Feathers Flights // Sewing Blog

7.18.2017

Nursery with a Planked Wall // Before and After

We recently moved into our first house and are slowly updating it to our preferences room by room. We actually painted two of the bedrooms before we moved in, but it took me awhile to decorate the way I wanted. The first room is my baby's nursery. She's almost 18 mos, but it was really fun to completely decorate a baby room. This room was hard to decorate because it's almost exactly a square, and it's pretty small for a bedroom. I used a mix of things we already had and only a few new or DIY items.
Baby Girl Nursery with a Planked Wall, Pink, White, and Gray // Before and After
When we first moved in this bedroom had olive painted walls, and red washed barn wood planked on one side and added as trim throughout the whole room. There was also rodeo print curtains that I forgot to take a picture of. We took the curtains down before I could take pictures!
Baby Girl Nursery with a Planked Wall, Pink, White, and Gray // Before and After
 I found it really hard to decorate the planked wall. It's a statement wall, so it doesn't need much. I didn't want to overdecorate, but I didn't want to not decorate. But how could I hang a frame against a wall that wasn't flat?
I decided on creating a faux taxidermy flamingo head with this free sewing pattern. I added some felt flowers around the base of the neck and some tiny silk flowers on the flamingo's head. I had the white painted wood from a past project, and I just stapled and glued the head to the board.
Flamingo Faux Taxidermy Baby Girl Nursery with a Planked Wall
We painted the walls with Sherwin Williams Evening Shadow which is a really pretty gray. We whitewashed the barnwood with Sherwin Williams Extra White which is the most basic white. We did two thinned coats. The dresser was used by my mom when she was young. Then my sister and I used it growing up. Now my baby gets to use it. It's still in good condition. I took off the knobs and handles and replaced them with shiny knobs and silver handles.
Here's a list of the other items you can see in the room:
Donut banner - free printable
Rocking Recliner - I made this over three years ago, and it's still going strong.
Pink striped curtains* - We got these brand new from a yard sale, but they were originally from Target.
Crib* - I've used the same crib for all three of my kids.
Rug - We got this square multi-colored rug for this square room that encompassed all the colors in the room.
Hamper - A basic net hamper with handles. I paid $2 for it.
Lamp - A basic, inexpensive lamp.
Baby monitor* - I love this monitor. We've had it longer than 3 years and it's still working.
Sound machine* - I love having a sound machine or a fan for my kids, so I don't worry about waking them up.
Quilt - I made this faux quilt for my baby. It has all the colors in the room.
Crib sheet - I designed this fabric and turned it into a crib sheet.
Baby Girl Nursery with a Planked Wall, Pink, White, and Gray // Before and After
I decided to put up a little gallery wall above the dresser. The two flower pictures on the left are prints of paintings that my neighbor from my childhood did and recently gave to me. I love the colors of the flowers and the memories of a wonderful neighbor. The embroidered picture in the middle is embroidery done by my aunt for my mother. It also used to hang above my bed when I was a child. The bird pictures are both cards that I framed. One is a card my husband and I bought on our first anniversary trip. The other is a card my parents gave me recently, and I loved the colors and birds. It's quite fitting since my baby's first word besides "mama" and "dada" is "birdie."
Baby Girl Nursery with a Planked Wall, Pink, White, and Gray // Before and After
The room was already set up with an amazing barn door on the closet. I love that it's there and we don't have to build one ourselves. I don't love the galvanized metal on the closet door or the back of the bedroom door, but we didn't want to paint it. It'll stay that way for now.
Baby Girl Nursery with a Planked Wall, Pink, White, and Gray // Before and After

