My name is Sabrina and I've been following the reworking, recreating, and outright fashioning going on here for several months now and every story I've read has inspired me. I learned to crochet when I was too small remember exactly when, learned to sew in seventh grade, and picked up painting and beading because the battle cry in our house when I was growing up was not only "I could make that," but "I could make that better," whether better meant "for less money," or "to fit me," or just "in a color that doesn't suck."
It was fun, too!
The problem was I didn't really have any confidence in my abilities. I promptly put those skills away when I moved out on my own as too time consuming and, secretly, because I didn't think I had the skills to make anything "nice enough" for the "real world." I'd see something I liked, think "I could make that," and then break down and buy it because I didn't have the money to buy supplies and didn't really believe that I could make it "as nice as store bought." For over ten years, I let those skills languish, all the while reading crafting magazines and sites like this one and wishing I could do things as cool as the ones I was reading about.
I started crafting again back in June when I learned a friend and coworker who was due in July didn't have anyone in her family to crochet a blanket for her first baby. Everyone should have at least one hand made baby blanket, so I picked up the hook on my birthday in June and put the final stitches in the edging the day her daughter was born a month later. That blanket was a complete hit, and it opened the floodgates for me. All those years of doing nothing had built up, and I just had to start making things again.
It's been nonstop ever since. I even finally learned to knit back in August. I just started keeping an (extremely self-indulgent) little blog at www.starscrossing.com at the start of this month and I've put a few of my projects out there. I've been working on more things, but most of them are holiday gifts for people who actually read my blog, so I can't post about those projects until after December 25th, but I have a few projects set aside for Wardrobe Refashion that I can share before then.
I'm looking forward refashioning in December (and I plan to resign in January after the "Wardrobe cleanout"). Hopefully I can give back some of the inspiration you've all been giving me.