Refashion – Repurpose – Reware

One of my first moves to start off the new year was to go through my closets and drawers and remove anything that did not fit or for some reason was not being worn. I had no idea there was so many items of clothing just sitting there . . .  Now I know why I could never find anything to wear in spite of having clothes everywhere.

There sat two huge bags of clothing in the trunk of my car waiting to be delivered the Goodwill store here in our area . . . But then the idea came to me . . .  Instead of taking everything to be donated why not Refashion – Repurpose – Reware! So out came the bags destined for something different.

There are several very talented refashionistas on Pinterest and I have already trolled their sites for inspiration. I’ve added a new board to my own Pinterest site named “RefashionRepurpose - Rewear” to continue to give me inspiration throughout the year. It is my hope that during this coming year these items will be turned into something brilliant as I endeavor to refashion or repurpose those items that were headed to a new home into something I can rewear.

Here’s to a great 2015!

#refashion, #rewear, #repurpose, #upcycle, #recycle, #refashionista, #sewing

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End of 2014!

I can’t believe 2014 is winding down. It seems like it was only yesterday that I was having difficulties writing 2014 instead of 2013.

When I look back over my post for this year they have been rather scarce. And that is most likely do to the fact that my sewing this year has also been scarce and what I would consider subpar.

So, what do I do for 2015? I’m not going to say that I will “fast” when it comes to ready-to-wear (although it is very difficult for me to purchase clothing out of the department stores) I will spend the year trying to hone in on my sewing skills. And a major factor to constructing garments that are actually wearable will be the quality of my fabric purchases and planning ahead.

So it is time for me to buckle up and get ready for an interesting 2015! Happy sewing.

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Safiyah in the blue dress.


I do still sew :-) although it has been awhile. Here is Safiyah in a summer dress we made together.

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I’m at it again!

Well I just saw a Facebook post from Moods Fabrics and Goodbye Valentino is hosting a Ready-to-Wear fast January 1 – December 31, 2014 and I’m all in.

It’s really amazing because although I completed my year the end of September I still have not purchased any ready to wear clothing. And I am still enjoying testing out various sewing techniques.

Well 2014 here I come and this year I hope to bump it up a notch or two!

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Me Made Week Take 7

It is 10:37 here on the West Coast so I have an hour and a half to get my post in to complete my week. And today I actually have two photos to post.


Yep . . . that’s me again in front of the mirror to get this photo. This skirt was one on my spring/summer go to’s. It is a simple a-line made out of a stretch denim print from Jo-Anns.


This was a fun weekend project at the request of a friend. She needed an apron for her nephew who likes to cook. It is made from McCalls 6415. The fabric is from my stash. I particularly like the way the African print turned out for the vest and miniature bow tie. I didn’t follow the pattern instructions for the bow tie but googled for a real bow tie pattern and how to tie a bow tie. I also changed the shirt panel by adding a placket (?) and putting buttons on it so that it would look more like a real shirt. Hubby said this was the nicest apron he’d ever seen. I hope my friend’s nephew feels the same way!

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Me Made Week Take 6


Tee-shirt! Can you tell I tried to strike a different pose. Looking back at the other photos it looked as if I stand in the same position every time and have a look on my face as if I am about to blow a gasket, so this time I tried to do something different.

I didn’t think I would be able to make bit the week, but here we are.

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Me Made Week Take 5

One thing good about sewing your own clothing is that you have an opportunity to try new things out (I read that from one of my fellow bloggers and I tend to agree). One thing I tried out this year is mixed prints.


These are two prints from Jo-Anns 2013 spring collection. I thought these two fabrics would work well this spring for a knit tee and skirt.


It has taken some getting use to as it was drilled into me from a very young age that you DO NOT mix prints. Phil says he would like to see the skirt with a white top because he can’t “see” the skirt – ha ha ha he isn’t adjusting to the mixed print thing . . . he is really going to be in trouble once I get the hang of it.


I tried to get a close up of the buttons and button holes. This particular shirt  had a few details that helped me with my sewing skills.

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Me Made Week Take 4


We were expecting high winds today but it turned out to be a beautiful day.

My me made today is black stretch cotton dress that I made a few years ago for a vacation Phil and I took to Jamaica.

The different embroidered color polka dots instantly gave me that Caribbean vibe. This pattern called for lining, but there was no way I was going to put a lining in this dress, so I faced it with bias tape.

It has since accompanied me on several visits to the Caribbean and I think it is still good for a few more :-)

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Me Made Week Take 3


This is one of the outfits I made prior to starting at the beginning of my challenge. This is the one that brought to my attention that I really needed to work on my sewing skills. Come to think of it . . . Today is actually the first day I’ve worn this outfit.

It was made from an Easy New Look pattern in a jersey knit. What I call a variation for my usual sweats.

From the looks of things it should be no surprise that my colors for the fall are black, gray and red.

We’ll see what’s hidden in the closet over the next couple of days.

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Me Made Week Take 2


Day two of me-made week. Today is errands day, so we are out and about. I’m happy I’ve chosen this week to highlight some of my accomplishments in the sewing arena because I would normally throw on my Levi’s and call it a day, but today I managed to get myself in my blue princess seam pants. You may remember these from my class Pant Fitting Techniques post some time ago.


Here is the photo of when they were newly sewn. I am really happy with the overall fit. I think it may be time for me to try my hand at another pair of pants.
I had Phil snap another photo as we ended our long day of errands. I couldn’t resist the sunset over Lake Camanche this evening.

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