7.14.2017

Me Made: Pink Tencel Flint Pants

Me Made: DIY Pink Tencel Flint Pants // Sew
I remember ten years ago when basically the only pants anyone ever wore were boot cut or fitted flare jeans. It slowly starting switching over to skinny jeans. I remember thinking as a teenager that skinny jeans were the worst. I was never going to wear them, and they were unflattering on everyone. Then everyone started wearing them. I started wearing them. And I loved them.
Well, I think the next trend is wide leg pants. At first I thought, wide leg pants are the worst. I'm never going to wear them, and they are unflattering on everyone. When I realized my thought process was very similar to ten years ago, I decided to embrace this new trend. (I'm not going to stop wearing skinny jeans, I love them and will keep wearing them. I really hope they never go out of style).
Me Made: DIY Pink Tencel Flint Pants // Sew
When I saw Allie's terra cotta tencel Flint pants on her instagram, and I immediately had to make some of my own. I loved the warm color of her pants. Well, I decided that a pale pink would fit in my wardrobe perfectly so I set out to look for pink tencel. I searched over ten online shops looking for pink tencel and only found blue, black, and gray. Those are great colors, but I knew I wouldn't wear the pants if they were a similar color to my denim jeans and shorts. After searching for awhile I finally found this pink gabardine twill tencel fabric. It was beautiful and perfect, and it shipped really quickly. The shop also has 17 other colors. I contacted the shop, and they have awesome customer service. My fabric arrived quickly, and I like the twill texture because it makes the fabric a touch dressier. If you want to try tencel and you want other colors, then this is the place to go. The fabric moves so beautifully that I had to make a movie to show you how amazing this fabric is.
I used the Flint Pants and Shorts pattern by Megan Nielsen. I am definitely a fan girl of Megan Nielsen. It started when I won a bunch of her maternity sewing patterns in a giveaway almost four years ago. Then I got to test some of her girl sewing patterns and loved those. Now I'm going to slowly work my way through all of her women sewing patterns starting with these pants.
I made version one with the buttons in size XS. I fit in the XS well with my waist being slightly bigger so I planned on opening the tucks if I needed. I added 1/2" to the high hip and 1/2" to the mid thigh to accommodate for my height. It was the perfect amount of length added. I also did end up letting out the tucks slightly and taking a smaller seam allowance on the edges of the waistband. It's still a little snug, but it's a really good fit.
I chose the buttons since I thought the closure would be easier for me to undo. (Sometimes All the times I only get short bathroom breaks because someone always needs me.) At first I made some matching pink tencel buttons to add the the waistband. I sewed them on and worried about it looking too "old lady". I washed them and dried them, and the removed the buttons and added these pretty shell buttons. It changed the whole look, and I'm so glad I changed the buttons.
Me Made: DIY Pink Tencel Flint Pants // Sew
You can see the waist is pretty tight in the picture, but since everything else is so loose and comfortable it doesn't bother me. I really want to wear them on a really hot day since it basically feels like I'm wearing nothing. It's like wearing clouds.
Me Made: DIY Pink Tencel Flint Pants // Sew
 I love how roomy and deep the pockets are. They are perfect. And I love, love, love the construction of the pants. There's no zipper or front fly, so they are so quick and easy to sew together. But they look so nice! I'm very impressed with this pattern. As always with everything that Megan Nielsen does, the instructions are easy to understand and carefully take you through every step. I had no trouble understanding or executing the instructions.
My favorite thing about these pants, it makes my backside look amazing. These pants are equivalent to the half circle skirt. The way they drape is just so flattering. Now I need to go on a date night to wear my fantastic new pink pants!
Me Made: DIY Pink Tencel Flint Pants // Sew
Me Made: DIY Pink Tencel Flint Pants // Sew

7.11.2017

Me Made: Striped Crossover Tankini with Shorts

Me Made: Striped Tankini // Rad Patterns First Crush Swimsuit
I finally made myself a swimsuit that is made for playing with my children in the water. It's in the colors I love, but I don't have to tug or cover or constantly adjust. I have always loved swimming, and I wanted to enjoy it with my children. The biggest reason is that I wanted to be able to go swimming at the drop of a hat when my kids asked without worrying about shaving.
I ordered this navy and white striped swim fabric* from fabric.com* a couple of years ago and finally used it. It's a great fabric, and I loved it. I originally ordered two yards so I have at least a yard to still use later. Maybe I'll make swimsuits that all fit into a capsule so I can mix and match my tops and bottoms. I used this power mesh fabric* in white as lining.
Me Made: Striped Tankini // Rad Patterns First Crush Swimsuit
I used the First Crush Swimsuit pattern by Rad patterns. I saw it when it was released about a year ago and loved the crossover front. It reminded me of this striped swimsuit that I pinned on pinterest. I wanted to recreate it as a tankini since I like more coverage but prefer easy bathroom access. The pattern was drafted well, and I fit into the measurements. I added an inch for height, 1/2" above the straps and 1/2" below the straps. I ended up taking the 1/2" above the bust out. Because the straps were too long. I couldn't make sense of the instructions, and I couldn't figure out if the crossover was supposed to end at my waist or just under my bust. I constructed the suit my way, had trouble because I made the elastic too tight and the straps were too long. I don't know. I added fabric to the sides, removed the underbust elastic, took out some of the fabric. I added size A cups that did not look flattering to my small bust and the crossover wasn't crossing in the right place. I took the cups out and decided to add some smaller push up swim cups I had. I didn't like how big the cups were, but I needed a better option. When I pinned them in I poked the gel part which then spilled out. But then the cups shrunk and were a better size. Then I handstitched the crossover the cross and lay where I wanted it too. And it finally looks good. I unpicked and reworked a lot on the top and wanted to give up and throw it away, but I stuck with it and I'm happy with the result. It works and I never want to sew it again. I really should have just used my book of basic swimsuit patterns* to get what I wanted. It probably would've been a lot easier.
Me Made: Striped Tankini // Rad Patterns First Crush Swimsuit
I thought the pattern came with swim shorts because that's what I've been wanting. There were cheeky bottoms, but I knew I wouldn't get the inseam length that I wanted so I didn't use it. I used a free legging pattern and cut it into short shorts for the bottoms. I was really worried at first about wearing shorts because I've read everywhere with how unflattering that style is. Well, I want to wear shorts so I can sit criss cross applesauce with my kids and not flash anyone. I want to sit and bend over to help my baby and have no worries. I have since realized that since I have almost no hips, these shorts are not completely unflattering since they give me the illusion of hips. But I'd probably wear little shorts anyway so I can enjoy swimming with my kids.
Me Made: Striped Tankini // Rad Patterns First Crush Swimsuit
When I was pregnant with my children I didn't get stretch marks on my stomach. I got them on the back of my legs at the top of my hamstring. My shorts slightly cover them, but that actually wasn't my intention. I want to wear them proudly and not hide them. The stretch marks don't really show up in pictures, but in real life you can see them.
Me Made: Striped Tankini // Rad Patterns First Crush Swimsuit

