Monday, September 15, 2014

DIY Maternity T-Shirt Tunic

Simple diy maternity top.  She uses an old shirt as a pattern.

Ever since I discovered the difference a ball point needle can make when sewing knits, I've been really enthusiastic about using them.  I found the red fabric used for this top in the remnant bin at JoAnn's Fabrics.  I think it cost me about $2-$3.  Such a steal.  

I love sewing with knits for a variety of reasons, namely how comfortable they are, and the low maintenance of not needing to be hemmed or have zippers/buttons.

This project took me just over an hour.  Here's the tutorial in pictures.

Super easy tutorial on how to make a comfortable maternity top.  Great ideas on this site.

Tips for this DIY Maternity Shirt:
Using iron on hem tape to make a sturdier hem on knits
Using iron-on hem tape around the neckline.

Quick Summary:
I basically traced an old shirt onto a piece of folded fabric, cut both pieces at once, sewed the seams and tops of sleeves, cut the neckline, hemmed the neckline and sleeves, and was done.  I didn't even bother hemming the bottom of the shirt.

Really simple tutorial of how to make a cute maternity shirt.

Cute maternity top

Top: Made my me :)

Let me know how it goes if you try it!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

How Aphogee Saved My Hair

**Disclaimer:  This is NOT a sponsored post.  It is a true story about how a product saved my hair after I made some incredibly dumb decisions.

The Shame: How I took my emotions out on my hair

I've debated about whether or not I wanted to post about this because I'm ashamed I even needed this product in the first place.  Let me start by explaining what happened.  As you may know, women often take their emotions out on their hair.  Bad breakup? Bam! New hair color.  New baby? Bam! New hair cut.  Fallout with Kevin Federline? Boom! Shaved head.

I'm not sure why we do it, but we do.  As women, we often take things out on our hair.  For me, my last crazy change came after I had a miscarriage almost a year ago (I'm now pregnant again and the baby is doing well).  I become obsessed with this idea that if I somehow managed to change my hair the right color, it would fix me.  That if my hair looked good, I would somehow feel better.  I spent hours at night looking up different hair colors and ideas.  Then I dyed my hair again, and again.  I could tell I was going crazy, but I couldn't stop.  That is, until I realized I soon wouldn't have any hair left if I kept going.

I want to be very clear that I fried my hair by dying it way too much in a short amount of time.  I also want to specify that I didn't use my highlighting formula during this process.  I still stand by that, if done correctly, that should never fry hair.

The Epiphany: Realizing my hair couldn't save me

I finally realized that my hair color wasn't going to save me, and that I needed to resort to something else to deal with my feelings.  At this time, it was pretty much too late for my hair.  It had turned into mush.  It wasn't as bad when it was dry, but when it was wet it was like a sponge.  It absorbed a ton of water, was stretchy, and literally felt like mush.  There's no other word to describe it.  When I washed it, it would take hours to dry.  I remember crying because I realized I would need a pixie hair cut.  I have big features and ears that stick out.  With a pixie cut I would essentially look like a dumbo fairy--not something I looked forward to.

Before doing anything else drastic, I decided to research the internet to see if there was anything that could possibly help me.  After a week I finally heard of Aphogee Two-Step Protein Treatment on a long hair forum page.  My hair had become spongey because I had stripped too many proteins away from the hair shaft.  This treatment was the bandaid I needed.

The Saving Grace: Aphogee--the product that saved my hair

Review of aphogee two step treatment to help saved fried, mushy hairReview of Aphogee two step treatment.  It saves hair that has been fried.

Aphogee Two-Step Protein Treatment was originally made and marketed for ethnic hair that had become fragile from relaxers or color, but it's perfect for anyone who has over-bleached or dyed their hair.  It's kind of a crazy product to use, BUT IT'S WORTH IT.  It literally saved me from having to get the worst hair cut of my life.

I bought it with low expectations, but was so surprised by how well it works.  Nothing can completely heal hair that has been badly damaged, but this can temporarily mask it and make it look good again.

