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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Thrift Store Score - Navy Knit Fabric (To Two Skirts!)

I found this navy knit at the sack sale where everything, TaMera and I bought ended up being a nickel. (We stuffed that $3 sack!)

On the tag it said there was 1 1/4 yards of fabric at 60" wide.

Well, it was off by almost 2 3/4 yards! It was closer to 5 yards!! 
What a fun surprise and one I didn't keep to myself!

I sewed  McCall's M6706 skirt D, for me. 

The skirt is super comfortable!

Also, at the sack sale I found a navy 7 inch zipper and it was exactly what the pattern called for! Another item from the stash busted!

It pairs great with my yellow gingham blouse!
(You can read about that HERE)

I decided to sew Kimberly a skirt and surprise her by mailing it!

Because, I forgot to get her measurements during Christmas break...I chose a safe route with Simplicity 1201, a pull-on knit skirt.

I went with skirt A.
It looked more forgiving than the other options

The most expensive part of the skirt was the elastic, which I found on clearance for a dollar! :D
I think the skirt cost like $3.06 and that's including the pattern! (Bought on one of my 99 cent pattern sale runs)

Happy Tuesday!
-'- Jewel

Fabric busted on the skirts: 4 3/8 yds. (4.0005 m)
Fabric busted since 03/01/15: 10 5/8 yds. (8.8011 m)
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Saturday, March 28, 2015

A Yellow Gingham Blouse

I made my first blouse and in no way my last!

When I found this yellow gingham in the stash, I knew right away it was going to be a blouse!

There was about a yard and a half. Making my choices very limited.

Simplicity 1364, (A 1960s Jiffy reprint) fit the bill, perfectly.

I was hoping to have enough to add the sleeves or make the tie belt. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. ...Still, a little sad about that. :(

I tried pre-washing the fabric, ironing it, steam ironing it, and have come to the conclusion that the creases are from being folded and stored in the tote for so long.

Another good reason to get that stashed used!

-'- Jewel

From the stash:
- 1 yard yellow gingham fabric
- thread
- pattern

Fabric busted on this project: 1 1/4 yard (0.9144 m)
Fabric busted since March 1st, 2015: 5 1/2 yards (4.8006 m)
See my pledge and get more information on the 2015 Stashbusting Sewalong HERE

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Thrift Store Score - Detailed Blouse

This was one of those buys where you saw it checking out and put it on the counter.

I do not regret the decision at all! 

The detailing on the front is what sold me on it and the piping on the collar and cuffs!

Absolutely, lovely!

It is a size or two big. But, I kind of like the really loose feel of it. 

Maybe one day, when I'm feeling  daring...I'll try altering it. 

But today is not that day! 
(^ Read in Aragorn's voice ^)

Happy Tuesday!
-'- Jewel

Friday, March 20, 2015

Pocketbook ReFashion


- Pocketbook
(Found mine in the $1 bin at Shopko Hometown)
- Paper of your choice.
(I used 12x12 scrapbook paper)
- Glue or Mod Podge
- Binder Clips
- Scissors
- Stamp and Ink (Optional)

Step 1. Is obviously, remove the cover. :)

Step 2. Take your book and lay on top of your paper. Trace the book on the wrong side of the paper with a pencil. Make sure to trace the back, the bind and the front. Cut out your trace.

Step 3. Line up one side of your paper with your book. Clip and flip.

Step 4. Glue on the bind.

Step 5. Put the clips on the binder and wait for glue to dry. (I waited about 30 minutes)

Step 6. Glue remaining sides of paper to outside of the book. Place clips on each corner.
Since, I only had two clips; I switched them to the other two corners after about 15-20 minutes.

Step 7. Carefully trim up edges.

Step 8. Decorate the front however you like. I used a stamp and black ink.
(The stamp is a Thrift Store Score I found in a bundle! I'll be sharing the bundle soon!)

I'm using it as a sewing notebook. Writing down ideas, measurements, and future sewing related projects!
-'- Jewel

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Thrift Store Score - Looking A Little Green Fabric (to Skirt!)

This fabric was bought before March 1st and is a busted piece from my stash!

Twice a year my favorite thrifting spot has a Sack Sale.
A sack is $3 and you can stuff that thing! 

In TaMera and I's main sack we got 64 items which came out to five cents per item!!
We had a blast!
She got mostly yarn and I got mostly sewing related stuff. 
Like...this fabric!

With it only being a yard, I decided to use the same pattern as my House Skirt
McCall's M6438 skirt A.

I would of loved to have made it longer. 
(I don't enjoy wearing short skirts/dresses) 

I told Samantha;
 "If I want it longer, I'll have to lose some inches on my midsection so it rides lower." :) 

...I don't foresee that happening anytime soon. haha

This skirt cost me 10 cents!
I bought the fabric and the zipper at the sack sale. The matching thread was already in my stash!

