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 four days before Fall Break and I swamped with work. A midterm and presentation are coming up on Thursday…and I’m writing about skinnifying a tie. You see where my priorities lie.

But really, this post was begging to be written. Who doesn’t love a skinny tie? Don Draper loves skinny ties. Men look better in them. End of story.

I asked my male model what the purpose of a tie was anyway. I mean, they’re totally decorative and they appear somewhat uncomfortable. He said he thought it was some sort of medieval napkin. I hope that’s true. The neckties at the thrift store would indicate that’s true. Stain city, friends.

Want to learn how to skinnify your man’s ties? Well listen up!

1. Turn your tie to the back it should look something like in the diagram above.
2. Snip off the point of the tie along the magenta dotted line.
3. Seam rip up the center back seam of your tie (mint dotted line) to the width of the tie that you’d like to skinnify the rest of the tie to.
4. Turn the seam ripped length of the tie inside out and sew along the bottom and up the side (second diagram). Be sure to leave an inch so that you can turn the tie back to the right side. Trim off the excess fabric.
5. Turn the tie right side out and hand sew the remaining inch of center seam.
6. Press well (If your tie is silk, be sure to use a low iron setting!).

If you’re me, you’ll need several lessons on how to tie a necktie, then you’ll just give up and let your man do it. Also! Encourage him to leave the top button of his shirt undone for a Jim-Halpert-type look.

More men’s post to come friends. I hoping I can incorporate a three-piece suit into a post. Google image searching Don Draper was a big mistake.

So I know this post is a day late. But I have a good excuse. A sad, yet legitimate excuse.

I spilled tea all over my little MacBook’s keyboard. This isn’t the first time this has happened. Annnddd, I haven’t backed up my computer in over 250 days. Cue instant anxiety.

It seems to have survived. But that doesn’t make me feel any better. Lately, MacBook has been sending me signals that it’s on the verge of kicking the bucket. It’s so painfully slow to open my internet browser. And when Photoshop is running, forget about doing anything else on the computer at all. I can’t be sad though. Goodness knows I’ve put it through enough misery these past four years.

After this post is up, today will be spent finding an external hard drive on Craigslist. The idea of losing all that music and all of those pictures is terrifying. But, for now, blogging is more important. I mean, it’s way more important for me to show you this before and after of a project I completed back in mid-July at Sew Weekend.

Disclaimer: The photos below are full of frizzy, messy curls and weird facial expressions. At least we can say that things have improved, no?

This was one oversized, shapeless grey sweater. Complete with awesome shoulder pads. It literally made me look like a linebacker. But it was a cozy wool and angora blend, that, yet again, I machined washed without a hitch! I love living on the edge.

As much as I love looking like I have the shoulders wider than a five year old, those puppies had to go.

By snipping off the shoulder pads and bringing in the sides and arms of the sweater, I now have a comfy winter sweater perfect for lounging and eating popcorn.

Has anyone else been consuming copious amounts of popcorn lately?

Now, I’m on the hunt for an external hard drive and a new (used) computer that can handle my abuse. Wish me luck!

Guess who finally got their act together and made a pillow cover out of that amazing new wool gifted by the best best friend?

I just moved into a new place and my temporary 18 year old roommate is striving to be a fashion designer. His first sewing class was learning how to sew an envelope pillow.

“That is adorable,” I thought when he told me. Got to start somewhere, right?

Ha! Was I ever so wrong. Let me just say, the kid has some major talent. Those seams were as straight as an arrow. And his choice of coordinating, modern, masculine fabrics? Superb.

A few nights ago he showed me his sketches of a new women’s line of clothing he’s designed. My god, can this kid can draw. And that one-shouldered number sketched so delicately on his size 0, and huuuge busted model. Blown away.

So he’s 18, he can draw, he can sew, he can design women’s wear, and he’s got impeccable taste in fabric.

I, on the other hand, need three separate attempts at an envelope pillow to get it right. Of course, I didn’t tell the roomie this. Can’t let those teenage egos getting too out of control…

Behold, my envelope pillow:

I still have half of the fabric left, so I’m going to attempt to whip up a little over the shoulder purse. We shall see what becomes of this grand plan. If an envelope pillow almost killed me…gah, let’s not discuss it.

I entered my mid to late twenties last week. My back hurt when I woke up today and I have found more than one grey hair in the last six months. My middle aged classmates call me a baby, but I swear I feel older than last year. I caught myself saying that I’d like to go back to the age of 5 and relive life. I think I’m having a mid-life crisis.

Moving on. My best friend sent me some awesome brightly colored Navajo wool for my special day. I swear this girl knows me too well. Bright colors? Check. Something unfinished, so I can put my own touch on it? Check. She’s amazing. That’s why she’s my best friend.

I love this fabric so much that I have taken it out of its box at least once per day to admire it. I cannot wait to sew with it, yet I’m terrified of ruining it. I have a track record of ruining things. Working on that.

Currently an over the shoulder purse, with a long strap is taking the lead. But, I want to enjoy this fabric for a lifetime, and I wonder if a purse might be too trendy?

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A covered pillow is a close runner up. And I am almost positive I can’t screw that up.

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What do you think? How is your week? Are you having a mid-life crisis?

Signing off now.

AO