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Sweatshirt Refashion- Wrap Front

Sweatshirt Refashion- Wrap Front

The cold weather and shorter days have revealed the “hibernation phase” of my wardrobe. The only thing I really want to wear are sweaters, leggings, and baggy sweatshirts. Since baggy sweatshirts aren’t particularly work appropriate, I’ve made it my mission to transform the simple sweatshirt into something both stylish AND comfortable. Many set-backs and a great deal of time later, we come to the Wrap-Front-Sweatshirt-Refashion!

I give you Exhibit A: a men’s XL sweatshirt I found new at a thrift store. Two features of this sweatshirt are critical to the success of the project. See how the band of fabric at the bottom of the sweatshirt doesn’t scinch and gather the sweatshirt fabric? Instead, the band is about the same size as the base of the sweatshirt and lays flat. Some sweatshirts have a band that gathers in the fabric above it. This causes the fabric of the sweatshirt to poof out and mushroom over the band. WE DON’T WANT THAT for this project. The second critical feature of this sweatshirt is butt coverage. Since I want to wear the sweatshirt with leggings, it’s gotta cover my booty. (Note: I’m about 5’5″, and this XL was just long enough. If you are taller, you may want to look for a men’s “tall” size to get extra length.)

Once you’ve found and washed your sweatshirt, you’re ready to start! In order to turn this pullover sweatshirt into a wrap-front, I started by cutting open the front. To help me create a straight, basically centered cut, I folded the sweatshirt in half. I then used tailor’s chalk to mark along the fold.

After doubled checking the placement of the marks, I cut along the chalk line.

Next, I measured and trimmed the new opening to create a v-neck.

I then hemmed the raw edges to create a finished look. You could skip this step if you didn’t mind a more casual style. (Note: Be sure to use both a stitch and a sewing machine needle designed for knit fabrics!!)

Those cuffs had to go!

Next, it was time to determine the placement of the ties and eyelet that would create our wrap-front. I tried on the sweatshirt and found the length right above my hip bone. At this length, I marked the spot for my eyelet about 1-2 inches forward of the side seam. I then marked this same above-hip-bone length on the new front seams. These marks would be for the ties.

On to the eyelet! I started by ironing a small circle of Pellon fusible interfacing onto the wrong side (the inside) of the sweatshirt under where the eyelet would go. The interfacing helped stabilize and strengthen the stretchy fabric before the eyelet was punched into it. (I guessed at the pellon weight, but the package mentioned that it was good for sportswear and reinforcement of snaps.) I made the pellon circle a little bigger than the size of the eyelet and ironed it on according to the package directions. Now for that eyelet! I bought both the eyelets and applicator tools for size “extra large” 1.1 cm eyelets. I followed the package directions and went outside to do the hammering over towel-covered asphalt. Be sure your surface is flat… or it will take forever.

Next, it was time to sew ties to the markings on the front opening. I used a woven fabric tape that was 3/4″ wide, but you could also use ribbon.

To figure out the lengths of the ties, I tried on the sweatshirt again and practiced wrapping the front opening closed. I used a tape measure to see how long each tie would need to be to wrap around or across my body and tie at the side. My ties were about 45″ and 22″ long, but it’s always good to estimate longer than shorter! I rolled the ends of the ties under and stitched to keep them from raveling. (Note: I should have waited to finish the edges until after sewing on the ties and trying on the sweatshirt! lol) Of course, you could just finish the tie ends with Fray-check…

I pinned the ties to the inside of the sweatshirt in preparation for sewing. Be sure to attach the long tie to the side opposite the eyelet!

See? Long tie goes on the side OPPOSITE to the side with the eyelet! I then stitched the ties to the sweatshirt.

HORRAH! With the ties attached, it was time to wrap that front! The long tie went under the wrap front, out the eyelet, across the back of the sweatshirt, and tied with the shorter tie at the side of the sweatshirt!

Time for some super comfy stylishness!

