$1 fabric headband SALE!

$1 Fabric Headband SALE will be this Wednesday 4/10 starting at 11 a.m. pst HERE

On facebook, SHARE THIS PHOTO to be entered to WIN a FREE specialty headband (additional entry for each friend you refer). Please make sure you select PUBLIC when sharing so your entry counts.

When the sale starts, I will post a photo of each available headband with the quantity available. You MUST comment with your Paypal/email.

U.S. Shipping is as follows: 1-3 headbands $2 shipping; 4-6 headbands $2.75 shipping, 7-10 headbands $3.50 shipping; 11+headbands $5.35 priority flat rate shipping. ALL shipping options come with tracking numbers. If outside of the U.S., please contact me ahead of time and I will give you shipping details.

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Sewing tip: Easy peasy spaghetti straps with a serger

Ever try to make spaghetti straps? Seems doable, right? Just sew down one side of a strip of fabric that’s been folded in half lengthwise…then turn it to the right side…wait, how the heck do ya turn it?!? Sure, you can use the old safety pin trick to try and push one end through the other, but what if your strap is too thin? What if your safety pin opens half way through pushing it through?

TRY THIS! If you own a serger, making spaghetti straps just got real easy!

First, make a long chain stitch by serging with no fabric (you want this chain to be the same length as your fabric strip or longer). Pull on the chain stitch to lengthen.

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Next, lay the chain stitch down the middle of your fabric strip and fold fabric in half.

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Now, serge down the right portion of the fabric strip, making sure to avoid the chain stitch thread. Serge all the way down the strip and cut the end of the chain stitch.

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Now, pull on the end of the original chain stitch that’s laying down the middle of your new fabric tube.

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Keep pulling so that the tube slides through the other end, pulling itself right-side out.

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Pull on the chain stitch until you’ve turned the entire tube right side out. And now, you have a spaghetti strap!

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Patterns smatterns

I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t found the time to write…busy sewing, with nothing to blog about? Since this is a sewing blog, that makes little to no sense at all.

I truly need to take the time to just write! I have started taking some new sewing classes which is so much fun! My husband bought me a Baby Lock Imagine serger in December as a birthday gift and I absolutely love it! The shop we purchased it from offers free classes with purchase. I attended my first class a couple weeks ago and am happy to report that I’m very confident in my ability to change my thread, adjust settings for each fabric weight and I can serge a pretty corner, inside and out! I’m very excited to attend my next Baby Lock class this upcoming weekend.

I also went to my first Bernina class since I got a new Bernina sewing machine. What a beauty it is…so different from my Brothers, Singer and New Home. With the new machine purchase, I’ll have 3 free classes, then pay for the more advanced classes πŸ™‚

I’ve also been attending another class specifically learning how to take patterns and adjust them to customize your fitting. For those of you that have been following me awhile, you know I don’t use patterns. Patterns have always seemed like a foreign language to me, mostly because no one has taught me how to use them. So, I enrolled in this class because it seemed to fit me well, learning how to create custom clothing. I make everything in my boutique custom, using each of my clients body measurements to ensure a great fit!

This class has forced me out of my comfort zone and into the world of patterns. How fun it is to truly understand how to read, cut, adjust and customize a pattern to your own liking! I’ve learned how to measure flat patterns and to measure myself and others correctly. I’ve learned how to choose which pattern size to use even if it means adjusting just one part of it to fit a fuller bust or narrow hips! I’ve learned how to add a dart, remove another or create gathering in an area the pattern doesn’t call for. I now know how to go up or down 1/2 a size instead of dealing with something being slightly too snug or just a bit too loose. I’m amazed at how many little cuts, turns and adjustments can really be made to printed patterns.

Well, I’m off to finish this counting game with our 2-year-old night owl who never gets sleepy like the rest of us! She’s definitely my shadow and I love how much she loves playing, counting and reciting her ABCs, even if its nearing midnight πŸ˜‰

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For the love of scarves

Before I starting making scarves, I never really wore them. I had one small fleece scarf from Old Navy and another heavier one with a matching beanie from Coach. I wore them every once in a while to soccer games or on a cold evening out.

Then, someone requested an infinity scarf on RefashionMama Boutique and I started selling infinity scarves. And thus I began wearing scarves too! Here’s a few of my favorites I’ve made.

Black & White damask
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Kelly green stretch lace
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Peacock print
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Newsprint
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Blue ombrΓ© zebra print
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Since scarves have snuck their way into my everyday wardrobe, I now notice them everywhere and especially how they’re tied! I saw this cute way of braiding your scarf & had to pin it!

I also saw this scarf around a bun on Pinterest which would work well with all of my smaller silk scarves that just lay around collecting dust in my closet.

My favorite video tutorial on tying scarves is currently 25 ways to wear a scarf in 4.5 mins. I love being able to see someone else tie it so I can understand better than just reading a description of how to.

Now, I think it’s time to start making some new scarves so I can wear them all of these different ways ;). Feel free to link other how to’s here to share your scarf tying knowledge!

Vintage-Patch review & giveaway

If you follow me, you know I live in jeans! I wear them (almost) every day and easily own 20 pairs, with 5 or 6 being my regulars! And just like most girls, I have 1 pair that is my ABSOLUTE favorite and I’ve worn them out over the last few of years. In fact, what started as a thinned out area over my left knee, soon became a small tear that ripped more and more and ended up stretching across my entire knee. I posted on my facebook blog page asking for suggestions on how to fix/cover the hole. I received several great suggestions from buying denim to patch it or adding lace underneath to dress it up. I would love to try the lace option but I honestly haven’t had the time to figure it out.

Then, I was contacted by Vintage-Patch offering to send me a pair of their beautiful vintage patches to try & review. I jumped at the offer as it was the best option for me…pre made, pre-cut, sticky on the back, option to sew (or not). Also, after looking at her fabric options, i was even more excited! How could I say no?!?

So, I received the patches in the mail and she even sent extras so I could try a couple and do a giveaway.

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I took my most beloved jeans with the big hole in the knee…

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Picked out my fav patch.

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See this pretty vintage patch?

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Following the directions it came with, I removed the backing and pressed it on, ironing it in place.

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My fav jeans + vintage-patch <;;;;;;;;;3

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I hand-stitched around the patch.

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I’ve worn my favorite jeans several times now to see how the patch held up. It’s awesome! It’s definitely doing its job and looking quite lovely at the same time!

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They just launched their new Vintage-Patch website where you can view/order knee and elbow patches with your choice of fabric. Check it out and view all of the options πŸ™‚

So…who wants to WIN A FREE SET OF VINTAGE PATCHES to try on their own?!? Enter the giveaway at Vintage-Patch Giveaway

Beautiful peacock fabric & my creations

I discovered this gorgeous fabric and knew it’d make something beautiful to wear!

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I made this beautiful infinity scarf…which sold within minutes of posting on my RefashionMama Boutique

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The vision in my head proved to be very accurate once I created this custom-made circle shirt. It’s absolutely stunning, isn’t it?

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I was lucky enough to get a few more yards of it today and can’t wait to create a few more items for my wonderful clients. If you’re interested in an item made with this fabric, please contact me right away as it will not last and this is the last of it πŸ™‚

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