Any suggestions for the-lonely-swan on how to restyle this pirate shirt?
I asked the-lonely-swan to email me a photo after she messaged me about this pirate shirt. She ordered it sight unseen from Amazon and she doesn’t like it. 

This is the pirate shirt I have. As I said it is way too long in the sleeves and the ruffle is undesirable. I’ve been tempted to just lop it off but decided to wait until you saw to possibly give suggestions. Thank you so much!

I emailed my fashion restyle friend Donatella from inspiration & realisation and asked her opinion. Her quick answer to me by phone was:

The fastest way to make it smaller would be to sew two stripes of these eye and hooks strips (but only using the eye part on both sides) and tie a ribbon as a corset in the back - this would keep the pirate look and make it smaller from the shoulders down.

For the sleeves, by putting an elastic at the wrists you’ll have the ruffle effect on the wrists without having to cut the sleeves.
The ruffle in the front can be trimmed to be a little small, I would leave it as is, looks nice…


Any suggestions for the the-lonely-swan?


bebistar answered: Lo siento! solo puedo pensar en un capitulo de Seinfeld, cuando Jerry le toco usar una igual :) (Truebluemeandyou - yes, “the puffy shirt”! http://youtu.be/cOE3CYeMNC8)
pudentilla answered: Dye it with tea? If this is for a costume, it looks kind of VERY white; tea would help with the colour.

liz-the-great answered: A couple of things came to mind. I had to wear something similar to this for a uniform with a reenactment group, a fitted vest actually does wonders for these types of shirts, and no alteration needed! 
Without knowing at all what your style is, here’s what I’d do for a restyle: I love the idea of the corset back, and I’d get a red or black ribbon to lace it up. I’d either take out the ribbon at the top completely, or replace it with the same ribbon I used for the back. Depending on how too long the sleeves are I’d either get rid of them completely or add a couple of snaps they could be fitted around the wrist. I’d probably leave the ruffle, from the picture it doesn’t look like it can be removed without a lot of work or ruining the shirt. 

Any suggestions for the-lonely-swan on how to restyle this pirate shirt?

I asked the-lonely-swan to email me a photo after she messaged me about this pirate shirt. She ordered it sight unseen from Amazon and she doesn’t like it. 

This is the pirate shirt I have. As I said it is way too long in the sleeves and the ruffle is undesirable. I’ve been tempted to just lop it off but decided to wait until you saw to possibly give suggestions. Thank you so much!


I emailed my fashion restyle friend Donatella from inspiration & realisation and asked her opinion. Her quick answer to me by phone was:

The fastest way to make it smaller would be to sew two stripes of these eye and hooks strips (but only using the eye part on both sides) and tie a ribbon as a corset in the back - this would keep the pirate look and make it smaller from the shoulders down.
For the sleeves, by putting an elastic at the wrists you’ll have the ruffle effect on the wrists without having to cut the sleeves.
The ruffle in the front can be trimmed to be a little small, I would leave it as is, looks nice…
Any suggestions for the the-lonely-swan?
  • bebistar answered: Lo siento! solo puedo pensar en un capitulo de Seinfeld, cuando Jerry le toco usar una igual :) (Truebluemeandyou - yes, “the puffy shirt”! http://youtu.be/cOE3CYeMNC8)
  • pudentilla answered: Dye it with tea? If this is for a costume, it looks kind of VERY white; tea would help with the colour.
  • liz-the-great answered: A couple of things came to mind. I had to wear something similar to this for a uniform with a reenactment group, a fitted vest actually does wonders for these types of shirts, and no alteration needed! 

    Without knowing at all what your style is, here’s what I’d do for a restyle: I love the idea of the corset back, and I’d get a red or black ribbon to lace it up. I’d either take out the ribbon at the top completely, or replace it with the same ribbon I used for the back. Depending on how too long the sleeves are I’d either get rid of them completely or add a couple of snaps they could be fitted around the wrist. I’d probably leave the ruffle, from the picture it doesn’t look like it can be removed without a lot of work or ruining the shirt. 

What to get a new teacher from a friend?

Hi truebluemeandyou! My friend just got her first job out of college— as an elementary school teacher at a French immersion school. I want to make her something cute and teaching-themed. Can you direct me towards any DIYs you think would be a good fit? Thanks so much! :)

It’s so funny because I usually don’t post “teacher” gifts because most teachers don’t like them - BUT this is a totally different case coming from a close friend! If you google “teacher appreciation gift tutorials” or “teacher appreciation printables” you will find TONS of ideas. 

I like this idea: New Teacher’s Survival Kit (and then you place everything in a nice basket with a list of what each thing represents) There are lots more ideas at this link here. *There are other lists on the internet like this for all types of gifts for all occasions.