Now, there’s no need to tell people just how comfortable you are in this outfit. Or that you’re basically wearing a giant sweatshirt. You enjoy that comfy fashion statement, and no one has to know… 🙂

Heart On Your Sleeve Stamped T’s and Cards

Heart On Your Sleeve Stamped T’s and Cards

Valentine’s Day is such a great excuse for crafting! In our last post, we made fun DIY gifts for our Galentine’s friends. Today’s post, however, is all about making your own holiday gear! I used a favorite paint stamping technique to give a plain T-shirt some “heart”! You can use this same method to create looks for different holidays and seasons! (Check out some of our favorite projects here, here, and here!) Don’t worry- this craft is GREAT for gifts, but start by making one for YOU!

Begin by gathering the supplies for your heart stamp. I used tiny foam hearts from the kid’s craft section, a plastic soda cap, and my trusty E6000 glue. (While making the stamp, you can wash and dry your T-shirt. This ensures that the shirt won’t shrink too much after being painted!)

I used two matching hearts for this stamp.

I glued the first heart to the cap, then glued the second heart right on top of the first heart. I did this in order to add a little bit of thickness to the heart. Later on, this will make it easier to apply paint to the heart without getting paint on the cap.

The edges of the hearts wanted to curl up, so I placed a plate on top of the stamp while the glue dried.

Once you’ve made your stamp, check out this post for step-by-step instructions for preparing and stamping your shirt! If you want to make your own stamp in another shape, check out this stamp making tutorial!

I chose rainbow colors for my T-shirt since I love the color combination and because I wanted to make the shirt multi-seasonal! Ta-DA!

Those rainbow hearts helped brighten a super rainy day!

These earrings from last week’s post were the perfect accessory! Guess I have to keep this pair for myself. 😉

Before cleaning up my supplies, I used leftover paint to stamp hearts onto plain cards!

I *love* the rainbow colors against the brown cards! Will definitely save some of these for Valentine’s Day!

Ok, Partners in Craft, get out there and brighten the day with some paint and Valentine’s stamps! Go ahead and put your “heart” into it! 😉 Here are some supplies to get you started!

Nifty Gifties: Galentine’s Day Earrings

Nifty Gifties: Galentine’s Day Earrings

Here’s a simple DIY that’s perfect for making Galentine’s Day Gifts for all the awesome ladies in your life! To start with, gather cute little appliques and heart-shaped buttons. Next, check out our Flower Applique Earrings post for a complete list of supplies and step-by-step instructions. Additional supply links can be found at the end of this post!

At the start of the project, I like to coat the appliques with Mod Podge glue. This adds shine and stiffness to the appliques, while preventing threads from unraveling. Once the Mod Podge has dried, you can attach the earring backings!

In this post, I created both post and dangle earrings with the appliques. For the dangle earrings, I used a darning needle to poke small holes in the larger appliques. I then inserted the earring wires into the holes. Easy!

I let the glue dry on the post backings for several hours, and then Ta-da! We have a bouquet of cute earrings!

I may have to keep a few pairs for myself!!

For gifting, I created display cards from plain gift tags. My handy darning needle was perfect for poking tiny holes in the cards for inserting the earrings. I added earring backings and a cute lace ribbon for the win!

These will make such sweet gifts for the gal pals! (I love how lightweight they are for mailing, too!) Of course, you could invite your friends to a Galentine’s celebration and make some together! How fun would that be?!

Here are some supplies to get you started!

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Holiday Accessories: 1940’s Style!

Holiday Accessories: 1940’s Style!

Merry Christmas, Everyone! To celebrate, I’m sprucing up a refashioned dress with homemade accessories, just like they might have done in the 1940’s! I searched my craft store for vintagey silk poinsettias and holly, shoe clips, pin backings, hair clips, felt, and glue!

I tackled the shoe clips first! I started by trimming the poinsettia “stems” so that the flowers could be glued to the shoe clips. I then applied E6000 glue to the clips, placed them on the back side of the flowers, and allowed the glue to dry for several hours.

Next, it was time to make the corsage! (1940’s ladies loved their corsages, both those with real flowers and the homemade kind!) I cut two ovals of coordinating felt to act as the base of the arrangement. The two ovals were glued together to make them sturdier.

