Why I Take My Glasses Off…

When I started this post, it was supposed to be about my new dress, yet another simplicity 1620. However, looking at the pics I snapped, it’s just a reminder to take off glasses when taking pictures.


I guess it kinda looks like I’m from the future, walking around with an HUD embedded in my specs!

To be honest, I never really like pictures I take of myself (and really, who does like pics of themselves?!), and I don’t like taking pictures of me, but I do really like documenting the things I make.

So I am going sharing the bleh pictures, because it beats going back out to my tiny apartment balcony wondering if the neighbors are peering out from across the parking lot wondering what the heck I’m doing, which is what retaking them would entail!


Look at the usual print! Ignore my glowing glasses!

And of course the one picture where my glasses haven’t censored my eyes is the one where I said, “Whatever. I’ll just act goofy ’cause I already feel like an idiot!”DSCN4763

Oh, and I do love my new dress! This pattern is a go-to favorite, and at this point only takes me about 2-3 hours to turn out, hemmed and everything! And this fabric is a simply silky knit from Jo-Ann fabrics and is a kind-of-dated, kind-of-steampunk paisley print that I kind-of-love, and which I look forward to rocking for a while 🙂


Responsible Refashioning

Hello to any and all of you!

I recently watched the documentary The True Costwhich is about the impact of the fast fashion industry, from farmers who grow cotton to workers in the garment industry. Overall, it paints a bleak picture of the first world’s obsession with cheap clothing. It was well done and compelling and I highly recommend watching it. I’ve always had a general sense that the current fashion industry is problematic (hence my interest with sewing a lot of my own clothes) but didn’t realize the extent of or the specifics of the problem.

But one statistic in the film really caught my attention: only 10% of clothes donated to thrift stores are sold. The rest are trashed or bundled off to developing countries where the influx cripples the local clothing industry. And so I thought of a bag of clothes I had set aside for donation. I decided to look through it and see if I could refashion anything and get more use. And lo and behold, the two garments on top were perfect! I think there are some more potential refashions, but I’ll start with just showing you one.

This is a maxi dress which I actually got at a thrift store. I’d worn it a few times, but the bodice is honestly too tight, and I never quite got into the long length.DSCN4358

However, the dress also has a different print along the lower edge, with the paisley’s resolving into a crisp design, and I really wanted to save this detail.DSCN4359

So I cut off the bodice and sewed in shoulder seams. I also cut out armholes and defined a neckline. I picked out the black fabric to finish the arm and neck holes. DSCN4360Once belted, I had a fabulous new dress and am so happy with it!

I also refashioned a sweater, which I’ll share soon 🙂


Frankly Unorthadox

014So I decided to make a new shirt today, and drafted my own pattern. But I was out of large sheets of paper. So this is my wonderfully unorthodox solution:003It’s a lovely mix of Ikea packaging, grocery circulars, and negative space. But it worked!

I used soy sauce and kidney beans as pattern weights.

I’m still figuring out proper tension for my double needle, so the hems are ridged.


And this is after a good pressing…

But I love the finished shirt!013

Not bad for a morning’s work!:)

Btw, the fabric is a cotton blend double knit from Jo-ann’s. I found it in my favorite part of the whole store – the remnant bin! – ages ago, and I am so thrilled to finally use it 🙂