From the stash:
- 1 yd. of fabric
- 7 in. zipper
- thread
- pattern
- interfacing (for waistband)

Happy Thrift Store Score Tuesday!
-'- Jewel

Fabric used in this project: 1 yd. (0.9144 m)
Fabric busted since 03/01/15: 4 1/4 yds. (3.8862 m)
See my pledge and get more information on the 2015 Stashbusting Sewalong HERE

Photography: TaMera

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Oh, So Many Flowers Skirt

This project is a total stashbuster! You can read more about it (aka, what that means) HERE. :)
From the stash:

 - 3 1/4 yd. cotton fabric
 - 7 in. zipper
 - thread
 - pattern

The fabric I used is from my Grandma Carol. She gave me a bag of fabric remnants. 

didn't have enough of the fabric for the facing. 
To fix the problem, I used a white cotton instead.
Which didn't cause any problems since you aren't supposed to see that, anyway. ;)

The pattern is Simplicity 4188 skirt E.

shirt: little mountain print shoppe  /  skirt: handmade  /  sneakers: payless  /  earrings: forever 21

-'- Jewel

Fabric used in this project: 3 1/4 yd. (2.9718 m)
Fabric busted since 03/01/15: 3 1/14 yd. (2.9718 m)
See my pledge and get more information on the 2015 Stashbusting Sewalong HERE

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Great Blizzard of 2015

The first week of February we had a blizzard. We were snowed in for two days! It was a lot of fun!! :)

This was taken through our back door. I didn't know frozen pancakes are such a coveted meal! haha
-'- Jewel

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Thrift Store Score - Mod Serving Platter

I found this platter for $2.99 at a thrift store in Beatrice and instantly thought of the Temporama dishware, I picked up for Kimberly. It's not an exact pattern match but it does still work.
The platter doesn't have any I couldn't find any information about it. ( :( Sadness)

Happy Thrifting,
-'- Jewel

Saturday, March 07, 2015

An Apron For The Bride

 My cousin got married!!! Yay!

I wanted to make her something special. 

Our Grandma Carol passed away last year and I thought it would be cool to sew something out of one of her shirts.

I decided on an apron and went to work right away...

I chose a shirt that had a matching under-shirt because it meant more fabric for the apron and it worked with the colors of her kitchen.

The pattern is see & sew b5125 option A.

Have a great weekend!
-'- Jewel

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Our First YouTube Video!!

We are working on some exciting stuff for the blog and for our YouTube channel! I am so excited to show you what's coming!

Now enough about what I can't tell's our first YouTube video:

Presenting the iron shaker! My iron broke so I had to find another use for it!

Wish I could tell you more!!
-'- Jewel

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Thrift Store Score - Kearney Pattern Haul

Every year, we go to Kearney and have fun...while Dad sits in a seminar. ;) Of course, we went thrifting and I found some keepers!

Vintage Caftan Pattern

Going through the Salvation Army, nothing was really calling my name until I came to the craft area. On a bottom shelf was a box of patterns. Digging through, I didn't see any that interested me, that is, until the second to last one. Yes, that's where I saw this Caftan pattern. 

I quickly answered all the questions my brain threw at me.
Unique pattern or clothing type? Yep!
In our* sizes? Absolutely. It's a one size pattern! (*Kimberly, TaMera or me)
Easy to modernize? With the right fabric!
Good price? Totally...not much you can buy with forty-five cents, anymore!

And the last question, I couldn't answer until we were back at the hotel.
All the pattern pieces? Thankfully, that ended up being a yes, too!

This simple to sew in a jiffy pattern takes a whopping 5 1/8" worth of material! Like, whoa! The finished bottom width comes in at 102". 

Thank you Patti for donating to your Salvation Army! I thank you! :)

Simplicity Retro 1940's Dress Pattern

We stopped at the thrift store called U Can Offer.
Last year, I found my "Reading Railroad Bookends" there and was hopeful to find something again!
My finding this pattern was much like that of the Caftan pattern. A box on the bottom shelf of the craft area. The only difference, this was a box of all brand new Simplicity patterns! 

I only bought the ones I knew I might make one day. 
Like a 1940's dress? Why did I even make that a question? Or that? hahaha

Because it was a box of new patterns it had both size envelopes! At $2, I went with both!

I'm thinking about watching some Agent Carter and getting inspiration!

Simplicity Project Runway Dress Pattern

I have never bought a Project Runway inspired pattern and I have to say, I'm pretty impressed! There are six different variations to the one pattern! S-I-X! If you divide $2 by 6 that's 33 cents per dress! 

 Look at the purple dress! I love the sleeves!

Simplicity 1940's Blouse Pattern

This pattern is a blouse reprint from the 1940s.
I love that it's a button down with a feminine shape and that bow in the back! Perfection!

 A blouse is something I have never sewn before. This looks quite simple. ...Maybe not the buttons and button holes. :) Not going to let those get me down!

 I wonder if any of the buttons I've found semi-recently would work? You can see those HEREHERE and HERE.
-'- Jewel

Monday, March 02, 2015

2015 Stashbusting Sewalong

Today, a sewing blogger I follow, posted about a stash buster that she had just pledged to do and I thought it would be a great thing to do, myself! Considering, I have already used two fabrics from my stash this year! (One I just finished today! :))

I am starting three months late...But there is no better time then NOW! :)

You guys are going to be my accountability so here it goes...

"I, Jewel, commit to using 12 pieces of stash fabric in 2015. I also commit to not buying any new fabric/patterns except for lining and some notions until I have made at least six projects from my stash."

I know, I will probably be able to do more...I just have no idea what the rest of the year is going to be like. So much "new" coming for me, I'm not sure when I'll be able to sew. That's the reason I chose 12 pieces, one for each month!  A somewhat easy goal for whatever my schedule will be.

I looking forward to telling you all about it! 

Talk to you soon! 
-'- Jewel

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