The Sewing Party!!!!

Hey there!  Wanna party with me?  :)

One of the most frequent questions I get is, “Why don’t you ever do any videos?”

Well…I (with the help of some creative and camera-savvy pals) made one!

But wait…THERE’S MORE!  :)

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That’s right!  This Saturday, November 8 you are cordially invited to the first-ever all-day online DIY event EVER!!!!!

Thousands of DIY-ers will gather for a fun-filled day of sewing and crafting classes taught online by leading bloggers and educational experts. It’s all about Connecting. Crafting. And Creating.

Attendees will have access to more than 30 online classes available on the day of the event and for an additional 90 days. There is truly something for everyone! Classes include home décor, fashion sewing, quilting and upcycling (that’s me!), crafting, costume design, techniques for turning your craft into an entrepreneurial venture, and more!

For just $40, “The Sewing Party” participants can attend classes; chat with participants from across the country; interact with top bloggers and educational experts who are teaching; and explore the latest crafting and sewing tips, techniques and products.

I’ll be teaching my FIRST EVER ONLINE CLASS at 4:30, Become a ReFashionista!  In this class, I’ll show you how to take used, abused, dated, and just plain ugly thrift store clothes and turn them into cute couture!  There will also be a talkback session immediately after the class where I’ll be able to answer any questions you might have.

Here are a few fun behind-the-scenes pics to let you know I mean business:

Jeff, David, and a fancy schmancy camera!

Jeff, David, and a fancy schmancy camera!

 

Picking out a tutorial-worthy "before" piece!

Picking out a tutorial-worthy “before” piece!

 

Erin approves!

Erin approves!

 

Jeff in action!

Jeff in action!

 

Can't we all just get along???

Can’t we all just get along???

 

Hour 6 of video shoot...

Hour 6 of video shoot… ;P

 

Sooooooooo….what are ya waiting for?  Register today, and I’ll see you at the party!  :)

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An “It’ll do for work.” Dress

Spoiler Alert:  This is not a terribly exciting refashion.  But it IS a cautionary tale about what happens when you make boring non-daring choices in a refashion!  So…let’s begin!

It all started with this dress I found on the 50 cent rack at a nearby Goodwill:

 

I assume the previous owner died after being mauled by a tiger.

I assume the previous owner died after being mauled by a tiger.

 

I can see why nobody wanted this one, as it has a pretty major hole in the shoulder.  No worries!  I can fix that, and fix it I did!

 

No big deal.

No big deal.

 

With that shoulder fixed, I got to removing a couple of things I wasn’t too fond of…

 

Shoulder padding!

Shoulder padding!

 

Oh joy.  A row of buttons right above my ass.  How flattering!

Oh joy. A row of buttons right above my ass. How flattering!

 

Whew!  Much better!

Whew! Much better!

 

I decided to just take this one in a couple of inches on each side.

 

Just a couple 'o inches!

Just a couple ‘o inches!

 

I stitched each side down, then serged those rapidly-fraying raw edges!

 

Serrrrrrrrrrge!

Serrrrrrrrrrge!

 

Here’s what it looked like when I was done:

 

Nice!

Nice!

 

I chopped off a ridiculously conservative amount off the bottom…

 

Meh.

Meh.

 

Then I gave it a new hem.

 

Blah.

Blah.

 

And here it is:  My totally boring dress that I don’t really care for!

 

Seriously.  :/

Seriously. :/

 

And here it is being boring and still-dated-looking from the side!

 

Not much better, eh?  :/

Not much better, eh? :/

 

Not even my cool new wig could save it!  :/

 

I feel pretty!

I feel pretty!

 

The print is fun, but this frock is still oh-so-frump!  :/  I think I’ll re-refashion it!

I feel like I should have taken it in MUCH more and should have gone a good bit shorter as well.  I made a couple of boring conservative choices and ended up with a lackluster result. :/

I looked at it and thought, “Eh.  It’ll do for work.”, which is exactly the mediocrity I strive to avoid, both in my sewing AND in my personal appearance.

So yeah.  I don’t really like this one very much, but hopefully you can learn from my mistakes and not suss out the way I did.

Fortune favors the bold!

Cheers!

 

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A Cowl Back Conversion

When I found this frock on the 50 cent sale rack at the Goodwill near my house, I thought, “Wow!  A dress I don’t even have to refashion!”

Not too shabs!

Not too shabs!

 

But then I looked a little closer…

 

See it?

See it?

 

Here.  Let me help you out a bit.

 

WHAT.

WHAT.

 

Do you see the bizarre patched-up crotch hole?  HOW DID THAT GET THERE?  WHYYYYYYY?  And WHY am I so terrified of the implications of said crotch hole? :/

*Shudder*

Step 1:

Ahhhhhh!  Much better already!

Ahhhhhh! Much better already!

 

I don’t know about you guys, but I feel much better now!

So, I could have reattached that bottom bit to the newly crotch-hole-less bit, but the temps here have dropped, and I definitely need more shoulder coverage now!

But first, I needed to restitch the top of the elastic waist that had come undone.

 

...like Duran Duran.

…like Duran Duran no more!

 

Then, I had that bottom raw edge to tend to.

 

Whirrrrrr!

Whirrrrrr!

 

I used a straight stitch for this, but it was quite finicky with the weirdo stretchy knit of this fabric.  I SHOULD have used a tight zigzag, as it would have saved me a bit of frustration.

I promptly reset my machine for the remainder of this refashion!

 

Now we're talkin'!

Now we’re talkin’!

 

Now for that bottom scrap!  First, I unpicked the hastily hand-sewn hem that was already in place.  I commend the effort, but I wanted something a tad sturdier for my new top!

 

Byeeeee!

Byeeeee!

 

Then, I pinned a new hem for each side of the scrap.

 

No big.

No big.

 

Next, I stitched each hem down.

 

Zigzaggery!

Zigzaggery!

 

But now what?  I’m going to be a bit chilly without some upper arm coverage, no?

I took that scrap and did this with it:

 

Just playing around a bit...

Just playing around a bit…

 

Then I did this!

 

Hmmmnnn...

Hmmmnnn…

 

HMMMMM...

HMMMMM…

 

I stitched down those parts I pinned at the front.

 

Once again, using a zigzag.

Once again, using a zigzag.

 

The back was left drapey.  :)

And here’s my new top!

 

My shoulders are now draft-free!

My shoulders are now draft-free!

 

Le back!

Le back!

 

Amauri thought my new top was pretty swell too!

 

Love this fella right here.  :)

Love this fella right here. :)

 

I had a blast wearing my new top at Soda City’s Oktoberfest!

 

They juuuust might...

They juuuust might…

 

Cheers!

 

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