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Sewing adventures: Repairing rips in two favorite items

I don’t post sewing adventures all that often, but there’s a pattern to when I do — they occur during break times during the school year! Why? Because that’s when I have time, and the mental energy, to get caught up on sewing projects. 😉 So much of sewing is about the prep work.

For this sewing adventures post, I am detailing how I recently mended rips in two of my favorite clothing items. If I can save or extended clothing by simple repairs, I try it out; and if I don’t succeed, then at least I have made my best effort. And it was a timely post to remind myself how to do simple sewing repairs like mending tears in clothing.

Here’s a video that I found useful in illustrated how to mend tears by hand, using needle and thread:

Repairing my vintage Hawai’ian dress

The first item I repaired is this vintage Hawai’ian dress — the tag actually says “Made in Hawaii” — that my friend Stephanie fashion-swapped with me. I loooooove it, and was totally bummed when I accidentally ripped a bit in the right shoulder.

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing old + new in a Hawaiian print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian label

Link to original outfit post:  Mixing old + new | Hawaiian print dress

The tricky part about this tear was that it was on both sides of the fabric, front and back, as you can see in the “before” pics below. Plus, the fabric had ripped across a side seam. If the tear had been on the back side of the dress, I wouldn’t have felt such trepidation in attempting a repair. So I went slowly and cautiously with the mending method illustrated in the video above, going through both sides of the fabric with matching red thread. (I was so nervous that I forgot to take photos of my stitches before I pulled everything tight!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: Repairing a tear in my vintage Hawaiian dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: Repairing a tear in my vintage Hawaiian dress

I was careful to choose thread that pretty much exactly matched the orangey-red background of the print. (Side note:  Isn’t this print the cutest?! You can understand why I wanted to save this vintage dress!)

Because the rip was on both sides, I did an extra layer of mending stitching on the back side of the rip, but I just used a simple whip-stitch for that back side and seam.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: Repairing a tear in my vintage Hawaiian dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: Repairing a tear in my vintage Hawaiian dress

The final step is ironing the edges of the mended repair, so that it is flatter and less noticeable. I am pleased with the final result! As you can see in the “after” pics below, the mended bit is not that noticeable (it’s low on the right shoulder).

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: Repairing a tear in my vintage Hawaiian dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my red Hawaiian dress after repairing it

Repairing my denim jacket

Earlier this summer, I discovered halfway through the work day that I had ripped the left elbow of my beloved denim jacket, the lighter denim one with the seaming and shaping. I was extremely self-conscious the rest of the day, with my left elbow hanging out and the rip getting wider and wider. (And I had worn the denim jacket over a sports bra, so I couldn’t take off the jacket.)

I’ve had this denim jacket for years, and it’s a VIP in my closet. Here are different ways I’ve worn it:

Librarian for Life + Style | Denim jacket remix collage

Links to original posts:
top left  //  top middle  //  top right
bottom left  //  bottom middle  //  bottom right

Here is a closeup of the tear, which ripped in two spots, up and down AND across. The denim in the elbows is admittedly quite thin at this point, due to the frequency of which I wear this denim jacket.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: Repairing a tear in my denim jacket

The first step was to iron down the rip so the edges fit together more neatly.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: Repairing a tear in my denim jacket

Below is a closeup of the mending method illustrated in the video at the top of this post. I started out with the side rip, but honestly, looking back, I think I should have started with the vertical rip first. Live and learn!

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: Repairing a tear in my denim jacket

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: Repairing a tear in my denim jacket

I then slowly went back and forth on the vertical tear. It looks kinda cool at this stage, doesn’t it? 😉 I also used thicker thread for this repair, due to the thicker denim material.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: Repairing a tear in my denim jacket

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: Repairing a tear in my denim jacket

Above is a collage of “after” pics. Once again, you can tell what a difference ironing makes on the end result!

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: Repairing a tear in my denim jacket

I don’t know how much longer this mending attempt — or the other elbow — will hold up, so I have to stay realistic. However, if/when one or both elbows go out again, and if the jacket is still repairable, I have decided to try elbow patches. Won’t those look cute? This denim jacket is designed so well, with its structured seaming, that it’s worth saving at all possible costs!

