Sunday, January 16, 2011

fake palindromes.




Confession: I have a growing pile of vintage fabrics and clothes that are waiting to be sewn, mended or reinvented. I'm no seamstress, so I stick with really easy transformations like this skirt I made awhile ago.

Anyway, I found this huge long-sleeved polka dot shirt for one dollar (thank you thrift stores for dollar days). I liked the silk material, the oversized print, and the buttons in the back. The plan was to shorten the sleeves, but then my sewing machine went crazy and I completely screwed them up. So instead I took off the entire sleeve, and brought in the sides a few inches.

My closet is full of stripes, so the polka dots are a welcome change.

29 comments:

  1. you look great in polka dots. I love how resourceful you are... just like Anna! I have to give it to you too for always shoppin' the thrift stores to find your treasures. I have not been in one in a long time, but boy have I donated a ton every year!

    I had to tell someone just the other day that I didn't know what a palindrome was... now that I've been schooled I know... otherwise I'd be asking you the same thing. :) ha

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  2. Are you sure it was the sewing machine?? :) I guess it doesn't matter b/c it turned out cute.

    I'm a palindrome but I'm not fake.

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  3. You did such a great job! I'm a fan of polka dots myself, even if people call me a dalmation. Polka dot pride.

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  4. love your outfit!

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  5. This is wonderful! Great job!

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  6. I bought some polka dots this weekend and was very proud of myself. I, too, am rather over-devoted to stripes.

    Love the red cardigan.

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  7. Oh this is great! I have a box full of fabric, too! It's time I use it, I think. ;)

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  8. I love the polka dots! I'm so tired of having so many stripped clothes. I feel like I went overboard on the trend... Where did it all go wrong?

    You look rad

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  9. you are brilliant. looks beautiful.

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  10. this is so very cute! great redo.

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  11. good job! I am terrible at sewing silk. I run it through my machine 100 miles an hour, that probably does not help

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  12. i'm way into blouses (like that) lately.

    i have a question for you: are you kind of sick of having to think of things to blog about? i am. i just need a baby to blog about now... :)

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  13. Very very cute! I'm so intrigued by your ability to transform clothes this way. So inspiring!

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  14. Kate's comment is cracking me up. ^

    What a lovely little makeover on that blouse.

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  15. i need to embrace the polka dots in my closet too.

    love how the project turned out!

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  16. that is to die for. i need one!

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  17. i love it. i think you should be a personal thrift store shopper. you know what i mean? i would pay big bucks. (in theory. because i really don't have big bucks. but what i'm trying to say is, you're awesome.)

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  18. this is so awesome. i love finding things in thrift stores that i can "transform." although, mine never turn out this great. seriously! i love this!

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  19. such a good idea! It looks great. I'm impressed with your sewing skills! Lately I keep having the problem where the thread bunches up under my fabric whenever I sew, so I don't sew that much. :)

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  20. so good!
    all of this has left me inspired and itching for a thrifting trip.

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  21. You make anything you wear look like a million bucks. I love the blouse with short sleeves and your hair in a pony tail. Very cute!

    Oh and you also make every photo you take look like a piece of art. If I ever tried to take a picture of a shirt it would not look that lovely!

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  22. What a fantastic transformation! I LOVE IT. You're very inspirational. I just got a skirt from Buffalo Exchange yesterday that also has oversized polka dots, except it's black with white polka dots. We should hang out and be twinners.

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  23. I LOVE THIS! Gorgeous! I too have a pile of "mend" clothes, and I have even touched that pile? NOPE! But really, that shirt is a gem!

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  24. Hurray for happy mistakes! It looks lovely :)

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  25. 'Scuse me. Um, I think you're my favourite new blog find.

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  26. i like this a lot. particularly how you called it a palindrome. :)

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