Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
I co-host the Your Home Story podcast and believe you can love your home just the way it is, AND have the power to design and make big changes to make it better.
I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!
Mom to Otto born April 2018 and Lucy born August 2020!

You tried it!

I am always so excited to run across a reader who tried and blogged about one of my tutorials!!  I would like to feature all of you out there who try and want to share something you've learned here on Adventures in Dressmaking!!  Please email me or if you've done something you'd like me to post!  There are so many talented bloggers out there, and I love to share and swap with all of you.  Feel free to post a comment if you have a project you'd like to share, too.

Carla, from Small Friendly, made the paper bag skirt tutorial from some super cute IKEA fabric.  Looks awesome!

Rachel from Shoes and Sewing tried the Kate Spade knockoff flower tank tutorial--sooo cute, I still love stripes!

Megan from My Boat Floats tried my jeans-mending method on some fave designer jeans (and did a great job!)

Trine in Denmark made a couple versions of the classic paper bag skirt--one in a girl's size, and one for an adult!

Tahirah was inspired by my super easy paper bag waist skirt,and the classic paper bag skirt, and made a version using a thrifted men's button-up shirt!  She used elastic for the waist and added the belt and belt loops.

Celine from Belgium tried my Peter Pan collar tank or tee tutorial!!

Maiko made my paper bag skirt tutorial and posted it on BurdaStyle!

Bethany at Craftopia tried my lace-embellished tee tutorial with fab results:
She said, "It was SUPER fast, and it looks great! I linked back to your tutorial. Thanks for the inspiration!! :)"  Thanks, Bethany!

Sabrina at Honor Roll used the Striped and Ruffled Rose tank tutorial, and said, "Had to immedately make the striped ruffle top after I saw it this weekend - it was so easy and turned out so cute!! Thanks for sharing! Here is my version, in boatneck:"

Ingrid wrote me and said, "I made the Tissue Flutter Tank out of a clearance nightgown I found at Target."--how fun and girly is it in pink?

Becca at Thrift Stitch tried my blue ruffle top refashion, since she had the exact same top from Target clearance and had also never worn it!  How funny is that?!

Suzie from Su Sews So tried my shirt skirt tutorial and it looks great!

A reader emailed me this great pic of her zig zag rug from my DIY tutorial--doesn't it look great in the larger size??

Iris at BYOV tried the jeans shorts makeover tutorial: "I had a pair of jeans in my closet, possibly from high school, with ridiculous flaired legs, circa 2002. Not.acceptable." Aren't they great now?

Heather of Mei Mei Makes Five turned some too-short jeans into very cute cropped shorts using my jean-to-short makeover tutorial!  So trendy!

And Stephanie said, "I just wanted to say thanks for inspiring me to use my sewing machine for more than pillows and table runners.  I went a bit bold with the ruffles, and I love it.  So, so easy and fun."  See the cute ruffled top she made?

Natalie at I'm Frugal did a great job mending some holes with my Essential Blue Jean Mending Method!

Diana used my Essential Jeans-Mending Method on her jeans, and posted on Sew, Craft + Decor!

Kristen from Peace, Love and Crafts tried Ali's great bow necklace tutorial that I had on here as a blog swap.  So cute!!

Maiden Jane made a rice bag, with a cozy pillowcase, too!

And Kelly, from The Haute Mama Fashionista, made this sweater inspired by my ruffle vest and JCrew tee tutorials:

Erica said, "I just finished making two kid-sized versions of your J-Crew Asymmetrical T-shirt.  I LOVE the way they turned out.  I am not a seamstress...I've never sewn anything except baby headbands, so beginner is an understatement for me.  Your tutorial was great and seemed so easy, so I decided to try it out on some clearance long sleeved shirts I found at Old Navy for $2.99."  Check how great they turned out!
And look at how well-accessorized her daughter is in one of them...

Lauren from MidSouth Stagers had almost the exact problem I did--cheap ikat tank, not cute to wear--pillow!  Look how great it looks with that cute orange print!

Janine said, "Some time ago I found these American Eagle Christmassy T-shirts at 1 euro for 3!...I took 2 of them apart and made this shirt with the help of your tutorial. I guess I'll be making Christmas pillows from the fronts, but not now!"

Becca at Think Pink combined my J.Crew Asymmetrical Ruffle Tee and my J.Crew Ruffle Henley tutorials to make a hybrid version!

Have any of you tried any of my tutorials?  If so, I would love to see pics!  Email me at!


  1. Anonymous2/25/2010

    I was so inspired by your posts on yellow and gray that I picked up a small amount of gray/yellow/black/white fabric and attached it to a yellow tee I had in my closet. I wore it yesterday with my gray hoodie and a pair of black pants. I must say, I felt gooood and "prouder than a peacock". Thank-you - you are most inspiring.
    Rosaline at

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  4. Hey there!!
    Thanks for the shout out!
    All the "you tried its look terrific!!

  5. Hey - I just copied one of your refashions on my blog

    I love all the stuff you come up with! Keep it up!
    - becca

  6. i made a pair of skinny jeans form your tutorial. but i will post a pic when i find my card reader grr

  7. Hey, just wanted to let you know that I was inspired by your can-do attitude so I got right up and finished some really old refashion WIPs! Blogged here with a tutorial:

  8. Anonymous1/11/2011


    I just made your Gathered-to-Waistband skirt and I love it. I blogged about it at . Thanks so much for the tutorial!


  9. I used your jean mending method to rescue my favorite pair of jeans!

    I blogged it at:

    Thanks for the inspiration! They would have been chopped into almost unwearable short shorts without your tutorial.

  10. Anonymous2/22/2011

    Hi! Just posted my first version (with a little changes) of your paper bag waist skirt. It's on BurdaStyle and on my blog :-)

  11. I used your lace on a shirt tutorial! I really love wearing it. Thanks for the idea!
    You can see it here

  12. You actually just inspired me to make a blog of my own! And I made your paperbag skirt a few months ago during Grosgrain's month of free patterns. See my blog and I link to you on my patterns page too!




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