Sunday, July 31, 2011

How to Bling Out a Zipper Pull

First I have to say that I'm terrible at tutorials but I'm going to try and tell you how I make a custom zipper pull. I know the beaders out there can provide additional tips, I do not bead I just thought it would be really cool to have a little extra something on the back of my maxi dress and this is what I came up with.

The first time I made one I used an O-ring which really didn't work out that well because the bling still needs to function as a zipper pull, now I use a lobster claw and these niffy little end caps w/loop to secure the beads. I know you can get beading tools at the craft store but I purchased these from Home Depot and they work great.


I've only done this using an invisible zipper and as an added plus it distracts from my not so perfect zipper insertion. Remove the zipper pull but leave the little metal loop this will be used to attach the lobster claw.


Secure the wire to the lobster claw using the jewerly and craft end caps/loop (that's what it says on the package), add your beads and secure the last bead with another end cap, that's all there is to it, until I get more tips from blogland I'm sure it could be improved, I think it might work better with some type of flexible cord instead of wire but that will have to wait until the next maxi dress.

I still have to hem the dress I'm debating on doing a lace hem because it will show through the sheer fabric, hopefully I will have pics soon.

Didn't get any sewing done, this was the Macy's Music Fesitval weekend and if you've been reading my blog you know I attend both nights every year, I will do a separate post about that but Friday night was AWESOME, Saturday was good too Maze never disappoints and El Debarge seems to be on the mend.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

In My Que

Thanks for all your kind comments on my wadder shorts, as you can see I'm over it and moving on.

This is Simplicity 2362, Andrienne made a beautiful dress from the same fabric last year. I just couldn't decide what to do with this fabric until I saw Simplicity 2362. Since this is a sheer fabric I underlined it with broadcloth and lined it with mystery lining fabric. I was afraid it would make the dress heavy but it flows beautifully.

All that's left to do is insert the zipper and hem it. I'm going to repeat my previous blinged out zipper pull with these pretties.

This is the first one I made, I've learned a few things since then so this one will be better.


Initially I was going to wear this to the Macy's Music Festival but I have another function to attend so I'm going to save it. I don't want to risk wearing it and having it snag.

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Good and The Bad

Lets start with the good, McCalls 5977, it's view D without the sleeves. I didn't have enough fabric for the full width of the ruffle but I still like it.



I'm trying to sew from my stash, I can't remember when/where or what type of fabric this is but this is a great summer top. I didn't have enough fabric for the sleeves, I'm sure with the weather we've been having I won't miss them.


Now for the bad, McCalls 5391, I was very happy with the plaid matching on these shorts, I even cheated to get the side front to line up.

Then I tried them on, to quote Sheila, "if it doesn't fit you must acquit". The fit was atrocious and I didn't have anymore fabric to come up with a creative save so these are wadders. I have now altered the pattern with a full seat adjustment, my first. I have some more fabric picked out and will give this pattern another try.

I hope to get a lot of sewing done this weekend but I also need to strip some wallpaper, we'll see how that goes.

Monday, July 11, 2011

No Sewing but some Pics

I finally had a photographer so I made the most of it and took pictures of my recent FOs. Here's Butterick 5493, this is a great summer top.

This is Vogue 7756 I made last summer but didn't care for the high waisted pants (Butterick 5250) that I made to go with it, the navy linen pants are great, the linen fabric is sheer, lined with broadcloth they're perfect for a 100 degree day and that's what did my hair in.


Simplicity 2369, this top isn't good on a day like today, the knit is somewhat heavy but I'm sure I will get a lot of wear out of this top in the Fall.

I'll leave you some weekend pics;

Me and my co-workers at Target World, this was the first time I ever used a gun, the 22 wasn't bad, the 45 was scary but I love our Charlie Angels picture. Another co-worker teaches the concealed carry class and is a huge gun enthusiast, he rents out the shooting range once a year from 10-12 midnight that's how I spent my Friday night.

My GS chillin at Kings Island.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July

Simplicity 2369, gifted fabric gray stretch knit (thank's again Trudi). Love this top, I was going to cut out the dress but didn't have enough so I made the top instead. View C with the buckle from view B.

My buckle is on the wrong side and I ain't changing it.


I've been meaning to make a pair of black leggins since the Over the Top challenge and I'm just now getting around to it. The pattern is Butterick 5514 circa 1991 so I'm sure it's OOP.

I didn't have enough fabric to make them ankle length so I let the fabric decide how long they would be and I'm really happy with the length, they are mid-calve.



Had to squeeze in some 4th of July fun, this band was pretty good, definitely old school but still fun.

This is the real reason we went to the park, little guy in the wife beater appears to be having his moment in the sun, my GS is of course wearing his Spiderman swim trunks.



I hope everyone has a great 4th of July.