7.07.2017

Me Made: Woven Joggers with a Tie Hem

Me Made: DIY Sew Woven Joggers with a Tie Hem
Last month I saw some pants with an ankle tie hem. I knew immediately that I wanted to make some for summer if I could find the right fabric. I used to only wear shorts in the summer, but last summer I was post-partum and couldn't fit into very many clothes. I tried wearing dresses and breathable pants. I actually really enjoyed wearing something other than shorts, and this summer I'm working on expanding my summer wardrobe to be more than shorts. It starts with these pants.
Me Made: DIY Sew Woven Joggers with a Tie Hem
I used the Hudson Pants pattern and just altered the hem. I added two ties near the side seam and then created a front and back hem facing. It got tricky while I was putting it together because I needed a slit above the ties. I really don't even know how I got it done in the end, but here's a simple drawing of what you need to do to add ties to your own pants.
Me Made: DIY Sew Woven Joggers with a Tie Hem
This is how the pants look from all angles. They are semi-fitted all the way down. My alterations to the pattern were to add 1" to the back waist. I deepened the front pockets and sewed them to the front of the pants. I also added a couple of inches to the legs. After sewing them I needed a little more room in the calves so I let both side seams out at the calves. I eliminated the cuff and did the tie and facing instead to finish the edges. I made a size 2 if I remember correctly. It's one of my tried and true patterns so I perfected it at least a year ago.
Me Made: DIY Sew Woven Joggers with a Tie Hem
I used a stretch woven that I found at a nearby shop for $3 a yard. I got two yards so these pants cost me under $10, especially since I already had the pattern, matching thread, elastic, and I can whip this pattern up so quickly. I don't know exactly what the content of this fabric is, but I'm sure there's some polyester since it doesn't press nicely. It washes nicely and has a nice stretch, so I'm guessing it's some sort of suiting. It actually drapes really well for a opaque, stretch woven. The pants are comfortable with the stretch and not too hot even though there's some synthetic in them. I've worn these pants twice already and I love them. I even wore them to a museum with my kids which was half outdoors in the sun, and I didn't get too hot! I love a good inspiration and a quick sew to add to my handmade wardrobe! The only trouble I had was with the slit and the facing. I should've looked up a tutorial before diving in, but in the end it worked out perfectly.
Me Made: DIY Sew Woven Joggers with a Tie Hem

7.04.2017

Refashion Tutorial Video

Yesterday I refashioned this tunic on Facebook live. It was fun to get questions and answering them while I was working. If you're interested, let me know and I'll do more sewing and answering questions on Facebook live!
I edited the video and made it shorter (the original was 30 minutes), and I cut out whenever I strayed off topic. And it seems fitting that I'm sharing a white and navy striped sewing project since today is 4th of July today, our independence day! This is one of my favorite holidays, and I'll be out celebrating with family! Enjoy the video!
Don't forget to enter the instagram giveaway challenge, post a refashion on instagram with the hashtag #irefashionedthat!
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