Thursday, May 30, 2013

DIY - turn boring shirt into cute one

I love cutting things and changing things... I had this mens shirt for ages soo I decided to change it and make it more wearable.... Let me know what you guys think!!!

 So the 1st picture is what the shirt looked like and the second one is what it looks like now!!

Here is the old boring shirt

Unpick the pocket

Trace the pocket on a paper. Dont forget to add the seam allowances... I made them 1cm.. and I wanted to add that pointy detail up top as well... I have mucked up the pocket few times!!! Because I am not patient enough hahaha.. So take your time and be patient!! Double check

 So this the pocket pattern with seam allowances...

This is the top pointy detail... I added 1cm seam allowances all around except the pointy part I added 2cm... I wanted it to look neat... I wanted to double fold that part..

 Put your pattern on the fabric... I am using an old dress.. I always have bag of scraps and bags and bags of clothes I need to cut up and change!!
So here is the pocket and the top detail.. I love this fabric...

Its always a good idea to fold and press the seam allowances.. Makes it much neater and easier to sew.

The wrong sides of the fabric facing up join the top pointy detail to pocket.. Only join it from the top part not sides... I dont know if I am making sense..
My camera battery died sooo I couldnt take pics after this step :(

Flip the pointy detail to top side/right side of the pocket and press. Sew the pointy end part to the pocket take your time with this part.. I had to unpick few times because i wanted to finish it and was sewing fast and not paying attention and it looked all wobbly and eeeek!!!....
After that step put the pocket on shirt and sew the pocket on ... It will be easy to know where to sew the pocket since will still have the marks from the old pocket!!....
I ripped the sleeves off the shirt and  I used the hem from the skirt as binding on sleeves... I am very happy with the outcome eeeeeek!!!

Friday, May 24, 2013


2 potatoes, diced
1 carrot, diced
1/2 cup of peas
filo sheets (I made mine from gluten free pastry sheet)
Chicken breast
2Tbs milk
1 egg
Black pepper and salt
Sesame seeds

Get the vegetables ready, dice them up nicely so its easy to boil.

Boil the chicken in a pot and in a different pot boil the veges (I added the peas later on as they dont take longer).
When the chicken is boiled shredded it. My trick is with forks... I am not good at explaining so here is a video of someone else.. I usually use 2 forks instead of my hand

In a bowl mix the vegetables and chicken and add black pepper and salt.

Mix the egg and milk in a small bowl. They usually use 2 sheets of pastry for this recipe but I used one.. So if you want to use 2... than put the pastry and brush some of the milk and egg mixture and than put the second sheet on.. Cut sheets about 8 cm wide..

 and brush more milk and egg mixture

 Put about table spoon of  the filling (chicken & vegetables) near the corner and than roll left and right.. I find it very hard to explain how to do this... Brush milk and egg mixture at ends so it sticks and doesnt open... i didnt take pictures of it because I was making a mess .. You can make them like this lady it looks easy I wish I came across it before i done mine...

Put the pastries on a lined tray and brush milk and egg mixture on top of pastries and add sprinkles of sesame seeds.

and cook until golden
and now kick back and enjoy with cuppa tea!!... You dont have to put the filling I put in this pastry.. Go crazy.. Its quit nice with spinach and feta as well mmmmmmmmmm
Try it and tell me what you guys thing xo