Happy March folks! It’s the month of my birth! The days are getting longer and my schedule is becoming more manageable. Sewing is happening on a weekly basis. The temps are rising above 30 degrees. And life is good. Actually, life is so good, that I have two Sew Thrifted posts lined up for you! The second one shall come soon, I promise. For now, you get a good eyeful of this red beauty. Remember this oversized red blouse when I took four before pictures so that you could hold me accountable? Umm…no one held me accountable…just saying. That oversized red blouse turned into a lovely sleeveless shirt. Can you tell how smitten I am with this top?

red thrifted button up turned sleeveless before and after

This top was not supposed to be sleeveless. A rather tragic sleeve incident prompted a complete redesigning of the final product. But I’m so glad I went the sans sleeve route, because a few days later this pin popped up in my Pinterest feed.

pinspiration

 

And since I don’t trust any sources other than my peeps on Pinterest, I was one happy camper. One very important skill that I learned with this project? How to sew bias tape on correctly! It’s sad, I know, but I always thought the raw edge of the fabric was meant to be sandwiched between the folded bias tape. It turns out that it’s not meant to be sandwiched folks, not at all. It’s meant to be delicately sewn on the front and then topstitched on the back. I would go as far as to say I consider bias tape an art…that I have not yet mastered.

red thrifted button up turned sleeveless collage

My favorite way to wear my new sleeveless blouse? Under a blazer of course. No one even knows its sleeveless until I have a hot flash and start shedding layers…in February.

red sleeveless button up with blazerDon’t forget to sign up for my shirt resizing class at Fancy Tiger next weekend.  We’ll going to be drowning in bad button ups turned fitted casual tops!

Have you seen this? It literally puts me into a trance. I want all of that wool!

Speaking of Pendleton, I thrifted a most awesome navy Pendleton high waisted skirt at Saver’s 50% off sale yesterday. It fits like a gem, and will be featured on the blog soon!

Until then, here are some other thrifted beauties in their “before” state for your enjoyment. The cringe factor is off the charts with every one of these shirts.

four thrifted shirts before transformation

Hold me accountable, readers? I will complete these four Sew Thrifted transformations soon, I promise. One might even be featured on a giveaway! Also, a big blog overhaul (with a new moniker!) are coming down the pipeline. Hold on to your hats, ladies and gentlemen. Things are about to get real crazy.

It’s nearly that day where the nation turns into lovey, dovey mushballs. Where we all profess to our latest squeeze how much we love and cherish them. Flowers, chocolates, terrible sappy cards are delivered. Those without a love interest in their lives are left with a sense of disdain and frustration.

But why does Valentine’s Day have to be about professing your love to your partner? Why can’t it be about celebrating each and every person and thing we love? My sweet, dear mother makes a point to do just that on Valentine’s Day by sending the most thoughtful art cards. Case in point:

valentine heart art card

Have you heard of artist trading cards? They’re pretty bomb. And when you have the fabric/button/embellishment stash my mom does, you’re bound to create something pretty darn epic. And she does. Every single holiday. My mom’s art cards are made entirely out of fabric (and some heavy duty interfacing), thread, and whatever else she chooses to adorn them with. She’ll print a cute saying on the back of the card. It’s so much better than Hallmark. I’m telling you, it tugs at those heart strings.
valentine hear art card texture

My favorite part of the art cards is how much texture they have. I could sit and run my fingers over the various stitches for hours. It’s not creepy when the card was made with love.

So my love list, for your reading enjoyment (feel free to bow out now):
1. My family (especially a newest addition that I just cannot wait to meet!)
2. My friends. They just keep getting more awesome.
3. My beagle.
4. The retractable cord on my Janome Sewing Machine pedal. Everything should have retractable cords.
5. Wearing leggings.
6. Endorphins, and the exhausted feeling from a long day of exercise.
7. Down comforters.
8. Ketchup. Yup, I’m that person.

I’m on a new kick. Maybe it’s because the start of a new semester has granted me this thing called “free time”. But, seriously, I literally cannot stop thinking about sewing. Sometimes I walk into my sewing room just to stare at the projects I have on my list. I think about photos and backdrops and blog content constantly. And there are some epic projects coming friends. I think I caught whatever sewing bug Whitney has, because I literally want to sew all. of. the. time.

