Skirt reconstructions…

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. 

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Repurposed with a purpose…

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.

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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. =)

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Pretty pink…

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.
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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.
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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)
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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!
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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…

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Will be posted soon and reclassified into the FOR SALE category once I get my photo shoot done!

Asian inspired and fun zipper pouches for sale!…

I just posted these really cute zipper pouches in the Etsy shop. I honestly just needed to get a couple of small things done, because really, getting small things done helps to motivate for the bigger projects I’ve got on the back burner – don’t you agree? You gotta have the little achievements that help get you stoked to move onward to the big ones. I’ve been putting off a bunch of things, but I’ve really gotta get it together. I’m almost committing myself to a catalog/product photo shoot in June, and I’ve hardly got any “product” to shoot! I’ve got the photog, just still confirming the model. But I thought to myself, if I went so far as to commit the photographer and the model, that would kind of force me to get my $*#$^ together, and at least have a target date. Lol, kind of @ss backwards, but hey, whatever works. It’s been a challenge to say the least getting my head in the game. But it’s getting there!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/152269642/zipper-pouch-makeup-bag-cute-asian

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Refashioned beach dress to fun everyday bag…

So I found this super cute surf brand O’Neill dress at a garage sale recently, and there were some flaws in it, but I just loved the print SOOO much, I couldn’t pass it up!  I ended up taking it apart and making a simple everyday bag out of it – and it turned out great!

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I really wish that I had more fabric of this since it’s so fun, but just posted the bag to the shop.  It did have some minor flaws that I couldn’t sew around, but overall, I’m so happy with how it came out!

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Simply charming…

I know a lot of people who make jewelry.  My two sisters make beautiful jewelry, and being in Hawaii there is a lot of beach glass and shell jewelry.  I wanted to try my hand at something simple, but as it turns out – it is not my thing.  I posted some very cute, sweet and simple charm necklaces in my shop for sale.  Check it out if you’re interested!  Could make a great gift too.  AND, free shipping!  Who doesn’t like anything free?  Feel free to comment if you have any questions, thanks for stopping by!

http://www.thekirakollection.etsy.com

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Seller stalker…

So recently we did a craft fair and this nice lady came and bought one of my handmade, handsewn bags.  It’s one I was pretty proud of since I hadn’t worked with that particular fabric before.  I guess she had her eye on it, because she came right up to me and picked it off the display and handed me her bills.  Easy transaction…

Anyhow, I asked her if she wanted a bag to put it in, and she politely declined and just slung the bag over her shoulder and off she went. 

After she left, I realized that I had never took a picture of the bag!  Yikes!  How can I put it in my book if I don’t have a picture!  Like a stalker, I followed her around with my phone, pretending to be texting, while trying to catch a decent picture of it.  Haha, that’ll teach me to take pictures of everything before going to a fair!  Oh wells!  It’s always nice to see someone using something you made isn’t it! (mine is the one without the b!tch on it! =)

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Baby steps…

So I told myself today I would work on crafting, since Dec will be here before you know it and we’ll be getting ready for craft fairs.  So i said I’d complete 3 pairs of baby shoes.  I know, that’s not much considering how simple they are – but between that and watching and keeping my 4 year old occupied, it is quite an accomplishment, and as the title suggests…baby steps.

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I also finished a pair of reconstructed shorts and a zipper pouch!  I’m on my way to craft fair inventory, lol!

Online selling…

Does anyone have an online shop?  I have an etsy shop, and sometimes feel overwhelmed at all the sellers and how do I compete.  I hope to have a re-opening of the shop, to follow my “projects” post – I really need to get focused and get going!

Hope to make time to work on new projects…

I know everyone out there has things they want to do, but are just so busy, tired, etc.  I have so many ideas, things in my mind and I read so much about how if you want to do something, you make the time.  But man, when that bed is calling my name, when that TV show has me hooked, I find a hard time focusing on those ideas in my head.  It’s lame, I know.  I really hope to get going on some projects.  Anyone working on anything big?