DIY: Sports Bralette

Give a girl a good sports bra and a pair of shoes and she can take on the world...am I right? Lately, I've been creating a lot of Sportswear tutorials with Dritz. It's fun to combine my 2 passions of running and sewing together. I use to be intimidated by such projects but Dritz products makes sewing Sportswear and even Swimwear easier than you think. For this tutorial we wanted to show you how to create a sports bra with the many different elastics Dritz has to offer. Their Fold-Over Elastic is my favorite and makes finishings edges not only simple but also adds additional support and a contrasting detail. This low impact sports bralette is versatile for yoga and even Swimwear. Get the details below and make your own. 



DIY: Jeans into Denim Jacket

As a designer and seamstress, I love making original looks that you can't buy online. I prefer to redesign garments into interesting street style look like this pair of jeans into a jacket. I got a lot of interest when I shared this on Instagram so I decided to create a tutorial. For this one I added a Make it Coats zipper for the front closure which brought the whole look together nicely. Get the details below on how to turn a pair of jeans into a jacket.



DIY: Embroidered Off-the-Shoulder Top

Summer is here and what better way to celebrate than with a DIY project! Living in the South can be exceptionally hot outside so I like to wear silhouettes and fabrics that are easy breezy.  I've had this off-the-shoulder top on my "DIY to do list" for awhile now and finally got around to making it. The pattern for the top is a simple project to create from scratch if you follow my tutorial here. I then added some machine embroidery using OESD's Folk Art Flowers collection along the ruffle to add some pop of color. Get the details below and make your own. 


DIY: Water Bottle Carrier

It's Summer break here and my boys and I have been on the move. We enjoy this time of year outdoors, whether it's trips to the beach, our favorite trails, or fun excursions. I typically need to have 4 things with me at all times: keys, wallet, phone, and water bottle. I pack relatively light and that's because I'm usually holding my toddler with me wherever I go. If you have a little one you know it's a constant juggling act.  Even with a tote I find I'm scrummaging through to find these items. I finally had enough after dropping my phone AGAIN and designed a bag/carrier that will work for my lifestyle. I designed this insulated water bottle carrier bag with a front mesh pocket for my phone and wallet and a place to hang my keys. Follow the tutorial below and see how this carrier comes together with the many Dritz products and hardware.



DIY: Workout Top From T-Shirt

I love Active Wear that can take me from a workout straight to lunch or errands with my kids like this twisted, open back top.  I also look for clothing that is comfortable and practical that I can actually do a workout in. This is why I love creating my own Active Wear with comfy t-shirts. This top was made from a men's large t-shirt and it's easy to make your own. For a little more fun and detail I used Dritz new printed 1/2" elastic to ruche the sides. 

Get the details below on how to make your own...

  • t-shirt (I used a large cotton t-shirt that was soft)
  • Dritz 1/2" Braided Elastic
  • General sewing supplies
  • Brother Sewing Machine


DIY: Versatile Zipper Racerback Top

Zippers, whether used as a closure or an edgy detail, I love adding them to my designs! With the right zip you can change a basic garment into a cool and fashion-forward look. Make it Coats has all types for your sewing needs. This versatile top can take 5 minutes to make and all you need is a zipper and strip of jersey fabric. You can even use a t-shirt! It's a great look for Summer with a tube top or tank underneath and I love the zipper racerback detail.

Get the details below on how to make your own with Make it Coats.


Me Made May 2018 Round Up

This was my first time participating in the Instagram Me Made May challenge, where sewists share their daily handmade looks for all of May.  Some of my handmade looks range from upcycled projects, t-shirt hacks, to made from scratch. As you can see through the various photos below, my style and sewing is all over the place. I probably would have a hard time being a "cohesive" designer. I can't seem to stick to a direct point of view and I'm fine with that. I sew and design based on what inspires me for that day, week, or month.  I'm inspired by a variety of things from change of seasons, location, fabric, to my interests at the moment.

For these #MMMAY projects I featured, I had a more "selfish sewing" approach. I focused more on enjoying the design and construction process rather than step aside every 2 minutes for photos. It also allowed for me to sew in the evening which is my favorite time to sew (kids are in bed and it's quiet). I typically sew for blog posts during the day because I need good lighting for photos. 

Below I posted my favorites and the Instagram posts about each piece. 

"This may look like a basic striped boatneck top but there is a party going on in the back. Plus who doesn’t love a classic stripe anyways."

Tutorial for my twist top here, I added sleeves. Fabric from Stylish Fabric here.

"My style can be all over the place and so is my sewing but I’d say I’m the most comfortable in sporty looks. Perhaps it’s that track athlete in me or that I’m a mom of 3 boys.  This was an upcycled long sleeve from the husband that I’m embarrassed to say how long I held onto. I cut the bottom off and made a band hem for a modern fit. I did the same to the sleeves. I also took the side seams in a few inches. The party is all in the back though with an open cut out and center racerback." 
IG post shows before here.

"Just update those ugly jeans into a rad denim jacket why don’t ya! Another unwanted item from my husband. I use to make denim vests like this in high school and sold them at my school. This time I wanted to see if it could be a cool denim jacket by adding sleeves. It's a loose kimono fit which I like. I used some scraps of denim I had to add to the center front as well. 

"My rise ‘n’ grind #mmmay18 look this am: Color blocking and zip details make this DIY track singlet one-of-a-kind." 

"Upcycle a t-shirt into this twisted back tunic/top."

Tutorial featured in my IG Highlights @trashtocouture

"A vintage pattern shift dress with knotted shoulder seams . . . 
When my Grandma passed away my Mom gave me her Sewing things including this vintage 60’s pattern. It was already cut out and folded neatly in the envelope. Who knows how long it has been but my mom said she was “making that dress for her when she was a teenager.” So I went ahead and finished it for the both of them using this retro floral print by Alison Glass. Would be a cute little gift for my mom don’t you think?"

"Made this boho top from a crochet tapestry I got at a garage sale years ago for .25 cents. I remember buying a few pieces from this particular garage sale. They were selling items from an elderly woman who recently passed away. Her son told me she knit all of these crochet pieces in a basket. I of course bought them all! I like to think they're in good hands now. I finally decided on a design for it in this little boho top I can't wait to wear. I wouldn't dare cut into it so I made the top around the design and with a baste stitch just in case."

This fabric bin is versatile for storing my fabric but also the best beach/pool bag ever. Tutorial here.

"My go-to casual look. I prefer t-shirts but with a twist like this handmade knit top and lace details. The ruched/wrap skirt is upcycled from a t-shirt. It's so comfortable, I wore it so much when I was pregnant." Tutorial here

This updated tank into a lace off-the-shoulder with my 5 minutes tutorial (in my Insta highlights) and my French toile shorts made ages ago here

A cute little men's shirt refashion fit for this Southern Belle.