Thursday, September 29, 2011

how to make a too big shirt flattering

I love wearing shirts that are too big for me. Roomy. Comfy. No tugging to make sure you're covered during your day.
I love wearing them. Loved actually. 
Once I got married, anytime I would wear a baggy shirt with skinny jeans, someone would ask "Are you pregnant?"
Before marriage, nothing.
First of all, I'm not with child. Secondly, if I was, I'd lie, say no, and that I had a brownie obsession. That last part is true.
Anyway, here's some outfits that will steer the pregnancy questions away and allow me to indulge in my big shirt love...
Vest with scarf.
Fitted cardigan. 
And my favorite outfit for when I have a food baby or it's that delightful time of month...
pair with a long grandpa cardigan and your belly can hang out over your jeans and no one will ever know.
Bring on the brownies. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

$20 to you from eShakti

Lucky you!!! 
eShakti is offering all of my lovely readers $20 off their purchases!!!

And this is what I'd buy...
Seriously ladies, they have something for everyone, AND they offer custom sizing. They can make a hem a little longer, make a dress to fit your body shape or change the sleeves for you among other things. Awesome, right? And they're customer service is rockin'! They've been so awesome and have worked so well with me!

Use promo code LAZY0811 thru December 31st, 2011 to get your $20 off.

The nitty grittys: The discount code is not case sensitive. Only one gift certificate can be used per order. The code can be used any number of times until the validity period. This discount code is not applicable on Overstock category. This cannot be clubbed with any other offer/discount that may be active during this period.

Have fun! Let me know what you buy!

Monday, September 26, 2011

how to dye your clothes

As you guys know, I love dyeing my clothes. Every time I put up a project that I've dyed I get comments from you lovely readers about your experiences: The color turns out too light, things turn out blotchy or spotted, or how they're simply too scared to try. 
Well here's how I dye my clothes! I'll answer all your problems and hopefully you'll join me in dyeing your clothes! 
Supplies needed:
Something to dye*
Rit dye(I prefer liquid)**
A bucket
A tablespoon of laundry detergent
Measuring cup 
Measuring spoon
Plastic gloves
Metal spoon or something to stir with

*Check the fabric content. Polyester and Acrylic do not dye. 
**You can purchase dye at fabric stores or here. I've purchased from the website and have had good experiences.
Add salt to your bucket. I never measure but it's recommended to use about 1 cup. Also add your tablespoon of laundry detergent. 
Add the hottest water you can get from your tap to the bucket. Feel free to add boiling water if you'd like to take the time. Add enough water that your garment will be completely covered with the dye bath. Make sure to keep track of how many cups of water you added. You'll need to know to get the correct color and not end up with something lighter than you expected.
Fun part: pick your color!!! I always mix several dye colors to get the color I want. I use this guide from Rit to help me out. For my shirt I used red-violet #148. Notice over each color it says the amount of dye to use per one cup of water. Take the number of cups of water you added to calculate how much dye you need and add it. 

Example: The color I used called for 1 tablespoon of violet and 1 teaspoon black for every cup of water. For my t-shirt I used ten cups of water so I added ten tablespoons of violet and ten teaspoons of black.
Stir your mixture up!
Take your garment and run it under warm water soaking it thoroughly. 
This helps wick the dye to every area of fabric. 
Wring out the water, unwrinkle, and add it to the dye bath. 
And stir some more... This is so important I'm going to write it in bold and in a larger font. 
This is how you avoid getting blotches or spots.
You will need to stir for 30 minutes minimum. 
When I dye something, I sit on my counter with my bucket and watch and episode of The Office or Project Runway. Helps the time go by more quickly. 
Stir the garment so that the dye is flowing thru every part of the fabric. 
Extra tips:
1. Wear an apron or clothes you don't mind getting dye on. I love my Harry Potter T for this. 
2. Have a rag or paper towel near by. If you aren't prepared you will splash dye. Things just seem to happen that way sometimes, right? :)
3. Your garment is going to look very dark, maybe even black while it's in the bucket. Don't worry. It's normal. Don't panic about the color and pull it out early. It will be blotchy and be lighter than you planned. (Compare the next photo with the final picture to see proof of the darker color.)
When the time is up, put on your gloves and ring out excess dye and run it under warm water. Gradually turn the water to a cooler temperature. Rinse out as much dye as possible.
Final step: send it to the washing machine. Wash it by itself with a little bit of detergent. 
After my garment is washing, I go back to my kitchen and make sure to wipe down everything and clean my sink so nothing ends up a color I don't want it to be. 
Dry your garment how you normally would and you're done!
If you're new to dyeing things, get a couple white t-shirts from the thrift store to practice with.

