Salvaged

2014-09-13 08.13.11 How do you like my new pullover?

I am not sure if you know. I certainly haven’t really made it a secret… I am on a budget. A  TIGHT budget. So my clothes usually come from the thrift shop, yard sales, or free piles (which are plenty around our city).

I am not ashamed of it, if I can use something and keep it out of the landfill, I think I have done my job. I firmly believe we do not own the land, but are mere caretakers and as such should do what ever we can, when ever we can, no matter how small we think the gesture is.

My husband found the LL Bean, 100% Merino pullover in a free pile the other day. He brought it home, we washed it and then I noticed a little tear in the right sleeve cuff. No doubt, this was the reason it got tossed out in the first place.

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Well. It’s 100% Merino and the colour is amazing, so a little tear is not going to keep me from using it. I was thinking about how to fix it. Maybe a pretty ribbon? I don’t have any handy. OH!!!! YES! Some handmade lace! Why not? I have amazing gray coloured yarn that would look great with it.

A few blanket-stitches, so I have something to anchor the lace to and it also hold the cuff turned under, so the tear is not going to be seen. Then the fun part: deciding what lace to use.

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I opted for crochet this time around. There are so many beautiful edgings out there. Just do a search on pintrest and you will be busy for hours.

I finally narrowed it down and went for it. 20 minutes after making up my mind, I had a brand new sweater. One of a kind now, that I personalized it.

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:) I am happy about my new sweater and that one more piece is staying out of landfills for a little while longer. (don’t worry, when it gets to a point where one can’t fix it any more, I use it as a cleaning rag until there is literally nothing left lol)

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No internet = lots of time

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I don’t have internet at home at the moment. This means I get less distracted by shiny things being posted by friends on the weekends.

This, in turn, means I have way more time on my hands and that means I get more sewing and knitting done.

I have finished my husband’s shirt this weekend (no photos just yet) and finished and ripped back the same sock three times as well. I also made a skirt for myself (machine sewing) and started a new dress (hand sewing).

I only have a few pictures of the skirt at the moment.

Specs: 2 yards of fabric (@ $1.50/yard) and a pair of old shorts I never wear (can’t remember how much they were. I had them for at least 6 years)

What do you think? A bit 80’s inspired. a bit swishy and shoowshy and fun and light and airy for summer. I love it.

 

Slow stitchin’

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I have always wanted to make my own wardrobe. I have all these ideas in my mind, what I want to wear and how I want it to feel.

Sadly, I am not really very versed on the sewing machine. Handstitching on the other hand… now there I got you covered. I can stitch up a storm, with needle and thread. So imagine my surprise, when I ran into Alabama stitch studio a few years back. Clothing? Stitched entirely by hand? Pray, do tell!

 

I ended up buying one of her books and was hooked to say the least.

I have made a few things out of the book already (the headband and… oh. I think that was it. NO! The dishtowels!!! Alas instead of stencils from the book, I used cookie cutters.)

I love it. The slowness, the in detail getting acquainted with your new garment to be. The feeling of “control” I have while stitching. (Not like on a sewing machine, where everything seems to run away from me.)

Today I found we had two identically blue T-shirts in our refashion pile. OH! A skirt! So out with the cutting mats and the rulers. I cut the T-shirts in four parts for my skirt and used the stencil that comes with the book.I am not doing an all over stencil, like the skirt in the book and mine will be a bit differently shaped as well. I only have reverse applique around the bottom of the skirt, since the third T-shirt I picked for the applique was only a tank top.

I have the first bit embroidered and now on to the next. Three more panels and I can start on putting the skirt together. I think it will look adorable and be just fine for this summer.

What are you stitching right now?

We were sewing again.

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This time we made my Christmas present together. I had such fun!

A new project bag for my  knitting/sewing/embroidery on the go. This way my projects can travel in style. All fabrics have been reclaimed from old T-shirts, curtains and even a wedding gown, that my husband found in a free pile (guess the marriage was not all that….)

What do you guys think? I LOVE the way it came out!

 

One more time!

Since the other skirt worked out so nicely, I thought I could do the same to a pair of short-ish jeans I had. They were not really shorts, and they were not really long.. they stopped right at the ankle. I call them high-water-pants. *snicker*

Needless to say I never wore them..

I opened the seam, pinned, tried it on and sewed this morning. Now I have a new skirt! YAYYY! Lookie here:

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I made the seams purposely lighter in colour then the original seams, since they are right middle back and front. I did want to keep that “DIY” feel though and left the little “point” up front in the middle… The back has a slit and the the bottom hem will fringe out nicely after washing it a few times, I only zigzagged the edge there. I think it works.. specially with my hand knitted top! :) I’m liking it and so does DH. (Specially the rear view! hahahhaaha

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I have one more pair of pants I want to do this too and then it is on to tops! :) Wish me luck!

I like how you can have a totally new wardrobe with just a few seams! :)