I am the worst packer in the world, friends! In preparing for my trip to visit my friends in Philly, I completely failed to pack properly. In my carry-on, I packed one sweater and a few sundresses.
Oh…and one other thing…
That’s right! I’ve invested in a mini sewing machine to take with me on my travels so I can refashion on the go!
Here’s my review of the Janome Sew Mini.
The day was sunny and bright, but a bit chilly. I needed some sleevage…STAT!
Heather knew exactly where I needed to go!
This is the Philly AIDS Thrift…probably the BEST thrift store I’ve ever been to! They have a great (and surprisingly inexpensive) selection, a super-friendly staff, and the money raised goes to a great cause!
I also like the funny messages the staff puts on each of the price tags:
Of course, I prefer to refashion items that cost $1 or less.
A lot of you guys have been asking where I find such items. I like to think I have a sixth sense…a bit of a psychic power if you will…
I chose this $1 dress to refashion:
I love the black, the warmth, and the pockets. But that neck was awful and the dress isn’t quite working for me…yet!
I got to cutting! First those shoulder pads had to go!
More snipping followed!
That neck had to go, too!
Since I cut off part of the zipper at the neck, I needed to stitch each of those edges down, so the zipper pull doesn’t just slide off.
I used part of my cut off hem as a sash to cinch the waist of my sweet new dress!
My new dress was perfect for a lovely sunny day with Heather, Evan, and Mudcat!
My friends live near South Street, where a fun street party was a happening. 🙂
While wandering about, we ran into this fabulous person from Philly AIDS Thrift! 🙂
My first (and certainly not last) visit to Philly was a blast! I hope you get a chance to visit and go thrift store shopping in this fun city oh so soon!