Mission {Sewing Dare} ACCOMPLISHED!

Mission {Sewing Dare} ACCOMPLISHED!

Sewing Dares

I was issued a dare, to make an outfit inspired by a drawing done by one of my children. I accepted the dare. And upped the ante, I would make a Super Heroine outfit!


And now it is DONE!

Mission {Sewing Dare} ACCOMPLISHED!

Banana Republic Belt :: Thrifted $3.59
Banana Republic Boots :: Freecycled

Mission {Sewing Dare} ACCOMPLISHED!

Mission {Sewing Dare} ACCOMPLISHED!

Mission {Sewing Dare} ACCOMPLISHED!

Engaging in dare based sewing taught me something, I like my creativity stipulation free, lol. I enjoyed making this (out of a mostly cotton/bit of poly bed sheet from Materials for the Arts) and decided to make it two pieces, rather than a dress. I opted out of a straight up split as I’d like to get some more wear out of the skirt portion of this look.

Stay tuned for its everyday styling!

Overall, it was a great experience. My daughter got a kick out of me wearing something so closely related to a drawing of hers. I’ve wanted a skirt like this for a while and now I have one. And, most importantly, though I do not like to have my creatively limited or my projects dictated, I DO LOVE to engage with the #Sewcialist community and will take as many chances to do so as I can!!


Art Biz

Today was the last day of art class for my oldest two. The presentations this term were really good. We have a few new, cool things to display in our home, now!

Missy’s superhero, Scorpia, was a BIG hit! Another parent there really, really liked the work she was featured in. She took the time to find out who created her and came over to tell my daughter that she really enjoyed it and what a great job she’d done. You cannot beat that kind of unsolicited praise! I’m sooooo glad we didn’t miss it. We went to her brother’s class, in another building, first. The woman actually rode up on the elevator with us when we went to view Missy’s things. I seriously got a little teary, lol. She really needs positive reinforcement from people she’s not related to. You know?



This bird display was so cool! I love how my son’s teachers hung clouds between them. Their displays were particularly creative. Here are a few snaps of his bird.IMG_2515


I took some time out to snap a few photos of the refashion I did last night. It was a perfect way to exercise my sewing muscles. Which, apparently, needed a stretch. I have never had so many problems with such a simple project before!



I like how it, eventually, turned out. But, I think I might have to give this to Missy. The sleeves are too tight for comfort. She is the perfect size for it. In fact, I popped into Domsey’s yesterday and found a leather jacket from Express in great condition for only $7.39. It was a touch too small for me, so I got it for her instead. Pre-teen’s first leather!

Anyway, I sewed down that floppy collar, hacked it to waist length, cut a strip for a peplum sort of deal and added an extra bit of width to it for the pleat detail. Not too shabby for a sweater I rescued from the trash on dorm move out day!

Future Refashions

My success with last week’s Sew Weekly refashioning challenge has made me take a closer look at some things in my “to refashion” pile and led me to grab a few new pieces when I hit the thrift store with Missy after our photo shoot (and again a couple days later. Thrifting with an impatient tween doesn’t allow for combing the racks thoroughly). Feel free to chime in with opinions on what works, what doesn’t and what is asking for trouble ;p

I have this mid calf length sweater that I got in the great-dorm-move-out-day-dash with my sister. It’s 100% wool and too tight to be worn as is. I’m thinking it might be a good jumping off point to transform into something like this, sans pockets:

I could also go for cutting it into a totally new look (which would address the tight sleeve issue) and aim for something with this shape (using this pattern, maybe) and kicky beaded embellishment, if the mood strikes me:

vintage blue cardigan yellow skirt d

I also have two sweatshirts to makeover. I’m thinking along these lines:

I picked up a gray one with this project specifically in mind:

Look who happened to be on the tag of one of the sweatshirts we bought.

It's Claire Huxtable on my tag!!

Claire Huxtable!!

This pale colored merino pullover is a bit more hole-y than I thought.  I could re-work it into something like this:

Or give it a completely new life as (un-felted, I hate felted knits) warm winter accessories:

I also have a black wool coat I got from a Freecycler. Nothing special, single breasted, long, wool and boring.

Some ideas to funk it up:

Chop it and add zips? I have a ton of long, heavy, metal zippers that would look awesome used this way.

Cut a new hem? It’s a longish coat, so I might have enough fabric to make a faced hem like this.

Or the stud the fuck out of it!?! That’s sure to make a statement!

That’s quite the full refashioning plate! This doesn’t even include the two pair of men’s pants I have on hand and the tux jacket I never got around to on my last refashioning binge.

I like to thrift for refashionables but these last two trips yielded some wear as is items, too. Like this cashmere (for $5.79!!!!) sweater from Lord & Taylor and this cashmere (also $5.79!!!!) cardigan by Grace. My daughter and I will be cable knit sweater twins in our, identical but differently priced, pullovers and she’s already worn two of her finds to school. All of our purchases can be seen here.

Upcycling with David & Goodwill

On Saturday, I spent some sisterly time with this beauty crafting up a storm at the Goodwill Boutique store in the West Village. It was such a nice time! David, who I met through BurdaStyle, hosted the upcycling event. Using fabric paint and pencils I enhanced not one, but two projects! The tees were provided for us and I brought the pants along with me. I finally got around taking some pictures of them both, today.

Goodwill Boutique :: Hanes Ucycled Tee

Goodwill Boutique :: H&M Upcycled Pants

Goodwill Boutique :: Hanes Ucycled Tee

Goodwill Boutique :: H&M Upcycled Pants

Goodwill Boutique :: Hanes Ucycled Tee

Goodwill Boutique :: H&M Upcycled Pants

I LOVE how they came out!! I see so many dot print refashions in the future. Look at what David did with his project. I’ve already thrifted the perfect  pink oxford to try this with, next! It’s the perfect project for pants like these, that are a little boring and a little too big. This bit of paint gives them new life!