Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Easter and Turtleneck to T-shirt

Wow!  What a week we've had!  Easter was not the perfect Easter for us this year.  I woke up at 2am on Sunday morning and was not able to get back to sleep due to my stomach hurting and chest pains.  Not good.  After dealing with this all day, we finally decided that I needed to go to the ER.  My friend Kristin came over to watch Elizabeth while we went. 

We got there and found out that my heart was in perfect working condition.  The EKG was clear.  The doctor's guess was a gall stone.  They did a ultrasound on my gall bladder and found a large stone lodged in the neck of my gall bladder, so surgery was necessary.  I was admitted and surgery was performed Monday morning.  Was discharged Tuesday afternoon and was able to finally shower today!  That is the longest I've gone with no shower in YEARS!  My husband will assure you that a day is not started until I have my shower.

The doctor has limited my activities for a week.  No lifting (even my daughter).  No driving until after my follow up appointment.  No strenuous activity.  I am so blessed to have wonderful friends who immediately stepped up to help.  Daniel has to return to work tomorrow and someone will be here while he is at work to make sure Elizabeth is well taken care of.  I am so thankful for the friends that God has blessed me with.

I was not feeling well enough to attend church on Sunday, but I was tired of laying in bed.  I got up and finished a project that I started a few weeks ago.  This was the easiest thing!  And SO cute!

Turtleneck to T-shirt

1.  Start by cutting off the turtleneck with a seam ripper. 

2.  Next cut the sleeves to the length that you would like them.
3.  With the scraps from the neck and sleeves cut into strips and lay them on the shirt where you would like them to go.  I chose to make ruffled pleats to the neck and sleeves. 
4.  No need to pin or gather.  Just line up the shirt and scrap where you would like it to go and begin folding to make pleats as you sew.  If your scrap is not long enough, just grab another one and continue sewing. 
5.  Voila!  You're done. 

This project took me all of about 20 minutes.  It looks SO much cuter now.  Once again, I was able to extend the life of another piece of Elizabeth's wardrobe.  I have another one that I will work on later this week.

I also love this project because there are so many options you can do with the same technique.  Think flowers, tuxedo style lines, mix n match scraps.  The possibilities are endless.



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  1. HI Erin, Im trying to figure out if there are two Erins out there! I got a message from an Erin asking about a teapot tag I made.. was that you? If it was you, you can have one, but I would need your address again. If its not you.. then I guess they are out of luck as Ive no way to contact them! Love the baby outfit! hope you had a great easter

  2. this is just adorable! my little girl would love it- anything frilly! hers would have to be pink though. ;) great idea! i need to tune up my sewing skills!

  3. Erin, I am so sorry to hear about your Easter! I'm glad you're doing better! I love your turtleneck idea! You are so creative & Elizabeth is a great model- she is precious & is looking so big!

  4. Excellent idea. I found an old red turtleneck that belonged to my son. But it would a lot cuter like this for my daughter now :)

  5. That is the sweetest thing! Love the ruffles.

    Thanks for linking up with Sugar and Spice.


  6. This is so adorable! If I had girls I would totally be making one right now. I dont think my 3 boys would be to happy if I made some for them though :o)

  7. Awesome idea! I have to try this!

  8. Great idea! Your little one is adorable.

  9. wonderful idea i must do- thank you, thank you thank you!! must follow you!

  10. This is really, really cute.

  11. That is SOOO cute! Who doesn't love babies and ruffles?

  12. Super cute. The new neck is so feminine!

  13. HI, I found you through fireflies and jellybeans link party. What a good idea you featured and your little girl is just adorable. Also, I love the baskets you sent out at Easter. What a lucky person that was to receive one of those.

    So, I'm following you. Sorry to hear you were ill, hope you get to feeling like yourself soon.

  14. Absolutely darling! I have some turtlenecks I would love to do this too! I am FEaturing this at

  15. How adorable! Please feel free to link this CUTE project up at both my Baby Week link party (running until Saturday), and my Talented Tuesday link party (which is already posted for the week!)

  16. So cute. And your model is adorable.

    I would love it if you joined my "Saturday is Crafty Day" party on April 24th! Stop by my blog for details.

  17. Wow, that is the cutest idea. I just saw your link for this on Texas Monkey and am so glad I popped over. Great, great way to make little ones' clothes go even further.

  18. that is a great tip!! Thanks so much.

    Im in Nashville too!! Glad to meet a fellow crafter!


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