The Sisters: Poly & Ester {DIY}

Haha! These crazy shorts. I know. I thought the same thing while wearing them. And yes I know the patterns don’t quite line up in the front, but I’m getting there.

The two sisters Poly and Ester helped me with this one. I cut them to size, sewed them, and threw them on for a little psychedelic shorts action. Which warranted a relative to say, ‘where are you going in that?’. Plus, I mistakable wore these to a tea party with little girls, seriously, and was asked by the responsible adult, to change.

Haha. I need to plan my days better.

I’m wearing:
Blouse: Vintage from my Grandma
Shorts: Old fabric from my Grandma
Puffer Jacket: United Colors of Benetton
Boots: Miss Sixty

(images: The uber talented Erika Smith)

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Tutorial | Grandma’s Skirt to Blouse

Let me begin with my inspiration. While skimming vintage ads I ran across this:

Find more of the “wrapped clothing” series
in the LIFE Archives.

You Will Need:
1. Fabric (Mine measured 56×34 inches. However, you can judge this based on your size and the length you prefer. This was more than enough for the shirt and strap.)
2. Sewing Machine
3. Scissors
4. Fabric Marker or pencil
5. Something round for the neck-cutout

Here’s the skirt from my grandmother:

And here it is after I took it apart. You will notice the pocket holes. I eventually sewed them closed.

Fold your fabric in half. The open end will be the bottom of the shirt, while the closed end will be the neck area.

{Excuse my feet…hehe} This next part depends on how long you want your shirt AND how big you want your straps. I recommend each strap measuring at least 2.5 inches or more. I ended up cutting more after I sewed the first strap on. I wanted a thicker bow.

You will then hem all sides on the straps. My hem varied on each side. You basically want the straps to look nice and not frayed.

I have finished hemming at this point. Not perfect but I’m learning.

Now sew the ends of the straps together to make one long strap. You pick the ends, it doesn’t matter.

Sew strap along the base of the BACK flap. In other words, the strap should be attached to the flap that will cover your back, jack. (lol… I had to… ooooook moving on)

This is what you should have after you’ve sewn the strap on.

Go to the closed end of your fabric and at the center make a neck hole. I also wanted a deep ‘V’; you can do as much or as little as you like. You may not want you back out so only cut the top flap, etc. etc.

Cut out your design and hem the edges as so:
(Notice I added two small straps near the middle of the front flap. That is to keep the shirt in place when I put it on. You’ll see what I mean once you put yours on. You may or may not need this.

And that’s all folks!

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In order to do more around here, I need more stuff. I am forever grateful to have a grandmother who throws absolutely nothing away. Oh the stories I could tell. Either way, when I’m strapped for cash, I have a running tab at her “store”.

Here are a few things I picked up on my trip yesterday:

Anyone else have a go-to spot for inexpensive/free finds?



Business Card-esque

In limbo, I’m without business cards.  Rule of thumb/word to the wise, when without the funds get ultra-creative. Side note: According to,” 69 percent of people who have business cards have gotten a speeding ticket, compared with 53 percent of people in general.”




scraps of fabric

scissors/X-Acto knife

needle and thread (although super glue may have worked).

The “plain Jane” ones were just okay. They needed a little more (insert descriptive noun). I’ll keep a few of them on hand for a more casual encounter (not to be taken personally).

casualEncounter: “Lets exchange numbers.”

Me: “Sure, take a not so happenin’ card.”

All in all, these turned out beautifully! The inconsistencies add much needed character.

Now to make a case.  hmmmm?

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