eHow #ProjectThrowdown: Denim-Do-Over and Time to Vote

OK, all my friends out there. eHow #ProjectThrowdown is now live!

So, here I am, as promised, giving you my cute look and asking you to vote for my #ProjectThrowdown Denim-Do-Over project over at eHow.

There are two ways to vote:

1. Go here and repin my project pin to one of your Pinterest boards.

2. Or go here and pin my project picture to one of your Pinterest boards.

I would be double excited if you left a comment on Pinterest or on the eHow article, too.


Thanks so much for always being so supportive of my sewing adventures!


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eHow #ProjectThrowdown: These Boots Are Made For Walkin’

What do you get when eHow asks you to put a project together and the only rules are to mix lace, feathers, jeans and an old keychain?

Why some boots of course!

****Click here to vote for this project by repinning****


I was asked to participate in eHow’s #ProjectThrowdown.

They chose 6 bloggers to create something from lace, old jeans, feathers and an old keychain. We could do anything we wanted with those items and were allowed to add to the list. When we finished, we were to post a step-by-step tutorial on our sites.

They are going to publish a round up of the projects on eHow tomorrow and post a promoted pin.

The project with the most repins wins.


you know what I’ll be doing…..

I’ll be begging for you to go over there and pin their post of this project tomorrow.

(Oops, are my competitive pants showing?)


Jeans, lace, feathers and a keychain were the required items.


Boots, an old tablecloth, and some belts were added to the list.


Remove the seams from the jeans by cutting close to each side of the seam.


Cut a 32″ by 16″ piece of fabric.


Fold it in half lengthwise with the right sides together and sew a 1/4 inch seam down the side.


Turn the piece right side out and press with a hot iron.


Lay the piece out flat.


Fold over 8 inches and continue folding over 8 inches until you get to the end of the fabric to create a fabric tube.


Use a hot glue gun to glue the end down.


Glue the lace to the bottom of the fabric tube.


Slide the fabric tube over the top of your boot with the lace at the bottom. Wrap the denim seam around the boot and attach with a hot glue gun.


Slide the keychain onto a skinny belt.


Wrap the belt around the boot, add some more belts and adjust them until you get the look you like. If the belts slip down too far, you can use the glue gun to attach them or use a needle and thread to secure them in place.


The beauty of this project is that they don’t have to match. Use completely different belts on the other boot for a fun bohemian look.






See you tomorrow with a link to eHow’s pin, giving you my cute look and begging you to pin and repin it to your Pinterest boards.


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DIY: Skirt to Dress

Why just wear things for their intended purpose when you can have two for the price of one? With very little sewing and a little imagination you can transform an already beautiful piece of clothing into something completely different and still leave the original piece of clothing to wear as intended.

My friend Linda, found this skirt with beautiful fabric and lovely gold embroidery at the bottom. She’ll probably style it with boots, a sweater and a scarf for one of her amazing fall or winter outfits. But, there’s really no need for her to store it away for the summer when she can get twice as much wear from this same skirt by quickly converting it into a dress for the warm weather.



Check out the full tutorial here:

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Happy Saturday!


For more refashion inspiration:

The Refashion Handbook

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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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