Once the base was glued together, I trimmed the holy and poinsettias to fit the base. I used hot glue to attach first the holly and then the poinsettias.

Time to attach the pin backing! First, I used hot glue to glue the backing to the felt base. Next, I glued a small piece of felt across the backing and onto the base behind to add stability.



No 1940’s gal would have ended this project without making a matching hair accessory! The process for hair clip creation was very similar to making the corsage, only with a smaller base.

I paired my new accessories with a favorite dress I had refashioned in our DIY Fashion: 1980’s to 1940’s Dress post! (Check out the before and after pictures!!) 

My snood hair net was another fun project from our DIY 1940’s Snood Hair Net tutorial! Those adorable wreath earrings are a thrift store score! 

I think gals in the war years of the 40’s would have done projects alot like this in order to refashion old clothes and then use accessories to fancy them up! 

Time to get out your swingin’ holiday style! 🙂

Plaid Dress Re-Fashion!

Plaid Dress Re-Fashion!

I will admit that this dress was a bit of a project. I attempted the transformation for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I loooved the fabric! Yellow plaid flannel?! Whoa! Secondly, and very importantly, the dress was basically free. I found it while sifting through clothes at a stuff-a-bag-for-$5 rummage sale. Couldn’t go wrong, right?

At least the first step to dress improvement was simple. Remove those shoulder pads!

Since the dress came from a rummage sale, I wasn’t able to try it on until I got home. Upon try-on, I discovered that the cinched waist was a bit too tight and actually hit me below the waist at a poochy place. Uncomfortable!

I found that the waist cinch was created by a band of elastic encased in a tube of fabric. Using a thread ripper, I open the tube so that I could removed the elastic.

Once the elastic had been cut out, I had to re-sew the tube closed so that the waist wouldn’t hang strangely. In the picture, the tube to the left of my finger is still open. To the right of my finger, however, the tube has been re-stitched closed.

The next step was to trim down those huge sleeves! I realized that the shoulder seam was actually long enough to become a cap sleeve for me. I marked 2 inches from this seam to create a seam allowance.

I cut along my marks to remove the sleeves.

I tried on the dress and realized that the waist was still lower than my waist. In an attempt to fix that, I raised the shoulder seams. I used a ruler and disappearing pen to mark where the new seams should be.

After pinning, I stitched along the line I had drawn.

I laid the dress out flat, removing the wrinkles as much as possible. I then pinned the front and back of the bodice together so that they wouldn’t move, and then I folded the dress in half.

I placed an existing dress on top to use as a pattern. The pattern dress had a similar style and was of a similarly non-stretchy fabric as the flannel dress. It was also important that the pattern dress have a somewhat roomy fit, since I did NOT want to cut the flannel dress too small!

As a added precaution, I traced about an inch and a half extra around the pattern dress. I then cut according to my marks.

I pinned the side seams and stitched them closed, leaving the sleeve area open. (I will want to fiddle with those sleeves later.) Ta-da! The dress is getting whittled down to size!

After trying on the dress again to test the alterations, I moved on to hemming the sleeves. I rolled the hems, pinned them in place, and stitched. I also extended the side seams up into the hemmed sleeves.

Finally, the top part of the dress was fitting better. I left the skirt alone, since I liked the fullness and length! (I also didn’t want to mess with that button placket extending from the bodice to the skirt!)

I decided to try the dress with some fall layering! A wide belt helped adjust the waist, while lace-up boots and a plaid beret added highland flare.

The dress turned out to be super comfy and somewhat warm, due to all that fabulous flannel!

I played with the color skeme a bit by adding a thrifted corduroy jacket and vintage purse. I love how both pieces coordinated with my beret, which came courtesy of Scotland!

