Refashioned Combat Boots Using Floral Embroidered Patches

floral embroidered patch combat boots before and after image

This was the first time that I refashioned shoes! I would usually steer clear of shoes, because I felt refashioning them was too difficult. I can wrestle with multiple layers of tulle and slippery chiffon, but I was intimidated by shoes, hehe. I got these pink combat boots a couple of years ago, and while I still love them, I felt they needed a little revamp. 

Lately, I've really been loving the embroidered floral trend. I bought these patches back in December and used them to make this refashioned top. I had originally bought the patches to refashion these boots, but like I mentioned before, I was still intimidated by the thought of refashioning shoes. 

Here are some embroidered boots that I loved and used as inspiration for my own boots.


- Floral Embroidered Patches 
The ones I originally bought are sold out, but I found these similar ones.

- Leather & Suede Glue
Since my boots were made out of suede, I needed a glue that would work for that.
I bought this one here

- Small Brush
I used an old one that I had in my craft box. Any small-ish brush will work. :)

photo of supplies needed for refashioned combat boots


1. I covered the back of the patch with the leather and suede glue, using my brush.

fabric and suede glue being applied to back of patch

2. *Not pictured* (Sorry, no photo of this step, because I was using both of my hands to hold the patch!)
I carefully grabbed the patch and placed it on my boot. I pressed down for a bit.

3. After placing the patch on my boot, I went and filled in the little corners that didn't get fully glued down. 
(As show by the circle)

fabric and suede glue on corner of patch

That's it! Yes, it's that easy! To be honest, the hardest part was Step 2, which was placing the patch on the boot. 

Using patches and glue, the possibilities are endless. You can refashion shoes, backpacks, jackets, you name it! 

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embroidered combat boots side view

blush cardigan boyfriend jean combat boot outfit

embroidered combat boots back view

embroidered combat boots close up side view

embroidered combat boots back view

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Ruffle Shoulder Sweater Refashion // How to Sew Shoulder Ruffles

sew much love mary ruffle shoulder sweater refashion before and after image

I'm a huge fan of ruffles. They're just so feminine and they can instantly change up the style of any garment. This ruffle shoulder sweater started off as a grey sweater with a weird fit in the sleeve area. The shoulder area got overstretched somehow and the sleeves fit at a weird length between 3/4 sleeve and long sleeve.

I had some leftover grey sweater knit from when I made my Fall 2017 Capsule Collection, and I thought it was the perfect match for this refashion.

This tutorial can be used to add ruffles to any top, sweater, even dress you may have in your closet. 
The possibilities are endless! You don't even have to change the sleeves like I did in this refashion. I only did that because the sleeves didn't fit me.


1. I measured the shoulder, where my new ruffles were going to be sewn on. (The pink dots) 
Then, I placed a marking where the bottom pink dot is at. I did the same thing on the back side.

This was to figure out where I would sew my ruffle piece later on.

sew much love mary ruffle shoulder sweater refashion tutorial image

2. Since the sleeves on this sweater didn't fit well, I cut them off.

ruffle shoulder sweater refashion tutorial cut sleeve off

3. I cut out my new sleeves using the old ones as a guide. (On the fold).  I wanted some cozy long sleeves, so I added length to the new ones. I sewed the sleeves closed, where the pink dots are at.

ruffle shoulder refashion cut new sleeve

4. Next, it was time to cut out the new ruffles. I used two measurements here, and I color coded them to make it easier. (The rectangle was cut on the fold)

Pink Dots: This is the desired length of the ruffle. I made mine 5 1/2" long. They can be either shorter or longer. Ruffles of all sizes look great, in my opinion. :)

Tan Dots: Remember that measurement from Step 1? Well, double that measurement. Mine was 9", so 18". 

(If you're cutting on the fold, like I did, use the measurement from Step 1. Example: my measurement here was 9")

ruffle shoulder sweater refashion ruffle piece tutorial image

5. I cut a curve on the rectangle, as shown below. The piece is still on the fold.

You can round it out more or less, depending on your liking.

grey ruffle piece cut out

6. I opened up my ruffle piece and hemmed it.

new ruffle piece hemmed

7. I sewed a gathering stitch on the top of the ruffle piece.

ruffle piece with gathering stitch

8. Next, it was time to sew on the ruffle piece and the new sleeve. I pinned the ruffle piece first, right sides together. (Meaning the right side of the sweater was facing the right side of the ruffle piece)

I matched up the ruffle piece with the markings I made in Step 1.

grey sweater with ruffle piece pinned to it

Here is a closer look at how I pinned the ruffle piece to the sweater. I sewed a basting stitch to hold it together while I pinned the sleeve next.

close up of grey sweater with ruffle piece pinned to it

10. Then, I pinned the sleeve to the sweater, right sides together. (Meaning the right side of the sleeve was facing the right side of the sweater) Then, I sewed all around the armhole.

At this point, I had already sewn the sleeve shut, as mentioned in Step 3.

New shoulder ruffles!

close up angle of ruffle

flatlay shoulder ruffle grey sweater

Adding shoulder ruffles was an excellent way to upgrade a sweater that I wouldn't have worn, had it not been refashioned. Many variations and ruffle styles can be made, using this tutorial. Your new refashioned tops can feature double ruffles, longer ruffles, shorter ruffles, and more! 

I'd love to see what you create with your ruffles!

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grey shoulder ruffle sweater refashion modest outfit

close up shoulder ruffle sweater refashion

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ruffle sweater bow purse tulle skirt modest outfit angle

ruffle sweater refashion modest outfit back view

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angled close up of ruffle refashioned sweater


Crushed Velvet Wrap Dress // Christmas Eve

For my last sewing project of 2017, I sewed up the best for last. I received some lovely crushed velvet in sage from Mily Mae Fabrics. I am so in love with everything velvet, especially in lighter pastel colors. Also, it feels and looks exquisite. I will definitely be sewing more projects with velvet this upcoming year.
For the dress I used the Mama Isabel pattern from Made for Mermaids. It was my first time making a wrap style dress, but thankfully the pattern instructions were very clear. The thing I loved about this pattern was the Duster Cardi Hack, so I can wear the Mama Isabel as a dress AND a duster! I love cardigans and kimonos, so this was amazing to hear. Since I am 5'2", I had to shorten the pattern. 

Overall, I loved making this dress. I also can't wait until the weather warms up a bit to style it as a duster. Oh and... MARY CHRISTMAS EVE!


Velvet Headwarmer + Boot Cuffs (Freebie Patterns!)

Two days until Christmas! Can you believe how fast the year went by? 
This has been an awesome year so far. I literally just got back from Lake Tahoe, and it was amazing. My husband and I went for our anniversary. Our trip consisted of a fancy dinner, some souvenir shopping, and sledding, which was all perfect. It was my first time going sledding, and it was awesome! I cannot wait until next time. :)
So, I'm trying to wear all of my holiday apparel before December ends. I feel like the month is too short to show everything off, hehe. :) To coordinate with my Mickey and Minnie Christmas sweater, I made a Slouchy Headwarmer from Patterns for Pirates and some matching Boot Cuffs from Made for Mermaids. They turned out perfect with gorgeous crushed velvet from Mily Mae Fabrics

The Slouchy Headwarmer can actually by worn in 4 different ways; as shown below, as a beanie, as a bun beanie, and as a cowl neck. As for the boot cuffs, I added a couple of inches to the pattern. These were both easy and quick to make. I definitely see myself making more in the future. 

Well, I'm off to finish wrapping the last of my presents! :)

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