Friday, February 19, 2010

Now that we've moved, and settled in (mostly), and the holidays are over, and I'm starting to get motivated again, etc etc, I've been back to sewing! It was bugging me that a couple of shirts I made last year were hideously ugly, so I decided to save them from the bin by re-working them. Here's what I came up with:

This is now a dress with a jersey bodice and a printed cotton skirt. I added a belt because it came out a little loose. It looks fine on its own, but I think the belt gives it a more polished look.

I have also been into upcycling lately. I took an old sweater of my husband's that had holes and candle wax on it, and I cut it into strips, basically cutting out the holes and waxy bits in the process. then I sewed those strips together (each one was a completely different width), and in the seams sewed in some yellow and turquoise trim I had laying around. I popped on an elastic waist band, and voila! a brand new comfy skirt. I wore it over a pair of black leggings with leg warmers and black shoes. It was great for dancing! This isn't the best photo, but it gives you an idea of how it came out:

I like projects like this that only take a couple of hours, and reuse something that was about to go to the dump.

I also made a pair of leggings out of some gray pointelle knit fabric I had laying around. I made them on the long side, and gave them a little cuff effect at the bottom. I will have to post a photo of them later!

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