Archive for the ‘getting my craft on’ Category
are best spent indoors with two pairs of socks on and a sewing kit nearby.
This weekend, I made a pincushion organizer that I saw featured on Sew, Mama, Sew awhile back.
I am currently obsessed with sewing. In fact, I have about 60 projects bookmarked that I’d like to complete. Yes, sixty, as in 6-0! Because I live pretty much in the middle of nowhere (see below photo) I don’t have access to good quality fabrics with which to make these projects and I am hesitant to buy fabrics over the internet without being able to feel them and drape them and imagine them as a finished product. So until I can get to civilization and hoard all the pretty fabrics I can find, I am trying to make things with scraps I have around the house and old clothing that needs updated. Hence my new project- a clothing refashion.
I bought this dress at Clothing Warehouse in Jacksonville before I moved and have only worn it once. It was shapeless and too large, but I loved the print so I tucked it into a belt and tried to call it good. Except every time I moved the dress came untucked from the belt and it looked pretty terrible. It has been in the back of my closet for months, so I thought I’d see what I could do!
Here are the awful before pictures. Please ignore the wild hair!
First, I removed the bodice from the skirt and then took in the sides.
Then I created a casing for some elastic. I folded and pinned the top of the skirt down about 1/4 inch and sewed. Then I folded and pinned the edge down about 1 1/2 inches and sewed, leaving an opening to insert the elastic later on.
After that, I pinned and sewed the bodice to the skirt. Finally, I inserted the elastic (measured my waist and subtracted 1 inch) and sewed the two pieces together.
It isn’t perfect and I don’t love the extra bit of fabric above the elastic, but it is wearable- unlike before- and easily hidden with a belt.
During the last few weeks I have been reading a lot about sustainability because I am sincerely concerned with how wasteful (myself included) our society is. In an effort to consume less and waste less, I am exploring ways in which I can produce a lot of what I need myself- including food, clothing, household goods and transportation. I’ve read 6 books in the last week and am really enjoying learning and trying new things!
I’ve been wanting to sew my own dresses and make a quilt for some time now. I’ve had this unfinished apron in the closet for almost 2 years now so I thought I would pull it out and start practicing. I am quite pleased with the results and the colors just make me happy!