So this past week was pretty bad blog-wise, my blog and website got attacked with malware. My feed was having issues and subscribers seemed to banish. Happily most of it is fixed now and I am happy to be able to blog again (I didn’t wanted to post anything until I was 100% sure the malware was completely cleaned) And if you saw my site down, that was the reason =] I had this post saved from weeks! so finally here it is!
A few weeks a go I showed you all how this dress turn out (I previously asked for color advice) and it’s finally time for a tutorial so you can also try it out! To make this dress I used Ken’s old sleeveless T-shirts and some fabric leftovers from a project I did years a go – Actually I was researching if those kind of shirts had a special name here because in Chile they are call “musculosas” because guys wear them to showoff their arms. All I found tho is tank tops, but I’m not sure if that describes that it is a men’s sleeveless T-shirts, but you know what kind of shirts I’m talking about, and let me know if you know the right name for them =]
Anyways, you will need either one long sleeveless T-shirt or 2 short ones. Since Ken’s were pretty long I only used one but it depends on how many rows of ruffles you want and how condensed the ruffle will be.
I love how comfortable this is, I actually wear it for a friend’s wedding, we danced all night and I could have not being more comfortable =] well until Ken made me spin around and I felt like I was showing my shorts, but that was a whole different problem hehe.
The whole project took me about 2 hours and I would say 1 and a half were ruffle making. I experimented a few different ways, hand-stitching and on the machine. So to me in the machine was faster and easier, but you can always make them by hand if you don’t feel comfortable. Remember to always secure the beginning and end of all your stitch lines and sew everything with 1/4″ seam allowance.
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1- First you need to try the T-shirt and mark a line under your bust, you will be adding about 2 inches with the elastic, so have that in mind. After that cut all the bottom in stripes of 3″
2- After cutting, set 2 of the stripes a side to be used for the elastic belt (inside and out) I cut the stripes to make one long stripe and add 3 together to make a super long one, after that I sewed both edges with zig-zag because I don’t have a serger, that will prevent the fraying on the ruffles when you wash your dress, if you like the fray look you can skip this step.
3-Make the ruffles either by hand or using a sewing machine, you can see detailed instructions here
4- Measure around the neck of your shirt to know how long your ruffle or ruffles (if you decide to go with 2 or more rows) In this case I added 2 rows of ruffles and used 3 full straps of 3″ to make each set of ruffles.
5- To attach the ruffles first make sure the T-shirt is extended either my someone wearing it or set on a dress from. Why? because that way the t-shirt will not be shrink, otherwise it will not fit correctly when you wear it. First pin the ruffles and play with the ruffles to make them the length you need them to be.
6- For the Skirt I used 2 pieces of 24 inches of a leftover fabric, I straighten the edges. I placed the elastic blow my bust and pin it in the end, comfortable enough for it to fit tight and loose enough to take the elastic above my head, sew it several times. I used the maximum extend of the elastic as my measure for the width of the top skirt, I made pleads around the skirt until I reached my desire measure.
7- After that with the 3″ wide stripes you set a side we have to make a sandwich, keeping the skirt in the center, like it shows the image. Place the stripes wrong sides facing out.
8- Sew on the top all the way around, after that turn both stripes up.
9- Now it’s time to attach both pieces together. Since the bottom is a little bit bigger, because it got stretched when sewing the skirt (remember that the skirt is wider than the T-shirt, that’s why we will use elastic) we have to put pins to guide us.
10- Place pins on the sides, front and back like it shows in the image, that will make the sewing a lot easier. Place both right sides facing each other and pin it all the way around, remember to only pin the stripe that faces out, because we will sew the other after we put the elastic. After you finish the dress should look done on the outside, but now we just need to add the elastic in the inside.
11- Now you just need to place the elastic in the inside, fold the edge up to the inside line and pin carefully, so that when you sew the seam line of the front goes below the back line, that way it will look clean on the outside and it will be secure on the inside. The pictures shown here are of the inside of the dress, and how I folded 1/4 inch on the top and then placed the stripe on top of the elastic, pin it and sew it.
To finish the look I made a 3 1/2 inch sash with the left overs I had from the skirt, a very simple tube that I topstitch on both edges.
Now if you wish you can just make the ruffles with a second T-shirt and keep the length of the sleeveless t-shirt. That way you can either wear a skirt or make the skirt separately so you can mix and match. Wear a belt or sash to cover the top of the skirt and you are ready to have the exact same look, being able to mix and match with other skirts or tops =] here more images of this dress.
