I am uncomfortable with how low many tops are cut. I thought the “Camiband,” a band of material to be worn over a bra, was brilliant and I went to the website to check it out.
They showed the “Camiband” being worn over a bra and over the top of jeans when a shirt is too short. I remembered I had purchased two “Belly bands” in black and white last year.
The “Camibands” cost $25.00. I purchased my “Belly Bands” at Walmart in the “As seen on TV” section. I think I paid $9.00 for two of them.
I wore one as a “Camiband” on Sunday and it worked fine.
My “Belly Band” that I wear as a “Camiband.”
Tuesday I showed a pair of Capri pants that I mended. They were an unusual rose color. I don’t keep spools and spools of thread on hand, but I do have a variety of colors of embroidery floss. I use one thread for mending and I am usually able to find a close match.
My embroidery floss.
I was asked to mend a pair of Capri pants of my granddaughters that were made out of tee-shirt material. I pinned a piece of ribbon to the back side of the pants and stitched the rows back together, occasionally stitching it to the ribbon.
Use a piece of ribbon inside.
This helped keep it from puckering.
Repaired Capri pants.
My daughter left her clothes in the dryer…again. As I pulled them out and piled them in her basket, I burst out laughing because I found a pair of green basketball shorts.
These shorts have a story. I purchased them as practice shorts for my son when he played basketball about six years ago. We had a problem with the washer catching our clothes and eating them. The problem was fixed, but not before it ate a few holes in these shorts.
I sewed the pockets shut and used the pocket material to make round patches. I sewed them on using a zigzag stitch and added extra stitching to make each round patch look like a basketball.
My son hated them. He refused to wear them.
But, my daughter thought they were cool! I realized she is still wearing them today.
Pockets are the perfect material to use for patches because they match the rest of the item.
The basketball shorts I repaired with the material from the pockets.
My nieces wedding made me reflect over our 31+ years of marriage. I was told the secret to a lasting relationship was plenty of food and lingerie! There was not money in our budget for lingerie and I had to be creative.
Sometimes, I would just put on one of his button down shirts. Or a sheer dress without a slip. I even made an Indian costume out of paper grocery sacks. Yep, I was creative.
You don’t have to spend tons of money on expensive lingerie…just wear something that is less than modest. Of course, I am talking about in the privacy of your own home!
Obviously, there will be no photos attached to this post!
I shared on a recent post that my little black dress was not as long as I would have liked, see http://frugalfish.org/2013/04/17/zigzag-it/. On the other end, the neckline was longer than I wanted. In disgust, I sewed the v-neck closed for three inches, but it threw off the design of the dress.
I ended up ripping out those stitches and sewing a lace insert in the bottom of the v-neck instead. The dress drapes nicely and I don’t have to see anything I don’t want revealed.
My little black dress with a lace insert.
Have ever felt like you were in between sizes? One size feels too tight and the next size up is so loose that it looks like you are wearing your mother’s clothes. I have already shared about buying the larger size and having it altered to fit, (see http://frugalfish.org/2013/02/27/my-new-winter-coat/).
This tip is for the item you purchased in the smaller size, or an item that has shrunk in the wash.
Pin the seams together and sew a line next to the zigzag stitching.
Pin original seam back together.
Rip out the original seam and you have given yourself some breathing room!
We received a “Snuggly” as a gag gift one Christmas. I threw it in the closet in my office thinking I might use it on a particularly cold day.
I have posted several pictures of my office and you can see my writing desk is in the center of the room backed by a dresser that I use for storage. Since heat rises, it gets cold under that writing desk. I hate to turn up the heat and I found a new solution this winter.
My feet and legs get cold, but my upper body is comfortable. I spread the “Snuggly” over my office chair and I wrap it around my legs and feet. I don’t have to turn up the furnace or wear my house coat all day to be warm. It works the same as a lap quilt.
On brutally cold days, I wear the “Snuggly” just like I would wear my house coat.
I drape the “Snuggly” over my office chair.
I have long legs and it was difficult to find long underwear that went to my ankle, not halfway down my shin. I finally decided to buy men’s long underwear and alter them.
I cut the panel out.
Men’s long underwear with panel removed.
Measured and sewed a new seam.
I sewed the seam shut.
On the table, they looked great. But not when I tried them on. The thigh area was much too tight without that panel.
This year, I purchased three more pair of men’s long underwear and accidentally found an easy fix. (I must have been exhausted because I put them on backwards.)
Who knew? I could use the extra material on the backside!
Now is the time to buy them as they are on clearance.
My favorite ¾ length sleeve tee-shirt had a portion of the hem come out. I have never mastered the art of sewing tee-shirt material and when I tried to repair it…it did not turn out well.
My repair did not go well.
I decided to rip it out and sew the edge and the hem lines in a zigzag stitch. It covered the stitching lines and kept the hem from fraying.
I like the effect of three rows of zigzag stitching.
I used the same stitch on my little black dress to lengthen it.
I used the zigzag stitch to lengthen my little black dress.