Freezer Paper Stenciling

Freezer Paper Stenciling

Customized T-shirt are some of our favorite projects, and what better excuse to make shirts than our Blogiversary?! Yes, our blog has officially turned one! Cue the music and bring on the cupcakes! Make the fanclub shirts and wear them shamelessly! Wha-hoo! 🙂

In order to make our shamelessly-worn-fanclub-shirts, we turned to a favorite technique, the use of freezer paper stencils! Freezer paper looks alot like wax paper and can often be found near the foil and plastic wrap at the store. Making stencils from freezer paper, while time consuming, allows you to get relatively professional-looking results for your fabric paint money. Once you cut a stencil from freezer paper, you can iron the paper to fabric and cause it to stick! When you apply paint to the stencil, the paint will only be able to stick to the fabric exposed by the stencil. The freezer paper will later be pealed up and removed, leaving the painted fabric underneath. There are lots of fun painting ideas available on Pinterest, but this tutorial was what first inspired me to give it a try! After making many shirts, I have developed a few tips for gaining that hard-worked-for professional look. Here’s what works for me! 🙂

Firstly, gather your supplies:

  • freezer paper
  • template 
  • masking tape
  • x-acto knife and/or small scissors
  • cutting board
  • iron and ironing board
  • fabric paint
  • paint sponge applicator
  • T-shirt- washed and dried
  • drop cloth.

As always, I washed and dried my t-shirt before doing any work on it. I then designed my template in a word processing program and printed it out.

Next, I cut a sheet of freezer paper a little bigger than my template. I laid the front of my template onto the SHINY side of the freezer paper. (The shiny side is what will eventually be ironed onto the fabric.) Recap: Front of template touches shiny side of freezer paper.

Tape that template down!

Flip the papers over so that the freezer paper is on top, while the template is readable underneath. (The dull side of the freezer paper should be facing you.)

Next, I used an x-acto knife and scissors to cut out the shapes and words. This takes patience, but a more accurate stencil will yield neater results.

Be sure to save the small freezer paper cut-outs from letters like “o” and “a.” We will replace those shapes back into the letters when the stencil is ironed to the shirt. Once the words have been cut out, cut the freezer paper down to the size of the paper stencil behind it. Note: Don’t miss this step! You will need the stencil to be a symmetrical shape for the next steps! You can remove any left-over masking tape.

Next, we need to ensure that the stencil will be ironed to the shirt with the proper orientation and alignment. These next steps show my way to find reference points on the shirt to help me line up the stencil. These steps don’t ensure perfection, but they lead to much better results than simply “eye-balling” the stencil’s placement! Note: Very cheap t-shirts have a tendency to shrink and warp in the wash. A higher quality shirt should be easier to work with! Start by folding the shirt in half, smoothing out any wrinkels, and marking along the center fold. This will give us a vertical line of reference. (I used a disappearing ink pen from my sewing stash for this part.)


Lay the garment as flat and straight as possible so that you can create horizontal reference points.  One way to do this is to place a rule from armpit seam to arm pit seam. Mark this line with the disappearing pen. Another horizontal line can be drawn from the top of each shoulder seam.

Next, measure the bottom hem and find the middle point.

Place a ruler between this point and the center of the neckline to make another vertical reference line. This line may differ slightly from the one drawn when the shirt was folded in half and can help you double check its accuracy.

Now that the shirt is marked, I also marked the middle points of each side of my stencil. It’s a bit hard to see in the picture, but I marked these points on the stencil with a Sharpie. Once that was done, I could then align these points with the reference lines on the shirt! Yay for a centered stencil!! (Be sure to do a visual double check to see if the stencil appears straight!)

Use a little masking tape to secure the stencil to the garment in the correct orientation. 

It’s finally time to iron the stencil to the shirt! I usually start ironing at one side of the stencil and work across. Once the stencil is secured in place, though, you can remove the masking tape so that you don’t accidentally iron it! Carefully iron down the edges of all the letters and shapes. You don’t want any paint to be able to leak under the edges of the stencil!

Once the letters are ironed down, add the small cut-outs that you saved from letters with inner shapes. Place these shiny-side-down, then use the tip of the iron to gently iron them in place.

Hurray! Now it’s time for painting! I use Soft fabric paint from Tulip, because this paint does not become bumpy or crunchy. I applied the paint with one of my painting sponges, but a foam applicator would work nicely. Before painting, line the shirt with cardboard, freezer paper, or wax paper to prevent the paint from bleeding through to the back of the shirt. Of course, don’t forget to protect your work surface with a drop cloth!

