In my last post I talked about repurposing and I’ve done a couple more upcycle projects since then. I had a couple of skirts that I’d been holding on to for repurposing and so I just lined them and made them into simple tote bags. I love how the pockets on one of the skirts are functional for the outside of the bag as well.
I enjoy repurposing…I can’t stand to let a good piece of clothing or fabric go when I could surely see myself using it for “something” even though I may not quite know what! It ends up resulting in a lot of space being taken up by future “projects” lol. I decided I’d to get one done not too long ago with a pair of pinstriped capri’s. I get a lot of hand me downs, and I frequent area yard and garage sales. But these were really cute and sadly, did not fit me. I had high hopes to fit into them one day, but those hopes did not seem to be materializing any time soon (sigh)…so I had been wanting to make a vendor apron for a while. In my recent gift of fabric from my dear Aunt, there was a cute contrasting yellow fabric I thought would match well…so off I went.
It’s a pretty basic vendor apron. I have one large pocket, one smaller side pocket. The larger pocket has an inner zipper pocket for cash or secret stash. And then I added the contrasting pen pocket on the outside. I think it came out okay. It was my first one, and I was pretty much winging it with no pattern, just sewing and cutting and cutting and sewing. But overall, I’m happy with it. Repurposed with a purpose. I love giving new life into something that otherwise may have been wasted. =)
Pink is not usually my thing. But I was given this simple paisley looking print fabric and I had this pink tank top on hand. The goal was to make two dresses this day, but well…yah. Even though it was just a simple tube dress, I was – as usual – just dragging my behind. I don’t know what my problem is lately, seriously! Anyway, the second dress I want to make is out of this awesome stretchy striped fabric, so gotta figure that one out.
Anyhow, as I said, it was all very simple. I love using everything, so I get the long tanks – this way I can make two dresses out of them. I cut the tank top in half. I turn the bottom half around and use that as a tube dress or top, and the top piece as a tank dress or top.
Then it was just a matter of cutting the skirt part, I cut the diagonal cause I like my skirts to flare out a little rather than be fitted and straight at the bottom..(I ended up cutting a deeper diagonal than pictured, I always start off so conservatively lol..such a chicken)
Then it was just finishing the top and bottom hems, and sewing elastic to the top – and attaching it to the cut side of the tube. I then insert elastic into the already hemmed part of the tank. (Turned the bottom of the tank to the top and slid elastic into the original hem and hand sewed the hole closed). Voila!
Now I just have to get to all those projects and ideas I have piled up there on the side. And imagine, those are only the things that didnt fit into my sewing cabinet there! Yikes. Too many ideas and so little time (energy!). Until me and my sewing machine meet again…
Will be posted soon and reclassified into the FOR SALE category once I get my photo shoot done!
I don’t mind doing custom orders, I love working with customers to create their vision. It’s a little nerve wracking (is that the word?) for me ~ It’s easier to create something, and hope you like it ~ but I do also enjoy creating something especially for someone too. So I was happy to try and make something for someone who contacted me on Etsy after making a previous purchase. She wanted a simple dress, and gave me some ideas of print, color scheme, etc. I was a little bummed at first because I couldn’t find anything similar to the print she sent me a sample of, but I just went with my gut and picked out a couple of fabrics I thought might work. I sent the pics to her and just kind of threw in the comment “they might be a little too ‘aloha’ for you, but hey, I am in Hawaii after all, lol”…turns out she loved it, she said “I love ALoha!” haha. Whew. So it was no problem whipping up the dress, and she loved it. It’s really not that big a deal local or otherwise, because if it doesn’t work out, then I’ll just list the item or use the fabric for something else, so I never pick up a fabric that I can’t see myself using for another project. Just glad I could spread a little aloha though!
(Simple custom aloha dress for mainland customer)
(This last long one is just another print/design idea I was playing with)
My sister in law told me about a new site called poshmark, I have yet to check it out, have you all heard of it? Anyhow, she was telling me about these cute Chevron pillows she saw that she liked and the person offered them to her – or whatever it is that they do on poshmark…I guess you can buy and sell items on the site. Anyhow, my dear SIL told me – she was thinking to herself – umn hello – my SIL can make me some of those! Not too long ago I just made some custom pillow covers for a customer and they came out lovely! One was a nice gray Chevron print, and the other was a teal coral print with orange piping. She wasn’t sure about what kind of piping she wanted, but I just threw on the orange and she loved it. I added the hidden zippers for easy removal and cleaning! I wanted to keep them for myself, but alas – I had to give them up. They were nice, like 22 x 22 I think. Sooo comfy!
