Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Once in a Blue Moon



I love the fashions of bygone days, mainly the 50's and 60's.  Whenever I look at photographs from those decades I just long to be a part of them.  I missed out on the 50's, and was pretty young in the 60's, but nonetheless, I am drawn to them.  My mom always wore dresses it seems, and often we had matching ones.  I look at her in photographs and love the dresses she wore.  I wish that she would have saved them.  I would have worn them today.  Thankfully, she taught me to sew at a young age and I am forever grateful for that.  Since I am drawn to these retro fashions, I have decided to have an ongoing series called "Retro Runway."  This will be my attempt to refashion today's clothing, giving them a retro vibe.  Of course, when I say "today's clothing" I might just mean something from the 80's or 90's, like the dress I started with below.  I picked this up at a free clothing exchange.  I was first drawn to the navy and white.  It had a huge double collar, double-breasted bodice, big white buttons, and a dropped waist.  It had potential! 


I drew inspiration from these two vintage patterns...



And, this is what I ended up with...






You can continue reading if you would like to see the steps I took to complete this dress.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Renegade Seamstress on BurdaStyle!

A few days ago I received an email from Beth Huntington, aka The Renegade Seamstress, sharing her good news of being asked to do a live web seminar for BurdaStyle!  How exciting!  


Beth continues to wow us with her creative refashions, wonderful tutorials, and overall friendly and fun personality.  She is a weekly contributor to eHow, and she has a book coming out later this year!  Add to that her being a wife, mother, grandmother, and kindergarten teacher, and she is one talented and busy woman!

If you've ever wanted to be a part of the refashion craze but just don't know where to begin, now's the time!  I'm confident that Beth's web seminar will not disappoint and that you'll come away with loads of inspiration and refashion motivation!

The fun happens on
Monday, March 31 at 11:00 am EST.

For a full rundown of the course and all of the details, please visit the link below:

 Refashion: Inspiration and Projects to Revamp and Recycle Your Wardrobe

If you'd like to read Beth's fun post announcing this exciting news, you can do so here.

Good luck, Beth!!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

To Infinity Scarf...and Beyond!

I know, I know, what is so great about an infinity scarf tutorial?  After all, you can find them all over the web.  That is, if you even need a tutorial at all.  But, none the less, I'm posting one anyway.  This one, however, may be slightly different.


I started with this sweater that I had in my stash.  Originally, I was going to use it for a Christmas stocking, but plans tend to change around here.


Then I got to work...


After cutting, you will have two "tubes."  Cut the seams off the tubes and even the seams up if they are flared out at all.  With right sides together, stitch all the pieces together—forming one larger tube.


Serge, or zigzag the edges of your scarf.  Don't worry if it ripples a little.


Cover your edges with a decorative stitch.


More fanciness, if desired...


Now, on to the finishing touches that puts this infinity scarf "beyond" others!





And there you have it!  A nice infinity scarf with decorative edges and moveable pieces that can be positioned wherever you desire!




I like to link to these great parties!


Friday, January 10, 2014

A baby, a simple dress, a bathroom floor, and roman shades!

What do all of these have in common, and why are they all addressed in this one post?  Well, its a recap of what I have been doing the past week and a half.

First, and foremost, I am one lucky grandma!  I was able to head to a sunnier climate to visit this cute family...


...who just welcomed this sweet new addition.


  

Yep, I certainly feel lucky!

In preparation for my little "vacation," I decided to do a quick refashion that would work well in the warmer weather.

Friday, December 27, 2013

No More Gap!


I don't know about everyone else, but I have a problem with jeans gaping at the back waistband.  They fit well everywhere, except at the waist.  So here's a quick fix...maybe 15 or 20 minutes tops!


Monday, December 23, 2013

A Missionary Stocking

I know you can find variations of these missionary stockings on the internet.  


Some creative person came up with the original idea and, unfortunately, I don't know who it was so I can't give credit...sorry!

My missionary son, however, is a vest-wearing kind of guy.  So, I did my own version of a missionary stocking.  You can check out the step-by-step tutorial after the jump.



Saturday, December 7, 2013

DIY Dig Kit


What is a dig kit you ask?  Well, its something that your Minecraft enthusiast might enjoy, or a budding archeologist.  I happen to have both in the form of grandsons.  This was a super simple gift to make, but it yielded high rewards.  I picked up the following supplies:


•plaster of paris
•cinnamon
•beach sand (from the sandbox)
•foil pans (2 for $1 at the dollar store)
•cooking spray
•rocks and trinkets
•kitty litter (optional)


To complete the kit, you might opt for safety goggles, hammer, chisel, magnifying glass, and a small paint brush.


Saturday, November 30, 2013

Hello Kitty Denim Jacket


My little granddaughter loves anything to do with kittens.  So its only natural that she would also love anything to do with Hello Kitty.  Christmas came early this year due to a Thanksgiving visit from the grandkids instead of a Christmas visit (due to baby sister who is due around Christmastime.)  We'll miss them at Christmas, but we had lots of fun with them this past week!

I try to make as many gifts as possible each year.  I looked at Hello Kitty denim jackets in the stores and figured with a price tag of $25-$35, this would be a good handmade gift...or at least a refashioned gift!

I started with a thrifted denim jacket and Hello Kitty tank top.  Both were in excellent condition and only set me back a total of $5.


Monday, November 4, 2013

Romantic Country Magazine



I'm thrilled to announce that my collapsible dollhouse, which was made for my granddaughter last Christmas, caught the attention of the powers that be over at Romantic Country magazine.    They decided to include it in their wonderful magazine.  The Winter 2013 issue is on the newsstands now.  It's a lovely magazine filled with beautiful eye candy and I'm excited to be a part of it!


Have a great day!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I don't want to sound like I'm tooting my own horn, but I was completely shocked to find out this morning that I actually came in first place for the second season of Refashion Runway!  Seriously, everyone has been so creative over the past several weeks that I just couldn't see a clear winner.  It really could have been any one of us!  All I can say is that the final vote tallies must have been very, very close!  

A big thank you to Beth, a.k.a. The Renegade Seamstress, for hosting Season Two of Refashion Runway.  It has been great fun competing each week with a different, often times challenging, theme.  Each of the ladies competing really went all out to present a beautiful and creative refashion each week.  I am grateful to have been a part of it.  

Thank you to all of you who voted for me and supported me along the way.  I especially appreciate my family's support, as they have been a bit neglected at times over the past few weeks.  Its been a fun journey and I appreciate the new friendships that I have made!  Please keep a watchful eye on these talented and creative women and see what wonderful things they do in the future!

Carissa, Carissa Knits

In case you missed any of the weeks, you can check out what I presented each week by clicking on its title.



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