Two wrongs make a right

March 7, 2016

I got this thing about scarves. I love them! I get attached to one and wear it all the time until the next one comes along. I still keep the old ones around even if they’re ripped. New preloved items also find my way.

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Two scarves made into one

This time I had two scarves which both had pleasing colours but something else wrong with them. The long stripy scarf wasn’t long enough to my taste and it had some small holes. The woolen rectangle was also too small. Since they had matching colours I cut the long one in half where the holes were and handstitched the the folded woolen scarf on top. The ravelling ends of the striped scarf were conveniently locked between the woolen scarf folds. Finally I embroided the woolen part with some geometrical shapes and leftover yarn which also works keeping the folds in place. Needles to say this is my favorite scarf for this winter!

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Rectangular crochet doilies make lovely corset belts. Wrap around your waist and attach with a ribbon through the holes of the crochet. What a fun way to add a little colour, warmth, shape and spunk!

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Everything seen here is preloved (except the tights).

Crochet doily corset belt

Un-See-Through

June 5, 2014

During hot summer days I prefer light fabrics. I think clothes are the best sun block! Some clothes however have an unwanted quality to show a bit too much in the sunlight. Here’s my solution for very thin harem pants (from Rishikesh, India). Special thanks to my colleague for the photo!

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A bought this unfitting shirt from a recycling center just because of the fabric: black with metallic threads. Cut the shirt under arms and hand stiched the elastic to the waist already on holiday location.

002 (Medium)And the location… Two years ago St. Petersburg looked like this through my lenses.

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April 8, 2014

I wanted to make the neckline of a shirt from sale smaller. I added extra fabric from a preloved shirt I never actually wore but liked the colours and patterns.

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Here’s how I did it.

ImageMake a pattern placing paper on top of the (light turquoise) shirt and draw how much more fabric you want to add. You can free hand the whole thing or just one half and then fold fabrics and paper to center and use symmetry. Remember to add seam allowance. Cut the paper. Pin the pattern on top of the (brown) shirt and cut the fabric.

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Place the fabric on the shirt wrong sides facing you. Fold both vertically in half first to find center and start to pin from the middle. Check the right side before sewing. The beading in the brown shirt was not in the middle to begin with so I went with “close enough”.

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Sew with zigzag. As you may see my machine’s stitch is not very reliable but will do.

 

 

Pullover pants, vol.2

April 4, 2014

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They are most comfortable and warm even on a chilly morning! And I need a little colour to cheer up.

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Tested with painting and dancing. These work better than the first version because the pullover is smaller and the waist fitted.

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Starting point: a preloved pullover.

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In action to make a fitted waist: pinning the hem part of a preloved rather sturdy t-shirt to the pullover hem. This time I cut the neckline off before sewing rather than just shutting it with stitches.

A Quick Halloween Cut

November 2, 2013

I had a knit waiting to be refashioned and I needed a Halloween costume. This was the quickest costume ever! I do plan to insert mesh to the other side to prevent unraveling. For the quick fix that’s optional.

The hat is from a thrift store. As are the ant and the spider. They’re stitched in place.

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Ready in three minutes with scissors only!

A pumpkin cut out

Denim shorts with stars

September 22, 2013

Nail polishes seem to accumulate along the years. Some of them are way past their due date, sticky and non-functional. But still I can’t just throw them away so here’s a project to get rid of them. (Need more projects for that, though).

First task was to cut out the legs of the preloved jeans. I used the legs to test polish colours on denim.

A plastic lid became a stencil for this easy mathematical shape. It’s a good idea to do the painting outside because of the stench.

The finished product is machine washable in low temperature turned inside out.