Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tall Girl Woes - Lengthening a Too-Short Shirt

I'm tall. 6 feet, 1/4 inch, and fine with my height. Until I try shop at a non-specialty shop. Most tops are just too short for me (besides my favourite online-only-tall Old Navy tees). So last week I was going through some shirts, and came up with this simple solution to extending (haha-pun!) the use of some tops! Thought I'd share a semi-tutorial for other girls out there, or those who just like their shirts longer.

First, find two too-short tshirts that coordinate. Preferably they should be a similar width at the bottom. (My gray one was wider so I actually took the sides in a bit.)

Once you've decided which will be the bottom layer of your fooler shirt, evenly cut a 2.5" - 3.5" strip from the bottom of the tshirt. I used my rotary cutter and mat to make it really easy. You'll be using the existing hem.

On your upper shirt, remove the hem stitching. (sorry, no photo) If the hem is coverstitched, this tutorial from might come in handy. Then pin the top edge of the under layer, raw edges together, to the other layer.

 Stitch or serge together.

Flip the under layer down and refold the hem of the tshirt, with the seam facing up, and pin through both layers.

Topstitch - I used a 4.0mm double needle to topstitch for a professional-looking result.

VoilĂ ! Your lengthened hem is finished!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A sale at ModMooi

My friends Suzanne and Annette are offering a sale at their new shop, ModMooi - free shipping for the month of July for North America, half price shipping anywhere else. Or 15% for local pickup. This is a good deal, coming from Canada!! Check it out. They have some gorgeous baby quilts and iPad covers listed right now!  Also...Etsy's offering $5 off your first etsy purchase using this code:

[all photos credit ModMooi. I am not an affiliate.]

Check out the adorable little hedgehogs!

And foxes! Love the foxes.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Memories - a Custom Quilt

Suzanne and I are now doing Quilting Wishes together! A client requested a quilt made up of her daughter's outgrown clothing - a memory quilt.

Lots of cute little teeshirts, dresses, pants and hats became this sweet baby sized quilt, which will hang on the end of the little lady's new big bed. (Dimensions: approximately 38" x 44")

The sashing, borders and backing are all Connecting Threads fabrics - great prices, quality and customer service! The backing is Trendy Ogee in Dark Strawberry, from their Hampton Hues collection, and the peachy pink border is Quilter's Candy Prints, Swirls in Tea Rose.

It's quilted with a walking foot, double straight lines forming a grid and the binding is machine stitched. This was sure a fun thing to work on!