Have you been able to save beloved clothing items by doing simple mending? Please leave a comment and share. 🙂


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Sewing adventures: How I made a belt and a headband out of a ribbon

My recent mini-break in-between summer and fall terms translated into time for house projects, as well as time to get caught up on sewing projects. When Sam bought me this embroidered ribbon earlier this spring, as seen in this monthly budget post from April 2017, I mentioned that “I plan to use the ribbon to make a regular belt plus a headband… projects for the summer!” And that plan came to fruition! 😀

This ribbon is so pretty, isn’t it? The embroidered design feels both delicate and bold at the same time.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red floral ribbon closeup

I have made a simple belt and a headband before, out of fabric leftover from hemming a dress, back in 2013. You can read those posts here and here.

Figuring out fabric for a double-sided belt

Because I had done it before, it was easier to make a start, as the ribbon served as one complete side to both the belt and headband, and served as the guide for the width of the other side.

The first step was to decide on the fabric for the other side of both the belt and headband. I could have gone with two different fabrics, but in the end, I really liked how this leftover plaid fabric paired with the red embroidered ribbon. Plus, plaid has its own straight lines, which makes it so much easier to line up the fabric, as well as cut and sew along the fabric.

Librarian for Life + Style| Making a belt out of ribbon

Making a simple belt with D-rings

The ribbon my husband brought me measured 72 inches long. Based on the belt I made previously, I knew I needed 48 inches for the belt, and I needed 22 inches for the headband. That left me with an extra 2 inches of the ribbon — perfect!

The plaid fabric I chose for the other side of the belt was not 48 inches long, so my first step was to cut and piece together two different pieces of the same plaid fabric and sew them together. I matched up the pattern, making sure the backs of the fabric pieces were on the outside and sewed a straight line down the two pieces. Then I stretched out the fabric, exposing the seam, and then I ironed it flat.

Librarian for Life + Style| Making a belt out of ribbon

Librarian for Life + Style| Making a belt out of ribbon

While ironing the plaid bits of fabric I had sewn together, I then was able to use the lines in the plaid fabric to fold over and iron flat each long side. Again, the lines in the plaid made it so much easier to keep everything lined up!

Librarian for Life + Style| Making a belt out of ribbon

Then I pinned the ribbon on top of the plaid fabric that I had folded and ironed. It really made it so much easier having a ribbon serve as one side of the belt, as it was already hemmed in a sense! I just had to fold over and iron down the short ends of the ribbon.

Librarian for Life + Style| Making a belt out of ribbon

Next I used red thread to sew along the entire length of fabric, from one end all the way around. I made sure not to sew over the embroidered bits in the middle of the ribbon, so I sewed along the edges of the ribbon side, not the plaid side.

Librarian for Life + Style| Making a belt out of ribbon

And then, of course, ironing everything flat again! Really, so much of sewing involves the iron!

Librarian for Life + Style| Making a belt out of ribbon

With my long bit of fabric all sewed up, all I needed to finish out this simple belt was to attach the D-rings to one end.

Librarian for Life + Style| Making a belt out of ribbon

And here is where my perfectionism kicks in! If I had simply folded over one side of the fabric over and through the D-rings, then one side of the fabric would be visible on the other side. So to work around that, I first folded over one side of the fabric and sewed straight across, as seen below.

Librarian for Life + Style| Making a belt out of ribbon

I then folded that bit back over to the other side, so the fabric patterns matched up again. Then I slipped in the D-rings to secure them in the fold. This bit is better explained visually, seen in the pic below.

The ribbon was exactly the width of the D-rings!

Librarian for Life + Style| Making a belt out of ribbon

I then sewed a straight line across the folded-up bit of fabric as close to the D-rings as I could get. This double thickness by the D-rings made for a very secure hold for the rings. And then for a final finishing touch, and for extra hold, I sewed an X across the folded-over section. This finishing touch really does make a difference and makes everything look a little bit more professional.

Librarian for Life + Style| Making a belt out of ribbon

And here’s the final result, a double-sided ribbon belt! The D-ring closures make for a simple belt design, as you just fold the ends of the fabric in and around the double rings.

Librarian for Life + Style| Making a belt out of ribbon

And here’s a collage of both sides of the belt — and two different ways to arrange the tie belt, whether or not you want to expose the contrasting fabric. (Sorry for the poor lighting and quality of the collage below — I took the pics in our walk-in closet.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Tie belt collage

Making a simple headband with a hair elastic

For the leftover 22 inches of the ribbon, I followed the same steps above that I outlined for the belt — only I had much less fabric to cut, iron, pin, and sew along the edges. 😀 I also left open each end of the long rectangle of double-sided fabric, in order to leave room for the hair elastic.

The hardest bit was in securing the hair elastic along each end. Basically, I slipped the hair elastic in-between each open edge, and then I sewed lines on either side of the hair elastic to close everything up, for a more secure hold. And I was so tired by the end of making the headband that I forgot to take photos of those steps!

