Year: 2010

My first tutorial!!!

So this is my first tutorial.  It was really fun!  So, this tutorial is how to turn an ugly, over-sized sweater into a mini dress and legwarmers.

Mine turned out pretty 80’s looking.


Here are the steps:

1.  Cut the sides of the sweater, the neck off, and cut the sleeves off.

2.  This is going to be the leg-warmer.  While the sleeve is still folded in half, cut off the edge.  Use the entire sleeve length, and I made mine the width of my calve so it would fit snuggly.  The finished sleeve end will be the top, the unfinished edge will be near the foot.  Repeat with other sleeve.

3.  This will be the mini-dress.  Cut the sweater body to fit your body type.  I made my dress very fitted.  I measured the top of my bust, under the bust, my waist, and hips.  Divide these measurements in half to cut both pieces at once.  (Or you could trace a dress that already fits and cut around it.)

4.  Sew up the sides of the dress.  I made sure my stripes lined up.

5.  Sew the legwarmers up the one side, creating a tube.

6.  Sew along the top hem of the dress, but leave one inch unhemmed.  Measure elastic over your bust and cut accordingly.  Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic.  (My elastic was from an old fitted sheet.)  Feed the safety pin end through the hole, and pull through the entire casing you created.  Once it reaches the end, sew the two ends of the elastic together.  Hem the hole closed.

7.  Tada!  Match with accessories and leggings!


So I was Mother Nature for Halloween, and my inspirations actually came from YouTube.

For the head piece I watched this great tutorial:

Nymph Crown by Petrilude

And I bought a twig wreath at Goodwill, which I tore apart.  And almost all my leaves and flowers were from some awful Goodwill wedding centerpiece. haha

And for the dress I used this tutorial (except I added a zipper to mine):

Greek Goddess Halloween Costume by SecretLifeofaBionerd

The body of my dress was made from an old sheet, and the rest of the fabric/cord was from JoAnn’s.

The makeup was done with many green/brown eyeshadows.  And then I eyelash-glued all the leaves onto my face/body. They lasted almost the whole night.  And the lashes are feathers!!!!

Happy crafting!!!

More Zipper Flowers!

I watched a total of 17 episodes of Pushing Daisies yesterday online.  Some were hosted by the WB, but a few episodes I had to find on Megavideo and youtube.  I wish they would have continued that show, it was so cute!!!

But while I was a watching the Pie-maker solve mysteries for hours on end, I did make some zipper flowers.  So, I didn’t waste my whole day. haha

Zipper Flower Hair Piece- Orange

I love the anchor center. I love nautical accessories.  This was originally green zipper. Add a little bleach, do a little rinse, dye it and tada! Summer!

Zipper Flower Hair Piece- Midnight

Zipper Flower Hair Piece- Snow

Zipper Flower Hair Piece- Milk & Honey

I think this one is my new favorite.  I love the two colors together.

Zipper Flower Hair Piece- Sunset

This was originally a gross brown zipper.  Who uses a brown zipper?  So I dyed it.  It looks very appropriate for autumn in my opinion.

Zipper Flower Hair Piece- Hey Sailor

Yes, another nautical piece.  I love the two-tone on this one as well. Ohhh summer please don’t ever end.