Re-purposing

Cut & Sew - Barely Any Sewing Needed Baseball Dress


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This is a project I have been aiming to try and make for ages and simply never got round to it - the sewing pile just grows!

But here it is! Super simple.

I took a baseball top and cut it into half creating a ‘crop top’ Then I pinned the skirt to the top and sewed into place. I over locked the the raw edges - if you dot have an over locker than ‘zig zagging’ the edges with a standard sewing machine works very well too.

This is one of my favourite pieces so far! So easy to make and wear 💚.

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Never Be Afraid Of Change


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I love heavily embroidered dresses but one thing i have noticed is that they are heavy, literally heavy to lift and heavy there fore to wear. For while I didn't now what to do but then I decided to take the plunge and remove some of the weight. 

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The sleeves of this dress are amazing but heavy and long, in fact because of this I have never worn the dress. I decide to literally chop the sleeves off and use then on another idea (tomorrows post). There was nothing special about what I did, taking a pair of scissors I cut the sleeves off leaving enough for me to double turn the raw edge over and sew to create a simple and neat hem. 

And that is it. I know have a great dress that is easy to wear and amazing trim to create another great project. 


Crinoline Lady Denim Gillet


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Recently I was at the Friday Street car boot sale in Suffolk. It is one of my pleasures in life, I love being in Suffolk, I love being able to mooch and explore around the car boot in fresh air (as much as I love London - car boots here come with a tad more pollution). On my last visit I came across a bundle of embroideries. 

Our home is full of interesting and amazing objects and images that love and truth be known there isn't that much space for adding to it - sometimes I change a few things around  or swap them. So, I needed some ideas on how to use the embroideries outside of just having them on the wall - and I did come up with some ideas - this one being the most simple and straight forward to do. 

This gillet or jacket project can be sewn by sewing machine (your own or take to a dry cleaner / tailor) or with a little bit more effort sewn by hand. 

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I simply took a denim jacket. The one I decided to use had no sleeves and is perfect for the coming Spring weather. I took the embroidery from its frame (frame to be up-cycled in a later project) and simply placed it on the back of the jacket (the edges of the fabric having already been folded under). I then pinned it in to place and with my sewing machine sewed around the embroidery close to the edge. I chose a blue thread as I wanted the thread to be seen and echo the colour of the denim jacket. 

And that apart from removing pins - is it! 

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Jeans Pocket Update


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I only just came across this photograph reference ctreasury from Instagram. I believe it is photograph taken from New York fashion week 2018. 

What I do know is that it is genius. I love it! I'm not advocating you chop up all your widely expansive handbags but what about the ones we see in charity shops thats are fake? Or what about a scarf that you no longer wish to use? 

Before we discard items of clothing, it is worth thinking about re-purposing, chopping them up, changing the use...

I know next on my 'sewing list' is making a pair of these jeans - I just need to find 'the thing' that needs re-purposing and its a job done!