And remember that you can mix and play with different color t-shirts and Fabric or old skirts to make different dresses and looks =] Below the first dress I made, you can see more pictures in the link.
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I was so excited when Beth from Sew Mama Sew! invited me to contribute to their Back to School month of projects. I thought it would be the perfect time to actually make the laptop bag I wanted for quite some time. Right after I received the colorful-and-oh-so-awesome fabrics from designer Jessica Jones, I knew I had to use them for this project, her fabrics are one of my top favorites, so you should check them out! Actually it was so hard for me to pick just one fabric, I used 2 different ones, one for the front and one for the back! I love it because it’s like I have 2 bags in one, I just switch the side!
So today finally the tutorial went live at Sew mama Sew, and Jessica also posted about it in her blog How About Orange, could this day get any better? My little project is 2 of my favorite blogs at the same time =]
I am actually working on a passport pouch and checkcover to match the bag so wen I go to Chile in september I can take all of them with me and of course I will share the how-to’s for you to do the same if you’d like!
But for now let’s start with the laptop bag! And if you want the bag to levitate you can always use a plastic string because I am sorry but the levitation power is not included =]
And to all of you visiting from Sew Mama Sew! Welcome to HowJoyful! so happy to have you here, I hope you have a good time, take a look around and hopefully I will see you all again soon! Mi casa es su casa, or actually in this case My blog es su blog =]
I hope you all have a wonderful day!
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First I wanted to start this week THANKING all of you for the emails, comments and tweets after the lost of Conner last week. This past weekend we got to talk a lot about what happened, Ken and I are so thankful for all the love and prayers, you guys rock! We do want to have another puppy in the future and hopefully this time we will see it grow and enjoy it for a longer period of time.
I also wanted to give you a preview of the tutorial I have for this week, I know I teased about it long time a go, when I showed you the first one I made, back then I asked for advice on what color to use for the skirt part and most of you agreed that the teal/turquoise would be very cute, so here it is finally finished!
A few weeks a go I got a remote control for my camera and this was my first time to actually get to play with it, so as you can see, I might have had way too much fun with it. At first I could not make it work properly, but it’s all about the angle you set it. It took me more than a few tries, but now I think I know how to use it hehe. And I totally recommend it!
And of course I had to make a mini session including Curly! He is all good now, but we are extra careful when he want’s to go play at his grandparent’s house =]
I hope you all had a great weekend and stay tuned for the tutorial of how to make this cute dress =]
UPDATE: the tutorial can be found here
I can already tell this post is going to be a very hard one, I haven’t even started and I am already crying. As you remember on my last post Ken and I were super excited to have welcomed a new addition to our family to be Curly’s little fur-brother. But that afternoon Conner started to get sick really fast. After a few hours I called a vet friend who gave us advice on what to do until we could get him to the vet’s office. He spent 2 days there and we visit him often. Even tho he was not responding to the treatment, we were very positive and prayed he could overcome this. Sadly his little body could not take much and he passed away today Thursday at 2:40pm. We know his Doctors did everything in their power to try to save him and to try to figure out what was wrong with him, they did a lot of test and never really found out what exactly happened, they were inclined to a virus or maybe something he was born with.
On one side I am happy that he’s no longer in pain and Ken was glad this happen early enough so that we were still not so emotionally attached to him, but you know what? even tho we only had him for two days, that CAN be enough time for something like this to still hurt.
We were so full of hopes, we wanted to see him grow and I think even Curly knew he was a part of our family. Talking about Curly, he actually fell down our in law’s 15 feet deck the day we took Conner to the hospital (witch was a whole another emotional moment for me) but after being in shock for a few minutes Curly seemed alright. I was checking on Curly and Conner. So the stress of losing both of them at the same time was pretty rough.
Curly has been with me for 13 years and I know he can die any day, it’s nature. I know that’s the way it works and no one has a guaranteed tomorrow. So can’t help but feel very blessed with the time I’ve been enjoying Curly and the couple of days I got to be Connor’s mommy. It’s so amazing how much happiness a little creature can bring to your life.
So I just thank God for letting me keep Curly (so far he’s still good and with no signs of internal blooding) so we can enjoy him for however long God let us keep him and also for taking Conner to a better place, so he will no longer be in pain, because that truly broke my heart. He really liked when I lay with him in my chest, that used to calm him down, so now I know he’s just as happy as he was then. He lived a really short life, but at least he died having a family that loved him.
