Monday, October 12, 2009

easy enough.




I'm getting braver and braver with my sewing machine all the time. One of the many reasons I love thrifting is because I can buy something for a few dollars and not freak out if I try to alter it and mess up. I saw a dress last week and immediately loved the fabric, colors and pattern. The top was really ugly (huge shoulder pads, ugly sleeves, etc.) but I brought it home anyway and cut off the top portion.

A thick band of elastic and a few zigzag stitches later, I've got myself a pretty rad skirt.

40 comments:

  1. ... of course you did.

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  2. That looks AWESOME. I need to be braver with my thrifting finds. I keep buying things saying, "I'll take it in a bit" or "I'll just hem it!" and then..I don't.

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  3. {once Angela masters the sewing machine...watch out world.}

    brilliant my friend & I can't wait for many more sewing creations to come. love the new profile pic in your new/old skirt.

    repurposing + thrifting = FUN

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  4. the discarded top portion of the dress could be modified to make a pretty killer looking sleeveless t-shirt for me to wear to the gym.

    don't answer now. think it over.

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  5. love it. k i can't believe your thrifting luck. you must have good karma. and good taste. and good sewing skills.

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  6. This turned out fabulous. I'm always spotting fabulous fabric on hideous fabrics for like 1.99 and I have never been a seamstress. This is such an easy fix. I'll be scouring full force from here on out.

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  7. well done, it's beautiful. You are one of a kind- your talents never cease to amaze me. and look at your cute little waist. :)

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  8. oh my gosh. love it. what a great idea.

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  9. Thanks for the hello. :)

    This skirt is perfect. You certainly have an eye to rescue this gem from shoulder pads and ugly sleeves!

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  10. It is so pretty! Love it.

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  11. Great skirt! I think it is so great you can see something pretty in an ugly dress.

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  12. gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. i wish i had my sewing machine here at school...::sigh::

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  13. fantastic! i feel so inspired.

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  14. i like it. i like it. your blog is just too cute. really love the new look. and that profile pic. LOVE.

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  15. Oh to be as creative as you my dear!

    I love that fabric. Bravo for attempting and succeeding at this!

    :)

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  16. okay SO cute! So so cute!

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  17. AWESOME.

    and cute, new header!

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  18. Stop making me jealous! I want to be a good thrifter and sewer.

    I like your new profile picture. I noticed it when you left a comment (that was a really nice one too!)

    You don't like shoulder pads?? You are someone who could definitely pull them off, unlike myself (never really tried, but probably won't. I know my limits :).

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  19. Oh that pattern is killer!
    And as a skirt, it's the perfect style.

    I'm working on a shirt without a pattern. It's a bit of a mess but I find patterns stress me out more than just trying to figure it out.

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  20. That is so cute! What closure did you use? I'm Amazed!!! Great job. I wish I could see what the shirt looked like before you started. You're inspiring!

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  21. Love the skirt, and your new header.

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  22. angela you really are amazing! it was cool to see you at the office the other day! i hope you are feeling better too!

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  23. So beautiful! LOVE the pattern!

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  24. Thanks, Angela. We would love to hang out. We should get together sometime soon.

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  25. I want to run out to a thrift store and try this myself. Thanks for the inspirational project. Love you're new blog look. I always enjoy clean, organized design.

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  26. cute! i so want to get back into sewing...taking the time to do it is the hard part. :)

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  27. p.s. i love how your profile pic goes with the colors of the page :)

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  28. I have a little pile... that's turning into a big pile... of clothes from thrift stores that need reinvented. Inspiration, just what I needed! ;)

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  29. That's adorable. My sister and I have been doing the same exact thing. It's so exciting turning something hideous into something faboulous. And what makes it even better is knowing you have something completely unique.

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  30. What a fantastic skirt you've got now! Great job :)

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  31. that was a "good thing." any more of this and i'm notifying the people that protect martha stewart's identity :)

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  32. (clap, clap, clap) good work! i am so impressed angela. i love the length and the black borders on both top + bottom. i need to get out my sewing machine... there are so many things i pass up at the thrift shops without thinking of modifying.

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  33. Look at you. The little seamstress.

    I wonder when shoulder pads will be cool again.

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  34. very impressed angela!

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  35. LOVE THAT SKIRT. That's called creative.

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  36. where did you get your couch, it's amazing!

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