Sew Our Stash: Closet Copy

DIY stripe knit dress

This week’s Sew Our Stash is all about copying our closet favorites. You know that shirt or dress that you love and want more of. Whether they don’t make that style or we ahem already have every color and print they do make Bev and I challenged ourselves and you guys to copy at least one thing from our closets.

Awesome easy to wear DIY stripe knit dress. Flattering for many body types.

I’ve had this green dress for almost 10 years now. It’s totally stretched out and the fabric is all pilly and bally. And I bought it when I was literally 50 lbs lighter. I’m totally not exaggerating. It’s so easy to wear and even with all the different shapes my life and body have taken in the last 10 years this dress has been a work horse.

Green Knit Dress

You might think that it is just standard knit dress. And you would be right. I bought it at one of those cheap stores targeted at high schoolers. But do you notice the length. I don’t have to worry about flashing anyone when I wear this. For the last 5+ years dresses especially cheap dresses have been made SO short! So I took the pattern off of my favorite green dress and made this striped one.

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And I LOVE it. The only problem is that I cut out the this dress when I was 50 lbs lighter before I had stretched out the original and the stripes while very stretchy and comfy don’t have quite the same stretch.

Fabulous DIY brown stripe copy cat dress.

So along with my nursing boobs this is a bit too boobilicious for my tastes. I think I’ve decided to add a little triangle in the clevage area AND try to loose some weight. Hopefully that and after I stop nursing it will fit better because I adore it. I can’t wait to make more. And now that I see how this fits I can easily just tweak my pattern to give me more coverage!

Stripe knit women's DIY dress

I know that I say it every month but I’m so happy to have had this Sew Our Stash commitment/due date. Because like I said this dress has been cut out for at least 6 years. Craziness I know. And it took me less than 2 hours, that is one nap, for me to sew it up.

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I love adding to my handmade wardrobe and I hope you’ll join Flamingo Toes Bev and I as we continue to Sew Our Stash! The next theme is Polka Dots. Easy right. You can make ANYTHING with polka dots and there are so many different variations of polka dots.

Fabulous polka dot sewing tutorials, patterns, and inspiration

High Low Shirt | Shortcake Knickers | Floral and Dot Kensignton Dress | Cutest Cardigan | Polka Dot Ruffle Swim Suit | Gray Polka Dot Top | Color Pop Top | Ruffled Jacket | Knit Polka Dot Dress | Edlewiess Dress | Gold Heart Dress | Peplum Dress | Neon Dot Skirt | Keyhole Dot Shirt | Rain Coat | Ruffle Shorts | Flannel PJs | Pencil Erasure Stamped Dress

But to give you some inspiration here are some great sewing projects and tutorials that are polka dot happy. Also don’t forget to see what Bev ended up making this month AND see her own round up of inspiration pieces for next month!

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Sew Our Stash: Top It Off and Great Summer Sewing Inspiration

Sew Our Stash Handmade sewing challenge and inspiration

This was one of those months that if we weren’t doing Sew Our Stash I know I wouldn’t have made myself anything. Even though one of my tops was almost finished weeks ago and the other took less than half an hour to throw together. All I can say is thank goodness Sew Our Stash is back in effect!

DIY Etiquette and Espionage shirt

This month the theme was “tops” and I made myself two shirts that I actually really like! The gray one was made using Sew Caroline’s Top. I really like it but I can’t decide if it’s flattering or not.

Super cute DIY shirt inspired by Gail Carriger's finishing school books

It’s a bit boxy which I like but am not sure if that works with my body. I adore the high low hemline that’s for sure. When I make the next one I’m going to try and fiddle with the darts a bit more but I mean do we really need to “fit” nursing boobs?

DIY Sugar pop shirt

This shirt is an ode to Gail Carriger’s Finishing School books which starts with Etiquette and Espionage. The books take place at a spy training school disguised as a finishing school “MADEMOISELLE GERALDINE’S FINISHING ACADEMY FOR YOUNG LADIES OF QUALITY”. The books are all kinds of stem punk, sassy girl, adventured filled fun I HIGHLY recommend the audiobooks.

