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.

Little kid fabric is the best. Munchkins get to wear prints of elephants and puppies and it’s totally cool.

Adults? We get to wear stripes. Maybe the occasional ikat, but that’s it. It’s my life’s mission to design a line of playful fabric for adults. It won’t be weird. I promise.

Polly Peasant Dress Neck Detail

This week my sister Whitney is sewing up the most adorable little dresses you’ve ever seen, by putting all those random fat quarters to use.

Polly Peasant Dress in puppy print

So much painful adorableness going on here. I swear, everything miniature is better than full size.

Polly Peasant Dresses
The facts, straight up:

Pattern:  Polly Peasant Dress & Blouse by Etsy seller Sew Much Ado
Size: 3T
Fabric: Two fat quarters per shirt plus white Kona cotton (three fat quarters would suffice if you want the entire shirt from the same fabric), all of mine is from Jo-Ann (surprise, surprise)
Notions:  3/8″ elastic, safety pin
Difficulty: beginner
Make it again?: This isn’t even my first attempt at this pattern, so I’d say it’s likely I’ll do it again.

Her words:
“Do you ever look at those little fat quarter packs of fabric in the quilting section and think that the print is fantastic, but there’s not nearly enough to make something decent?  I’m not kidding when I say I’ve purchased these turquoise elephants no less than three times when they were on sale for 99 cents apiece.

Well, here’s something to do with them!  You’ll need at least two matching fat quarters.  Grab a third for the sleeves unless you have a coordinate at home.  I used plain white cotton.  The pattern is a breeze.  Every step is accompanied by a photo and she talks you through project with or without the use of a serger. 

These are just as simple as the pants from last week.  I’d imagine this would be a great time to let your little one pick out her favorite fabric.  (Because, you know, your children spend hours upon hours in the fabric store with their mom… just like we did as kids.)  With four bucks and an hour to sew, you can complete this project easily.  Have fun!”

Still loving my high low skirt a little too much. Here’s a more respectable before and after, sans sleepy eyes and dirty hair.

But with a crappy iphone pic. I can’t let things get totally classy up in here.

Stay tuned for a Sew Thrifted post tomorrow with equally respectable before and after’s!

Oh man people. I am so excited to show you this transformation. Literally, I’m trembling with anticipation. So much anticipation for this transformation!

And a bit too much coffee, apparently.

There are several items living in my closet that have never seen the light of day. They’ve been considered many times. They’ve even been in the running for a daily outfit once or twice. Ultimately, they’ve been tossed on the floor so often, that they should’ve been washed at least twice by now…but they haven’t been.

Like the non-athletic kid in gym class (a.k.a. me), they’ve never quite made the cut. For this I feel guilty, one might even say terrible, and I can totally relate. So I never get rid of these neglected pieces of clothing, thinking that their solitary life in my closet is somehow better than a second life they could be given at a thrift store.

Then comes a day when I see a new vision for this item. A life where the ugly shapeless dress gets a makeover and is worn more often than is socially acceptable. Then comes the day when I take out my fancy sewing scissors and start hacking away at fabric. I would say 85% of this time, this method fails me.

Not this time, nosiree.

Words cannot describe how I feel about this dress in its original state. A scandalous Grecian neckline, a very clingy fabric, and wrinkles galore. Also, there’s nothing like a full length jersey dress to accentuate tiny shoulders and wide hips.

Nope, nothing.

So off went the top of this dress and in came visions of a high low skirt. I used this quick tutorial, slapped on an elastic waistband, and tada! Instant transformation.
I had visions of this pin when styling this outfit. But that shirt bun just makes me feel like I’m back in 1989. Plus I tied it so tight I’m not sure I’ll ever get it out. Awesome.

Still, I’m liking the result. The new skirt is still wrinkly, and still accentuates wide hips. But with a jean jacket, lots of bracelets, and a Panama hat a girl can get past some hip width insecurities.

Also, with a fabric like this Spanx are a girl’s best friend. Trust me.
After deciding to open my mind to sewing with knits, I have to say the whole process was a lot less frustrating. Lots of extra pins, patience, and hot iron are essential, but overall the project was a snap.

Now, go ahead and take those scissors to your closet. Those last-picked items will thank you.