I bought these to be maternity shorts for my last month. They look like normal jean shorts but are that super-super stretchy material which works great with a baby belly. The problem was I thought they were a good size at the store but when I got home and wore them a day they really stretched out and ended up being a size or two too big. Since I had already worn them I couldn’t take them back so I decided to re-craft them and sew them in a little!
To keep the inside seam looking the same, I just sewed a 1/2 inch flap in on the inside seam of the inner leg preserving the outside seam. Check out the pics after clicking “more” to see what I am talking about. It slimmed up the thigh part of the shorts while keeping the belly width. It is nothing too fancy but worked GREAT!!! Also, I don’t have to have that uncomfortable belly band attachment that typically comes with maternity shorts. Yay!!!
So, I was just about to put in a huge order of these shirts online in all different colors when the thought came to me that I can make these myself! I wear them all the time to make whatever I am wearing modest so I will have sleeves or if the neckline is too low. I love them. But, really if you think about it, it wouldn’t be that hard to make. So here goes… I used a white jersey flat bedding sheet I already had and wasn’t using. You can buy the material with a coupon at JoAnns or if you want to make a bunch with a set of jersey sheets from Walmart for under $20! Here it goes.
1. I first lay out the sheet flat and fold it over so I will be cutting the top and bottom layer at once. I traced just directly around it with a pen except leave an extra 1/2 inch on the bottom.
It is time to take out the winter clothes and prep for spring!!!
Found at a thrift store for $3 because it was 50% off day. It was a little too short because of the high waist band. I didn’t want to just add lace to the bottom or a stripe of material as I have seen typically. So, i decided to try to something else. For $3 I knew if i totally messed up it would be fine. You’ve got to start somewhere folks… I decided to take off the waistband unpick a pleat and sew on a wider waistband so I could wear it lower on my hips to give it length. It worked! I wore it to church Sunday, too. 🙂
I have been dreaming of getting my girls some of these… but alas the price tag is a lot more than I want to pay. So, I found these cute basic tops in the women’s section, measured my daughter’s shoulders width, cut, and serged away. Yes! I was a little nervous about it but they turned out great. I want to make some purple coats next.
Note to self: use the same color of thread next time as the coat, it just looks more finished. 🙂
Simple renovations is what it is all about these days. I am not sure what has been going on lately but I believe with the upcoming holidays and my kids increased energy with being inside more- keeping it SIMPLE is KEY.
I saw a lady somewhere wearing a similar jacket in cobalt blue a few weeks prior and loved it so much that I had to ask where she got it. She said it wasn’t cheap and that she got it online at J crew. Since my Birthday was coming up, I thought maybe I could splurge a little and get one, too. I looked it up and decided it was not going to happen once I saw the $285 dollar price tag which was on sale… So I just decided to keep my eyes out for something similar.
Two weeks later, I guess it was still resting in my subconscious because I saw this coat at a thrift store. I liked it fine although it didn’t quite have what I was looking for but thought maybe it would work. I am glad I trusted my gut because when I got home I decided to try out the gold buttons and waalaa it made this piece sing! Yay! $10 people! I LOVE IT!
Lesson here is don’t be afraid to say no I can’t afford it and keep true to your budget. Just keep it in the back of your mind as something you would really love to have someday and somehow something will work out for you. 🙂 I honestly say a little prayer, too. I think Heavenly Father blesses us for prudence and staying within our means.