Sunday, April 20, 2014

{Tutorial} Workout Tank from Oversized Shirt

Does anyone else think it's unfair to get all psyched up for a good race, go to pick up your race packet, and find an unflattering, oversized shirt in your bag? Sure, they look great on the guys, and if they're just t-shirts, they fit okay. But a lot of races are going to tech shirts (yay!) and they are unisex fit. Translation.... good work out shirt that you can't wear because you're a small-framed girl and it fits like a potato sack.
Here's what these shirts usually look like on me...
('s my tiniest human, so it's a little exaggerated. But you get the point.)

So I took it upon myself to turn this unwearable reminder of my super-fun race into something I COULD wear!
The phrase "been there, done that, got the t-shirt" doesn't mean much if you never wear the shirt. So I'm adding to my workout wardrobe with my race shirts... and making them fit.
-Basic sewing skills
-Oversized t-shirt
-Racerback tank top for measurement
To begin, lay your good tank top over your shirt to see just how much you'll be removing. Yikes.

Using scissors, cut the arms off the shirt. No need to use a seam ripper, just cut them off.

Carefully cut, angling the armholes towards the neck. This will make a narrower shoulder.

Flip the shirt over to the back. Cut a semicircle from the shoulder to the bottom of the armhole. This will give you a racerback cut to your shirt. Try to preserve the sponsors if you can. It makes the shirt look like it came that way!

Turn your shirt inside out and pin down the sides, marking how much you should be taking off the width. If you like a loose fitting shirt you can skip this, but I like mine fitted.

Sew a seam up the line of your pins to take the shirt in. Try the shirt on before cutting off excess fabric.

To finish the armholes, simply roll the raw edge under and sew it down. These tech fabrics don't usually fray, so you can skip doing a complete rolled hem.

Throw on your NEW, nicely fitting workout shirt and hit the road!

I can finally show off my half-marathon shirt. It was an accomplishment...I want to wear it!

Friday, April 18, 2014

HUGE Craftsy Sale

There is so much more hopping your way this weekend! Craftsy is giving up to 75% off of all fabric, yarn and project kits!

This sale is only during Easter weekend (Friday 4/18 - Monday 4/21 at 11:59pm MDT), so be sure to jump on it quick or you will miss it.
Craftsy has a HUGE selection of the craft supplies you need to make some adorable things this Spring. Don't miss out on this sale!!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The American Girl Collection

As I've been sewing for my babies, and seeing what patterns ya'll are loving in The Pattern Shop, I've noticed that 4 of my favorite patterns could really make a year-round wardrobe for a little girl.
So I created the American Girl Collection!

This pattern bundle contains
The Aprile Knot Dress and Top
The Laura Jane Dress
The Abigail Tunic
The Meghan Ruffle Pants
With pants, dresses, sleeveless, 3/4 sleeves and long sleeves, you can truly go from season to season with these darling patterns.
Best of all, the pattern bundle saves you $8 rather than buying them separately. Now that's a deal! And with sizes ranging from 6 months to girls 12 (individual patterns vary) you can use these for years to come.
Buy your American Girl Bundle HERE

Monday, April 14, 2014

Quilting for the Wall

Hubby and I, as well as the rest of our family are members of the United Methodist Church. I have been my whole life, and Hubby joined our church family before we got married (which his family has declared will send us both to Hell)....but I digress. I love our church and have enjoyed being a member for 28 years.

While doing my ever-growing pile of scrapbusting projects, I decided I wanted to make something "church related". I wasn't quite sure what that meant, but after some sketching, I had an idea.

I wanted to make a mini-quilt, or wall hanging of our United Methodist symbol. 

I love love love how it turned out. Quilt math can be tricky, but a couple of nights with some graph paper and a calculator and I had a reasonable plan.

The piecing was easy, and I quilted it with an all over meandering line. It has great texture. I didn't want the quilting to show up as a contrast to the colored blocks, so I quilted each color separately, red, black, and white.

The backing of the quilt is a fabric that I have been wanting to use for years! I just never had the project for it. Both of my parents, as well as my uncle are the musicians at our church, so I thought it was very fitting for the backing to be this sweet sheet music print. 

I love seeing it hang in our house, but I think I have other plans for it. It may end up living elsewhere soon.

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