But here’s the final result of the double-sided headband:

Librarian for Life + Style| Making a headband out of ribbon

Do you like my new ribbon belt and headband? Gotta say, I’m pretty psyched how these projects worked out! And if I make another belt, I am definitely choosing a ribbon for one side again! It really made everything so much easier to manage! 🙂


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Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style belt using two neck ties

Over the years, I’ve gotten comments from readers asking me to do a post about how to make an obi-style tie belt. And I have FINALLLLLLLY created a post, with illustrative photos, about how to go about it.

Librarian for Life + Style | How to make an obi-style belt with two neckties graphic

I’ve frequently remixed obi-style belts made from neckties, as seen in the outfit collage below:

Librarian for Life + Style | Obi-style tie belts outfit collage

Links to original posts:
top left  //  top middle  //  top right
bottom left  //  bottom middle  //  bottom right

Tie belts in my closet

First, below are the two tie belts previously in my wardrobe. The top one in the photo below, the red, white, and blue one, is a tie belt that I bought at a Chicago art fair, from Tongue Tied Designs. The bottom tie belt, the purple and brown one, is one that I made a few years ago from two wide ties that I already had in my closet. (When my dad retired, I raided his closet and a few of his widest ties found new homes in my own wardrobe. They’ve come in handy over the years, especially for these tie belts!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

Tie belt stitching

I examined the tie belt that I had originally bought and realized that it was hand-sewed together using a simple whip-stitch with matching thread around the edges of the two ties, as you can see in the close-up below. I figured it would be pretty straight-forward process for me to replicate. And it was! If you know how to do a basic stitch with needle and thread, then you can make obi-style tie belts.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

Choosing a new tie belt color combo

Here are the remaining neckties I had in my collection:  a darker navy patterned tie, a solid navy tie with a textured pattern, and a lighter blue patterned tie.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

I tried different combinations with the three ties, as seen below, and settled on the lighter blue patterned tie paired with the darker, textured tie. The two patterned ties together looked a little too similar in their designs, because of the stripes. And the darker patterned tie with the navy textured tie looked odd, because of the competing shades of navy. But the lighter patterned tie played well with the textured navy tie.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

Supplies

So once I decided on which ties to pair together, I gathered supplies. The only supplies I needed were a needle, colored thread, scissors, pins, and the two ties.

I lined up my dark blue thread options to see which one best matched. I decided the first thread on the left below was the best fit, color-wise, with the lighter tie. I then pinned together the two ties, overlapping the two triangle ends of the ties in alternating directions.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

Stitching the two ties together

I was able to make small stitches all the way around the two ties, and I started in the middle point on the back side and just made my way around all the edges. Click on the photos below to enlarge them and see the stitching details up close.

In process of stitching:

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

After stitching, from the underside:

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

New obi-style tie belt

And here’s the finished product from the outside:

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

And that’s it! And this tie now joins my other obi-style tie belts, so I now have three options. I really do love the look of these tie belts, and they’re so easy to style AND to make. I always get compliments on these belts whenever I wear them, and others are always so surprised to find out that they’re made from neckties!

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

I really should scout out more vintage ties when I’m out thrifting. The widest ties are the best to work with, and they provide more coverage to cinch in the waist.

Thank you, dear readers, for continuing to ask for a how-to post for obi-style tie belts. I hope this post has helped! Would you ever consider making an obi-style tie belt now? Please leave a comment and share!


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‘Wear to Where’ blog tour + GIVEAWAY: Company holiday party

As I promised earlier this week, here is an extra special bonus post for my stop on the “Wear to Where?” blog tour, hosted by Katy of Wild and Wanderful / Handmade Escapade and Angelica of Gardening in High Heels. I signed up for the “company holiday party” theme, and I was inspired to create a look that would go from the office to an after-hours office party.

Also check out these ladies for other “Company holiday party” posts and ideas:
Fashionably Employed, Wild + Wanderful, and Gracious Threads

If you’d like to go straight to the LINKUP and GIVEAWAY info, scroll to the bottom of this post.

Librarian for Life + Style | Office to office party collage

For the office

I knew my new plaid sheath dress was the perfect foundation to build on, because it is so classic in shape and pattern. The dress is sleeveless now, and check out my post from Thursday that details how I personally tailored the dress to better fit me.

