High Low Shirt Refashion

High Low Shirt Refashion TutorialThe next shirt up on my mission to revamp and refashion my wardrobe is a high low shirt.  This refashion couldn’t be easier! It can pretty much be summed up by saying cut off the front of the shirt. End tutorial.   There you go, good luck! Of course I took pictures along the way so you could see just how I cut the hem off the front of my shirt.

before and after high low shirt refashionThe shirt I found in my closet for this refashion was a perfect fit (for a refashion, not my body)! It was long and loose and rounded down in the front and back.   I don’t know if it was the long sleeves or the long baggy front, but this shirt screamed FRUMPY!  Not anymore though!

mark shirtI started by putting on the shirt and marking with a pin where I wanted to cut.  Make sure you account for your seam allowance. As you can see the lighting in these pics is less than stellar, just plug through and picture that neon pink color instead of orange puke.

cut shirtCut off the bottom of your shirt.  I rounded it ever so slightly but it was still pretty straight looking.

double stitch hemPin and hem the bottom edge.  I used a double needle to sew my hem so that it looked more professional.  If you have never used a double needle, give it a try! It is easy and gives great looking results.  Just thread your machine like normal but instead of using just one spool of thread, you use two.  I use a thread holder like this one to hold my second spool of thread.

cut sleevesI also cut the long sleeves off to make it a short sleeve shirt.  This helped a ton with the frump factor.

high low shirt front and backThis is how the shirt ended up.  High in the front, low in the back.

Another shirt refashion down! I can now check the high low shirt off my list.  It was so easy to do that I am seriously considering doing a few more.

high low shirt refashionAfter Lisa, after.  Gotta get goin on the rest of my wardrobe revamp and refashion!

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Toasted Marshmallow Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

Toasted_Marshmallow Filled Chocolate CupcakesI wanted to make a new dessert for my Husband for Father’s Day.  I pulled up my dessert board on Pinterest and asked my husband to choose a dessert.  Of the 94 desserts currently on the board, he chose the Malted Chocolate Cake with Toasted Marshmallow Filling from Tidy Mom.   I should have seen it coming, that man is a marshmallow fan.  Seeing as how the cake had a filling, I thought it would be perfect to try out as a filled cupcake.  I followed Cheryl’s directions and made the cupcakes.  Here is my take on them.  Overall, they were very tasty.  As a cupcake, the cake part was too light and fluffy in my opinion though.  If I were to do it again, I would not beat it for as long as she recommends.  All that beating incorporated too much air into the cupcake mix making it too light and expanding the volume of the batter.   It may have worked out fine for a cake because you only need to half it, but it filled more than 24 cupcakes.  The resulting cakes couldn’t stand up to the filling as well as I would have wanted.  As far as the toasted marshmallow filling goes, it was hands down the star of this cupcake.  I wouldn’t change a thing.  The frosting was good, but misleading.  It called for malted chocolate powder and so I was expecting a malted tasting frosting.  It mostly just tasted like a dark chocolate frosting.  I was also a little bummed about the amount of frosting that it made.  There wasn’t enough for me to decorate all my cupcakes. Luckily the marshmallow filling was so good that the cupcakes didn’t go completely without a sweet topping.   Next time I may try this recipe for malted chocolate frosting from Crumbs and Cookies.  It has three times the amount of chocolate malt powder in it so I am hoping it delivers more on that malt flavor.

toasted marshmallow filled chocolate cupcakesThe original recipe says that the cake is best the same day it is made.  I heartily agree.  The cake itself is not the problem, it is the frosting.  When refrigerated the frosting got very dense! So would I try this cupcake again? I would with some changes.  The concept is fun and the marshmallow filling itself is worth another go round.  I wonder what else I could put that marshmallow filling in…

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Operation Wardrobe Revamp & Refashion

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1. Sabo Skirt 2. Polyvore 3. Anthropologie 4. Feather4Arrow 5.  SheInside 6. Nordstrom

