Wednesday, September 26, 2018

For My Next Magic Trick

With a little more work than just the wave of a magic wand,

I'll be refashioning these 5 men's shirts into a women's dress using the Paganoonoo pattern for the Michelle Dress.

The colour in the photo is off. All five shirts are in the navy to denim blue range, two with a little beige, four with at least a touch of grey, and four with some white.

I may not use all five shirts. We'll see how it goes once I get started. The three on the right are for sure being used. The one on the far right fits the best through the chest and shoulders and suits my colouring the most. The next two seem to look best draped at the front for the pockets. The plaid shirt that is second from the left is actually my favourite so I'm hoping to somehow work it in.

Any remaining fabric, and there will likely be plenty, is in the exact colours I like to keep on hand for my boro/sashiko work, so it all good!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018


A perfect day kayaking on Hick's Lake. Beautiful weather which was neither too hot nor too cold, mirror smooth lake reflecting the blue sky and gorgeous mountains, and best of all ---

--- the amazing quiet. Come along, I'll take you for a 25 second ride. Be sure to have your speakers on. You'll hear practically nothing, it's so peaceful!

I love these little day trips!

Friday, September 07, 2018

Werk it -- or not.

I've been sewing a lot lately, mostly clothing for myself.

And as much as I hate selfies, especially the camera-in-hand type, sometimes that's the only practical way to get a finished project photo.

My husband isn't always available to take the photos and even when he is I'm reluctant to hand him the camera. 

For one thing having an audience makes me nervous, but then there is also his tendency to pretend he's Joe Fashion Photographer and he starts calling out "Werk it, Werk it!"

And though I know he's trying to be helpful, make me laugh and lose the "resting bitch face", it still feels terribly awkward. With no immediate feedback I never know if any of the multitude of shots he's taken are any good.  So -- 

Camera in hand selfies today.

And look! If I try hard enough I sometime even remember to smile -- without the "Werk it, werk it!". 

That last project is another "upcycle", this time a lace trimmed sheer curtain becoming a "shirt extender" and a gauzy scarf.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Another Patti

I liked my first Patti Blouse made using a Paganoonoo pattern a lot so when I found three more coordinating men's shirts I decided to make another Patti.

I'm not as happy with this one even though I do like fabrics and the colours. 

The fabric in the main shirt, though a lovely peached finish, is heavier and stiffer. Combine that with my addition of larger lined front pockets and the shirt tends to stand away from the body in a less flattering way.

Ah well, it's super comfy and a nice chill chaser. We're finally getting some cooler weather and some much needed rain.

My own innovations to this version were a change to the front pockets and covering the front placket with fabric from one of the contrasting shirts. I also removed the collar, leaving only the collar stand, and covered it with fabric from both accent shirts, different on the inside than it is on the outside.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Successful Upcycle

Really pleased with this upcycle sewing project.

It's 2 men's shirts (the black and the gingham), and one ladies blouse (the white one with embroidered trim) combined to make a totally new ladies tunic length blouse. 

I added a dash of red here and there using scrap fabric.

The concept comes from Paganoonoo's "The Cindy Blouse" pattern though I didn't use the fabulous curved front piece. With the added fussiness of the fancy collar and cuffs I figured it would be too much this time.

I really like the way this turned out so it is highly likely I'll eventually use the pattern again and make the more decorative curved addition to the front. 

Have you ever tired refashioning something old into something new?

It's rather fun!

Friday, August 03, 2018

July was HOT

With the highs always at least 18°C and usually in the 30°C and over range, July was a very HOT month here in Chilliwack, BC. We even had a couple of days where we reached my hottest available colour, "garnet", which represents the 33 - 35°C range (91.4° - 95°F). 

Friday, July 27, 2018

Could Be Better

Another remake, this one not as flattering, but still a functional garment. 

I took two of these denim dresses, picked up from a clearance rack, and remade them into one that worked better for my needs. 

I really liked the way the dresses felt on, but they were too long, lacked the large, useful pockets that I love, and had a horrible belt that made the dresses look like a pillow tied in the middle.

So I chopped the sleeves off of one of the dresses, and other than opening them up by making a vertical cut above the sleeve placket, I used them 'as is', buttons, pleats and all, to create large detailed pockets on the second dress. 

I also shortened the dress to become more of a tunic length for wearing with leggings.

The fit is loose and comfortable, not clingy.

And I love those extra large pockets!

The scraps left over from the remaining dress will be used in my boro/sashiko embroidery work.