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Thursday, July 28, 2016

No Sew, Laced Up Shoulder Tee.

I am constantly looking for ways to use leather lace, I have a slight obsession with the stuff. I saw a shirt a while ago with a laced up sleeve but it required sewing.  I do not mind sewing, but not everyone has a sewing machine and if you can create something that anyone can do with as little tools as possible, than more people could make it.
 Anytime I see something I want to create I try my best to do it without sewing. (Kind of a challenge to myself.)  Also, this shirt is made with brass pins which are rust proof. I am sure you could stitch the hems down if you feel the need. I am going to experiment without sewing.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

DIY, Beach Tunic

 Hi everyone.
I was at the beach all last week for some much needed R&R. Every year we try and arrange to go for at least a week and we plan it with my family, my brothers or sister and their families.  This year it was just our family and my brother and his family.  My sister in-Law found this amazing little island off the coast of Florida that was really private and it was  just what we all  needed. The house was beautiful and it sat on the bay where my husband could keep his boat and steps from the beach.  The best of both worlds.  I grew up going to the beach every summer for at least 2 weeks, so when  July comes I  feel like I need to be on a beach somewhere.
While we were diving to the beach that little voice popped into my head, "What if I forgot my beach cover up.?" Then my mind started racing, " OK, so no big deal.  I will just make one."   So what,  if  I forgot one of the main things I need while I am at the beach....
 If you find yourself  searching through your suitcase and you have forgotten your beach cover up don't panic.   All you need is a tee shirt and some scissors and you could make this easy tunic in no time and still look cute at the beach.
      Once we got there I searched for my cover up and it was there, but I still wanted to create this one to show how easy it is to improvise and have it not ruin your vacation. The hotel should have scissors or if there is a store near by you could buy a pair. ( I rarely travel without a pair of scissors.)  Even though I had my cover up, I  still wore the one I created for a couple of days because I like it.. My daughter even wore it when she came for a a couple of days.
The only thing I would do different is make it with a larger shirt.  The shirt I used was a men's medium and I think I would use a Men's large or even a extra large to cover up just a little bit more.
 When shooting the full body shots of me wearing this I really had to figure out how it was going to be photographed.( I didn't bring my tripod.)  Our room had great light so I propped up my camera on a bunch of blankets and set the timer. Thank goodness. I didn't have to take a million photos to get the shots I  wanted.   Still, I had just come up from the beach, no make up and my hair was so wind blown.... but hey that's reality right?
I will post some of my beach photos soon, it was an amazing place.
Have a beautiful day and remember improve is part of life, so just go with it.

I also did a Video 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Arm Tied, Strapless Blouse: DIY

      Arm tied- sleeve shirts, off the shoulder shirts and off the shoulder shirts with ruffles  
are my very favorite. The older I get the more I want to cover that part of my arm. I just started to work out my upper body (A Tiny Bit) so the way I feel about my arms could change one day.
 But for now camouflaging  my arms is just fine. 
It just so happens that this DIY blouse makes a pretty forgiving shirt.
 Clothing that is forgiving is my kind of clothing, accentuating those areas you like and hiding the ones you don't. It does require basic sewing, but if you can sew a straight line than this project will be a piece of cake for you.

     I am heading to a well needed vacation soon and I really wanted a summer blouse like this to wear. I looked for about 3 weeks and  I could never find anything even close to what I wanted, so off to the design room I went and created this  shirt just for me.  

I hope you like it.