Blog "Refash"

I have some news! I haven't posted much on my blog lately. I feel like I have abandoned it for a bit. But, I promise you I haven't! If anything, I've been doing the opposite. I've been busy working on a blog "refash." 
"re·fash": short for "refashion." I'm trying to be cool and creative here by saying "refash" instead of revamp or renovate. 
See, I'm busy at work:

Busy at work, on my blog "refash." Come to think of it, maybe I shouldn't have spent so much time taking these pictures... *insert thinking emoji here*

Anyway, I've been busy "refashioning" my blog. :)

When I first started Sew Much Love, Mary, I didn't know where I was going with my blog, nor did I know what I wanted to do with it. I didn't have a plan nor any real goals. I kind of just went with it. When I began my journey with this blog in 2014 I was still attending FIDM, so that took up a big chunk of my time. In the little free time that I had, I began to sew up refashions. After graduating from FIDM, I blogged about my refashions and I also incorporated modest style posts in my blog. I still didn't really have a clear goal nor plan. I was still learning and growing in what I loved to do.


Fast forward to 2017 (almost 2018!), and now I know which direction I want to go with my blog. I have clear plans and goals now. My love for refashioning, sewing, and modest fashion has grown. I strongly felt like my blog needed a "refash" to reflect the direction and purpose of Sew Much Love, Mary. I didn't want to do like a huge reveal, instead, I'm "refashioning" my blog little by little. During this month, you will begin to see some changes around here. 

 Oh! And I want to thank everyone who has been with me since the very beginning and those who just found my little creative corner on the internet. I sincerely hope you all stick around! :)


Craft Challenge: October 2017 "Distressed Denim Jacket"

It's time for October's Craft Challenge! For this month, I decided to use a denim jacket. I loved this jacket and I didn't want to part with it. The problem was that it got a tad bit too small, the sleeves were too tight, and I wanted to make it trendier. At first, I really didn't know what to do with it. I started by cutting off those sleeves, because I really wanted to get rid of them. As I sat there in my sewing room, staring into space, and thinking about what to do with the jacket; I glanced over at my fabric stash and saw some distressed denim from Mily Mae Fabrics

It was love at first sight between this denim jacket and the distressed denim fabric. <3

The distressed denim is LOVE. Even though the fabric is "distressed," the holes are patched up underneath, on the other side of the fabric, so there is complete coverage. 


1. I chopped off those sleeves!

2. While I was contemplating what to do with this denim jacket, I decided to add a hood. I used this  tutorial to make a hood. It is actually really easy! When tracing your hood, be sure that the bottom part of it matches the measurement of the neckline (the pink dots) you are attaching it to. I traced my hood from one of my favorite hoodies. 
Afterwards, I pinned and sewed my hood on the inside of my denim jacket, along the pink dots.

3. Next it was on to the sleeves! I traced out new sleeves from the old ones. I added 1/2" seam allowance on the curved part of the sleeve and I added about an inch or two where the pink dots are shown. I did this, so my new sleeves wouldn't be as tight as the old ones. It also helped that my new fabric was stretchy, unlike the denim which hardly stretched. 

4. Then, I sewed on the sleeves to the jacket. (Right sides of the fabric together!)

5. After, it was on to the cuffs! I like cuffs on everything, because they add a little bit of length, and I feel they're super cozy. :) 

I cut out a piece (measure your sleeve opening), added about 1/4" seam allowance, and sewed it closed right sides together. (See the pink dots).

6. Then, I folded it in half, right side of the fabric facing out, as shown.

See? Cute little cuff!

7. Then, I placed my cuff inside my sleeve (right sides together). I sewed along the pink dotted line.

8. The final step was to lengthen the jacket a bit. I cut out a piece of fabric as shown. 
Width: I measured the bottom hem of my jacket and added about 1/2" seam allowance.
Length: This measurement was how much length I wanted to add to my jacket times 2, since it was going to be folded.

9. With right sides together, I sewed the ends closed (the pink dotted line).

10. Then, I flipped it inside out and serged along the top. If you don't have a serger, you can do a zig zag stitch. :)

11. Finally, I sewed the panel on to the bottom of the jacket. I sewed it on top of an existing seam, so it wouldn't be too noticeable. 

New jacket!

Now, let's take a look at what the other crafters created this month: 


7 Fall Must Haves for 2017

In just two short days, fall arrives! Even though spring and summer are my favorite seasons, I have a special kind of love for fall. It's the season of all things cozy: hot tea/coffee, sweaters, big blankets, fireplaces, yummy desserts, family gatherings...

