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Another refashion

I’ve been neglecting my blog! I apologize. You know how it is; school, work, studying, etc. It never seems to end. Although I have very limited time to dedicate to sewing, I have managed to make something here and there. My latest has been a refashion of an oversized shirt to a smaller, more flattering summer top.

The before shirt was an oversized, polka dot, cotton men’s shirt. The after shirt is a more flattering top with flutter sleeves, and ruffle detail at the waist.

Here are some photos:

Here’s the after shirt:

It was a really simple refashion and cheap, too! Anyone interested in a tutorial?

July 13, 2008 at 8:59 pm 22 comments

Purple Haze

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I recently picked this (and a few other skeins of purple yarn) at my local thrift store. I had never thought of looking for yarn at a thrift store, but apparently it is a gold mine for scrap yarn, needles and vintage patterns. This skein was packed up with my other purple skeins and cost about a dollar and a half total. This yarn in particular was interesting to me, mainly for it’s interesting name (“Haze”) and then for its intriguing fiber content:

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Wow. Good thing I’m no yarn snob. I am looking for the perfect crazy, ironic vintage pattern to use with yarn for a birthday gift for a friend who loves purple.

On another note, I added my stash to Ravelry! What a wonderful resource for knitters and crocheters. I can finally keep track of projects and yarn all at one, well-organized place. Hurray, Ravelry!

March 28, 2008 at 2:23 am 4 comments

Still Here…

Things have been crazy busy, what with school, work and my internship. Sadly, the one area of my life that has been neglected is my sewing and knitting. I did manage to finish this blouse several weeks ago. It’s made of some challis that I got on sale at Hancock Fabrics. I can’t remember the pattern but I will post the pattern number when I am able to look for it. It was relatively easy to complete however, the pattern called for much more fabric than I actually used (nearly double). So, alas, I have quite a bit of leftover fabric from this project. Has anyone else had this problem? It seems to me that most patterns I use call for much more fabric than they actually require. I hope it’s not just me…

Here is the completed blouse:

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Some details include an empire waist with ties and puffed sleeved. I did some minor alterations to the pattern, including raising the hem about 3-4 inches so that it was a more attractive length.

I have also finished two knitting projects! Posts to come, soon. Another thing that is totally sucking away any crafting time is my new obession with Ravelry. I know I am probably a little late in joining this community but I am totally hooked! What a great concept for a website, it’s so inpiring to see such a collection of talent. If you haven’t already and you’re a knitter or crocheter, check it out. You will not be disappointed.

It’s been six months since I joined Wardrobe Refashion and I am happy to say I have not purchased new clothes, however I am saddened to mention that I have barely made any new clothes, either. I have plans, big plans, but they are often hard to execute due to lack of time. Anyhow, in honor of my sx month pledge I have included some fun refashioning tips from a vintage sewing book that I own. It’s the Singer MakeOver Guide (circa 1952) and is full of wonderful tips to take your outdated wardrobe into a new season. Make sure to click on the photos to see the large view. Enjoy!

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March 25, 2008 at 5:53 pm 1 comment

Merry Christmas!

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Just a quick post to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! I’ve been away from Austin, spending time in Connecticut with my folks. We’ve been spending a lot of time…eating! For Christmas dinner we made a huge meal including a fennel stuffed pork loin, butternut squash risotto, and kielbasa & sauerkraut.

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For dessert, I made my aunt’s world famous Kentucky Butter Cake. This was my first attempt, and it came out perfectly! This cake is choc full of calories but it is so, so, delicious.

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Even with all this eating, I have still found time to do some crafting. I went to Northhampton last week to visit Webs. Of course I bought tons of yarn, including some to make this lovely sweater, and here is my progress so far:

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I’m knitting this in Classic AL, 50% Baby Alpaca and 50% Merino Wool, in a lovely eggplant color. I adore it. Aside from making stuff, I am showing my mom how to make her own blog! She just started it today, and is learning pretty quickly. I hope everyone’s holiday was as wonderful and as filling as mine. Merry Christmas!

December 26, 2007 at 2:43 am Leave a comment

I’m still here…

…to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! I promise to post lots of new projects, very soon. I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday!

November 22, 2007 at 3:37 am Leave a comment

A new dress…

Every time I have an evening out, I never have anything to wear (even though I have tons of clothes). Tonight, I am going out to a 1960’s DJ night, and I wanted something fun to wear. I whipped this dress up in about an hour, with materials that were floating around in my stash. The bodice is made of a lovely black material that has a beautiful drape (I used it to make a pencil skirt for my Grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary party last summer) , and the skirt is a 1960’s vintage fabric that I had laying around. I put the two together, using this pattern, and now I have a lovely new dress for my wardrobe. Of course, this is all due to my affiliation with Wardrobe Refashion, it has now been a month and I have not purchased any new clothes. It feels very liberating.

On with the photos!

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Close-up of bodice, good detail of skirt fabric…

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Bottom of skirt still has pins which are holding up my blind hem…

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Dress skirt….please ignore the disaster that is my sewing room!!!

I will be posting again soon…I’ve been working very hard…

November 2, 2007 at 9:48 pm 1 comment

Wardrobe Refashion

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I’ve gone and done it. I’ve joined the Wardrobe Refashion Blog (it starts tomorrow) and I’ve committed to 6 months of not purchasing any new clothes and instead, making them myself. This is going to be good for me, since as of late I have become a shopaholic. (Having a clothes-horse of boyfriend does not help.) Here is my pledge:

 “I, Erica, pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of “new” manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 6 months. I pledge that I shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovoated, recylcled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftyness brings! Signed, Erica.”

In addition to that pledge, I am making a personal pledge NOT to buy any additional patterns, yarn, fabric or other craft supplies UNLESS it is absolutely necessary to the completion of a project. I have so many unused patterns, fabrics and notions that I have not used and it is my goal through this to use all of what I currently have on hand. In addition to this, I intend to clean and reorganize my craft space and to sell or trade any fabric and notions that I cannot find a use for. Whew! That’s quite a committment. Wish me luck.

September 30, 2007 at 10:35 pm 1 comment

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