Librarian for Life + Style | Office outfit with plaid sheath dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Office outfit with plaid sheath dress

Staying with that classic vibe, I layered a basic black blazer over the plaid sheath dress. I added black ankle boots and a red patent leather skinny belt for a fun, playful edge. Pearl stud earrings and a tote bag finished off this practical, classic work look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Office outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Office outfit with plaid sheath dress

Details:

For the office holiday party

Office holiday parties can be tricky to dress for. Since you are interacting and networking with colleagues, you probably don’t want to go too crazy or flashy. For me, the perfect company holiday party outfit says:  “I am off work, but I am still a professional.”

If the party time is scheduled after work, it would save time to start with your day work look and then just amp up your accessories!

Librarian for Life + Style | Office holiday party look

Librarian for Life + Style | Office holiday party outfit closeup

To take my work look from day to night, I switched from my tote bag to a bright red handbag, and I added bright red lipstick (this is a long-wearing lip stain, a practical choice for a party).

For jewelry, I kept my pearl earring studs and then added a vintage pearl lariat necklace from my grandmother and a vintage pearl bracelet from my mother-in-law. I had thought of wearing my jet statement necklace, as seen here, but then I spied the pearl lariat necklace in my jewelry armoire. I had never worn this necklace before, as I never knew quite what to do with it. But I love pearls, and I love that it is a reminder of my paternal grandmother — and this necklace is both classic (because it’s pearl) and a little quirky (the lariat shape and the tassels). It really stands out with this office party look.

Last but not least, I cuffed and pushed up my jacket sleeves, the final finishing touch that is more relaxed and says, “I am OFF work now.” 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Office holiday party look

Librarian for Life + Style | Office holiday party look

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Office holiday party look

And now it’s time for the “Wear to Where?” linkup + giveway!

The linkup

Be sure to head over to Wild+Wanderful or Gardening in High Heels to check out the other awesome bloggers, sewists and stylistas on the tour, as well as be able to link up your own looks and show us what you would Wear to Where!

The giveaway

Now let’s talk giveaway prizes for this tour!!

For the Sewists: Choice of 3 patterns from Cole’s Creations, Choice of 3 patterns from Made for Mermaids, Pattern of choice from Patterns for Pirates, Pattern of choice from Scientific Seamstress, Sewing-tee of choice from Sewing Stadium, Pattern of choice from Simple Life Pattern Co, Pattern of choice from StitchArt

For the Fashionistas: Set of 6 cards from Designs by Nicolina, 30 minute Social Media/Copy Consult by Gardening in High Heels, Tee of choice from Handmade Escapade, $20 Store Credit from Jenny Penny Designs, Tumbler from Joy+Tren

Wear to Where? prizes and sponsors

A big thanks to our amazing sponsors!
Cole’s Creations | Designs by Nicolina | Gardening in High Heels
Handmade Escapade | Jenny Penny Designs | Joy+Tren
Made for Mermaids | Patterns for Pirates | Scientific Seamstress
Sewing Stadium | Simple Life Pattern Co | Stitch Art

How to enter the giveaway

Just follow this link to enter the giveaway, open through Nov. 19:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

By the way, the giveaway link above opens in a new window, and you can either sign in with your Facebook account or with your email. The mandatory entry is to leave a blog comment (which you can do on this post), and then you will see the other entry options become available on the Rafflecopter widget.

Good luck!! The roundup and giveaway announcement will be Nov. 20.

The lineup

And be sure to visit the other awesome bloggers participating in the “Wear to Where?” blog tour!

Tuesday, November 10: Office Attire
Nicolina.Co, Fashionably Employed, Creative Counselor, Sprouting JubeJube

Wednesday, November 11: Brunch with the Girls
GLITZ a Beautiful Life, The Fashionable Eye, The Art of Oh, Scientific Seamstress, Rebel & Malice

Thursday, November 12: Date Night In
Hayes Days, Adventures in Aubreyland, HattieLu Handmade, Wally and Grace, Paisley Roots

Friday, November 13: Date Night Out
Gardening in High Heels, Wear.Wag.Repeat, If Only They Would Nap, The Wholesome Mama, Made by Sara

Saturday, November 14: Company Holiday Party
Librarian for LIfe + Style, Fashionably Employed, Wild + Wanderful, Gracious Threads

Monday, November 16: Workout Chic
Absolute Mommy, Fashionably Employed, Sweet Red Poppy, Baste + Gather

Tuesday, November 17: Coffee Shop Work/Blog Session
Style Studs and Lace, In Pursuit of Simple, A Jennuie Life, Call Ajaire

Wednesday, November 18: Touring Your City
Making Mrs. M, Absolute Mommy, Friends Stitched Together, Wining Wife

Thursday, November 19: Tailgate Attire
Hayes Days, Life with Lolo, Handmade Boy, Free Notion


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Sewing adventures: Tailoring two new eShakti items

I mentioned in last month’s budget post that two out of my three new eShakti items didn’t fit quite right. It was very disappointing to realize — particularly since I went the custom sizing route! — but luckily, I have enough basic sewing skills to be able to fix the issues myself.