And well… my friends go hug your pet, give them a treat and thank God because we can all have one more day with them.
Yesterday Ken finally had a day off so we went to the vet to give Curly his annual shots and do our normal grocery shopping. We had no idea we were going to end up coming home with a black cutie, only 4 weeks old =] We had consider adopting a puppy for quite some time now, but Ken wanted a German shepherd very bad. Even tho we were unsure of committing right now with a puppy we went down to the a place we checked online because they had a few shepherd puppies listed online, when we got there we only found a few puppies that had just being abandoned a week before.
The puppies were adorable!! One of them was a ver light brown a the other 2 were black, they are Boarder Collie mix with something we will not know until it get’s bigger. We just fell in love with this little guy, completely forgot about what kind of dog we were looking for because it was like he found us. And after 15 minutes decided to bring him home with us and named him Conner.
He loves to sleep as you can see and loves to have our attention. He is so little he can’t climb up the stairs but that does not stop him because he tries and tries until someone helps him.
He loves going to the yard an run all over chasing curly, it’s like he already knows curly is the big brother, he bites everything he can and for some reason loves the door fence as you can see below.
Curly and Conner are still in the process of getting to know each other, it’s only been a day but Curly looks over him and lays right in fron, but he doesn’t really like when Conner licks him, Curly was very good at that and stopped licking when he was about 1 year old, so now that he is 13 years old, I’m pretty sure he thinks it’s childish LOL
Curly smells him every chance he has and of course Conner goes into kissing him every time he has – So cute! It’s so funny to see them walking in our yard Conner always next to Curly, just like brothers.
Now comes the challenging part for us, I almost forgot what it was to potty train a poppy and he’s so small sometimes is hard to find him in the house because he loves to explore, so we had to puppy prove the house. We are so excited to see him grow and so happy we decided to adopt him. We took him over to Ken’s parents and they loved him =] For some reason the very first thing he did was grab his grandparent’s dog rope toy and start playing with it even tho it was probably twice his size. Do you guys have any puppy advice?
I love researching for inspiration on craft-rooms, I think you can all tell by the Part 1 and Part 2, but I just can’t help it. there is so much amazing inspiration out there I have to show you all (just in case you haven’t seen them) So if you had you can just skip this post, but let’s be honest, I’ve seen this pictures tons of times and I still love to see them so I dont think any of you would mind, right?
And even tho not all of them are craft room pictures, they are all my favorite details and things that inspire my “on the making” craft-sewing-office room =] So I thought i should share.
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Simple bookshelf, but it doesn’t have to be just for books. I can totally see this in my room holding some cute color fabrics. And I think the reason I love this image so much is the combination of hot pink and turquoise, I just love those colors together specially in a super light room.
On the left there is an example of a super easy DIY ladder bookshelf, I want to make one so bad, thank Anna White for project plans, so awesome. Another super cute idea is to use crates and pait them before setting them on the wall, doesn’t it look gorgeous?
I love calendars, and these two options are on the top of my list, in the second part of the craft rooms inspiration I shared with you all I showed you some other calendars I really like, but I had to include this ones on this post.
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Simple black and white, I dont think you can ever go wrong with keeping it simple. I love how light that room looks with the big windows =]
Wall art – I am one of the biggest fans of wall art, I love Martha Stewart’s idea of the different frames, it’s just lovely. And super oversize letters? count me IN! Actually that image was my inspiration for the create wall art tutorial I made, even tho I went smaller, I love having words around me =]
Color furniture, I love how sometimes painting furniture can give so much life to a room, but the above right image is an example that sometimes all you need is adding some details or color backs to bring life a energy to a white piece of furniture.
Color, color and please so more colors! Even tho usually when you design and plan for a space you set colors, every time I look at images like these ones above, I want to trow all possible colors in my craft room and enjoy the rainbow =] hehe.
Pink details, chevron pattern and amazing chairs -LOVE! I so wish I had one of those chairs, they are so pretty! but since I can’t have them they are my inspiration for my next re furnish. I can’t wait to show you all my chair plans.
I love painted desk and this two are perfect examples of lovely details there, the right one with chevron is just lovely and the letters on the left are such a nice and simple way to add character to a plain desk.
Thats it for this part of lovely spaces and hopefully this gorgeous images will inspire more people just like they inspire me =] Have a sunny and fun weekend! I will announce the winner of the “Never Forget your dreams” posters on Monday (thank my hosting problems for that) So you all still have the weekend to enter =] See you Monday!