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.


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!



Colour my stiches

September 26, 2011

Here’s another way to fix a hole. Stich over and around the hole, here in lime green and white. Then use a (black) textile marker to colour the stiches. Striped fabric would be difficult to mend otherwise. The dress can be seen here.

Striped fabric mending

Striped fabric hand stiching

Patch me if you can

November 1, 2010

Jokapoika is one of Marimekko’s classics and still in production. Vuokko Nurmesniemi designed it 1956. I think this is from the 70’s and my Mum patched it for me years ago with another Piccolo piece. (Piccolo is the name of the print). I love how the cotton has worn thin and silky soft. Unfortunately there’s another rip near the collar. And I don’t know how to fix it yet.

Party outfit

September 2, 2010

I celebrated my graduation in July and remade some items for my party outfit. A preloved skirt got some dye, tighting (also to hide some holes so I simply left the holes under the pleat). The hem lace came from a discarded cardigan which was washed with some Indian clothes (sure to lose colour in wash). The formerly boring blouse became wearable with some trimming.

Photo credits to my cousin E

A girl somewhere grew small for these pants. Bye bye pants. I found them and now took them to a meeting with my scissors.

After cutting, sewing and stiching the top part became a casual bag. A trifted belt and a preloved silk tie were added as details. The belt covered some stains, too. (Could have been used for covering holes as well).