 Sponge the paint all over the cut-outs of the stencil, making sure all the details are covered in paint. For my shirt, I let the paint dry for at least half before adding a second coat. I wanted to ensure that my letter would be opaque and vibrant.

After waiting a several hours for the paint to dry, it’s time to remove the stencil! Carefully peal up the edges of the freezer paper and remove any small pieces!

Ta-DA! 

I was so excited about these shirts that I even made one for my husband! It was the least I could do considering all the photos he has taken for me! Of course, Lindee had to get in on the action too! 

We heart custom shirts and Partnersincraft.com! 🙂 Happy Blogiversary!

Pumpkin Time!

Pumpkin Time!

I can no longer resist the call of pumpkins! For a short time at least, I’m seizing the moment to enjoy pumpkin everything! Pumpkin coffee, pumpkin bagels, pumpkin candles, and especially pumpkin decor! (I’ll send any haters a batch of pumpkin scones to console them.) Here are a couple of my favorite pumpkin crafts to help you join the pumpkin party!

I combine my love of both pumpkins AND pom-poms with this first project! You guessed it- I’m making cute lil’ pom-pom pumpkins to add to my fall centerpieces.

You can create these fuzzy little guys using pom-pom makers, different textures of yarn, and green pipe cleaners!  Check out our Pom Pom Pumpkins tutorial for the fun, easy DIY!

While I am very attached to my pom-pom maker, I also have a thing for fabric paint and stamps. I couldn’t pass up an excuse illuminate plain dish towels with fall motifs!

You can find the complete towel stamping tutorial in our post Nifty Gifties: Stamped Dish Towel!

I used foam stamps from the craft store, but you can also make your own! For step-by-step stamp making directions, check out our Funny Bunny Scarf post!

These make such cute fall gifts! I have given them away so fast, that I have yet to make some for me!

Of course, no pumpkin quest could be complete without real pumpkins! We made our yearly visit to a local farm to pick the perfect pumpkin, taste some apples, and snap pictures of the beautiful produce!

I was super excited to finally be able to wear this sweater and vintage wool skirt! To add to the 1940’s vibe, I accessorized with vintage earrings and a homemade snood hair net. You can find all the snood-making details in our DIY 1940’s Snood Hair Net post!

Happy Pumpkin Time, Everyone! Enjoy it while it lasts!

Costume Time: Across the Decades!

Costume Time: Across the Decades!

Halloween is almost here! Today we are showcasing some of our favorite costumes from across the decades! Click on each photo to see the whole post and outfit DIY!

Happy costuming, Everyone!

Costume Time: 1920’s Style!

Costume Time: 1920’s Style!

I used the think that 1920’s costumes were challenging to create. Over time, I have found that it’s very possible to turn thrift store garments into “mod” looks! Today’s post features some of our favorite 1920’s outfits and a range of crafting commitment. Bring on the flapper flair!

I was so excited about these first outfits, that Lindee was given no choice but to do a photo shoot with me! The drop-waist dresses from the 1980’s required next to no alteration, other than the mandatory removal of shoulder pads.  The addition of a sash and flower pin were totally optional.

Less optional were the long necklaces (Lindee’s was actually two strands of pearls of different lengths), cloche hats, and vintagy shoes. You can find links to similar items at the bottom of this post!

These dresses were surprisingly comfortable and fun to wear!

Even our photographer got into the act!

Of course, you may recognize the blue dress from our earlier post “Vintage a la Thrift Store: 1920’s“! A faux fur wrap from the thrift store and some wooly tights added warmth on a cold day.

For a more formal evening look, check out Lindee’s transformation of a plain dress into fabulous flapper duds in our post “DIY 1920’s Costume“! Fabulous, Dahling, Fabulous!

If you can’t find a drop-waist dress, you can make your own from an over-sized shirt and coordinating fabric! Our post “1920’s Dress from Polo Shirt” will show you the step-by-step process! For these pictures, I channeled my inner “modern” and had *fun* with contrasting accessories and lipstick!

We love the 1920’s!

Here are some fun 1920’s-inspired accessories to get you started!