Category Archives: Thrifting

I made undies!!!


Yes you heard right, I made undies! I can hardly believe it myself.  Ever since joining the Sleepwear Sew Along, I have enjoyed corresponding with other sewers in the group.  One of the talented ladies made a camisole and undies.  When I commented on her post about how I never would dare to try such a pattern, she gave me the nudge I needed.

The pattern she recommended was from So Zo .. What do you know’s Free Sewing patterns.  For a link to the site and pattern, click here. There are only 3 pattern pieces so working with the pdf was easy.  She also has great instructions and photos which helped.  I used an old T-shirt and had some fold over elastic that I had purchased at a thrift store a few years ago  (maybe I knew then that there were undies in my future).

It really did not take much time at all.  I am so excited to sew a few more pairs in fun colors and patterns.  I have been searching on Etsy for more FOE (fold over elastic).  It comes in a variety of prints and shades.  Who knew!?!?!


Me-Made-May – post 2

So I am a bit late to the party and not sure I am even doing this right, but I decided to start wearing outfits that contain a self made item.

Here is what I have been  wearing lately:

knit grey top

Grey knit top made from a Knit Picks book I purchased last year.  Yarn is from Knit Picks as well.  Sorry I do not remember the pattern name off hand.

Stripped top

This is the Hemlock Tee Pattern that is free and you can get it here.  I actually sewed this on Saturday and love, love, love the way it fits and feels so I went ahead and made another more suitable for work.

black and white topThis is such an easy pattern to sew and I can see myself making more of them.

I also refurbished a pair of capris that I bought at a thrift store for $5.99 into a nice pair of walking shorts.

Thrifted shorts

I think they turned out nicely.

That is all I have for now – will keep trying to wear my me made items through the end of the month and will share photos as I go.



Thrifting Finds

I stopped by one of the local thrift stores on Thursday while I had some time to kill and am so glad that I did.  Take a look at what I purchased for $24.00.

2013-03-07_15-15-56_267Navy Blue wrap skirt with fruit motif.  This will be so fun to wear this summer for my no pants challenge.

2013-03-07_15-16-17_812Cute white cotton summer skirt.

2013-03-07_15-17-00_796Cute 60s style dress.

2013-03-07_15-17-57_289Brown Suite that really isn’t a suit at all.  The skirt and jacket match in color perfectly.  The jacket fits fine, but the skirt definitely needs a lining or to be worn with a slip and I think I will shorten it a bit as well to give it a more modern look.

Overall not bad for the price I paid.  What do you think?


Recent Thrift Store Finds

Today I stopped by the local thrift store to see if I could pick up any treasures and low and behold I scored three items!

014Ralph Laruen blue and white stripped T-shirt $3.00

Red Karen Scott short sleeved sweater $3.00

100% Silk Blouse in black from The Limited $4.00

I was looking for a nice crisp white blouse and a tan pair of pants and possibly a flouncy floral skirt – but alas none to be had in my size. Still looking for some retro juice glasses as well. I am happy with my purchases though and think the black silk blouse will look great with the pants I picked up last week.

Have you found any great deals lately?


Thursday Thrift Store Finds

Today I stopped by one of our local thrift stores.  As with any of these stores – it is hit and miss.  What I was looking for was some juice classes – preferably a bit retro – but alas there were none to be had.

I then took a look through the clothing section and low and behold….. I found these:

001Perry Ellis Shoes – $6.00

Chadwicks Silk Blouse – $4.00

Daila Collection Linen Pants – $4.00

Beaded Handbag – $4.00

Total: $18.00

I am very pleased with my purchases – everything fits well and there are no stains or even scuff marks on the shoes.  In keeping with my Seamless Challenge – I think I did quite well.

My work life will be changing shortly and I will need to spend more time in the office so these items will come in handy.