Cheeky Lacy Panties!

Recently I stumbled upon another awesome sewing tutorial, this time for a SWEET pair of cheeky lace panties by Deby of So Sew Easy.  I have to admit I was a bit hesitant to dive into making underwear, but they were SO cute I just had to give it a try!

The pattern is easy to print out and alter if necessary to accommodate your (ahem) curves.  I purchased the Café du Lait wide stretch lace from Sew Sassy Fabrics. It’s a steal at only $3.25 a yard and they have lots of colors and widths.

The instructions are very clear and the panties were a cinch to sew up.  For the crotch lining I sacrificed a less loved T-shirt from my sewing stash.

I think these turned out great and I’m looking forward to sewing up a few more pairs!

Thanks Deby!

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Making My Daughter’s Jeans Into a New Bag!

Recently I stumbled upon Novita (aka Very Purple Person) on Burda’s website, where she shared an awesome FREE bag pattern and tutorial!  This little bag is SO cute and versatile.  It can be used as a purse or tote and it’s REVERSIBLE!

In my excitement to crank out something new, I dove right in!  I printed out the pattern and added about four inches to the length because I like big bags.  The lazy side of me didn’t want to fuss with pockets, so I used a pair of my daughter’s jeans that were ripped beyond repair.  I don’t know why I never threw them away, but I guess that’s the crafter/hoarder side of me coming out. LOL. For the reverse side I used a cut of metallic African Kente print from my stash.

This little bag sewed up like a dream, and I plan on making another soon!  If you’d like to make one, here’s the link to her blog: Very Purple Person.

Thanks Novita!

Repurposing Neck Ties Into Bow Ties

WOW!  Is it June already?  Where has the time gone?

This post SHOULD be titled “Liar, Liar” because when we last spoke I vowed to spend at least SOME time sewing for me…

Well, that has not happened yet.  I have to admit that I do get distracted for good reasons sometimes.  Which brings me to my newest obsession: Repurposing neck ties into bow ties for my hubby!

I think he is right on trend with his love of bow ties because of late I have seen scores of celebs rocking them.  But ouch, the price of the really nice ones!  So, I went shopping for ones I wouldn’t mind cutting up (just in case things went badly), and followed the Make It & Love It tutorial on how to do it.

I took a few pics before cutting the neckties and a few more after.  Even I can’t believe how well they turned out!  I’ll probably never make a bow tie from scratch again and he LOVES them!

Thanks Ashley for the awesome tutorial!

One Mudprint – Four Ways

I’ve been hoarding this lo-va-lee cut of green, black, and white mudprint in my stash for quite a while.  It’s a medium weight woven that amazingly was already embellished with genuine cowrie shells!  I know I must have bought it at LEAST five years ago at Jo-Ann Fabrics, whose buyers obviously believe that there’s no market for ethnic prints because as of late they haven’t carried ANY (sorry, that’s a sore spot).  I just couldn’t decide what to make, knowing I couldn’t get my hands on any more.  Pathetic.

I finally grew tired of taking it out, admiring it, touching it, measuring it, and putting back, so here’s what came out of it: A strapless dress (the blouse is from my closet), overbust corset, waist corset, and iPad sleeve (if you’re a techie like me).

Don’t you just LOVE progress? LOL

♥ Yea Love!

A lo-va-lee lady from London (yes, the UK!) found me on Etsy and asked me to create some coordinating items for her upcoming nuptials.  She selected an African kente and mudprint cotton fabric (one of my faves, but so hard to come by! I should have bought two bolts!) for a ladies corset belt, baby slippers and a girls corset top.

Well, I think they turned out wonderfully!  (Now might be a good time to start begging for wedding pics! Lol)  I don’t have much time anymore for custom items, but I just couldn’t say no and I’m so glad I didn’t!


Yea love!