MADEMOISELLE GERALDINE'S FINISHING ACADEMY FOR YOUNG LADIES OF QUALITY DIY shirt

For my second top I made the Hey June Lane Raglan. I made the Union St. Tee last year (Hunger Games Style) and loved that and this pattern was no exception. Fits great and super fast and easy to sew up.

super easy DIY women's raglan shirt

The pattern is written with a band around the hem but I skipped that. I didn’t add any length to it and it still worked. Next time I make it I’ll probably make the cuff on the sleeve smaller or just lengthen the sleeve and hem it with my favorite knit hemming trick.

Awesome buffalo plaid women's raglan shirt.

So there you go we’re back at it!!!! On a month where were were crazy busy and the baby was sick and teething terribly I still succeeded in making stuff for myself that I love.

Super easy to wear and make DIY raglan for adults

Have I mentioned that I love Sew Our Stash? Don’t forget to visit Bev to see what she sewed for herself!
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We would love to have you join us and sew at least one thing for yourself next month. Our theme is “Closet Copy”. You know how there are those items you wish you had  a bunch of or that are just old but you wish you could find again? Well we hope to solve that problem. We’re taking some of our favorites from our own closets and trying to copy them. Fun right?

Great things to sew for yourself this summer. DIY womens fashion sewing tutorials

Quarter Circle Skirt | V Neck Color Block Shirt | Pleated Dress | Knit Pencil Skirt | Free Women’s Tee Pattern | Swing Dress | Pleated Pencil Skirt | Color Block Skirt | Jersey Dolman Top

And for some inspiration here are some fun and easy to wear DIY Summer Sewing Tutorials. Bev is sharing her own picks for Summer Sewing so make sure to hop over.

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Awesome Tops Sewing Patterns and Inspiration and the Return of Sew Our Stash

12 great top pattern, tutorials and inspiration to sew for women

Aren’t all these women’s tops sewing patterns and inspiration amazing? ! I need new clothes like crazy but I am SO not feeling the styles and fits in the stores this season. Maybe it’s my post baby body combined with some ready to wear duds but I’ve know for a while that if I’ve going to get new clothes that I like I’m gonna have to make some.

This looks like fun. Great way to get more sewn for myself. Sew Our Stash

So in totally related news I have a super exciting announcement! Now that Teddy is sleeping a bit (knock on wood right) and Flamingo Toes Bev is almost done with her book (I can’t wait!!!) we’re bring back Sew Our Stash. Yaaaaayyyy!!!!!!! If SOS is brand new to you what we do is commit to sew up up at least one new item for ourselves. If we do more than that awesome but our goal is at least 1. Bev and I started this as a way to help us sew more for ourselves and use the fabric in our stash but sometimes a girl’s just gotta go to the fabric store right? ;)

As we’re planning, making things all month long (and then wearing those things later) we like to share pictures on Instagram using #sewourstash and we would love to invite you to join. All you have to do is sew for yourself! The last Thursday of every month is Sew Our Stash day where Bev and I show what we made that month. If you blog and want to write a post feel free if you just want to share pictures on IG that’s great too. We’ll be going through the hashtag every month and sharing some of our favorites.

Must make all of these. Great list of sewing patterns and inspiration for women tops and shirts.

For May our theme is Tops. As a bit of inspiration we have each rounded up some of our favorite DIY shirts for women. Here are my personal pics and make sure to hop over to see all the Fabulous Tops to Sew that Bev found!

I hope you’ll join us as we Sew Our Stash. Here are the themes for the rest of the year! Happy sewing and don’t forget to #sewourstash on Instagram.

This sounds so fun. Monthly sewing themes for women.

