…. long after the rest of the kameez/shalwar or kurta/shalwar outfit has gone to clothing heaven, the coordinating dupatta lives on, sometimes in eternity, especially if it’s a relatively ornate piece. Let’s face it. If parts of attire do not touch the body, they’re rarely in need of frequent cleaning (notwithstanding food stains) and do… Read More Long Lives of Dupattas (Scarves)
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
Two pretty (really pretty) garments came together to make this “luxe” pajama top. The term “luxe” sounds a little patronizing, so I put it in quotation marks. Also, please see important note at the end of the post. This much loved, self-made blouse (Vogue Pattern by Adri) has been refashioned into a pj top –… Read More Completed “Luxe” PJ Top
Hi friends! I completed this long forgotten set of napkins with white lace edgings. Cream, ecru, beige laces would not work for the dainty blue and white print. Thus the mismatched set of edgings because this is all the white laces I had in the stash. Don’t know about you, but I never came across… Read More Voile Napkins, a Reuse and Recycle Project: Cleansing the Sewing Palate
My sewing vision for year 2020 is simple: just keep sewing. Keep going with the exclusively self-made wardrobe, and rein in urges to sew what doesn’t suit me. That was one of the perks of this past decade of being a maker; I was forced to take a good look and make stuff that was… Read More 2020 SEWING VISION: Just Keep Sewing, but Sustainably
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?
Altering: taking apart a whole or part of a garment, making adjustments and sewing it back together in the same style to make it fit better. Millions of American women can sew (30 million is the word on the street) – but its safe to assume that most of them hate to make fit alterations… Read More 5 Shades of Re-Fashioning