• Q&A Monday:  You CAN Sew on a Button! 1
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    Q&A Monday: You CAN Sew on a Button!

    One of the most common phrases I see in comments and emails for this blog is, “I can’t even sew on a button!”.  No big deal, right?  Some people don’t know how to sew on a button.  Big whup. What I don’t like about this statement is how it implies “I can’t and won’t ever be able to sew on a button, or sew anything else for that matter!”  Most things can be learned.  Just because you don’t know how to do something now, doesn’t mean you won’t ever be good at said thing! Let’s rewind to more than a decade ago when I was a Theatre Major at the University…

  • Q&A Monday:  A Life Refashioned? 5
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    Q&A Monday: A Life Refashioned?

    Q:  So what’s going on with you?  You’ve been on TV for your blog and it’s gotten pretty big.  How has your life changed since you started ReFashionista.net? A.  Ah!  The glamorous life of an internet celeb D-lister!  😉  If you look back at my earliest (and most embarrassing) entries, you’ll be just as surprised as I am at what an incredible following of cool people this little blog has garnered over the past 3 years.  I mean, seriously.  I had a shaved head, a terrible camera, hadn’t written anything in years, and my pics were teensy! Why did anyone ever read this blog in 2010?  Why? Having a successful blog…

  • Q&A Monday:  How to Refashion without a Dress Form 9
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    Q&A Monday: How to Refashion without a Dress Form

    Q:  I’m new to refashioning and I don’t have a fancy mannequin to measure my dresses on. What’s the best approach for taking something in by myself and with no one else to pin it for me?  A:  This is the part where I could be total smart ass and say, “Get you a dress form or make you one!”, but that would be really jerky of me, and I’m trying to avoid being a jerk as of late (It’s my new thing!).  🙂 When I first started this blog, I didn’t have a dress form.  I didn’t have one for a long time.  So how did I get my…

  • Q&A Monday:  Good Form! 13
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    Q&A Monday: Good Form!

    Q:  You do a lot of your custom fitting with a dress form!  What kind do you use?  How can I get one if I’m strapped for cash? A:  That’s right!  If you look through my earlier stuff, you’ll see how I took things in without a form, but I MUCH prefer refashioning with one.  It’s just way easier to do when you have a silent clone of yourself (actually, it sounds a bit creepy when I put it that way)! I went ahead and spent a little over $100 on this one by Singer. I went with an adjustable model because I knew I wanted to start costuming a…

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    Q&A Monday: 5 Tips for Newbie Bloggers

    Q: I like your blog, and it seems to have a good following.  I just started a blog of my own.  How can I make it a success? When people ask how to have a successful blog, it’s hard to know what to tell them. I’ve been blogging at ReFashionista.net for a looooong time and it has only VERY recently gained traction. Here’s a few things that I think I’ve done right. 1. I’ve got a gimmick. My blog is  very focused on a very specific thing. (refashioning and eco fashion). 2. I try to have a clear writing voice and I don’t try to dumb myself down or write…