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15 Minute Tank Refashion Tutorial and Sew Our Stash

Make any shirt pop in with just 1/4 a yard of fabric and 15 minutes - Rae Gun Ramblings

I love the comfiness of tank tops but not necessarily the look so I thought it would be fun to fancy up one. This 15 minute tank refashion is so quick and easy I almost feel like a Sew Our Stash cheater but I’m calling it good. Also did you see that I’m giving away a 100$ gift card to Jo-Anns?

Tank Top Refashion. Make any shirt pop in with just 1/4 a yard of fabric and 15 minutes - Rae Gun Ramblings

We’ve had a steady stream of visitors for the last month so I barely squeaked out something for this month’s Sew Our Stash. But that’s the joy of having a deadline to have something sewn for myself -it forces me to do SOMETHING.

Quick and easy shirt refashion - Rae Gun Ramblings

What You Need

  • Tank (or other knit shirt)
  • Fabric (I used 1/4 yard)

What to do

  1. Try on your tank and mark how low you want your fabric line to hit. I find it helps to fold my fabric and hold it up to see how low I want that to go and see how it will look.
  2. Straighten up the line and cut your tank along your marked line.
  3. Cut your fabric to the length that you want it to extend below the knit line plus 1 inch for seam and hem allowance.
  4. Measure around your hips (or wherever you want your shirt to land) to find out how wide to make at the bottom. I wanted to have generous wearing easy so I cut the bottom edge to be 22 inches (so together it would be 44 which is plenty big enough to go around the widest point of my hips, have room for the seams, and still be a little lose).
  5. Measure around your from where the fabric line will hit add 1/2 inch to that number. Fold the front fabric piece in half. At the top edge measure over from the fold and mark the number you just found. Then angle up from the bottom of the side edge up and cut. This will make it so when it is on will fit with as little rippling as possible (if you just kept the fabric the full width of your hips the tank would be stretched quite a bit when you attach the fabric and once on ripple since for most of the part where the fabrics meet aren’t as big as our hips).
  6. Repeat for the back piece. You want to do this separately since most people aren’t the same front and back.
  7. Next sew up the hem by finishing the edge with a serger or overlock stitch. Then fold under and top stitch about 1/4 of an inch from the edge.
  8. With right sides together sew up the side seams with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Finish with an overlock stitch or serger.
  9. Finish the edge of the fabric so it does not unravel.
  10. Pin the fabric (now a tube) to the tank cut edge, right sides together. And sew.
  11. Flip right side out, press the seam to the fabric side of the seam, and top stitch on the fabric.

Turn any top into a fashion statement with just a bit of fabric and 15 minutes. Free tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings

I love how quickly this came together and I can see a lot of potential for different looks with different fabric and tank (or other shirt) combos and by playing around with the hem shape.

 Sew Our Stash challenge hosted by Rae Gun Ramblings and Flamingo Toes

Have you been sewing for yourself? If so I’d love you to join Bev from Flamingo Toes and I by tagging your pics #sewourstash on Instagram and Twitter!

Just 1/4 yard fabric to turn a boring tank into a stylish top - Rae Gun Ramblings

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Sew Our Stash Potter Style

Harry Potter Inspired Swish and Flick Skirt at Rae Gun Ramblings

I have a ton of Harry Potter shirts but no skirts yet so I decided to do something about that. I made two simple knit skirts in the same style as my 20 minute maxi skirt tutorial but shortened up. Don’t make fun of me for making two gray skirts for Sew Our Stash Potter Style because I actually really like them and I know I’ll wear them. I’m a bit of a gray fiend.

Sew Our Stash challenge hosted by Rae Gun Ramblings and Flamingo Toes

The actual skirt part was very fast. To the first one I added a vinyl iron-on that I made to the bottom. After making my little Gryffindor House Pride Skirt and the Swish and Flick top I wanted to make myself a Swish and Flick something. I’m really happy with how this turned out.

Swish and Flick skirt Hermione - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’ve been wanting to make a book shelf skirt kinda like this one for a long time. I’ve had dreams about something gathered and full with a sash and a big bow that ties. I picture it to be very Zooey Daschanel but this month that level of sewing was NOT about to happen. I mean really where the heck did July go? So knit aline it was. I just took some strips of fabric and put heat and bond on them and that’s really it.

