Friday, January 30, 2015

Chiffon Peplum Under a Sweater (Remake)

Hi Friends!

Thank you for the positive response and encouragement in starting to blog again!! You guys are the BEST!! 

I have been wearing this sweater non stop!... since I added a chiffon piece of fabric to the bottom. It's so funny to me because it was literally laying on the bottom of my closet for years (I bought it on huge clearance same time I bought this dress and didn't get to try it on in the store). It was always a bit too short on me. Now, I want to wear it everyday! It matches everything. That just proves that a little (EASY AND FAST) tweak can completely change the life of something in your closet. Another reason I love it? It has the "layered" put together look without the effort! :)

What you will need:

-A sweater to add too : It doesn't have to be too short on you. I think you can add a pretty peplum to a longer sweater to make a tunic or on a loose fit sweater would look really pretty too!

-Sheer Fabric (Like chiffon, or fabric that hangs well  but isn't too thick) 1.5 longer than the bottom diameter of your sweater. (I had a piece left over from this dress I shortened.. It ended up being the perfect length. See, I was serious when I said I keep all my scraps! I am crazy!) Also, the width you need to cut depends on how much you want hanging out of your sweater. Mine is about 5 inches exposed plus the amount you sew under.

-Sewing Machine

1.  Hem the bottom of your fabric.

2. Sew your piece of fabric into a loop, connecting the two short pieces. (mine was already connected and hemmed since I cut it from a dress.. But something like this:

3. Sew a line at the longest stitch setting on the top of the piece of fabric that is not hemmed . (Back stitch the starting point but DO NOT backstitch at the end.)

4. Gently pull on one of your strings until it gathers. Since the material is so lightweight, this won't take much effort.

5. Turn your sweater inside out and pin the gathered hoop around the edge, moving the ruffles around if they start to get bunched. Depending on the type of sweater you have, you must determine where to attach the peplum in the most inconspicuous place-so there wont be a weird line sewn into the middle of your sweater. I pinned the hoop right at the top of the base of the sweater, where the cuff ends and is attached to the rest of the sweater.

6. Starting at the side hem, carefully sew the ruffle to the inside of your sweater, removing pins as you go!

7. You're done! Enjoy your "new" sweater!

If you have any questions, ask in the comments! I 'm getting back into tutorials and blogging so forgive me if it's a little rusty! I want it to be as understandable as possible!

Thank you SO much for reading!


Friday, January 9, 2015

Dearest Friends! New and Old

I'm reunited (to blogging!!!!!!) And it feels so goooood! (haha, please tell me you sang that line!)

I wanted to introduce myself to those that don't know me! My name is Viktoria and I was born in Uzbekistan. When I was about 2 years old (or not even) my family, which consisted of my parents and 5 other siblings, moved across country. First to Italy for a few months, as part of our sponsorship and than to California where my youngest brother was born and we lived for a few years. We than set off across country again to Virginia. I have now lived most of my life here in Virginia! I am married to an amazing husband  that still claims to loves me after 7 years of torturing him ;) and we have 3 beautifully incredible kids.

Photos by the SUPER TALENTED Lavender Dreams Photography
I love the thrift store hunt and the clearance find but I also enjoy DIYing and remaking someones trash into our treasure. A lot of that was instilled in us because growing up with so much siblings, my mom often shopped in thrift stores.. But it wasn't just to get us "clothed". (although maybe at a time it was). My parents were both hard working and we always had everything we needed. What was more surprising as I got older and actually understood it, was that my mom was buying us fashionable clothes.. with name brands... that all the kids in school were wearing! We didn't stick out and our clothes did yell "THRIFT STORE" but instead dressed and looked like we were like everyone else. I finally, after many years ,began to appreciate it and stopped being embarrassed of shopping there. Know I proudly proclaim it! My parents also remade and refinished antique furniture (and sold it in our local farmers market!) and my dad was always DIYing or remodeling something around the house. It was a magical childhood indeed!

I have really missed blogging!  But I needed to rethink my purpose and direction. My blog "" was my baby. I started it one night on a whim, without much thought to the name or what I was trying to show to the world. I wasn't sure I would love it. I wasn't sure if YOU would love it or find something worth your time. The more I created, the more I wanted to share it with you! But my dream was always to share it in a clear, simple way for those that were busy with little minions (like myself)! For those that thought sewing or beautifying something was beyond their skill level or their creative realm. I wanted to share the simple joy you get when you make something. The satisfaction of saving money doesn't hurt either! ;) I wanted my blog name to represent that.

I wanted you, the reader, to see my blog name and understand exactly what this blog is about. It's about an EYEFUL of Lovely.. The name was something I thought about for months and months (and it finally formed into a title with the help of my sister! Aren't sisters the best!?).

One definition is :

1. as much as one can or wants to see   

I hope you will get an eyeful of lovely every time and keep coming back to get more and more lovely inspiration in your day!

Thank you so much for joining me! I hope you will come back soon!!