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Rad Fashion Friday: Memorial Day Rompers!

Happy Holiday Friday everybody! Long time no see! Well, technically I've never seen you, but that doesn't mean I didn't miss you! Let's jump right into this week's project for what I call a "Choose Your Own Adventure" tutorial. We will be making an infant/toddler romper from scratch...BUT you can also apply a few of the last steps to turn old infant/toddler dress INTO a romper. Heck, you can even apply this tutorial to a grown-up romper if you wish. Don't let anything hold you back, your imagination is your guide! All I do is provide you with measurement ratios and basic sewing techniques. Also, we will be using a French seam in the project, just like the previous article...

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Rad Fashion Fridays: Cinch Bag with a French Twist

All right folks, we've got summer coming up soon. Here in Jersey, it's already been feeling like it; I've already been to the beach this month. Not to swim, just to bike around and get some crab cakes.   This cinch bag is perfect for days like that, where you want to bring the water bottle and the wallet, maybe a sweater if it gets chilly. I made this one from canvas, which I don't feel play in the cinch bag world; it's always nylon or thinner cotton. I like a thicker material for sturdiness and lasting factor, but you can use any 1/2 yard scraps you have around.   We'll also be doing a French seam, which is mainly...

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Rad Fashion Friday Easter Special: Shoulder Alterations

While we've focused mainly on making new things out of scraps, it's important to make repairs to things you already have. Home-done alterations save you money on those outfits that might get put by the wayside because of a minor fit issue.   One of the most common alterations I do on clothing is in the shoulder region. This area can be quite tricky on a lot of sleeveless tops and dresses; there's lining to worry about, finicky materials that bunch and stretch, sometimes it's just a pain. But don't back down from the challenge! You'll feel great when you can still rock that favorite dress this spring.   We will cover two types of shoulders today, one with a...

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Rad Fashion Friday: Phone Cozy

  It’s April and it’s spring again! You’re out doing some gardening, you’re shopping for Mother’s Day, you’re calling your dad to see what you can bring for dessert at Easter. Why not make access to that phone a little easier? Today’s project will be a phone cozy with a clip/key ring option. It makes a great gift or just something nice for yourself. There are a few more steps in this instructional, but don’t be intimidated! The end product is worth it.   Project Time: 30 to 50 mins, depending on if you have a home sewing or an industrial machine   Items needed: Woven fabric Thin batting/felt Key ring/carabiner/Clasp   I usually use a pattern but I was...

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Rad Fashion Friday: In-A-Minute Looped Headband

Right after I got out of work yesterday, my friend Alexis called me to come up to the city for karaoke night. I’ve got no time for a shower and my hair’s lookin’ gross, so I need an updo…STAT! This looped headband takes 15 minutes to make and looks cuter than a sack of puppies.   Project Time: 15 mins Items Needed: Knit/stretch fabric scraps   Step 1) NO TIME FOR PATTERNS! JUST CUT THE FABRIC!   Cut two pieces of fabric 22 inches long and 6 inches wide. Make sure you cut WITH THE STRETCH or this will not fit on your noggin.   Step 2) SEW THAT BAD BOY   Fold each piece in half and sew with...

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