Book psuedo quilt skirt - Rae Gun Ramblings

I think I want to top stitch it still but I keep going back and forth to whether I want to add book titles to the “bindings”. What do you think? My original idea was going to be to add some of the titles of Wizard World books from Harry Potter using more you guest it heat transfer vinyl but I’m not sure I might like the weird psuedo-quilted look that’s going on. And maybe I’ll still do that fuller version that’s been stuck in my head.

Book psuedo quilt skirt - Rae Gun Ramblings

This month Bev is sharing another awesome round up at Flamingo Toes. Make sure you go check it out. And I hope you’re still making time to sew for yourself. If you are make sure to snap some pics and post them on Instagram and tag them #sewourstash. Until next month :)

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Sew Our Stash: Peter Pan Easy Tee

Super fast and easy free shirt pattern for women - Rae Gun Ramblings

I hear lots of people say “I wish that I had time to sew for myself.” Finding, err making time to sew for ourselves can be so hard. I know I’ve said it before but I love the accountability of doing this monthly Sew Our Stash post. In the busyness of life it’s so easy to let things get pushed aside. For me knowing that I have to post something the the last Thursday of the month “makes” me do it.

 Sew Our Stash challenge hosted by Rae Gun Ramblings and Flamingo Toes

If you don’t have a blog (or don’t want to do SOS posts) but want the same accountability I’d love to give it to you. You can make yourself comment on my SOS post every month and tell me what you made, or if you want to share your pictures you can post them to my facebook page, I’d love to share other people doing the Sew Our Stash thing along. And don’t forget you’re always welcome to use the #sewourstash hashtag on Instagram.

Darling free pattern for a Peter Pan shirt. Fast and simple project - Rae Gun Ramblings

This month I sewed an Easy Tee from It’s Always Autumn’s free Peter Pan Easy Tee pattern. The shirt came together SUPER quickly and was very easy to put together.

Free pattern Easy Tee with Peter Pan option - Rae Gun Ramblings

I like it but if I was the type of person to unpick parts of projects or when I make another one (and you bet I’ll be making more) I’d do a couple things differently. I’d use longer binding for the neck part since even after pulling and ironing it still bunches a bit. And then next I’d split the binding so the binding that goes around the back matches that fabric. I just don’t love the white ring around the back. But I’m a super lazy sew-er so there’s no way I’m unpicking that.

Make a cute peter pan collar shirt in just 30 minutes with this free pattern - Rae Gun Ramblings

If you want a fast easy sewing project I definitely recommend this shirt. Also Autumn has a bunch of different versions of this Easy Tee which are equally fast and cute! And don’t forget to hop over to see Bev’s Sew Our Stash post for the month she’s sharing a ton of great skirt tutorials since she’s in the the middle of moving craziness.

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Sew Our Stash: Sewing When You’re Not Thrilled With Your Body

 Go To Patterns Casual Lady sewn by Rae Gun Ramblings

Let’s talk about sewing for ourselves for a minute. I know that if you’re like most women you’re not in love with your body. Maybe like me you just had a baby and your body is, well changing. And it will be changing for a while. Or maybe you’re in the middle of an awesome weight loss plan, toning regimen or what have you. And as awesome as it is to sew for yourself you just find it hard to put in the work (or cut up your precious fabric) when you don’t know how long it will fit.

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That’s where I am right now. I’m seeing the scale slowly creep down but my body is totally different than I’m used too. Plus now I have to take into consideration nursing friendliness on  everything that I wear. Why didn’t you guys warn me while I was sewing this last year? I love the stuff I made but most of the things I made just don’t work with nursing.

