Wednesday, August 19, 2015

T-Shirt Change

I really don't like t-shirts. Yes they are comfortable and yes sometimes they have really cool designs or messages on them but it's not those things that bother me -  it's the neckline. I think most women look better with a lower cut neckline than what is usually on t-shirts, I know for sure that I do. Some
t-shirts do have lower necklines but not the case with this one.

Like many moms, when our kids are in different activities we like to support them and sometimes we get the t-shirts for the activity they are in.  My son is in a teen choir called IMPACT. It is a wonderful ministry that our church facilitates. Teens from all over north east Ohio gather once a month to worship at different Nazarene Churches in the area. It's a great way for them to build friendships, use their talents and most importantly to draw closer to God. I love the back message on the shirt:

Let me show you how I changed the neckline.

First I put it on and drew a line where I wanted the neckline to be. This shirt was also too long so I made a mark to shorten it. Don't guess! T-shirts stretch and fit different when put on.
Cut the shirt where you made the mark. The cut doesn't have to be purfect
because it will be covered up.
This next step probably should be the first step. You need more t-shirt fabric. It could be the same color ( buy 2 shirts) or  you could use different colors. I used the fabric I cut off the bottom and some fabric I cut from an old white t-shirt. This is a great way to use up old t-shirts.

Cut lots of circles. I cut about 24 of each color and made them about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. The more you use the fuller it will be.
Lay out the pattern you want to sew on just to make sure you have enough circles. It won't look like this when it's finished. The circles will be gathered and closer together.
Use thread to match the color of fabrics.
This is the tedious part. Start in the center. Layer 2 circles, off center, and sew on t-shirt near the neckline, gathering as you go so the circle puckers. You only need a few stitches.
Place the circles close together - depending on how many you have, the more you add the fuller it will be. When you think you are done, check it for empty spaces. Fill in until you think it's full enough.
The nice thing about t-shirt fabric is that it doesn't frey so you don't have to worry about finishing the edges.

Doesn't this look so much better? I think so.

Linking up to What's it Wednesday


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Purse storage/display

Does anyone else have too many purses?!

 There's just something about a cute purse that I just can't pass up especially if it comes from a yard sale and only costs $1.00. And I do like to match my purse to my outfit. And there are seasonal purses - some I would never use in summer or winter.  Well , where to put them all is the problem. I wish I had a great big (or small for that matter) walk- in closet but I don't.  I did have them in my closet but my closet is soooo tiny  they were piling up. Some were on the top shelf and some on the floor of the closet which made it a pain to get to, so I was thinking that I could hang them on the wall. But where? I really don't have much wall space.

                                                             Behind the door!

I was going to use nice hooks but I thought that would cost too much and besides you won't see them anyway so I just used long screws. The purses are light enough so I didn't have to find studs. I started at the bottom, one purse at a time, and just put the screw where I would hang the strap. These are the ones I use the most ( there are still some in the closet) and just my summer ones. I will have to switch it out in the fall. But I do love the way it turned out - easy access and I can see what I have and the door still opens - yes!
 And yes I have too many necklaces! I have them hanging on the back of the door which makes them easy to see and they don't get tangled.
I sure would like to hear how you store your purses.


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