If you have any questions ask them in the comments!
I'll answer them there!

Enjoy adding color to your wardrobe!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

some lazy things...

Things I am grateful for today:

My husband.
One night this week, while I was feeling a little blah and getting ready for bed, Mason walked up to me, kissed me on the nose and said thanks for marrying me. Blahness gone in an instant.

And boy does the guy make me laugh. Mason talks in his sleep. Best trait in a husband. Seriously. 
I couldn't sleep last night. He started mumbling while I was laying awake and I said, Mason, I can't sleep. Will you tell me a story?
And this is his story:
Once there were two zombie brothers and they weren't very good at math.... zzzzzzzz...
I laughed myself to sleep.

Plus, you gotta love a guy who bring home roses randomly.mensshirtskirt5

My mom. 
Who needs Martha S. when you have a mom to teach you how to bottle tomatoes?
Cooking this fall is going to be a blast.
Soups. Pasta sauce. Pizza sauce. Mmmmmm. 

Speaking of fall...
Welcome back boots. I've missed you.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

three ways to wear the skirt made from a men's shirt

Here's three ways to wear the skirt made from a men's shirt.
One hour and you get an awesome upcycled skirt.

I'm cracking up in these photos because the little girl next door is telling me a story thru our fence... completely oblivious to us taking photos.
She's really only talking to me because Mason was there. She has a thing for him.
I'd be threatened. But she told us she didn't like macaroni and cheese today. 
Mason likes a girl that wants their cheese and pasta.
That... And someone who isn't five.

Monday, September 19, 2011

over the weekend

Number 25 on my 30 by 30 list is done!
We went camping over the weekend. Just Mason and me.
We drove up a mountain close to where we live... drove off some random dirt rode for 20 minutes... found a clearing and made camp. And the view was amazing.
It was the first time I've ever camped in a non-camp ground area. 
It was super fun!
Let's talk about food for a moment. I don't think you'll mind. To me, when you go somewhere awesome and the food is equally awesome it makes for a super crazy awesome memory. 
I'm all about the food.
For dinner, we brought up homemade burritos and  grilled them over the fire.
For breakfast, I scrambled up eggs with cheese and sausage and topped with avocado and salsa.
And the winning food of the trip was inspired by this pin.
S'mores made with peanut putter cups. 
Heaven I tell ya. I'm never going back Hershey's. Sorry.
We were able to see the edge of our city from our site. 
It is one of the best memories I have with my guy. 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

how to make a skirt from a men's dress shirt

A very large men's dress shirt {mine was XXXL}
Safety pin

To start, iron the shirt. This process will go a lot smoother with a de-wrinkled shirt.
Lay the shirt flat and cut off the sleeves and collar like so:
Turn inside out and sew along the jagged edges to smooth out the side seams of your skirt. You can lay your favorite skirt next to it as an aid if you need. When you're done, press and flip right side out. and it should look like this:
Now on to the waist band. Fold the top over 1/4" and press. Then fold down the width of your elastic plus another 1/4"ish for some wiggle room. Remove any buttons that are in your way.Top stitch, making sure to leave a couple inches unsewn so you can insert the elastic.
Measure the elastic around your waist and cut with an additional inch.
Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic and shimmy it thru the waist band. Make sure to keep an eye on the other end of the elastic. You don't want it to disappear and have to start over.
Next, sew your elastic together. I like doing it this way because it lays the flattest in the waist band. Who wants extra bulge there, eh? Once the elastic is sewn, finish sewing those last few inches in your waistband. And you're done!
A skirt made from a men's shirt! Easy right? 
And you don't even have to hem it. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

four ways to wear colored jeans

Denim on denim.
Add a feminine twist to men's wear with color. 
Blouse, sweater and flats.
Dress 'em up for a date or girl's night out.
I'm in love with the colored jeans trend right now. The only problem: I have yet to find a pair I can afford. 
Inspired by Everybody Everywear's September challenge, I decided to make my own pair.

To alter my jeans in to skinnies, I followed this tutorial from Cotton & Curls.
Then I bathed them in Rit dye. { I used the Rit Red-Violet #140 mixture}
And viola! Purple pants!

Next endeavor: Red pants. And then some green ones. 
My pants will never be the same. 

Everybody, Everywear | Colored Pants