Thursday, April 25, 2013

Easy DIY Skinny Jeans

I bucked the skinny jeans trend when it first started. I was married to my bootcut jeans and thought skinny jeans only looked good on the extremely skinny which excluded me. 
But ya know what, if a fashion trend is around long enough, it starts to grow on you.
And so did the skinny jeans. And look at me now, I'm cutting up my bootcut jeans and
turning them into skinnies. Guess it wasn't a real committed marriage.

I posted this instagram of my bootcut jeans turned skinnies and got a few requests for
a simple how-to and I am happy to oblige!

So, here we go.

 Step One:
Find a pair of skinnies that you like the way they fit
and line them up on top of the pants you wish to alter.

Step Two:
Trace the shape of the skinnies onto the pants you wish to alter.
This will be the line you will sew along.
Be sure to make a gradual line to the knee. It will pucker weird at the knee if you don't.
I have seam ripped enough times to know. Trust.

 Tip: If you are altering jeans, be sure to trace along the side that has the simple seam vs. the side that has the professional seam with piping.

Do this side

Don't do this side  
The seams won't line up right if you do your altering along the professional seam side.

Step Three:
Sew along the line you traced.

Step Four:
Cut off your excess fabric. Cut fairly close to your seam so you don't have
any bulk in your skinnies.

Step Five:
Admire your work and high-five someone because you just
saved yourself some money by making your own skinny jeans!

 Step Six: 
Rock your new skinnies!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Designing Lately

Here are just a few things that have been going on at Shelby Goodman designs lately:


Business cards

Wedding Invites & Programs

Marketing Postcards

Event Advertisement

Lynchburg locals, be sure to come out to Vintage Lynchburg this weekend!
There will be lots of super fun treasures and vendors, including yours truly!
You won't want to miss it!

Looking for some design work? Email me for rates!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Grady: 8 Months

Eight-month-old Grady, you are all about your new moves. You are all over the place and I can't take my eyes off you for a second. And when I do, you're standing up chewing on the DVD player. You just got your fourth tooth, so I know you just want to try them out. But let's just leave the chewing practice to your new favorite snack of Cheerios. The way you are happily contented to sit there and snack makes cooking dinner a whole lot easier. It's one of the few times you actually sit still. You are curious and all over the place.  But I can't help but chuckle at the way you look at me and smile with pride when you stand up and start banging on the coffee table. "Look at me! Look what I can do now, mama!" Yes, I see you, baby. I'm proud, too.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Grady's Easter Best

I felt it again this weekend. The same way I felt at Christmas. 
Like I was experiencing something for the first time - and I kinda was.
That's the thing with having a child; everything feels new. His firsts are firsts for me, too.
It was Grady's first Easter.
And although he's too young to understand the real meaning of Easter, I was still excited to make him an Easter basket filled with all kinds of things an 8 month old would love. Including puff-filled eggs.
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And I could resist making him something special to wear.
I've been loving polka dot chambray lately so I decided to make him a bow tie for his Easter best.
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I just used some white paint I had on hand and the eraser end of a pencil to make dots.
But once I did a couple rows I realized the circles were a bit big and switched to using the end of a click pen. 
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I used a ruler to keep straight lines and a uniform pattern.
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So here's what I ended up with. You don't need much fabric to make a bow tie, fortunately.
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I cut my fabric right on the fold so I just had the polka dot section and then I sewed it into a rectangle.
I left off a little scrap to make the middle section.
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I then folded in each of the sides and sewed the middle on.
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I tell you what, this boy knows how to rock a bow tie.
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I hope you all had a beautiful Easter weekend as well!