After using it,  my hair felt like hair again!  Not just when it was dry, but when it was wet as well.  It eliminated that mush consistency I had before.  You can use it every 4-6 weeks, but I usually wait until I can tell that most of the proteins have been washed out.  I did end up cutting off some of the damage, but not nearly what I was expecting had I not used this product.

Though I'm embarrassed that I even destroyed my hair in the first place, I feel like other people need to know about this product because it is amazing.

The Application: How to use Aphogee Two-Step Protein Treatment

You get your hair wet, distribute the first product through your hair and blow dry it until it hardens like a rock.  It's incredibly sticky and smells awful, but it works.  Once dry and hard (be careful not to move the hardened hair) you rinse it off in the shower and use the second product, a conditioner.  It takes about 30 or so minutes, but is worth every second since it saves you from the scissors.

That's all you have to do, about every month and half, and your hair will be a thousand times better.

The Healing Process: Growing out healthy hair

This product is amazing for damaged hair.  It's a heat activated keratin treatment that makes straw-like hair feel soft again.

As I grow my hair out, I'm super careful with it. I originally was planning on banning heat altogether, but after I discovered Aphogee Keratin and Green Tea Reconstructor I'm okay with heat every now and then.  The reconstructor is another of the Aphogee miracle products.  It makes my hair feel amazing every time I use it and since it's heat activated, I feel okay with a little blow drying on occasion.  I was stunned the first time I used it at how soft and shiny my hair was.  It made a world of difference.  I immediately texted my mom and best friend and sent them to get it as well.

Where to get it?

I have linked to the Aphogee products on Amazon, but you can also pick it up at your local Sally's Beauty Supply.

For more reviews, check out what people have said about Aphogee on Make Up Alley.

My current hair, saved by Aphogee.
Hair after using Aphogee two step protein treatment.  Hair was fried to a mushy state before using.

Hopefully this can help some people out there!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

$100 Target Gift Card Giveaway

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My blogger friends and I are bringing together two of our favorite things for a super-fun giveaway -- Target & Instagram! You’ll have the chance to win a $100 Target gift card + follow some awesome bloggers on instagram! Be sure to bookmark this page and come back everyday because there will be daily entries available. Good luck!

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Prizes: $100 Target Gift Card

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Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 10/7 and is open worldwide.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Taking in Large Sleeves the Quick and Easy Way

The simple way to take in sleeves in matter of minutes.

This tutorial is the quick and easy way to take in large sleeves.  It is not going to look as good as clothes that are professionally tailored, but if you are looking for a simple fix, this will do.  If you are looking for a more in depth tutorial, please scroll down and check out the link I left at the bottom.

I got this shirt at United Volunteers Thrift Store in Provo.  I wanted something really long that I could wear with leggings later on in the winter when I'm more pregnant.  Because I expect my bump to grow more, I didn't want to take in the sides.  I took in the sleeves to make the shirt look less sloppy.  It's amazing what altering sleeves can do for an entire piece.

Tutorial on how to take in sleeves quickly and easily

How to take in large sleeves:

1. Put shirt on inside out. 
2. Determine where you would like the new sleeve to fit, and pin above the bottom seam.
3. Remove shirt and sew where pinned.
4. Repeat for other sleeve.

Tutorial on how to take in large sleeves for a slimmer fit in minutes.
The yellow lines are where I sewed the new seam.  You'll note that I tapered out so I didn't have to take in the cuff, and I also tapered out the side seam to help better blend the new sleeve.

Once this was done, I tied up the excess fabric on the bottom of the shirt and got this.
How to take in large sleeves in minutes.

How to take in large sleeves in minutes

Helpful Reference:
JLTFK How to Tailor a Mens Shirt to a Womens
This is a step-by-step guide on how to completely take in a mens shirt.

I'm excited about the versatility of this top, and also to have something big and comfy to wear in the upcoming cold months.

Let me know if you try it out!