only reason we buy fancy lingerie for a special occasion (I’m not talking about buying fancy lingerie for ourselves!) is that we think that’s what men want to see. But it looks like men could care less about lace, garters and underwire. If I’m wrong, please let me know!

I feel like the pressure is off, and I don’t need to bother with the underwear theatrics. Oh, who am I kidding?! I’m not interested in buying that stuff! I do, however, want to wear something cute and comfy when heading to bed. A plain t-shirt is not going to cut it. Refashioning some t-shirts into a cute nighty is right up my ally!

I used:
An extra large t-shirt. I actually had extra large t-shirts scraps, so I used those.
something to decorate-I used Simply Spray, but you can use markers, appliques, etc.

I cut a band from one of the t-shirts big enough to cover the chest area.

I went over one end of the raw edge with an overcast stitch on my sewing machine. I sometimes prefer overcasting to serging. See if your machine has an overcast stitch. You can use a blanket stitch if you want to do it by hand.

Then, I cut the bottom from another t-shirt the length I wanted.

I did some scrunch and spray effects with the spray paint. I let it dry for at least 30 mins.

I then sewed my top piece to my bottom piece.

I measured two pieces of elastic for the top egde and for the under bust area.

Using a zig-zag stitch, I attached the elastic, pulling taught while sewing so the fabric gathers.

I cut an inch-thick strip from the leftover t-shirt and pulled it so that it rolls. I gave it some spray paint treatment.

I pinned and adjusted the straps to my liking, then sewed them to the elastic.

With the leftover pieces from the strap, I made bows and attached them in front where the straps are. I sewed them on like I would a button.

I love the results! Cute, but really easy to sleep in!

Need some other ideas?

Pillowcase nighty at Burda Style
Pillowcase nighty at Threadbanger (video)
It’s not a nighty, but everyone loves the underwear made from a men’s top that Clare Bare showed at Threadbanger (video)

CrazySexyCrafty: Christmas Gifts

What? You mean you haven’t started making any of your gifts yet? Well, it’s time to get crackin’. Seriously, blink and it will be Christmas Eve!

Need some ideas? Here’s a few that I like that are fairly easy. They don’t take more than a few hours, if you’ve already got the DIY bug. Hopefully you won’t need to buy any special equipment to make any of these gifts. The point is to use what you have (or can get fairly cheaply) to make something great.

For people:

Love this laptop sleeve by Carly J. Cais

This bag is easy to make with old denim and a thrifted leather coat. From between the lines.

Jewelry from hardware! Yes! Also check out Hanna Rogge’s great book Hardwear: Jewelry from a Toolbox.

This neckwarmer is just one of the many things Maegan makes. She has a ton of other simple DIY fashion projects.

T-shirt necklaces are easy, quick and super cool. This tutorial even has a video.

For pets:

I made these out of an old towel and a few old t-shirts and my critters just love them! I posted the tute here.

I think Martha Stewart’s site has some of the best pet projects on the web. There’s cool gift ideas for dogs and cats. There’s enough crafts to keep you and your pets busy for a while.

I’m sure that’s not all. Share some of the other ideas for gifts that you like.

CrazySexyCrafty: DIY Military Jacket!

This project went from this:

to this:

I’m so happy with the way it came out! It was an old military issue shirt I found out was my father’s. He was in the Air Force. It was really easy to make and cheap. Really, the cost for me was $0. I had all of the materials in my craft stash. The materials are very cheap to get though. The chains are from the dollar store, and the rivets you can get at sewing/hobby shop.

I posted the full tute at Cut Out and Keep.

The Camo Shirt

I tried to submit this in the Ultimate DIY Competition over at Cut Out and Keep, but that didn’t work out. They claimed that the contest closed today, but they closed it yesterday. I was peeved, but I’m over it now. It may have something to do with them being over in the UK and their days start earlier than mine.

I did leave the tute on how to do this over there, so you are welcome to check the technique. This was some work, but I totally enjoyed learning more about appliques. It’s a great way to use up old t-shirt scraps. I have a lot of them!

