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Friday, March 28, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || Clothes

Here we are. The first Favorite Things Friday that I can post about what ever I want and I have no idea what I want to post about so I post about clothes. Clothes. I'll try to make this interesting. Maybe a few of you would like to try a similar challenge to the one I give myself....

A while back I made a short and not so sweet post about my Ulcerative Colitis and how my rather painful flare ups were the reason for some of my long intervals between blog posts in the past. This month is 6 months in remission! I am so thankful for that! However, even though I am grateful that I do not have as sever a case of UC as others experience, I do have to control it with some pricey meds. Now, back to the clothes...

I decided a while ago that I would never pay over $10.00 for an article of clothing ever again. This rule does not apply to pants and shoes which I buy much less often than other items. Even though I shop for clothes roughly the beginning of spring and the beginning of fall, I notice that I can buy enough for a few outfits without spending a whole lot, that way I don't have to worry quite so much about all the medical "fun."  Every so often if I know I've been sticking to the $10 or below rule and I find something that fits very well and is a nice color etc. then I'll buy it. To be honest though, I don't know the last time I've ever spent over $20 on anything, including pants and shoes. 

There are a few blogs that I follow about dressing modestly for outfit and sewing ideas, Pinterest is also one of my go-to's  as well. Clothes shopping was never one of my favorite things, but ever since bringing some sort of necessary challenge to it, it has become much more interesting. I make a beeline for the clearance racks whenever I go shopping now. Fall of 2012 I spent around $50 and when I did the math of the suggested retail prices at home, I found out I purchased about $350 worth in clothing! That included a water resistant winter jacket from Totes (you know...the umbrellas) for $24.99. I guess that was the last time I spent over $20 then. 

Anyway here I am right now, in my $6 shirt and $1.99 cardigan. The jeans I have on were about $18 I think and I've had them for at least a couple of years now. Pardon the yellowy color...



 Finding low priced, nice looking items when I need new clothes is for more than just a challange. I believe the management of money and shopping for more affordable items is part of good stewardship. I know God has provided and will continue to provide for my needs whether it's food, clothing, medicine, etc. and when I have more than I need I am able to give to others.




Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Nothing But Some Old Drapes

Captain Von Trapp: Do you mean to tell my that my children have been roaming about Salzburg dressed up in nothing but some old drapes?!

Maria: Mhmm, and having a marvelous time!



No, I didn't make drapes. I made a purse out of an old valance!  (Though I have made wearable items out of curtains before. Thus, fulfilling my dream since age 4 to be Maria von Trapp...)

Anyway...

You know how I said I couldn't sell the things that I sewed? Well I mean it this time. This time it's against the law! Or, well, the "Terms of Use." Here is the site where I found this loverly pattern. After following the link from pinterest, of course. http://www.made-by-rae.com/2009/02/free-buttercup-bag-sewing-pattern/

The fabric used in the pictures on the original site reminded me, slightly, of an old valance I had folded up in my fabric stash.  It was the yellow, I know it was. Also, given the fact that it was raining here for about 5 days straight, I needed to sew something the color of sunshine.
Of course, not having all the materials as usual, I used a regular snap instead of magnetic. Big difference, huh? Thank you to my dad for finally getting it on the purse though. I could have sat there all night tapping away at it. He finally came in my room and told me it sounded like a wood pecker was in there, took the hammer and WHACK! WHACK! WHACK! Perfectly installed snap. :)


Here is the finished result. (The whole thing not just the snap.)

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Two pockets! Perfect for a mirror and bright red lipstick.














                ...and you thought this post was going to be about drapes, didn't you?                                           


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Friday, May 25, 2012

Oh, Puh-leats!

Something I have always loved for as long as I can remember are pleated skirts. Especially the heavier ones that were amazing for twirling. Something I have never liked because they are useless and no fun to wear are pencil skirts, but that's beside the point...

Yesterday was my day off from work and I decided that I was going to make a skirt. Moreover, I decided I was going to make this skirt: http://grandrevivaldesign.typepad.com/grand_revival_design/sewing-tutorials/

It has been years, like more than 10, since I owned a pleated skirt. I have been itching for one lately, but could never find one. (Should have seen that as a big red flag style wise, maybe.) So, yesterday I pulled an old, old sheet out of my closet. "NO IRON MUSLIN" The tag looks old, like 1950s old...the "No Iron" part makes me think it won't hold the pleats so good.
Here, I dug it out of my trash so you could all see. Just kidding, it was right on top...

Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had more than enough fabric to make the skirt. (Woohoo!) It probably took me a total of 6 hours to make. Not including the many breaks and distractions in the process. The time consuming part was probably all of the ironing, ironing, and more ironing. 

The pleats go a little funky because I didn't really understand the instruction sand, I'll admit, when I started out I would read a little bit and start following that step only to realize I did something a little wrong and should have read the whole section first. Note to self: Always read the entire pattern through at least once before starting project. I'm very pleased with how it turned out though.
So, what do you think?

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Listing and Posting and Updates, Oh My!

I feel like I've been on the computer all day updating things. This feels so slow going, getting everything up and trying to publicize in different outlets...I'm hoping to put a couple of things on Pinterest soon, but I can't find the "Pin It" but I'm not on my own computer and I can't find the "Pin It" button even though I know my mother has an account ;)

I listed 3 drawings and a pair of fingerless gloves today

I made myself a yellow cardigan out of an old shirt the other day and the very first day I have it on I smudge dark blue and black pastel on the sleeve. Just my luck!



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