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Unfortunately I was out of town for the past four days, and now I'm behind in my sewing. (Boo...) There was far too much time spent in a car with nothing to do, so at least I've got the itch to get going. There are a lot of projects on deck, so I'll be sure to keep posting.
I was inspired by a post over at Cathy of California and wrote up a post of my own over at my blog (Gnome-n-cla-ture) about the vintage Necchi sewing machine that I inherited from my grandpa. If you're interested, stop on by and check it out!
We love Hello Kitty so I freezer paper stenciled kitty with her red bow onto Boo's black tee. I found the image here and reduced it by 50%. I saw a HK tee at H&M and they wanted $15. Whatever, I knew I could do it for pennies so I did it on a tee purchased last year on clearance at Target for $2. It's quite satisfying when I can recreate something I saw at a store for way less $$. As I was stenciling I thought it would look great with a plaid skirt and just happened to have some fabric I could use. The ruffle of the skirt could've been cut to match the top half better but considering it was my first attempt at matching plaids, I'm giving myself a break. :) I attached navy bloomers to the skirt so Boo would only have to worry about 2 layers (underwear and skirt) of bottoms instead of 3 (underwear, bloomers, and skirt). The poofiness of the bloomers kind of interfere with the fall of the skirt so next time I'm either making them like underwear or shorts. By the way, how cute would this outfit be with red Dr. Martens boots? Fun to imagine but probably not a good idea at this age. They're so clunky I fear they are a tripping hazard. Anyway, I estimate the total I spent on the tee and skirt around $3.50. Nice.
Until next time,
I HAVE been doing things... like drafting patterns and putting on plays...
I havn't bought anything new this term. Not even tights. I am working through refashions that have backlogged and on a scarf. I just don't have anything really finished!
Progress report is on my blog and it has pictures... All of these WIP would make this an extrordinarily long post. Nothing is really getting finished because everything is waiting on something particular.
I found an old dress shirt that had seen better days. It was far too dingy at this point to be useful as a dress shirt so I decided it needed dying. But I figured once dyed the cut would be too formal so it also need some refashioning. So here it is before:
I made four major changes:
1. Dyed it with Dylon Ocean Blue. It came out a little bit streaky but that was probably my fault and I can live with it.
2. Seam ripped the collar and got rid of the pointy part so I was left with a nice little stand up collar, much more subtle.
3. Chopped off the sleeves and gathered the excess material with one big tuck into a new band.
4. Eliminated some of the boxiness by adding two ties on either side. You can't see them in this pic but they are super long so they can be tied in back or wrapped back around the front and tied at either my waist or as an empire waist.
Although this ended up taking longer than I expected I'm happy I salvaged this shirt because I think it will be very useful once again. There are a few more pics on my blog.
Despite having a seamstress for a mother who made a lot of my clothes growing up, those are the two things that I have always bought new from a big box store. I thought about stocking up on socks and underwear before the challenge, but I thought maybe that was cheating a little.
I have discovered on etsy that there is a ton of handmade underwear available. While much of it is a little too frilly and exciting for every day wear, there's plenty that just look comfortable and not too expensive.
As for socks, that was a little harder. So I thought, I'll tackle that first and then everything else will be easy. But... I don't knit. And I'm not interested in knitting. My mom is going to knit a pair of socks next. But I'm not holding my breath that they're for me or that I'll see them anytime this year, so I'd better figure it out on my own.
I remember seeing a pair of socks made from stretchy knit fabric on etsy, though now I can't seem to find them. So when I sat staring at my piles of fabric I started pulling out the stretchy-est fabrics I have. Here are my first two inventions.
I think it might need a little more tweaking in order to get excellent knee-high socks (my favorites), but these are both comfortable and cute.