CrazySexyCrafty: Fabric Dyeing

Damn if Brooklyn Decker didn’t totally rock this! On the back, it’s also a cover and she’s wearing the cutest Military jacket. Military style is big for fall this year and I had no intention of joining the trend! Until I saw this cover on the September issue of Women’s Health! Yes, sometimes I do get swayed by the media! I’m not always immune to their very persuasive tactics that they spend alot of money on!

I remember seeing a pack of camo collection tees from Hanes and I knew that those would be perfect for me to make a camo style t-shirt dress. So, I went off the where I saw them to get me a pack.

They didn’t have anymore!

I was so upset! I kicked myself for not buying them when I saw them the first time. I thought they were so cool, but I convinced myself not to get them, because they were a 2XL. The size is not the problem. I always take big t-shirts and cut them to fit me. It was the price. 2XL and 3XL sizes always cost more.

While I was walking around bummed, my inner voice kept saying, “Why don’t you try dyeing?” I beat back the idea for a few minutes, but then I started to realize that it would be a good learning experience, since I’ve never immersion dyed anything before.

Since this was my first time trying this, I went ultra cheap. I do have Procion dyes, but I didn’t want to use them my first time around. I bought a box of Rit Dye in Dark Green. Not exactly the same Forest green color, but I was okay with that.

I got home and got everything together. I didn’t want to dye directly in the washing machine, cause if somebody else’s clothes turned out green accidentally, I would never hear the end of it. So, I devised a bucket/machine method that worked great for me.

Assemble your tools. You’ll need your dye, gloves, a bucket (I always save my cat litter containers. They are so handy for organizing), measuring spoons and a measuring cup used only for dyeing (get one at the dollar store), a face mask, sea salt (I got this at the dollar store too, but forgot it in the pic!) and a broom with a plastic handle.

Wash your t-shirts. No fabric softener. Don’t dry. Put them in your bucket. Run your hot water cycle and let the drum fill up with water about halfway. Dip your measuring cup in several times to transfer the hot water to your bucket. I found this to be the easiest way for me to get hot water. Fill bucket per directions for your dye.

Protect your face and cover your hands. In your measuring cup, mix your dye with water per manufacturer’s instructions. I had to mix the powder dye with water before putting it in the bucket. I dipped my measuring spoons in to get 2 cups and mixed together until dye was dissolved. Add dye, amount of salt and anything else you need per the directions in the bucket.

Mix with your broom handle. My directions said to agitate for thirty minutes. Next time, I’ll do it for much longer, maybe 60-90 minutes. You don’t have to stand over it for that long, just make sure you agitate after some time, like maybe every ten minutes. During the agitation phase, drain your washing machine of the hot water.

When the time is up, squeeze out as much of the dye liquid as possible from your fabric and put it in the washing machine. Run through one cycle with no detergent. Run another cycle with detergent. Dry separately. I covered my bucket with the lid and let the dye liquid cool. I then just pour it out in the backyard.

These didn’t come out too badly. My first experience went pretty well. I wasn’t expecting great results, but everything came out better than I thought. I did notice that when a iron hits the dyed fabric, it changes color, but it goes back to it’s original color when cool. I’ll be washing the dyed shirts separately for a while until I’m sure nothing else will turn green!

Luxury is a concept!

There is a great post over at Carly Cais’ blog, Chic Steals. Here’s a little excerpt:

…why I began Chic Steals two and a half years ago: to examine the idea of “value” of clothing, brands, and labels – and to deconstruct the idea of “luxury.”  I want to teach people to try their hand at making their own fashionable items – to demonstrate that value is conceptual, and instilled in an object when one takes the time to create it oneself.  It’s amazing how much you value something, crooked seams and all, when you’ve slaved over it, day after day, or researched how to do a certain process in the making of it.

Can I just say, Right on! Go over and read the rest of the post. She makes some other very relevant points!