Men’s shirt into women top

My plan for Men’s shirt transformation

Men's shirt into women top
Men’s shirt into women top

I wanted to refashion a Men’s shirt into women top, but with some type of sewn in faux-tank-top that would cover the bra straps. Another goal was to use most of the shirt by including different parts of the shirt in the blouse design. I drew a quick sketch to help me plan how I would cut the shirt.

See how refashion a men’s shirt into an off-the-shoulders blouse in about 4 hours.

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How to patch jeans with fabric

How to patch jeans with fabric Before and After
How to patch jeans with fabric

For this How to patch jeans with fabric step by step tutorial I made these unique decorative patches with minimal material and in a very short time. This cross stitched pattern is a basic running stitch where we simply carry the thread at the back of our work to move to the next section. This fun and easy project is a perfect project for children and beginners sewing machine not required.

Keep on reading to learn how to do this cross stitch and to see the final result!

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DIY Sewing velvet curtains

Made to measure velvet curtains

DIY sewing velvet curtains

I made these curtains for my nephew’s bedroom.

It was easy since he knew exactly what style of curtains he wanted; floor length with the curtains drawings in different directions leaving easy access to his alcove during the day.

Once he decided what he wanted, it then became a family affair. My sister-in-law purchased the supplies, my brother installed the curtain tracks, with me the sewer taking all the glory!

Keep reading to know how I custom made my nephew’s curtains.

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Blazer refashioned with zippers insertions

Thrift to couture inspired by Burberry

Blazer refashion with zippers insertions
Thrift to couture inspired by Burberry

For this Blazer refashioned with zippers insertions I will use this very nice faux leather blazer found at my favorite second hand store for $7.00. It looked as if it had never been worn and I liked the black on black zebra print.

Let’s see what I can do with this blazer. I have an idea that can be completed this blazer refashion inspired by Burberry in about 2 hours.

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DIY spool loom cord knitted scarf crochet leaves

DIY spool loom cord knitted scarf

DIY spool loom cord knitted scarf by

We use to call it corking, or French knitting (in French a spool loom is called “tricotin“) what use to be a way to teach children how to knit has now become a trendy way for people of all ages to make cool stuff. From easy items like this scarf above made from the cord knitted with a spool loom, called I-cord, to eternity scarves knitted on round looms and afghans knitted on rake looms, the Web abounds with tutorials on how to knit just about anything in fancy and intricate stitches.

DIY French knitted scarves embellished

UPDATE: in this post I have included two other spool loom knitted scarves that I have made since. One of the i-cord scarf is knitted in poly/cotton threads and embellished with a crochet flower and some hand beading. The other scarf is knitted with 100% wool and is decorated with inserted beads and jewelry.


I was first  attracted by spool knitting when I saw this image on Pinterest…

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Stained glass Geisha panel

Stained glass geisha panel

I made this stained glass panel about 8 years ago, I used Youghiogheny Stipple glass for the sunset, Youghiogheny Mottled glass for her hair, Youghiogheny Oceana glass for the frame.  These high quality glass render a fabulous 3D effect when illuminated with by the sun.

View the project prior to assembly.

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Simplicity sewing pattern 1660 top

Simplicity pattern 1660 misses top in yellow linen

Simplicity sewing pattern 1660 top

I  purchased this Simplicity sewing pattern 1660 top. Before cutting the pattern I started by studying the image on the pattern envelope. It is a very good indication of how the garment fits. More accurate when there is an image of the garment sewn then photographed on a live person.  At first glance this blouse model was loose fitting, formidable, no need to sew a mock-up (muslin). But I new that the neckline was too low for my taste.

See how I modified to pattern to raise the front neckline

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DIY how to embellish a sweater

How to embellish a sweater with vintage pearl appliqués and pearling details

DIY how to embellish a sweater

I needed to have a project to work on while we were spending the weekend at our in-law’s in Toronto. I searched through my clothes and though that this sweater could be improved with some detailing and was perfect for a DIY how to embellish a sweater project.

I have an idea, it will be a quick project to complete, with a rewarding result.

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I cannot resist a great sale… can you?

I cannot resist a great sale... can you?
OH! JOY! Three for one  bobbin threads sale!

The fabric store had a huge one day sale on threads, the big bobbins were three for the price of one. Okay, you understand that this kind of sale makes a sewist day, right?!

I had about 36 bobbins of threads in my carry-on basket (but who is counting?) and I was physically refraining myself from jumping up and down out of happiness when the lady in line after me said

“Uh! are you really sewing THAT much?!”………………………………………………..


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Quilts made from loved ones clothing

Memory quilt from my father-in-law’s clothes

Quilts made from loved ones clothing

When my father-in-law passed, my  spouse couldn’t let go of his father’s clothes, so we decided to bring them to our house.  At first I thought to keep all of the buttons to use them later on for a jewelry or a collage project. Then I had this idea of making a memory quilt. I had never made a quilt. Thanks to the internet, within a few hours a knew how to construct one.

I drew a few ideas, and we chose the design in which the quilt would be constructed around a square of my father in law’s  Scottish clan tartan placed in the center. I ordered their coat of arms embroidered applique from Scotland, and I went about making it.

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