Kentucky Derby Party!

Kentucky Derby Party!

Saturday . . . the running of the Kentucky Derby!  We went over to the home of some great friends to watch the Derby, and we were asked to dress the part.  For women, this translates to a dress, and the all important DERBY HAT! I began with a damaged (never worn) dress (still had tags on it).  I could tell that I could fix the damage, so I picked…

Sweatshirt Makeover

Sweatshirt Makeover

Teal …. what a fun color for a sweatshirt, which you certainly don’t see very often.  I picked this one up at the thrift store for $2.99. The sweatshirt fit me fine, but I decided I wanted to turn it into a v-neck instead of the traditional crew neck.  So, I went to a post from The Renegade Seamstress on ehow.com, and followed her instructions to convert the neckline.  Here…

Just “Change it Up!”

Just “Change it Up!”

Only $3.99 for this sweater, but check out the OVERSIZED collar!!!  UUUGGGGHHHHH!!!!! Time for a slight transformation! After playing around with several possible ideas, I decided that the cutest thing was to just sew the collar, and then kind of create a turtleneck out of it. I began by folding the collar exactly in half.  This placed the outside edge of the collar even with the seam where the body…

Scarf to Vest

Scarf to Vest

I found this really artistic scarf at the thrift store, and grabbed it on 25% off day.  Check it out! The tag says $2.99, but I really got it for $2.24! It was an infinity scarf, when flat, looked like this. It had a tear along the seam. But, that did not matter, since I began by cutting the scarf along that seam to open it up. I cut up…

Sweater Dress

Sweater Dress

On Mondays at my favorite local thrift store, they have 25%  off for Customer Appreciation day.  So, if I can, I like to visit the store on Mondays!  Even better pricing!!! Last Monday, I picked up several items, two of which were this sweater . . . and this little dress. At first, I thought I would combine them and make a tunic top.  But, when I held them up…

Remove and Replace!

Remove and Replace!

Columbia makes GREAT quality jackets, and their sleeves are nice and long!  I happened upon this purple polartec a while back, and it fit me beautifully! I scored this one for just $8 … heck of a price for a Columbia! The problem was …………………this big embroidered logo!!! I decided to try my hand at removing one of these, and here’s what I came up with for a solution. First…

Mend and Save!  #4

Mend and Save! #4

My final piece in this “Mend and Save!” series is a darling dressy cardigan.  It is made of stretchy velvet with a faux fur collar.  If you are like me, you probably have numerous black dresses (or skirts) in your wardrobe, and often need some kind of dressy wrap to wear (as women tend to be cold, and we end up wearing sleeveless dresses!!!).  This piece will solve that problem…

Mend and Save!  #3

Mend and Save! #3

Third in my “Mend and Save!” series is a sweater which was perfect except for one small hole. I found this piece for just $1.99. Here’s the small hole …. probably the only reason it was put in the “give-away” pile and ended up in a thrift store. As you can see, the repair is really right along a seam line, so it was no trick to fix this!  I…

Mend and Save!  #2

Mend and Save! #2

Item #2 for my mending series is a very basic black St. John skirt. For those of you who are familiar with St. John, it is unheard of to get a piece from this designer for just 99 cents!!!! The reason …… a very large whole right along the seam line!!!  (Pity the person who paid full price, then had this seam split!!!)  My good fortune!!!! For this repair, I…

Mend and Save!!!  #1

Mend and Save!!! #1

Yes, this is coming from a seamstress, but EVERYONE should know how to mend!  Mending can be done by hand or on a sewing machine, and is invaluable to anyone who owns clothes!  Hopefully, that is ALL of us! My topic for these next few posts are ….”Why to mend?” You might (probably) own some pieces which just need a button stitched back on, a small hole in a seam repaired,…