So okay, my husband and I bought our first home a couple of years ago. We LOVE it! When we moved in, there was a lot of work that had to be done, one of which – was the ripping out of old, and putting in brand new carpet. The carpet was sooo expensive and took a big chunk of our money, and as such, we were so very paranoid about it getting dirty. My husband got this grand idea, that everyone in the house would have to wipe their feet before going on the carpeted area. Our downstairs is flooring, and so when you walk around on the flooring your feet tend to get dusty and dirty. So, we got a refillable baby wipe container, and have been wiping our feet before going upstairs. It’s crazy to some, but we’re like that I guess, lol.
At first, we just had this little bucket thing to put all the “dirty” wipes in. After a while, I wasn’t feeling how it looked, so I decided I’d sew something.
I ended up making a type of bag – similar to one you might put in your car for rubbish. And we just hung it from the handrail. I have to admit, I like it!
It’s lined on the inside with plastic vinyl – for easy cleaning (but I’ve just thrown it in the washing machine), and the bottom of the bag has a velcro closure flap. So the bag can be carried nicely to the trash, and the velcro bottome opened up – all the dirty wipes fall right out into the rubbish. It has a simple opening to insert the wipes, and a tie.
It looks much better to me than the bucket thing we had initially!
So I had another custom request, from the friend who I made the custom couch cover for. She wanted to cover an ottoman that her dog, Goliath, used as his seat in the house. His seat was covered in a blanket that could easily be removed and washed because on occassion, Goliath had little accidents. Here is his seat before:
So my friend went and picked up a shower curtain in hopes of protecting the ottoman a bit, and she gave it to me and asked for a cover. No problem! I had a little time to measure and sketch and then off i went.
The shower curtain “fabric” wasn’t hard to work with, but not like regular fabric either. Anyway, I just went with a simple square cover design with piping, to match the rest of the living room decor that I helped with.
Because I wasn’t able to fit it on the cushion before finishing and I didn’t want to risk my elastic not fitting well…i opted for a drawstring (ribbon) instead. That way, she could slip the cover on, and tie the ribbon so that it would fit snug onto the cushion.
I was very happy with this piece, AND the best part ~ another happy customer!! Love the pet project since I can’t have a dog =(…my hubby is allergic, boo.
Goliath on his throne…
So, I was recently tasked with refashioning a vintage skirt. She found the skirt at a theater costume sale and loved the look, but it was too full. Not to mention, vintage sizes are sooooo tiny! I swear it said size 6 but it was like a size 0 in today’s sizes.
So she gave me a skirt that she wanted it to be similar to. I simply cut off the waist, because it was too small, but I made sure to keep the zipper because I thought that would still be a good touch. I laied out the model skirt, and cut up the sides. The way the skirt was, I thought it should have some shape, and not just be a straight skirt, so I left some of the sides for swaying – cause what girl doesn’t love when her skirt swishes! And then I simply sewed up the side seams.
I added some elastic to the waist, just in case! And kept the back zipper.
Easy peasy! Simple way to refashion. Happy customer! She wore it a week later with a more fitted top and it looked awesome!!
My mom and I have this thing…when we’re at the craft fair we tend to get separation issues when our items sell. Does this happen to you? You put a lot of thought, time, work and mostly love into everything you make. And while thrilled that someone loves it as much as you do, that only means you have to let it go. We joke about it, but it’s so true – especially when my mom makes those really cute sock animals that she makes. Anyhow, I did a few project recently for a friend of mine, and this past weekend I got to go to her house (to pick up more projects to work on!) and got to see the new home of the things that I spent many late nights working on at my sewing machine. Needless to say, they look so different in the environment they were made for, than on my living room floor, haha. I was thrilled at how lovely everything turned out. And, on top of that, I got a lot more work out of it. Between my full time job, my part time job, taking little kira to Karate classes, being a Girl Scout Leader for my daughter’s troop and trying to run a side business – I really need to get moving here. The holidays are going to be here before you know it, I mean look – it’s already JUNE!
At least I know that it will be going to a lovely new home, as we know all our things do. It’s nice to see the love you put into something being loved, used and enjoyed by someone else. After all, what other reason is there?
My workspace (aka living room floor): Custom cushion cover, matching dual sided pillows, contrasting orange pillows with piping:
Custom lined curtains for little girls bedroom: