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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Would You Wear A MuuMuu??

When I was visiting in NC, all the gals went shopping..it was so nice..anyway, we were all sitting in the car and my sister in law Amanda said something funny that I thought I would share. She said was thinking about changing her wardrobe and just wearing muumuu's around the house. Reason being, they are so colorful and look so comfy...Now you can imagine the shock on my face when she mentioned muumuu..I have this horrible picture in my mind of some ugly a** muumuus I have seen around town...so..I laughed of course thinking she was joking..I mean really she is like a size 2..why would you wear something so awful? I mean come on...sister....your gorgeous..your bod is great..flaunt it! Seriously though this is what I think of when I think Muumuu:
But I was surprised at what I found when I did some research and found these...never knew these were Muumuu's!

And for all of you creative hippie folks out there I saw this page and had to share, thought it was a really awesome idea...

How to Create a Peasant top from a funky thrift store Muumuu
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Try on your new peasant top; they're proof that muumuus can be cute!
How often has your eye been caught by a bold, funky pattern in a thrift shop only to find that the print belongs to, ugh!, a muumuu? Well, despair no more, fair bargain maiden! Choose a muumuu with a print you really like, and don't worry if it fits you like a potato sack. When you've finished with this project excerpted from our book, Subversive Seamster, you'll have a peasant top that accentuates your finest features.
What You'll Need:
Muumuu
2 yards of 1/8-inch elastic

Step 1: Pin marks the spot
Start by trying the muumuu on. Mark a spot just below your bust with a safety pin. Measure 3 to 4 inches below your desired hemline, and use another safety pin to mark. The ruching we do in the project will make the shirt ride up a bit, and you can always cut it shorter later if it is too long. If you are going to hem the top, add another 1/2 inch to the hem for turning.




Salvage that funky fabric with a bit of elastic and a few easy stitches
Step 2: Rock the chalk
Take the muumuu off, and turn it inside out. Lay it down on a flat surface, and use chalk to draw two lines across the width of the shirt, where the pins are placed.




Simply draw a line at each safety pin using tailor's chalk. Make sure each line is parallel to the hem.

Step 3: Cut it off and don’t look back
Cut along the bottom line. Be sure that you have accounted for the seam allowance if you are hemming this edge. If you are going to hem the bottom edge, now’s the time. Fold the bottom edge under, so that the cut edge is facing inside of the shirt. If you’d like, you can iron this fold down, though muumuus are typically made of polyester, and polyester doesn’t like to listen to Mr. Iron. (If you do use an iron, use a low heat setting—high heat and synthetic materials don’t play well together.) Sew the fold down to set the hem using a straight stitch with a medium stitch length.


By stitching up a tie from the cut off hem and adding it to the neckline, our zipper becomes a cute design detail.
Step 4: Cut Elastic
Measure around your chest, right underneath your bust. Cut a piece of 1/8-inch-wide elastic to this measurement, plus 1 inch. Repeat these steps for your wrists if you would like to have gathering at the wrists, too. For example, if the circumference of your wrist is 6 inches, cut two lengths of elastic that each measure 7 inches in length.

Step 5: Create Ruching
Sew one end of the elastic to the beginning of your chalkline using a zigzag stitch with a wide stitch width and medium stitch length. Continue sewing the elastic to your garment along your chalkline, pulling gently on the elastic before it goes underneath the presser foot to stretch the elastic as you sew. Keep pulling the elastic as you sew to stretch it to fit your chalkine. You will probably have a little extra elastic when you get to the end of your chalkline, so just cut it off after you backtack the seam to secure the stitches—you do not want all this work to come undone! Repeat for each sleeve about 1 inch above each sleeve's hem.


Ruching gives your peasant top form; now you have turned a thrift shop muumuu into a cool peasant top.
The homepage to making this shirt out of a muumuu is
http://www.craftstylish.com/item/677/how-to-create-a-peasant-top-from-a-funky-thrift-store-muumuu

So I have come to the funny conclusion, that muumuu's really are not that bad..well if you choose the right muumuu..so who knows maybe they will be the newest trend in fashion..can you imagine...today's news...go out and buy a muumuu...lol...but really I did find allot of cute muumuu's or at least some wild looking ones that I would love to turn into a shirt....well if I could sew... :) So who knows maybe I will start wearing muumuus, yes Amanda I might steal your idea..haha..!! Well, what about you people? Would you wear a Muumuu?? Please share, I would really love to know what you think of these dresses. Also, make sure to count how many times I said Muumuu in this post..LOLOL... ;)
Later Tators!


21 comments:

Laura said...

I had no idea what a muumuu is now I know what a muumuu is!

They are very cute - these muumuus! Love the hippie style ones!!

Connie said...

Oh my. No. You would not find me in a Muumuu. It would clash terribly with my pearls.

I am actually clutching them...right now!

Texas Mom said...

I've never owned one before, and I lived in Hawaii for 4 years. I guess I'd wear one around the house though... they DO look comfortable. (Just wouldn't be caught dead wearing it to the mail box! lol)

Lapa37 said...

Well I would not be caught dead in the first set of pictures you have there.I would however wear the ones that can be made from the ugly ones. And I think you said the word muumuu like 10 times at least...lol

Nina said...

How funny!!! I was thinking the same thing you were when you said muumuu. Seriously it makes me think of my grandmother because that is all she ever wore.
I was a bit shocked at the cute little muumuu's and I wouldn't think of them as muumuu's. My sewing sucks so the shirt idea is out for me. LOL...

pisceshanna said...

YAY! This brings me back to my early hippie days, sewing triangles of fabric into my jeans to make them bellbottoms. I will scour the thrift store racks for some mumus.

misty said...

hahaha muumuu makes me think scary stuff because in the Philippines we called witches momo lol..

I wouldn't mind wearing those cute muumuus around the house.. Thanks for sharing.. I think i will try creating my own version of muumuu now..

hippos toes said...

Good Lord, no, I'd never wear a muumuu. My mom used to wear them around the house when I was younger and I swore I would never put my foot in one. :)

JourneytoFamily said...

While the peasant top versions look cool, I'm not sure I could do it. My mom AND my MIL both wear mumus (or house dresses) around the house. Gives me the heebie jeebies just thinking about it. I'll NEVER wear a mumu/house dress around the house!!! (I've told my husband this in case I ever have the urge years from now, so he can slap some sense into me)

Susie said...

Hey, guess what? I have something for you on my blog today.

BPOTW said...

Um, wear those top ones? NO! I don't even know if I'd wear the hipper, cooler ones. I can't imagine cleaning or lounging around in those, but hey, I should give it a try first.

GREAT tutorial on how to make a blouse. That's so awesome. I wish I were creative enough to "see" what could be from an old garment.

AngieSS said...

OMG my Mom used to wear muumuus at home when I was growing up and she was tiny too. I can't imagine ever, EVER wearing one. :D

iceah said...

cool, I do want to try this but I still have to practice on my stitching and dress making c:

Laura said...

Alright my thought was the big tent dress as well and never would have thought about wearing one...have to say that being from NC your opening line really made me laugh having MuuMuu and NC linked together

"The Queen in Residence" said...

I wore a mumu when I was pregnant, it was that or naked cause I hated clothes touching me. I was also on bedrest for 4 months so it was the most convenient, but I love the new idea....

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Love the black floral. And I love peasant tops. Sadly - I cannot sew...

jules said...

Never underestimate the muumuu.. you never know when you'll be out and need a tent!!

love your blog.. come visit mine sometime.

See you soon!

Gombojav Tribe said...

I'm all about the muumuu these days. But, of course I'm big as a house and just nine weeks from my due date. So, I come in the house, take off my maternity clothes and put on rather ugly Mexican muumuus. Lovely, I know.

Kitty said...

hmmm... this is interesting! Thanks for sharing love. When I am done with the fleece jackets and jumpers for the three year old perhaps I will give this a try...

Tiffiney said...

Thank you all for leaving comments...I can see that the poor Muumuu will never be a fashion trend...lol...but some of us will secretly wear them around the house...lol...

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