Decorating a Sunhat | DIY

I had originally titled this post “Hat Porn” Well not REALLY porn, of course. In my innocence (for which I’m grateful) I had no idea that was a THING, so I’ve retitled it, cos I never meant to be misinterpreted! Ewww.

The issue is that our titian-haired girl refuses to wear a sunhat. With that bright hair and her fair skin, it’s important that she’s protected. She’ll wear a Peppa Pig baseball cap I bought a long time ago, but a sunhat is imperative.

So…I decided to take a sunhat that I already had, dye it pink (her favorite color), and embellish with appliques and flowers.

First I cut out and chainstitched a sparkly adorable cat from a piece of material I found. When I ironed it flat, the iron got too hot and melted a bit of material so I had to add other embellishments to cover up the damage. That’s where the butterfly and flowers are located.

The final part was to sew a row of embroidered flowers across the brim. I guess I could have embroidered the flowers directly onto the hat, but I acquired these from the fabric store.

Here’s my scheme and I hope it works because it worked with her big brother a couple years ago.

When T was about two years old, he wouldn’t wear a hat either. No matter how many times we’d put a hat on his head, he’d rip it off in less than two seconds.

I decided to try a little psychology on him. One day I bought a cute sunhat with little sailboats all over it and wore it on a visit. He took it off my head, promptly put it on his own head, and never again resisted wearing a hat. I knew he would like it! In fact, he still wears it every single time he goes outside. Hee hee. A little psychology worked wonders. One day I’ll tell him what I did.

I figured if it was successful that time, a similar strategy might be just what will encourage Char to wear her hat.

I’ll let you know if my devious plan is successful. You gotta admit, that sunhat is TOO adorable, right?

DIY: Sewing a Chelsea Collar

I found these three adorable dresses for Angel Girl at our local resale shop. I brought them home to wash, disinfect, and iron.

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But something was missing. They needed an embellishment to become perfection. The kitty cat dress didn’t seem to need it, but the other two did.

They needed a collar! While Peter Pan collars add a modern yet retro vintage touch, in order to be called a Peter Pan type, it would need rounded edges. What I created is more of a “Chelsea” collar with pointed edges.

This was a fun and easy project. I downloaded a free template and then I had a brilliant thought. To make this project even easier, I could simply cut out and attach different types of lace. This would keep the actual sewing to a minimum; no fabric, no turning of the collar. EASY!

I went to Jo-Anns and found the right material to complement both dresses. Thrifty girl that I am, each piece cost about two dollars.

The next step: Cut out and pin the collars to the dress. Make sure to allow enough room to turn/sew the raw ends under.

Finally, sew the collar to the dress at the neck. It can be done by machine or by hand. This time I used my sewing machine. I have a very old machine and it needs a tune up as it’s acting up a bit, but since it weighs about fifty pounds, I haven’t wanted to fight with it to bring to the repair shop.

This is the finished product. I added the contrast of narrow blue satin ribbon and a bow.

I love this one too. The eyelet lace perfectly enhances this bright and beautiful party dress. With Char’s titian hair, it will look AMAZING.

Now I’m searching in my own closet for a dress that needs an embellishment because I’m obsessed with collars!

A Fashionista Rejuvenation

Try this simple embellishment for any new or old sweater.

This is the easiest-in-the-world DIY project. Trust me.

I bought a plain white sweater at Target but I needed to jazz it up a bit Princess Rosebud-style ‘cos it was just a tad too dull and ordinary for a Princess, ya know?

I stripped off (and saved) the plain buttons
AND just noticed the uneven ribbing on the bottom.
Ya get what ya pay for, right?

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…and replaced them with inexpensive sparkly rhinestone ones.
I added a special bead button at the bottom for a little extra texture and shine.

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Some of the button holes were a bit larger than the new buttons;
all it took was a few stitches to make it fit nice and snug.
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The finished product, although not a very good pic.
Do you have any idea how hard it is to photograph white?
Quite the challenge for a non-pro to capture the sparkle, too…

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sweaterbuttons2Now I have a sweater worthy of fashionista royalty.
I hope you can find a tired old sweater in your closet and bring it back to life, too!