And look what she’s showing us today! Only the cutest Oliver + S Messy Kid Bibs you’ve ever laid your eyes on. Feast my friends, feast.

Oliver + S bibThe facts, straight up:

Pattern:  Oliver + S Messy Kid Bib from Little Things to Sew
Size:  one size
Fabric:  various ones from my stash (fat quarters work great)
Notions:  colored snaps
Difficulty:  2 scissors out of 4 (advanced beginner)
Make it again?:  not the way it’s done in the book

Her words:

“I made this pattern exactly once the way it’s written.  It felt like the most labor intensive bib on the face of the planet.  Between laminating the cotton and sewing on the bias tape the proper way, it took eons longer than any bib should ever take.  It also takes a ridiculous amount of bias tape.  Then I put one of my hard earned bibs in the washing machine and failed to realize hot water would render it completely unusable. 

Oliver + S bib melted

Lesson learned.  Back to the drawing board.

 My new version of this bib is quilting cotton backed with washcloth material.  I omit the little pocket at the bottom for the tidy eaters out there.  I don’t laminate because I would want to be able to wash these with a normal load of towels.  I sew the two layers right sides together and leave an opening along the bottom to turn them inside out.  I’m now using snaps for closures because I bought an assortment of bright colors and it’s fun to find ones that coordinate with the fabric, but the pattern calls for velcro.

One final tip:  If you see yourself making a lot of bibs (and why wouldn’t you?), transfer your pattern to something durable.  Some people use poster board.  I like to iron my traced pattern onto really stiff interfacing (the stuff that doesn’t crease nicely at all and feels like cardboard) and then cut it out.  Here’s what my bib pattern looks like after cutting out two dozen bibs: 

Oliver + S bib template

Have fun!”

Oliver + S bib cherries

 

 

I know it’s not Thursday. Please don’t judge me. I was too excited to show you this fun before and after, and four days is just too long too wait. Especially when you’re calendar is completely empty for those four days, and total boredom has completely set in. Then I remind my self of this little saying (so true, right?).

You know that great new trouser jean trend that looks like this, this, and this? Yes, I’ve been coveting that trend; obsessing over those high-waisted, shoe-covering pantelones for quite some time. Trouser jeans have been at the top of my to-make list for at least three months. And even though this trend will probably end tomorrow, I will still be wearing these trouser jeans for years. They fit that great.

I picked up a size 8 New York brand trouser jeans from the thrift store for $2.39. Seriously, a steal. And I’m pretty sure that those puppies had never been worn before. I will never understand thrift store pricing.

They make my feet disappear perfectly. And they have this great white stitching to accentuate the pockets. They’ve got that whole classy look thing going on. And I need all the class I can get.

But they were a couple sizes too large (in the waist and in the thighs). Nothing a simple tailoring job couldn’t fix.

I would love to give you a whole tutorial on how I resized these jeans into the most perfect fitting pair of pants I own. But I would be a liar, a plagiarizer, and my newfound classiness would almost certainly disappear…just like my feet.

No instead of being all original and creative and stuff, I used Cotton and Curls tutorials (here and here) to get the perfect fit for these jeans. That girl knows what’s up. Look at her DIY page. My goodness.

I’m excited to say that this entire outfit (well, except for my undies) is thrifted! My first ever entirely thrifted outfit that wasn’t a Halloween costume!

That red button up is a vintage, breezy find that will pair well with most things in my closet. And that white, chunky necklace (with little gold beads you can’t see) brightens my day every time I put it on.

And guess what shoes I’m wearing!

No seriously, guess…

Here it comes…

My 80’s open toed pumps! These shoes have the perfect heel height for a pair of trouser jeans. And even though no one can see them, I feel pretty snazzy walking around in such awesome, vintage shoes.

Assembling an outfit that is 100% secondhand is such a confidence builder. There were moments where I had visions of me living in bad, elastic-waist pants and hoodies for the next year. Thank goodness for boredom filled days and a mile long to-make list. Embrace the boredom, go thrift, and make yourself a new outfit. You’ll feel like a new, classier woman.