A few new updates for ya, after years of sewing mostly from patterns I finally broke down and bought a dress form so that I can practice draping gowns. Not gonna lie, i’m pretty excited and can’t wait for it to get here. Judge me all you want. I am also messing around with a new d.i.y. for a romper. So far i’m having a little bit of a hard time because I used fabric that doesn’t have any stretch. Brilliant. Wish me luck. Lastly, I finally posted some pictures of me wearing the patriotic flag shorts. Check it out 🙂

d.i.y. Patriotic Flag Shorts

What better time to show off your American spirit than on the 4th of July? And an even better time for D.I.Y. projects! I found a pair of denim flag shorts while browsing around on pinterest and figured i’d give them a try.


  • one pair of denim shorts or jeans
  • Scissors
  • Red, white, and blue fabric paint (I used small bottles of puffy paint from Walmart for 97 cents each)
  • Assorted paint brushes
  • a white colored pencil
  • Cardboard and an exacto knife (optional) or a star- shaped stencil (optional)
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine (optional)
1. I went to the Goodwill and bought a pair of jeans in my size for $4.

2. I then took a pair of shorts that were a good length and placed them on top of the jeans. Draw a line on the jeans that is about an inch longer than the length you want your shorts to be.

2. Fold the jeans in half and cut along the line you drew. At this point my shorts were a little longer than I wanted them to be because I wanted to roll up the bottom (like my original pair of shorts). I also wanted to fray the shorts a little. I tried on the new shorts and rolled them up to the desired length to make sure that they weren’t too long. If you don’t want yours rolled up, cut them off closer to the desired length and save about half an inch for the frayed edges.

3. To fray the edges, unroll the bottom legs of the shorts (if you rolled them), then simply pull the white threads at the bottom of the shorts until they either come out or as far as you can pull them. Once you put them in the washing machine they will fray on their own after this step.
4. Wash your shorts after step 3 and put them in the dryer. When they come out of the dryer they will have frayed on their own! If you want more fraying, pull more of the white threads.
5. Once your shorts are clean, mark where you want your stripes to be with a white pencil. I didn’t measure my stripes, but I wanted them to be about the same width. If you are a perfectionist and want your stripes to be the exact same width you may want to use a ruler. I, however, hate using rulers and just eye-balled it until they were about the same width.
6. Now the fun part starts! Put an old towel under your shorts in case things get messy. Then grab a small paint brush and paint on your stripes! I started with the red striped first, then the white stripes making sure you let each layer dry a little before moving on to the next (a hair dryer will speed up this process). For the white stripes I used two coats of paint.Then I painted the other side blue and the tiny pocket in the corner red. 

7. Then it was time for the stars! I made my own stencil using some cardboard and an exacto- knife, but you could free hand it if you’re good at that sort of thing.

If you do use a stencil, use a small amount of paint to start off. Using too much paint will seep under the stencil and you will have a blob instead of a star. I suggest practicing making stars on scrap fabric or the legs of the jeans that you cut off earlier.
8. Then I painted the back.
9. I rolled up the legs of my short once so that the frayed edge was facing upwards. then I put a few small stitches on the sides of the shorts so that the roll would stay.
10. Finished!!

Strapless Tube Dress

So I bought this strapless dress at forever21

The problem?? I washed my beloved dress and accidentally put it in the dryer and it shrunk…a lot. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t the same wearing my dress with shorts or leggings underneath. So I made another one! I bought 2 yards of fabric for $3 a yard and got to work. After much trial and error and wasting about half of my fabric, my finished product came out quite well!

Vogue sewing pattern V2931

Quite possibly the worst thing that could happen to a teenage girl on the night of her senior prom is to walk into a room wearing the dress of your dreams looking fabulous and then see another girl…wearing the exact same dress. To avoid such a catastrophe, I made my own dress. I selected Vogue pattern V2931

The finished product!

I LOVED my dress and looked pretty good in it if I do say so myself.

Pattern Review

Level of difficulty: Advanced
Time to make dress: 2 months ( I made it as a project for my sewing class and worked on most of in the classroom. So i’m sure it can be finished much more quickly)
Changes to original pattern?: Yes, I lengthened the pattern a few inches so that the dress could cover my shoes when I stood up. The pattern also calls for a floppy bow to cover the bodice, but when I finished the bow I didn’t like how it looked so I sewed it down to the rest of the dress.
Difficulties: The instructions for the bow were not very clear and my sewing teacher and I spent about 20 minutes trying to figure it out. There is also basically a corset on the inside of the dress for shaping purposes and the boning was a little tricky to work with. Definitely not a dress to make if you don’t have much time until the event. Take your time.

Double Crochet Infinity Scarf

My first completed scarf!

So I got a little tired of the bitterly cold Iowa winds slapping me in the face and an infinity scarf seem to be the perfect solution: a warm neck AND something that would cover my face. Unfortunately, I waited until too late in the season to buy one so I decided to make one. The yarn was only about $3, so it was a lot cheaper to make one, too. I’ve started about four scarves in the past and never finished them, so I gotta say i’m pretty pleased with this project 🙂

D.I.Y. Projects

How to make Cheese Enchiladas

White corn tortillas
1 can Enchilada sauce ( I use Old El Paso, mild. A 10oz can is enough for about 6 enchiladas)
1 package of shredded Mexican cheese ( 2 cups)
1 Onion
1/2 cup-1 cup Vegetable oil

Cooking Page

Step 1
Mince (chop finely) desired amount of onion, set aside

Preheat over to 375 degrees

Step 2
Pour vegetable oil into a small skillet on medium heat
*Caution* Do NOT leave hot oil unattended, it has the potential to burn very quickly and fill your entire apartment with smoke. Also do not pour oil down the drain when you are done, you will clog your pipes. Dispose of in the trash can after grease has completely cooled

Step 3
When oil is hot, gently place one tortilla at a time into the oil for about 7 seconds on each side. The oil will bubble around the edges of the tortillas. Take tortilla out of oil, preferably with tongs, hold the tortilla over the skillet and let most of oil drip off of tortilla. Place tortilla aside on a plate to let cool. Repeat until desired amount of tortillas have been fried.

Step 4
Wait until tortillas are warm, not hot, and dip into a bowl of enchilada sauce, making sure that both sides are covered.

Step 5
Fill inside of tortillas with cheese. Then, fold the tortilla in half and then roll the tortilla over once to form a seam. Place enchilada into a deep glass or aluminum dish (lightly spray dish with no-stick cooking spray before putting in enchiladas, I also like to pour a little enchilada sauce in the bottom of the dish). Repeat steps 4-5 until dish is full of enchiladas.

Step 6
Sprinkle desired amount of onions on top of enchiladas

Step 7
Pour remaining sauce over the top of the enchiladas. don’t be shy! Use the whole can and whatever is left in the bowl that you were dipping the tortillas in.

Step 8
Cover enchiladas with a layer of cheese

Step 9
Place enchiladas into oven until top layer of cheese is melted (about 7-10 minutes)

Step 10
Take enchiladas out of oven and allow them to cool for a few minutes. Enjoy!

This entry was posted in Cooking.