Easy sewing for women - Rae GUn Ramblings

 And it seems I’m still getting used to this mommy-ness and I picked sleep and finally reading again over the last few weeks so this month for Sew Our Stash I have another of Go To Patter’s Casual Lady to share with you. I used fabric I found at Michael Levine on last year’s Fabric Shopping Trip. Don’t be surprised if you see a few more over the next few months. They are just easy too make and easy to wear. But I do have a few items that I want to make, out of knits so hopefully they will still fit fine after I lose some more weight and will be comfy along the way. So hopefully next month I’ll have more than just a top to show but hey I got a new top right?

Shattered mirror necklace - Rae GUn Ramblings

All my whining aside I have to say even if I only make myself 1 article of clothing a month it’s totally a win. I paired this with my favorite Shattered Mirror Necklace and my knit pencil skirt that I made so slow and steady builds a wardrobe right? How did you do this month? I saw Flamingo Toes Bev making something with polka dots and peter pan collar cuteness on the Instagram tag #sewourstash. Be sure to hop over there and see what she ended up sewing and keep tagging your selfish sewing (and wearing) pictures :)

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Sew Our Stash: Help Me Finish This Dress Edition

Sew Our Stash two bloggers challenge eachother to make clothes for themselves at Rae Gun Ramblings

So I’m scurrying to finish this so I can hop in bed hopefully to get a little rest (baby willing) before heading over to SNAP! the creative bloggers conference tomorrow. This second month of mommyhood has definitely been more rough so I’m surprised that I manged to make these two dresses but I did. Last night actually. So yay for another successful round of Sew Our Stash where Bev from Flamingo Toes and I (and whoever else wants to join in) keep each other accountable to make something for ourselves to wear every month!

Handmade dress at Rae GUn Ramblings

This first one is based off of a dress that I made ages ago. I kind of threw it together randomly and it’s still one of my favorite dresses. I seriously wear it all the time and it has followed me through over 50 lbs of weight fluctuation as well as pregnancy and nursing. Really the style is awesome. The problem is that when I went to make this one I wanted more room for ahem boobage (they’re kind of ridiculous people!) and in my hurry to finish it up while the baby was nappy I sewed it totally screwy. Like I sewed the center fronts up the sides. And I found a hole in the fabric right smack in the bodice part. See screwy I tell you. But since my baby DOES NOT sleep and he was actually sleeping yesterday I decided just to with it and make it work I left the pieces flipped all wonky and I just sewed back and forth over the hole. So here is my totally strange thrown together dress. Some day I hope to perfect the pattern to recreate the one I made so many years ago.

Sew Our Stash at Rae Gun Ramblings

And then I also made this dress. I had cut out the fabric before I became pregnant. I traced the pattern off of my then favorite dress. Now it isn’t quite as flattering with my nursing boobs of doom. Luckily it went together fast and I like it enough but I’m not sure how to make it special. Right now I feel like it’s borderline frumpy. I left the neckline and hem unfinished since I just wasn’t sure what to do.

Help finish this dress! at Rae Gun RamblingsHelp finish this dress! at Rae Gun Ramblings

So what do you think should I finish the neck with some pale yellow (or aqua) binding? Change the neckline shape? Add a band of color to the hem? Make a sash? Something else? Help me take this okay (and very comfy) dress to something awesome. Please?

Sew Our Stash challenge hosted by Rae Gun Ramblings and Flamingo Toes

Now go check out Bev’s post for this month and keep tagging your sewing pictures with #sewourstash

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Sew Our Stash and Great Women’s Sewing Patterns

Great sewing patterns and inspiration for women's fashion at Rae Gun Ramblings

It’s time for another round of Sew Our Stash but this last month I’m pretty much in zombie mode as well as what the heck size is my body mode so I didn’t make any wearables this month for myself. So instead of sharing new creations that won’t fit for long I thought I’d share a bunch of great women’s sewing patterns, tutorials, and inspiration pics that I hope to make over this next year.

Don’t forget to swing by Flamingo Toes to see what Bev sewed up this month. And make sure to keep tagging your selfish sewing pictures with #sewourstash and follow Bev and Me on Instagram to see what we’re sewing throughout the month!

