Friday, 31 July 2020

How to Shorten Jeans - Step by Step DIY


I finally did it. I actually got round to shortening a pair of jeans shortly after buying them!!  This is a lifetime first for me which is utterly disgraceful given I'm a short sewer (sewist?).  But I'm focusing on the positive fact that I did in fact achieve this tiny life goal.  And you know what it was E-A-S-Y!!

First I gathered my materials.



As well as my new jeans.

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I tried them on a few times to figure out exactly where I wanted them to end.  Then I made sure that both legs were folded up by the same amount and gave them a good press to make the fold.

Just look at how much too long these jeans are for me!!  Seriously I know I'm short but I didn't think I was THAT short.  I do normally buy the short leg jeans but this standard pair were on offer, money's tight at the moment and I'm in dire need to new jeans.  There's only so much visible mending one pair can take before they look scray.


So I took the plunge and trimmed off the excess fabric - eekkk!!


I could have finished the edges with my overlocker but frankly I couldn't be bothered changing the thread for this tiny little project so I folded the raw edge in on itself.


Then I sewed a super simple hem.  I did look at fancy "keep the original hem" instructions but my jeans originally had a simple hem so it was much easier and quicker to just replace it - keep it simple!!


And here we are.  I'm thinking that it's not even noticeable that they're been altered at all.  Perhaps my stitch length is a little smaller then the original.  

I recently repaired a friends T Shirt where the hem hadn't caught in the original cover stitching.  I returned it to him apologising that my repair was blindingly obvious because my stitching was so much neater that the original hem lol.  

I'm so glad to be avoiding fast fashion, I'm a bit nervous of making my own jeans hence this bought pair but other than bras I think I'm approaching a fully handmade wardrobe.  I'll tackle bras later like in a few years maybe when both kids are in school so they won't hear me swearing!!


Pop this in your Pinterest if like me, you need motivation to do your own alterations.

Here's some of my other super simple sewing projects:

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Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Polkadoodles Pretty Sweet Girl Piper Handmade Card


Ohhhhhhh....Sooooo Pretty Sweet!  This stunning collection is just adorable, and as the title says - it's Pretty and it's Sweet and unashamedly girlified.  Meet Amelia, Piper, Maddie and Bella - 4 gorgeous girl characters in stunning shades of magenta, teal and purple.

These stunning cards are perfect for the pretty sweet girl in your life as well as those still young at heart.

You can buy this card from my NuMonday shop or see below to get the materials you need to make your own.

Tools and Materials:
     

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The Polkadoodles digital image is printed onto Winsor & Newton Bleedproof Paper then coloured by hand using ProMarker Brush Pens as follows:

Skin Tones

Hair

Clothes


The sentiment is printed from the Work & Play 10 Country Life Digital Craft Collection and then die cut using Docrafts XLarge Nesting Dies, Circle.


The flower and flourish embellishments are hand die cut from First Edition Wild Flower Premium Paper using Spellbinders Jewel Flowers and Flourishes die.


The card is accented with 4mm Half Round Resin Pearls.


The card also features a delicate die cut butterfly cut with the Spellbinders Jewel Flowers and Flourishes die from First Edition Wild Flower Premium Paper.


The inside of the card is also decorated with matching papers from First Edition Wild Flower Premium Paper along with a blank square for a personal message.


You can buy this card from my NuMonday shop or see below to get the materials you need to make your own.

Tools and Materials:
     

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Feel free to use my cards to inspire your own makes, pin it to your Pinterest for later.

Here are some of my other cards made with Polkadoodles digital stamps:

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