Monthly Archives: October 2007

Now there’s a thought…

It occurs to me that I can expand my wardrobe by shrinking my waistline. tapeMeasureThen all those too-tight pants would fit. That would be a kind of biological re-fashioning…

Refashioning too-short pants

ww-020.jpgLast night I finished Refashion #2–and I actually used the sewing machine! These black denim pants were languishing in my closet–too hot for summer, but too short to wear in winter, ’cause they look ridiculously short with socks and shoes. I bought them second-hand last year and only wore them a couple of times. I figured I needed about 2 inches more on the hem. Since today was “school colors” day, I opted for some funky new cuffs in black, blue, and orange, with a matching belt. Sash. Whatever.ww-028.jpg

I cut two long strips that were the same length as the distance round the bottom of the pants leg,  sewed the ends together, pressed the seam open.  Then I turned in the sides, folded it in half, fit it onto the bottom of the pants leg, pinned it, and sewed it on.

The sash was two long strips sewn together, folded right sides together, sewn along the side.  Then I tore the fabric trying to turn it right-side out and had to cut off six inches of the sash turned the tube right-side out and sewed closed the ends.
ww-025.jpgThe really nice thing about this was that I didn’t need to do anything to the pants themselves except sew on the cuff.  If I tire of the relentless cheerfulness of the blue and orange cuffs, I can snip ’em off and sew on satin or eyelet or whatever takes my fancy.  If I were REALLY clever, I’d figure out how to make interchangeable cuffs, with velcro or buttons or something, but it  was late…

So here are the finished pants.  I wore them today with my blue and orange school shirt.  Go Bulldogs!

October crafty

wwcrafty.jpgI’ve been working on “home improvement” projects: pillows and pillowcases and a table runner for my parents, which are nice and necessary but don’t quite pack the punch of…Wonder Woman! Here she is, costume design (largely) by my daughter and her friend, with me serving in a supervisory capacity.

First refashion!

bleach pen fixI just posted my first “refashioned item” on Wardrobe Refashion.  Go me!  Here’s a pic of the newly refashioned item.

Blog Action Day

recycle.JPGOct. 15 is “Blog Action Day,” the day 12,000 blogs are talking about the environment. Cool. Because that’s why I’ve really begun blogging.

I recently read a biography of Gandhi, and in the book was a picture of the very few things Gandhi owned. I opened my closet and my dresser, and looked at the dozens–perhaps hundreds, counting the socks–of things I own just to wear. When I add in the house and the books and the food items, kitchen supplies, furniture…the list goes on and on. And still we shop, and buy, and throw out, and shop some more.

For Blog Action Day, I figured I post my favorite second-hand clothing shops in upstate NY. I’ve been a fan of “recycled” clothing ever since the days when my mother taught me to shop at a huge sale sponsored by a local private school. I’d bring in things I didn’t want any more, visit the sale and buy second hand clothes, and then enjoy the check I’d get a few weeks later. (Thanks, Mom!) Then I had two daughters of my own, and found out just how expensive it can be to buy retail.

My favorite consignment shop in the Rochester, NY area has GOT to be Lu’s Back Door in Fairport, NY. It’s staffed by the most wonderful people, and has great stuff on the racks. My daughters and I just discovered a second-hand place not far from us that specializes in teen apparel: Plato’s Closet. We found some nice things, and the girls are planning to clean out their closets and see what they might have to sell.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

Maid Marian

Maid Marian

I just finished making a Maid Marian outfit for my three-year old Boston niece to play “dress-up” in. She is enamored of the cartoon version of the Robin Hood story, in which Maid Marian is a lovely lady fox who wears a lavender gown and headscarf, or is that a wimple? I used a pattern for a girl’s dress from waaaaay back when my daughters were flower girls in my brother’s wedding, and adapted it, changing to a V-neck and making the back a wrap-around apron-tie style. It’s reversible, so she can be Maid Marian today, and a flower fairy tomorrow.

Pledge!

Refashion ButtonI have taken the Wardrobe Refashion Pledge for 2 months. Here’s what I promise: I, Turrean, pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of “new” manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 2 months. I pledge that I shall refashion, renovate, recycle pre-loved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovated, recycled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thriftiness brings!

Signed, Turrean