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A Purse from a Curtain.

I've been contemplating how to repurpose a bundle of old unneeded curtains into new stuff lately, and my latest creation is this bag:
I made it from a single curtain panel of vintage barkcloth that I bought years ago at an antiques market in Rockland, Maine.  I just concocted the pattern as I went along, and it's just a slightly teardropped shape, lined with a combination of more barkcloth and some dark green cotton (the same dark green cotton that I used for a recent apron).  The only embellishment are three old buttons--one brown, one white, and one green--stacked one atop another on the flap.  There are still plenty of curtains to work with, so perhaps some gifts will be next to arise from the pile of curtains! 

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So a friend gave me a bunch of her Indian tunics--they were bought years ago, they'd fit neither of us, and she thought I might could do something with them (she's seen so many of my other projects).  Then I found a big bag of caramel-gold crochet thread at the thriftshop--and I had a party to attend for my friend--so I did this.  Before:

Upsizedkameezbefore After:
Upsizedkameezafter The usual crochet trick, but now I have a killer cherry-red embroidered and beaded tunic that fits--and my friend approves, and she knows her gift hasn't gone forgotten in a closet.

Two aprons

I'm thinking I may be slowly evolving as a crafter.  I used to be a "one off" kind of girl - I don't think I'd ever made the same thing twice in a row a year ago.  And then I moved to Boston and started making the same two things over and over again: skirts, and there was this short period during finals where I made little pins, about 10 of them in different fabric/button combinations to avoid looking at Biostats [the irony, of course, is that one of my "Wow, cool!" moments of this current semester was when I was staring at some social networking data and thought, "I actually really, really want to REGRESS THIS."  Nerd.]

But I digress.  I've now moved into the duo phase, where I make 2 of everything before moving on.  The latest?  A pair of aprons for a pair of very good friends here:


All stash/repurposed fabrics, and I just squeaked it in for Tie One On.  It's backed in that large scale rose print, one of my very first thrifted fabric finds.  I think it used to be a crib sheet?  Something?


Stash/thrifted as well. Striped fabric used to be a mens shirt, which I'm hoping to refashion into a dress ala the wonderfully talented Clever Girl.  You can get a better close up of the pockets here.

[Oh yes, and I'm remembering that I posted about the 2 skirts in the photos here on WR, before moving on to the apron phase.  See what I mean about twos?]

I can resist everything...

... except temptation!

Well, not quite true, but I did cave in. I went shopping for sandals for my kids, and could not pass up this jacket:


Are you absolutely ashamed of me? It is Bright Pink, afterall.
Sigh.... I want to say that I have some guilt in me about this purchase, but nope, not really :)

So I am invoking my get out of jail free card:



In other news, I made a spring ruffle top from Rae's tutorial at Sew Mama Sew. It's a great tutorial, and here's a picture of the top:


Using another online tutorial, this one you've all seen before - Dana's Shirt Dress to make this joyful dress for my daughter. It is made from my husband's shirt. Yes, you read that right, it's my husband's.


Necklace Saga

Oh my, I forgot to resize the pictures.  Sorry, but I'm pressed for time!

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I asked for help with these plastic links a while ago, because I'm no jewelry maker and had no idea how to work with them.  After a few false starts, this is what I ended up with.  I used parts from another necklace to do the blue one.  It cost me $3, but I think that was cheaper than buying parts at the craft store. 

The denim dress is a thrift shop find and will probably be refashioned a bit as well.  It's a little voluminous right now, so I'm thinking of bringing the sides of the pleat together to make it a little more fitted.

Posted perhaps a bit more coherently at Darling Petunia.

Swirly skirt


I found this fabric in the remnants box at Joann's a while ago. The fabric is pretty loud so I figured I would use it for my 3 year old but I decided to make it into a skirt for me. It is a stretchy knit (mixed w/ poly and spandex perhaps) so I made a waistband that folds over (no need for elastic). I really like it so I feel more confident to try out prints. :)

Thanks again to Nikki for picking me as the featured refashionista. I feel very honored and flattered!

Until next time,


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refashioned baby bibs

I'm currently 19 weeks pregnant and reeling from the prices of really nice baby clothes and accessories.  So I decided to take matters into my own hands a bit.  I bought some really cheap plain cotton baby bibs and appliquéd some baby friendly shapes made up from scraps from my scrap bag.  I think they look pretty darn cute.

I've posted some more pictures on my blog at blissed out

First Communion Banner

I just have to share my first applique piece work project.  As godmother, the job of the First Communion banner fell to me.  I was specifically told that I could not cheat and buy a banner or banner kit, I had to actually make the banner.  Well, since I'm committed to Wardrobe Refashion, buying one never entered my mind.  I did go and buy 99 cent fat quarters rather than go through my massive fabric collection, because I don't actually have any fabrics like this. The hanger is just made from a dowel rod, wood caps and string that I keep in my sewing room.  The banner is lined with part of a duck cloth curtain.  I hope she likes this.