Feathers Flights // Sewing Blog

7.24.2017

Boy and Girl Shared Bedroom: Before and After

Boy and Girl Shared Bedroom: Before and After
Of all the rooms in our new house, the bedroom that my two oldest kids' share was probably the worst. It's not that I hated the individual colors in this room, I just hated them all together. Two walls were a squash color, the other two rooms were red with black marbling, all the trim was black, the closet doors were navy blue with black antiquing, and the bedroom door was red with black marbling. There was also striped curtains with all of those colors on them. All the colors and textures made the bedroom feel tiny and dark. This room was the first project we tackled before we moved in. Now that it's finished, it's probably one of my favorite rooms in the house.
Boy and Girl Shared Bedroom: Before and After
First we primed all the walls with oil-based Kilz primer to try to cover that red. Then we painted two coats (and three coats in some places) of Sherwin Williams Alabaster on the walls.
Boy and Girl Shared Bedroom: Before and After
After we got the walls painted white, we painted the trim a navy paint, Behr Velvet Rope*, that was pretty close to the closet door color. I thought that navy over black would be much easier than white over black. I also like the idea of the kids playing, and I don't have to worry about scuff marks on the baseboards.
Above the dresser I hung a bunch of pictures. The letters were purchased and painted to match the painted thrifted frames. The two pictures in the middle are personal to the kids. One is a painting that reminded my parents of me that now reminds me of my daughter. The other is a painting that my grandfather did who we named my son after. I love that they get to look at them everyday. The lamp is from IKEA, and the basket is a hand-me-down that holds all their stuffed animals.
Boy and Girl Shared Bedroom: Before and After
It was amazing how open and big the room felt after painting the walls white. It just opened it right up. I love the white and navy next to each other.
We got the bunk bed, rug, and turquoise bookshelf (it was last chance clearance) at IKEA.
Boy and Girl Shared Bedroom: Before and After
We were working with a really small budget for this room so I did some DIY work to personalize it the way I wanted to. We got this double dresser at IKEA. It's the perfect width and height. I love that it isn't too tall for my short daughter to reach the top drawer. When I saw it in IKEA it was white, and I thought we picked up the white boxes. We got home and realized that it was black. I wanted to return it, but IKEA said the white dresser didn't exist. So we decided to keep the black dresser, and I wrapped the knobs with twine to get a nautical look. I love how the knobs pop against the black.
Boy and Girl Shared Bedroom: Before and After
The light was also from IKEA but I wrapped rope around the top and the bottom to personalize it. I love the look of the rope and actually wish I would've done more rows. The elephant clock, the personalized superhero print, and the personalized circus print is from their last bedroom. We keep their shelf really empty since we want their room to be for sleeping. They do have lots of books on the bottom shelf, money banks on the top shelf, and the wake up light and sound machine on the top.
Boy and Girl Shared Bedroom: Before and After
This striped curtain has been decorating for us since my son was born. It's a tablecloth from IKEA that had a small misprint. I sewed two rows of tassels* on one side and added a casing. It's really good at blocking light. I also created really inexpensive roller blinds. I used dandelion home decor weight fabric* and doubled it. I added two buttonholes to the top and then a casing on the top and a casing on the bottom. I screwed two hooks into the top of the window which I inserted into the buttonholes and onto a dowel that was in the casing. I also added a dowel to the bottom casing, so I could roll up the "blinds" and tie it at the top. It's pretty amazing how much light is blocked by the blinds and curtain.
The tie back is a basic white tie back* that I wrapped with rope.
Boy and Girl Shared Bedroom: Before and After
My son still uses his lion quilt and baby quilt, and my daughter uses this memory quilt and baby quilt. I'd love to get to get some zipper bedding for them, but this works for now.
Boy and Girl Shared Bedroom: Before and After

7.21.2017

Me Made: Tencel Woven Tee

Me Made: Tencel Woven Tee // DIY Sew
When I was getting ready for the Refashion week series, I got a number of thrifted items that I wanted to refashion. I bought way more than the 5 that I used for the series. One item that I purchase was a Tencel off-the-shoulder dress with broken elastic around the shoulders. I didn't think I would wear it as a dress, I rarely wear dresses, so I decided I would refashion it. I used a paper pattern and carefully cut the dress into the perfect woven tee. I love wearing Tencel, and I love wearing denim colors so this is the perfect, basic woven tee for me.
Me Made: Tencel Woven Tee // DIY Sew
I used the Dressy Talk Woven Tee pattern that I've used here, here, and here. I've gotten the fit much better than when I first made it, but I still have some tweaking to do. I'll try to remember all the alterations I made. I lengthened the pattern at the waist and I think the high hip. I did a sloping shoulder on the right shoulder. I blended sizes, but then did a lot of fitting after putting it on, so I couldn't tell you what size it is now. It's still a little tight around my hips, so I need to add more room there. I'm pretty sure I lowered the darts a little bit too. It's also tight around my upper arm and across my back. I'm going to widen the sleeves to see if that takes care of the problem. (I already have another one cut out and ready to sew, if I ever get to it.)
On this tee I did slits on the sides, and I love that detail. I was able to use the hem of the dress for the bodice hem, and the hem of the ruffle for the sleeve hems. I also added slits on underneath the sleeve seam to open up the tight arm a little, and it helped. I'm showing how the back and sleeves are just a little too tight. I can move just find, just not too much.
Me Made: Tencel Woven Tee // DIY Sew
I maybe could have also done a swayback adjustment, but it's hard to tell because the shirt rides up slightly just because it's tight around my hips. I most often wear this woven tee tucked into a skirt or my Flint pants, so the tightness around my hips isn't much of an issue. (I actually finished this tee before I finished my Flint pants and couldn't stop dreaming about wearing them together.) It looks great with these white cropped pants, and this is an outfit I'd wear when I'm out with my husband instead of home taking care of the kids. I actually don't notice the tightness in the sleeves or the hips when I'm not taking care of my little children.
Me Made: Tencel Woven Tee // DIY Sew
This color is the perfect basic color for me. I wear a lot of denim, navy, and white, and this woven tee pairs perfectly with that. I really love that I didn't have to do the hems since I reused them from the original garment. As you can see from the pictures, the fabric is slightly wrinkled and does wrinkle as I wear it, but I don't mind it. I'll wear a wrinkled shirt any day if it's Tencel. The interesting thing is that each Tencel fabric I work with or Tencel RTW items I buy is really different. Some Tencel fabric wears out, gets holes quickly and holds soft wrinkles while other Tencel fabric doesn't wear out quickly and doesn't hold wrinkles at all. I haven't found why there's a difference or how to tell which one you're getting.
I really love this pattern because of the dart and the slightly longer sleeves, but I feel like it has taken a lot of fitting to get it right. I did make a wearable muslin at first, but it seems to change slightly with each new fabric I try.
Me Made: Tencel Woven Tee // DIY Sew
Cropped white jeans (from thredUp, get $10sandals*

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
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