  • Mounds Candy Bar - For the mounds of information you teach
  • Crayon - To color your day
  • Peanuts - To remind you to get a little nutty now and then
  • Band-aid - For when things get a little rough
  • Marbles - To replace the ones you might lose from time to time
  • Sponge -To soak up the overflow when your brain is too full
  • Puzzle Piece - To remind you that without you, things wouldn’t be complete
  • Lifesaver - For when you’ve had one of THOSE days
  • Candy Hugs  - To remind you everyone needs a hug or a compliment
  • Bath Oil Beads - To remind you that your pearls of wisdom will touch many livesr
  • Rubberband -To remind you to be flexible
  • Matches - For those days when you feel you need to light a fire under your students
  • Googley Eyes - For when you wish you REALLY did have eyes in the back of your head
  • Battery - To help you keep going, and going, and going…… (like the Energizer Bunny)
  • Animal Crackers - For when your classroom seems like a zoo
  • Smiley Face Sticker - To remind you to wear a happy face — here’s one for when it seems difficult
  • Eraser - To remind you that everyone makes mistakes.
  • Mint - To remind you that you are worth a mint to us.
  • Stick of Gum - To remind you to stick with it and you can accomplish anything
  • olly Ranchers - For when you need a little happiness
Any more suggestions of a gift for a new teacher?
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Suggestions needed for hundreds of tiny square scraps of floral fabric

Hi! I have a bit of a problem. I got a bag of fabric scraps from a friend, and in it are hundreds of little floral print squares. Each square is only about an inch and a half square, and I am at a total loss with what to do with them. Any ideas?
truebluemeandyou: I am totally blanking out on this one. I have no idea because if you finished the edges they would be so tiny. Yoyos like this?
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Suggestions? Please?
  • somethingfeline answered: sewn together for a mini quilted bag thing?
  • abitofluff messaged me this suggestion: Tiny square scraps = all the things one needs to make a quilt for a hamster!!!!!!!!!!!!! (truebluemeandyou: thank you for making me laugh tonight!)
  • queerquilava answered: make one of those old doodle quilts where everything is just kind of haphazardly thrown together? wrap buttons? zipper pulls?
  • gloriouslychic answered: modpodge them onto a shoe, scrapbook style. or just make a pillow filled with scraps.
  • eamuu answered: you could make a patchwork wallet/bag or decorate a bag or something you already have with those things in the picture or make the picture
  • runningwithboltcutters answered: Seal the edges and go fabric origami! (truebluemeandyou: you could seal the edges with one of my must haves - fray check here)
  • sirena-della-luna answered: i would sew them around the bottom of a dress! or on spaghetti straps!
  • overmyglasses answered: Cover buttons and use them to decorate almost anything. (truebluemeandyou: Small Good Things covered tiny buttons with scraps of ties here)
  • 7crescent7 answered: add them to headbands, or belts. use fabric glue to attach them and make a little rug.? just sme ideals

Question: Why Aren’t My DIY Posts Being Featured?

Hi! I love love love your blog! I’m new to Tumblr and I just posted a DIY soap tutorial from Martha Stewart. I tagged it but no one is re-blogging it :/ What did I do wrong? Can you help me? thank you!!!
truebluemeandyou: I’m treading on Tumblr politics here so I want to be careful. The following reasons are based soley on my own experiences as a DIY editor. I’m not an editor presently (by choice) and only one thing I posted yesterday was featured and I think the day before nothing was featured. 
As my personal past experience as an editor your DIYs might not be getting featured because:
  • There are 27 DIY editors and they are allowed to feature 10 DIYs a day. You can do the math by how many DIYs are featured a day. Some editors I know feature DIYs every day and most obviously don’t (mathematically they can’t be). It’s a lot of work to go through the DIY/everything tag - tumblr.com/tagged/diy/everything - it took a lot of my time but I took being an editor seriously.
  • Editors may not be looking at the DIY/everything tag at the same time you post your DIY. When I was an editor there was so much to scroll through and I couldn’t look at everything (although I tried).
  • Some editors have things they like to feature and things they don’t. One person features just woodworking projects. I wouldn’t feature collaged tutorials, weheartit photos, pinterest links, etc… I checked out all the links but it was really time consuming and I neglected my own blog to be an editor (and someone messaged me once asking what we were paid LOL! Nothing - we did it for to make Tumblr better).
  • The editor looking through the DIY/everything may have seen your DIY recently on the tag (although I haven’t seen the one you posted).
  • It took me MONTHS and MONTHS to be featured - I’m talking about 6 months. I was also frustrated and couldn’t understand why. As an editor I learned why - with so few DIYs getting featured it’s about luck, timing, and the right editor being on for the right DIY. Don’t take it personally and keep posting what you love.
There’s more I could probably say but won’t. I’ve probably said way way way too much. One more thing, try scrolling the DIY/everything tag. I never had before I was an editor. I got so tired of the spam blogs, the rants about DIY being a white upper middle class hobby, the DIY masturbation posters (haha NOT), etc… It’s eyeopening what is under the tag and what you have to scroll through.