Removing sleeves

First up, my new plaid sheath dress. I was particularly excited about this dress, as it’s so classic in shape and pattern. {Similar styles here, here, and here.} As you can see below, the base model came with 3/4-length sleeves, and I requested elbow-length sleeves instead. When I tried on the dress, everything fit great — everything except for the sleeves, which were not close-fitted at all like the original design. Instead, the sleeves were ruched and inexplicably so voluminous that it looked like I had time-travelled back to the ’80s.

Librarian for Life + Style | Removing sleeves on new eShakti dress, before shot

I decided to just remove the sleeves entirely and make the dress sleeveless, since that would be easier, and then I could also layer things over and under the dress.

I first unpicked the seams around the sleeves and then pinned under the remaining fabric to sew around the armholes. After I finished, I ironed everything down for a smoother finish.

Librarian for Life + Style | Ripping out seams

Librarian for Life + Style | Removing sleeves on new eShakti dress

Here’s the final result:

Librarian for Life + Style | Removing sleeves on new eShakti dress, after shots

I’m not 100% happy with the result, just because some of the fabric bunched up under the armholes. Curved hems can be quite frustrating to get right. But then I came across this tutorial for an alternate way to hem curved edges, so I might go in and redo the armhole seams. They’re ok as is — the couple of lumpy bits are under the arms, so they’re not obvious — but we’ll see if I have the energy to clean it up later on.

Feeling snappy

Next was my new eShakti dress with the print of heart-shaped lockets. {Sold out but here’s a similar option that also comes with its own belt.} Even though I provided measurements for my bustline and my shoulder-to-waist ratio, the dress was still too blousy and droopy in front. I wore the dress before tailoring it, as seen here in last week’s SIA post, but you couldn’t really tell it was an issue since I wore it layered under a cardigan. On its own, however, it is noticeably ill-fitting.

I first thought about shortening the shoulders, something I’ve had to do multiple times with previous eShakti dresses, as seen here, here, and here . The shoulder straps were about three-quarters of an inch too long.

Librarian for Life + Style | Shortening shoulder straps on new eShakti dress

However, I realized that the back straps were wider than the front straps, so there would have been a gap if I’d shortened the shoulder straps the easy way. I didn’t feel up to going through all the extra steps to do it right (which I’ve done before, illustrated in this post), so I mulled over an alternate way to get the end result I wanted.

That’s when I realized I could solve the problem by sewing on a few snaps in strategic places on the wrap-style bodice. I needed to add an additional snap already with the red fabric belt that came with the dress; the belt had an extra inch-and-a-half of fabric hanging off the end. (Whyyyyyyy?!) You can see in the pic below both the droopy bodice and the extra fabric hanging off the fabric belt.

Librarian for Life + Style | Before shot of eShakti heart print dress and fabric belt

The pic below is of me figuring out where to place the snaps on the bodice. One of the snaps I would place at the top of the V, which was easy to pin. The trickier one was the snap halfway down, as I didn’t want to mess up the placement of the pleats on the top half of the dress.

Librarian for Life + Style | Figuring out where to place snaps on the wrap-style bustline

I then carefully hand-sewed on two smaller snaps on the wrap-style bodice of the dress, as well as one extra snap to the end of the red fabric belt.

Librarian for Life + Style | After shot of eShakti fabric belt and extra snap

Librarian for Life + Style | After shot of eShakti heart print dress and extra snaps

And below is the end result after sewing on the extra snaps. Sorry the picture is a little blurry, but you can see how the bodice is no longer droopy, and the red fabric belt now wraps around snugly around my waist. Success!

Librarian for Life + Style | After shot of eShakti heart print dress and fabric belt

A quick reminder that on Saturday, I will have an extra-special post up for my stop on the “Wear to Where?” blog tour, featuring my newly tailored black plaid sheath dress! Be sure to stop by on Saturday to see my new plaid dress in action — and to enter the “Wear to Where” giveaway!

So now I have two new sleeveless dresses. Which do you like better? Have you ever tailored an item of clothing to fit you better? Please leave a comment and let me know! 🙂