Friday, April 18, 2014

Convertible Top - FREE pattern

Considering we just had another snow storm here last weekend, it's a little early for this type of top, but at least I'll be ready when (if) summer finally arrives in Canada.


This top couldn't be any easier to make.  And I love that you can wear it so many different ways!

To get started, first create your pattern.  These measurements are for a small/medium.  If you want to make a large, just make the width of your rectangle a few inches wider.  A good guide to go by is that the width of the rectangle times 2 should be around 10" longer than your bust measurement.


Just make a rectangle with one side slightly longer and then join the top with a gentle angle.  Make sure to mark 5-6.5" from the top on that longer side.  You'll need to remember that when sewing.

Steps:
1) When cutting out your fabric, place the shorter side on the fold.  And while you're at it, cut out a long thin rectangle about 2" wide and 32-40" long.  If you don't have enough fabric you can always use something contrasting, a ribbon or other trim, or just put some elastic in the middle like I did.

A nice soft flowy rayon works best for this top
but you could try a thin well woven T-knit too~

2) With right sides together, sew the long edge of your big rectangle together, stopping at that 6.5" mark.

See how it's still open at the top?
3) Finish your seam edges with a serger or zigzag, iron flat, and then finish the top and bottom edges as well.


4) You need to sew down the seam at the top where we left it open.  Just fold under your seam edge to meet the fold, press and pin, then stitch it down in a long V shape.



5) At the top (the end with the opening that you just sewed down), fold over the finished edge about 3/4" and stitch close to the raw edge to make a casing.


6) Set that piece aside and make a drawstring from your long skinny rectangles.  Hopefully you've cut 2.  Just sew them together at one of the short ends and then, with right sides together, fold the long piece in half lengthwise and stitch.


7) Trim away about half of the seam allowance (you kept it wider for sewing for stability but now we can trim it down).  Using a safety pin or turning tool, turn the whole long thin piece right side out and press.


8) Using a safety pin to work the drawstring through the casing.


9) Try on your new top just to make sure of the length, mark it, and then hem it.  And NOW you're done!


So easy!  You can wear it over your shoulder, tie around your neck or put the tie in the front or the back. You can add elastic on the bottom edge or make it a little longer and add a peplum.  You can make it a lot longer and turn it into a dress.  So many options!

How will you wear yours?  Leave a comment below~




Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Get the Short Hair Trend...Without Cutting Your Hair!

I've been putting off going to the hair salon for way too long.  I'm just worried that when I walk in there, instead of saying "Just a trim please.", like I should, that I'll probably sit down and yell out "CHOP IT ALL OFF!  GIVE ME A PIXIE!!"  Which I will regret within about 2 days~

So I found a better solution!

SammyDress Wig, Full Head Wig, Hairpiece
Inclined Bob
(Tutorial for this necklace here)
The lovely folks at SammyDress sent me a wig!  I have loads and loads of clip-in extensions, falls, ponytails, etc, but I've never tried a full wig before.

I love it for those days when I just don't feel like doing my hair at all.  Plus it's perfect for the other days when all I want to do is cut it all off.  I'm not a short hair girl.  I look better in long hair.  I know that, and yet every few years I want to try something different, and usually live to regret it and spend the next two years desperately trying to grow it all out again.

The more I play with it the more ways I find to wear it.  If you want to try a full wig but you're nervous about the hairline, just throw a headband or bandanna on until you get comfortable styling it.  This wig is so much more voluminous than my own hair so I can add braids without them falling out right away too.

They even sent me the cute little off the shoulder top that I'm wearing.  It's one size fits all so I didn't really think it would fit but it's perfect.  And it's great for when I want something just slightly more smart than a T-shirt.  It comes in black and light blue as well.

Hey!  Is she wearing my hair?
Check out SammyDress for all kinds of hair and fashion options for the right price.

Have you ever worn a wig or extensions?  Leave a comment below.

*This post is sponsored by SammyDress.com.  No compensation was received other than the products shown and all opinions are my own.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Movie Monday - Angus & Julia Stone



I cannot get enough of this version of this song.  I listen to it over and over and then get my guitar out and play it myself.  LOVE it!

              

Angus and Julia Stone are a brother/sister act from Australia.  I hadn't heard of them before this song but they have loads of beautiful, deep, dark songs out.

You can see more of their videos and listen to more of their music on their Website (their website is super cool, I think it would appeal to all you crafty folks out there) or head over to their Facebook page.

What do you think of acoustic versions of old pop songs?  Love 'em or leave 'em?  Leave a comment below~

Friday, April 11, 2014

Matchbook Motivations

I have a colleague at work who has to juggle a lot of personalities in the office, which can be pretty stressful. I try to be a sounding board for her but I thought she'd appreciate a little gift to inspire her on those days when she feels like crawling under her desk or banging her head against the nearest wall (I think we've all been there).

DIY Matchbook, Portable Motivations, DIY Booklet, Inspiring Quotes

Here's all you need to make your own little booklets.



Supplies:
-printer paper
-2 sided scrapbooking paper
-paper cutter or craft knife and healing mat
-access to images and a printer &  word processing software
-stapler
-optional: embellishments

Steps:
1) Use these measurements to create a template for your matchbook cover:


You'll cut the outside edges and just score the other lines on the inside of the box.

2) Cut a pretty piece of 2 sided scrapbook paper out using your template ( or even better, get your cutting machine to do it for you!)



3) Score the lines as indicated above and set aside.

4) In a word processing program create this shape several times.  I just used the insert Text Box feature.


The smaller rectangle at the bottom is just a guide, you don't have to draw it in, score it or cut it.  Just don't put any images below this line or they'll be hidden.  However, what you can do is use a tracing wheel from your sewing kit to perforate along that line.  Then the pages can easily be torn out.  If you don't mind keeping them all in the book, then you can skip this step.

5)  Now, decide what kind of images you want to use.  I just went online to Pinterest or Quotesnsmiles.com and found lots of inspirational picture quotes.  Copy and past the images to fit inside the top rectangle.  Once you have a page of them, print them off, and then cut around the outside of each of them.


Optional: As above, you can use a tracing wheel to create a tear line.


6) Fit all of your pages inside your cover and just staple it along the bottom a couple of times.  Voila!  You're done~

I made another one for my niece that's just filled with adorable pictures of baby animals.


You can add embellishments or glitter or some other pizzazz to the outside if you want.  You could use them as a coupon book or for love notes or just leave the pages blank and throw it in your purse so you always have a notepad handy.

What will you put in your Matchbox book?  Leave a comment below~

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