Two top tips

August 11, 2011

What to do for a piece of clothing that is not quite your size? I had some tops (received as a gift and, yes, bought from sale myself before the pledge) which were too big. One way is to shorten the straps but here’s something different.  I just cut the straps from the back end and tied them together like in a halter top. Quick and easy!

The light green top had a little needle and thread treatment. I pulled the straps together and attached them to each other. Ready with a few stiches!

PS. My pledge of not buying any new clothes for a year became a 16 month period. It ended last weekend with a t-shirt from here. 🙂



November 27, 2010

Oopsie. First came my new job, then the winter. Days are shorter. They really are after driving to work and back, so my blog was the first and hopefully the last casualty. The waited invitation to Wardrobe Re-fashion was overlooked as well. Here’s some bandaid to the wound. The photo was taken just before my new work and before snow. Star-shaped reflectors are hand sewn. I try to prepare for winter with two jackets on rather than buying new.

Reason for party

October 24, 2010

I’m now taking part in Wardrobe Re-fashion. While waiting for the e-mail I’ll post my biggest project yet: refashioned party outfit. The shirt lost a collar. There are three layers of skirts. White (trifted) underskirt was used as pattern to make the green underskirt which is made of preloved bed linen. I attached the top skirt (also trifted) to the green one with some stitches to get a puffier effect. The corset belt is made of scrap leather. I’ll tell you more about that later. Nowadays it seems that the better the party the worst the photos. I mean that there’s not enough time to concentrate on taking the pictures. Many thanks to my Mum for taking this photo and documenting some of the moments! 😀

Happy b-day yesterday!

August 1, 2010

Dear blog,

Best and late wishes for your happy birthday! I’m sorry for the neglect. But here’s something you’ll like:

I want to start over. I’ve already had some amazing dates with my sewing machine – needle and thread being the third wheel as always. I’ve collected preloved items in one room to see what’s actually there. And I haven’t bought any clothes after March (holiday in India). That is important because…


6 month pledge

I KuusenAlla pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of “new” manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 6 months. I pledge that i shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved 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, renovoted, recycled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftiness brings! Signed KuusenAlla


Officially I have to see what the new round brings as Nikki is making some changes to the blog including adding fees to subscribers. More information at Until then my pledge is just inspired by WR and lots of other trashionistas like and

So, to make the pledge my own I will make it for one year and promise to blog weekly. One project blogged every week sounds like a plan!