7. SheInside 8. Persun 9.  BlueFly 10. Source Unknown 11. gq.com 12. Anthropologie

How is it that I have a closet full of clothes and still nothing to wear.  It seems like every time I have a baby, I take two giant leaps backward in the fashion department.  Let’s say that one leap is one year, that means I have a fashion wardrobe from 2006.  Nice.  I looked up 2006 fashion trends and found that skinny jeans and ballet flats were in style.  Wait, aren’t those still in style? I sure hope so, cause that is what I got along with tons of shirts that are too short and too tight.  I wear the same shirts over and over again every week, only using about 1/3 of the shirts hanging up in my closet.  It is time to take a stand and do something about it!  In an effort to motivate myself to dress better, I put together round-up of 12 types of shirts that I want in wardrobe.  I am going to refashion and revamp my existing clothes as well as dig into my overflowing refashion box to come up with my own DIY version of of these trendy clothes.   Some will just follow the basic ideas while others will be closer in look to the originals.   I plan on working on it off and on. A little here, a little there.   I am off to a good start though, I already refashioned one shirt in the line up.

wardrobe revamp and refashion_checkmarkNumber 1 comes from Sabo Skirt.  It is not on their website now and I am not sure if they ever even sold the shirt, I think they were selling the black skirt in the outfit.  I fell in love with the shirt though.  I loved the contrast between the off white lace and the oversized black peter pan collar.  It has a romantic yet sophisticated feel.

lace_T-shirt Refashion I used a plain white t-shirt for my refashion.  I took it all apart and added a lace front and black peter pan collar.  You can check out the tutorial here.   Make sure to stay tuned to see what other refashions I do as I attempt to revamp and refashion my wardrobe DIY style!

*UPDATE: Take a gander at the refashions I have done so far: 

1. Lace Front Peter Pan Collar Shirt

2. High Low Shirt Refashion

3.  Anthropologie Shirt Refashion

4. Arrow Graphic Design Shirt

5. Chiffon Bottom Shirt Refashion

6. Peplum Top Refashion

7. Peter Pan Collar

9.  Zipper Shirt Refashion

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4th of July Kids Outfits

4th of July Kids CLothesTalk about last minute.  I had every intention of cleaning the bathrooms yesterday.  For some reason though I ended up in my craft room a.k.a workshop holding my daughters failed 4th of July dress in my hands.  I didn’t have time to fix it or start over but it would be so easy to turn it into a skirt.  Should I take them plunge? Of course I should!  I hate craft fails.  Especially ones that I know things are going wrong yet I keep going.  Maybe it is the athlete in me but I had to try again.  I am glad I did.  The skirts did come together really fast.  I simply sewed a tube out of the fabric and added an exposed elastic waistband.  Do you recognize the fabric?  It was leftover from my weighted tablecloth that I made for the 4th of July Bike Parade. My younger daughters skirt is a little shorter than I had originally planned.  I had already put the tube together and was sewing the elastic for the waistband when my oldest daughter came in to talk to me.  Out of the corner of my eye I could see her moving around my workshop.  Then when I reached for the skirt tube I noticed that she had taken the scissors and cut a big hole in the fabric! What the?!! I could not let this 4th of July outfit defeat me twice! I cut off the section right before the hole and now she has a mini skirt. Oh well, at least it still fits her.  I made the shorts for my son using a modified pattern for the Basic Pant from Dana’s blog Made.  He looks like a festive golfer and I love it.  What a cutie patootie. For those who celebrate it, I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July.  God bless America.

Red, White and Blue Jello

red white and blue jelloI looked around at a few red, white and blue jello recipes and decided on this one from food.com.  I made them into individual jello salad desserts using 9 oz. clear plastic solo cups.  I thought I would share a few tips that seemed to make the process of putting the jello cups together a little easier.  I used a 1/3 cup of each jello color and I used a funnel for the blue and the red jello.  The recipe filled 16 9 oz. cups with red, white and blue jello.  I put them all on one cookie sheet to firm up in the refrigerator.  I am feeling patriotic already!