Sew Our Stash challenge hosted by Rae Gun Ramblings and Flamingo Toes

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Sew Our Stash and 39 Week Prego Update

Great ideas for Maternity sewing that last throught your pregnancy at Rae Gun Ramblings

I decided to do a little something this month with Sew Our Stash. Since my energy level was pretty non-existent and it was hard to really want to make maternity clothes for less than a month I thought it would be fun to have a little DIY Maternity Fashion Round Up of all the prego clothes that I made and I’m still wearing up to these last days. Guys I’m due in TWO DAYS holy moley!

Pregnant fashion and sewing ideas at Rae Gun Ramblings

But here are the creations that are still in my rotation at ready to pop totally pregnant and how they now look with my full belly! One thing I know for sure is that even though most of what I’ve made since Bev and I started Sew Our Stash has been maternity clothes I’m so excited to make stuff that I can wear for years and years that ahem has a waist!  This modified Casual Lady top is my absolute favorite. I wear it all the time and I’m sure I’ll still be wearing it long after my bump is gone, the side ruching will just be a design feature :)

Maternity dresses and tops to make yourself at Rae Gun Ramblings

This castle dress is so comfy and I love how it looks in the pictures, but some how I kept forgetting about it! Luckily I did the whole back with elastic. I made this right at the beginning of my “ugg regular clothes are too tight” stage so I should be able to keep this one in the rotation.

Maternity Shirt and dress round up - Rae Gun Ramblings

While I love the pattern the fabrics just didn’t work the best. Don’t get me wrong I wore this Casual Lady a ton because it’s super easy to wear but I feel huge in in, like why yes I am hobbling around because my hips are all out of whack because I’m gigantic with child huge. PS I highly recommend prego chiropractic care. I just started last week and have been slapping myself for not going sooner in this pregnancy.

Can't find anything you like in the maternity section? Sew your own pregnancy clothing - Rae Gun Ramblings

Probably my 2nd most worn item this whole pregnancy. I love my Bess top. The only thing is I can’t wear it around Daniel’s grandma. She seriously asked me like 10 times one day “what’s on your back” ummm “it’s just a shirt grandma”. But I like it and get compliments every time I wear it. I’m excited to make more.

Pregnancy style - Rae Gun Ramblings

This is the newest item in the bunch. Super comfy but I think it has a slight sleepwear look to it. But who are we kidding I don’t really leave the house much any ways. And yes I’ve been sleeping a ton too so you know it all works. PS can I just say I cannot wait until Toasty is out and I can buy a decent bra. TMI?

DIY maternity style - Rae GUn Ramblings

I like this dress a ton but it sure is a lot of wood grain and after making it I thought the skirt needed to be more angled (which I did in the whale one). Not sure what I should pair it with but it’s still comfy. I think I need to have some big belt, colorful cardigan, or scarf or something to balance it out.

Great list of handmade maternity ideas - Rae Gun Ramblings

Love this City of Bones dress it’s so comfy and easy to wear. Plus it’s geekilicious with my booknerd quote and shadow world iron-ons. I will definitely be wearing this for many years to come and I’ll be making more.

DIY Maternity style round up at Rae Gun Ramblings

And then because I know you guys like startle face here’s a startle face in my Rose shirt :)

How else am I feeling? Ready to pop. My doc has been out of town the last two weekends and now with a few rounds of adjustments from the chiropractor I’m feeling ready to meet this baby boy. All the gear is set up. The bag is packed. And honestly I feel like my body is falling apart. Between the back aches and head aches and piggy foot swelling I’m ready to be done. They won’t let me go past 41 weeks so that’s helpful to know. I’m still completely anxious about knowing when to go to the hospital but you know I figure things will happen how they happen and I’ve made Daniel read up on what to do if we have to deliver at home haha. But really the hospital is about 5 minutes away. So send your good vibes and hopefully I’ll  have cute baby boy pictures to share with you soon.

Don’t forget to check out what Bev whipped up this month over at Flamingo Toes. And keep up the hashtagging on the Instagram with #sewourstash!

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