Channel Your Inner Hippy and Make a Peasant Blouse From a Button-Down Shirt

 Sometimes, I worry about myself.

Katie used to remind me quite often that it wasn’t the 70’s anymore.

Maybe she was right, perhaps I haven’t moved on.

I’ve always had a thing about off-the-shoulder peasant blouses. I think they are so cool. I think they have summer written all over them. I think they would look great with bell-bottoms. (Oops, did I really say that last thing out loud?)


The beauty is, you can easily make your own super cute off-the-shoulder peasant blouse from any old button-down shirt you may have in under an hour.

peasant-shirt before

All you need is enough 3/4 inch elastic to go around your shoulders and a button-down shirt with a pattern you like to get started.



Click here to see the entire tutorial.


OK, so maybe I didn’t love everything from the 70’s…..


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A Dress Fit For a Kentucky Derby Party: Simplicity Sew Simple A1394

I know! I know!

The Kentucky Derby is supposed to be all about the hats.

(Oh yes, and maybe a little bit about the horses, too.)


So, why am I showing my hat when it’s truly so very basic and plain considering the amount of work that goes into many of the hats that grace the Churchill Downs?

Well, because, this year, when I was invited to attend the Kentucky Derby Party at the Rialto in downtown Portland, I decided to put all of my energy into making a dress instead.


And this time it wasn’t a refashion.


I actually sewed from a pattern for the first time in years and I liked it.

The Simplicity Sew Simple A1394 really did live up to it’s name. It was so simple and only needed one adjustment for me.


The twist at the waistline sat too low for me so I raised it up at the sides and after looking at these photos, I might even raise it up a bit more.

The fabric was from Joann Fabrics and I love the way it hangs and flows when I walk.


I highly recommend this pattern, if you’re in the mood to make a maxi. So quick and easy and super comfortable to wear.

It is definitely a winning pattern in my mind.

Speaking of winning…. I placed my bet on American Pharoah this year and actually won some money!!! Miracle of miracles!

Since I didn’t put much energy into my hat, I thought you might like to see a few of the amazing hats and people from the Kentucky Derby party at the Rialto this year.







Aren’t they all so cute!

Thank you so much, Susan and Craig for inviting me again this year. I had a wonderful time!


Until next year…

Kentucky Derby Party

For more sewing inspiration:

Kentucky Derby Dress

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The Renegade Seamstress on Television Today


Presented by Creative Kidstuff, The Happi House is an entertaining and informative weekly magazine style television series for women. Hosted by Happi Olson, Lifestyle Expert, each episode is full of robust content on a variety of fun and useful topics such as homemade beauty products, hosting unique children’s parties, fashion trends, family vacation tips and tricks, DIY home décor, easy family meals and more.

Last January, I was flattered to be invited to Minneapolis and be a guest on their wonderful show. Such nice people! We filmed three episodes and had a blast. Who knew?!! The Renegade Seamstress on television?!!!??

The third episode aired this morning on the CW channel in the Midwest. If you don’t happen to have the CW channel, you can catch today’s show here (I show up at 9:14):

Thanks for watching!

And some more good news:

They’ve invited me back to film four more episodes this summer. I. Can’t. Wait!

Just in case you missed the first two episodes…

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How to Add Decorative Trim to a Button-Down Shirt

Pop some pattern into your wardrobe by combining a floral and a plaid. Simply sew some fun, floral fabric to the button plackets and give a classic plaid shirt a fresh new look.





 Get the full step by step directions here.

For a photo list of more refashion inspiration:

Refashion Tutorials1

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DIY: Update Your T-Shirt with a Quick and Easy Off the Shoulder Ruffle


Before you start with all of the Daisy Duke references, and I won’t mention any names…


 I’m telling you,

Gingham is Back!

And it’s back with a vengeance. It’s all over the runways and I love gingham!

I have so many gingham ideas floating around in my head, and I can’t wait to get started on them.

Here is a quick and easy project to get YOU started on a quick and easy summer re-do that I absolutely LOVE!

Just grab a T-shirt that fits you,  some coordinating lightweight fabric, your scissors and click here to see the entire tutorial and get started:


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Well, I’m off to the races….

The Kentucky Derby, that is.

I’m headed to the Rialto in downtown Portland for one of the most fun parties of the season!

Check out these hats from the last Kentucky Derby party I attended at the Rialto.

Kentucky Derby Party

For more refashion inspiration:

Easy DIY Refashion Tutorials

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Another Guest Appearance on The Happi House Paired With How to Host a Wine Tasting Party! I say YES!

If you hang out with me, you know how much I LOVE a good glass of wine.

So naturally, I was hoping the producers of The Happi House would “pair” one of my guest appearances with How to Host a Wine Tasting Party.

And they did!

This is a SUPER fun episode!


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Another TV Guest Appearance on The Happi House This Morning

Just a friendly reminder to my Minnesota friends and family, stay tuned to the CW channel this morning at 9:00 am Central Time to catch my second guest appearance on The Happi House this morning.


The Happi House is an entertaining and informative weekly magazine style television series for women that airs on the CW channel at 9:00 on Sunday mornings. It’s sponsored by Creative Kidstuff.

As a teacher, I love Creative Kidstuff’s mission. They believe that play is joyful, educational, creative and inspiring. Their mission is to help families play together and learn together. The Happi House is a natural extension of that philosophy, and they were definitely lots of fun to work with!

I ‘m super excited and I hope you will check it out and let me know what you think.

Have a wonderful Sunday!



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A Ten Minute Pencil Skirt to Show Off Your Curves


My ruggedly handsome husband has always loved my curves.

Me? Not so much.

It’s taken me a lifetime to start to appreciate my body. When I was very young, Twiggy was marketed as the ideal body type. For so long, in my mind, I didn’t feel like my curvy body was acceptable.

I’m so very happy for young girls today that our society is starting to recognize the beauty of curves.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating for unhealthy eating and no exercise. I’m just glad that healthy curves are becoming more acceptable in our mainstream culture.

So often women with curves cover them up with baggy shirts and dresses.

But you don’t have to!

I think Christian Dior knew what he was doing when he introduced the pencil skirt in 1954. A pencil skirt looks great on so many different body types. How about showing off your curves in this easy to make pencil skirt?


All you need is a yard of heavy stretch knit fabric and some 1/2 inch elastic.


If you have an extra ten minutes, you can make one this morning and wear it this afternoon. It’ll probably take you longer to buy the fabric than to make the skirt.


Click here for the entire pencil skirt tutorial.

In other news:

If you live in the Minnesota area, you can watch my second guest appearance on the popular Sunday morning program, The Happi House, tomorrow at 9:00 am on the CW channel.


You guys get to see it before I do, so you’ll have to let me know what you think.

For more refashion and sewing inspiration and tutorials:

The Refashion Handbook

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DIY: Wedding Sash and Garter

YAY! It’s wedding season!

For those of you lucky enough to to have a beautiful bride in your life, or to be a beautiful bride yourself,


eHow asked me to create two tutorials especially for you…

How to Make a Sash for a Wedding Dress and How to Make a Bridal Garter.







Thanks for hopping over to eHow to check out these articles. If you have time, I’d love to know what you think of them. :)

Enjoy your weekend!


For refashion inspiration:


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This Morning’s Television Debut

Thought you might like to see this morning’s television debut on The Happi House.

My ruggedly handsome husband has suggested pulling my hair back next time. Pretty sure he’s right. :)

So. Much. Fun!

Thanks for having me over Happi! I had a blast.

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