Restyle4Life

Sewing, Refashioning, Repurposing & Thrifting Through Life

How to Embellish Plain Sheets

Hello everyone! It has been quite some time. Let me tell you what’s been going on. I’ve been dealing with some health issues the past few months and recently discovered through biopsy that I have Celiac Disease. 😦 I needed to hit pause and really focus on dealing with this change in lifestyle, my symptoms and just adjusting overall to the change in my diet and what it all means. Not to go into too much detail but for the last several months I’ve been dealing with nausea and vomiting in the mornings and major migraine headaches. I thought these were all symptoms of getting older and so was completely shocked when I received the diagnosis of celiac AND gastritis. Oh joy! Anyway, I’m dealing with it and it’s all good. On the upside, I’ve lost 10 pounds and I’m eating so much healthier now. Yay!

There have been a few projects completed around here so I’ll post those to catch up. We are just starting our master bedroom reno and one thing I wanted to do was fancy up some plain old white sheets. I LOVE vintage sheet sets with lace or any type of embroidery so here’s what I did.

Simply purchased some trim and sewed it onto the top sheet and pillowcases. Really makes a huge difference!

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Super quick and easy!

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Here’s a close up.

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I’ve also taken up a new hobby-crochet! I’m loving it. Years ago I took a stab at knitting and just couldn’t get it right. I find this a relaxing way to spend a couple of hours in the evenings. I’ve also purchased some embroidery floss and plan to embellish more bedding with embroidery. I used to do needlepoint and cross stitch a long time ago so we’ll see how that goes.

There are other projects we’ve wrapped up recently and so much more to come so check back as I’m feeling better and ready to go!

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Removing That Sooooo 2004 Ruching From a Blouse

Green is my favourite colour so when I find something in a shade of green that I particularly like, I’ll pick it up. Like this blouse from Le Chateau that I thrifted last summer. I like this shade. It goes with a lot of skirts I already have but that ruching along the sleeves and the back seam is SO 2004. People who don’t thrift have a preconceived notion that those who do often do not look fashionable or on trend…WRONG!

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That ruching has GOT to go!

It does take a bit of work sometimes but you shouldn’t pass up a piece you like just because of something that is so incredibly easy to fix.

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Ruching is achieved by pinning a piece of elastic onto the fabric and stretching as you stitch. This is very easy to remove. Now, I KNOW I took pictures of the process but I can’t find them anywhere! Argh! It’s very simple though. Just unpick the stitching holding the elastic in place using a seam ripper. In my case, the seams on the sleeves stayed in place but when I unpicked the ruching along the back seam it left me with a seam to resew. No big deal. Just stitch it up.

I had a few very tiny holes from the stitching/ruching after I unpicked so I just threw the blouse in the washing machine and pressed it once dry. Now I have a simple, streamlined blouse that’s wearable again!

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Much more 2014 now!

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So much better!

 

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