Being a YouTube rat and an occasional upcycled garment enthusiast, I can’t pass up videos showing garment refashions; I don’t even mind the pesky ads. Here are some channels I follow on YouTube these days; thanks to YouTube algorithms, more new ones show up in my feed regularly. Disclaimer: I am not being paid to… Read More Refashioning Videos on YouTube
Source of original piece: closet of family member. I never could wear it for reasons that will be obvious in the “before” picture. Assessment: It is a size Small and here’s pre-upcycle proof. It needed width from the armhole-level down. The neck is a size small but not too constricting. Teeny tiny buttons and button-loops… Read More Upcycling Continues: Blue Silk Broadcloth
I came across the term “pajamaville” in a New York Times article which quoted someone responding to questions about pandemic burn-out. She said that no matter how many lists she makes, “I find myself falling back into deep pajamaville”. Me too, but I’m happy to be in pajamaville all day if i get to wear… Read More In “pajamaville”
Hello, friends! I’m back from my blogging hiatus, and sharing this loud but happy top with you today. As a rule, I don’t participate in online sew-alongs and challenges, mainly because I can’t seem to sew fast enough to keep up with other participants; but this time I did. The Tops That Pop sew-along was… Read More Never-Enough-Butterflies Top
The high fashion industry – it’s just like us. I’m inspired by highest fashion looks, but are big designers furtively keeping tabs on what is happening in the sewing community? I like to think so. Members of the sewing community have long been inspiring each other to use their leftover fabric in creative ways and… Read More #Fashion Industry Does Scrap Busting
If fabrics had feelings, I’ve totally insulted my beloved fabric stash. So why do I seek to re-make already made clothing? There’s that annoying, niggling issue of why remake old clothing when there’s a substantial fabric stash waiting in all its unsewn glory? Let’s move beyond the obvious talking points about ethical, economical, and other… Read More #Earth Month Post #4: What About the Fabric Stash?
Is it earth month yet? You can disregard that other “foolish” day associated with April 1; let’s celebrate by doing some sewing. In honor of the beginning of earth month, I completed a long ignored UFO (unfinished object). It started out as a “muslin” for a Sewing Workshop pattern, and it turns out that I… Read More #Earth Month 2016 Post 1: “Muslin” Becomes Wearable.