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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Rouched Sleeve Tutorial

I bought this shirt last year, and after one wash, it went from long-sleeves to awkward-sleeves. I have tried to wear it a couple more times by either pushing or rolling the sleeves up to more of a 3/4 length, but the material stretches and by the end of the day they are falling down.
I have seen a lot of rouched-sleeve cardigans and thought it would be an excellent fix to my very awkward length sleeves. This fix seriously took less than 20 minutes and was super easy. Tutorial below, for those of you who have had the same problem as me.

Such a horrible look!

First I was going to lay the sleeves out and get an exact measurement of the center, but then thought, what the heck, I'm free handing this. I threw on the shirt and with a piece of white sidewalk chalk drew a line from the shoulder seam down the center of my arm on both sides.

I then started from the opening near the shoulder (I started at the wrist on the first sleeve and it gave me some problems) and put in a few stitches to start.
To gather the fabric I made sure the needle was down and raised the presser foot. Once raised I would take 2 to 3 inches of fabric and push it in towards the needle and put the presser foot back down and sew. As soon I stitched down the scrunched up fabric I would raise the foot and repeat.
Here are a few pics of the finished product, this shirt will be getting a lot more use this summer.

My husband accidentally took this picture before changing the settings on the camera. I liked the washed out look though because it showed the detailing of the sleeve.

***I'll be linking this tutorial up at *These Parties*

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Mother's Day Corsage

With Mother's Day quickly approaching, I had to quickly throw something together for mi madre. It had to be a completely free gift because I recieved a text from my mom that clearly said "cards are welcome, gifts are not, please don't spend any money." I wanted to order my mom a corsage because all the southern ladies wear corsages to church, but that would cost money, so I got creative. I grabbed the corsage idea from this blog, modified it a little bit, and found a free printable for the card from this blog. Hopefully this fabric corsage will match whatever my mom decides to wear on Mother's Day, and she can't be upset because I only paid for postage!


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