I could go on and on about all the wonderfully cozy things about fall, but you get the idea right? :)
But, for now I will go on and list some fall must haves for this season. 

To show you my fall must haves and to celebrate the beginning of fall, I chose three outfits to show you today.


Fall Must Have #1:  Camo Anorak
Camo print is huge this season. I remember when I was in middle school it was also trendy, and I was obsessed with it. Ten years later, I'm still obsessing over camo. Literally, this is the perfect lightweight anorak for layering. Layer it over your favorite summer top that you're just not ready to let go of yet, and when it gets chillier, layer it over any sweater.

Fall Must Have #2:  Lace Up Top
Another huge trend we've been seeing is the lace up top. There are many variations and styles, but this particular one from  tobi is one of my favorites. It's super soft, comfortable, and extremely versatile. Dress it down with your favorite pair of jeans and sneakers, or dress it up with a blazer, skirt, and some glamorous heels.

Fall Must Have #3:  Ankle Booties
What's fall without some boots? Usually I gravitate towards riding boots, but this season I decided to get myself some ankle booties. I got these at Rue 21 during a sale, and I love that they have a little bit of a heel, since I am so short. I got mine in taupe, but currently only black is available. I also love these Toms ankle booties. I wore them in my last outfit of this blog post. 

Fall Must Have #4: Cardigans, cardigans, cardigans
Did I forget to mention cardigans??? Seriously though, fall isn't fall without a cardigan or two, or three...
I personally feel like cardigans never go out of style, especially during fall. Can you believe mine is thrifted? I got it at  Saver's. Let me tell you, if you have a Saver's near you, please go get some cardigans! There are so many, I'm sure you will find one you like. The one I found is from Lush. It is actually two sizes bigger than me, because I love big and cozy cardigans. :)

Fall Must Have #5:  Faux Suede Dress
Oh. My. Gosh. This faux suede dress is everything that is soft and cozy in this world. It's so cozy and comfortable that you'll probably forget you're dressed up and go to sleep with it. :) Plus, the soft blush color is amazing.

Fall Must Have #6: Floppy Hats
I love my maroon floppy hat. It adds an instant pop to any outfit. My favorite floppy hat colors that go great with anything are black, taupe, olive, and of course maroon.

And finally we have...

Fall Must Have #7:  Swing Dress
The best part about this  tobi dress is that it has pockets! It is a lovely mauve color that is perfect for welcoming fall. This is a fall must have that will be worn year round. Layered for fall and winter and worn alone with some sandals for spring and summer, so this is definitely worth the purchase. PLUS, it is just really soft too. 

These are my fall must haves for this year, and I hope you found something that you liked. :)
Now go on and create your own outfits with your fall must haves. I'd love to see them!


And be sure to check out  Tobi this fall for your own fall must haves. There's so many to choose from!


2017 Scrap Busting Craft Challenge: August "DIY Keychain Using Old Jewelry"

mint purse diy keychain pink tulle girly modest fashion

It's the end of August, which means fall is near! Haha, just kidding. In California it's definitely not fall yet. It is going to be a mere 109 degrees today. Not bad right? LOL. Anyway, for this month's craft challenge I decided to use old jewelry. I've been seeing cute little keychains everywhere and I decided to make my own. This is a super easy, yet cute craft. So let's "refashion" some old jewelry into new and improved keychains. :)

modest feminine fashion mint purse tulle skirt pink ruffles


1. I gathered all the ribbons and trims that I wanted to use. 
(P.S. I ended up not using the daisy trim. Definitely using it next time!)

lace trim pastel ribbons

2. I chose which ribbons I wanted and I laid them out as shown.

3. Then, I folded the ribbons in half and put them though the loop of the keychain.

4. I added some little lace trim pieces to the side and I tied them off really tightly with a thin piece of ribbon.

5. Next, I went to my stash and I picked out an old necklace. 

6. With some pliers, I opened up two loops (circled in pink) and separated off the part of the necklace that I wanted to use.

7. Lastly, I folded the necklace in half and put it in the loop of the keychain (circled in pink). I closed off the keychain loop with pliers.

mint purse diy keychain tulle modest fashion

Want more craft inspiration? Check out what the other crafters created this August:

mint tulle diy keychain purse pink

mint purse diy keychain modest fashion

modest fashion mint purse tulle skirt pink

mint purse diy keychain tulle skirt modest fashion

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