I’ve Been Nominated for a Liebster Award!!

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Recently I received the most amazing email from a wonderful blogger named Linda Wilson who writes a blog called “Remake Remodel Recycle”.  Check her out her blog here.


She has nominated me for The Liebster Award which is an award for new or beginner bloggers.  I was so unbelievably thrilled that she would even consider me that I cried, but happy tears. A huge heartfelt thank you to Linda, you should check out her amazing blog, I have used it for inspiration and motivation for my own blog and only hope that some day I will be able to live up to her standards.

The nominee must do the following:

  • Thank the nominator.
  • Post the award on your blog
  • Answer the 10 questions posed by the nominator
  • Ask 10 questions to people you have nominated (who have less than 200 followers on WordPress)
  • Notify your nominees

So in keeping with the requirements of the award I will answer the questions Linda sent me.

What has surprised you about blogging?  How much I would love it and how encouraging other bloggers are to a new comer.

What inspires you to sew whatever you sew?  Being frugal, making clothes that fit my 6 foot, curvy figure, making clothes that fit my style, and it just makes me happy.

What is your most selfish sewing habit?  I converted my youngest daughter’s room after she moved out into my dedicated sewing room.  I have a whole closet to hang my out of season refashions and those I am still working on.  I have a TV in there to watch movies when I am seam ripping or hand sewing or ironing.

Where do the pins go?  Can anyone answer this?  I usually step on them in my bare feet when I am trying refashions on.  Ouch!!

Why do you blog?  I was inspired firstly by my mom who had a knitting blog, I turned 51 and decided to challenge myself to do something that scares me.  I am nervous about talking to people so this is a safer way to talk to people.

Tell us something we might not know about you.  I am pathologically afraid of earwigs!!  They send shivers up my spine and freak me out!!

What is your favourite book?  “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen

Favourite movie?  “Love Actually”

What catches your eye first, plain or print?  Print!!

What is your favourite sewing gadget?  My seam ripper because it always seems like I am taking a garment apart to rebuild it.  The other gadget would have to be my dress mannequin named after my mom.

The questions for my nominees are:

  1. What is your favourite part about blogging?
  2. What or who inspired you to blog?
  3. What is your favourite food?
  4. What is your favourite fashion decade?
  5. When thrifting or sewing or shopping for fabric or items for refashion, what is more important; colour or print?
  6. Do you always use patterns when sewing or just wing it?
  7. Do you use a dress mannequin or fit the clothes on yourself?
  8. Coffee or Tea?
  9. Where do you see your blog in 2 years time?
  10. Do you ever refashion or re-style a sewing failure and try again?

The nominates must thank their nomination.

Create a link The bloggers that I have nominated are:
Jen at Gingerella
Ingrid at We the Sewing
Elisabeth at 365 days of thrift

Check these amazing bloggers out!  Cheers, Michele

Mini Thrift Haul!! Two Dresses For Under $20!!

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So my daughter and I dropped off a huge bag of clothes and DVDs to Value Village and of course, I had to pop in to have a look.  I found these two dresses for under $20.00 total.


The first dress is a beautiful thick knit dress in this amazing warm caramel colour.  It has long sleeves and a turtle neck and would look great with boots.  But it is too long.  I am on the fence of how to refashion this one; just hem it or cut it into a top and skirt.  This one was only $8.99.


This second dress is a pretty white lace dress with a sheer neck yoke detail.  It is too short for me, but fits perfectly in every other way.  I am thinking of getting some fabric, hopefully thrifted and making a longer skirt and add some pockets.  Not sure about this one yet either, it will go on the refashion pile until I figure out what to do.  This one was $6.99.

So here are my two little finds, what do you think I should do with them?  I would love any feedback.  Cheers, Michele

Taming the Animal Print. A Dress Refashion!

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This dress was thrifted in a previous 30% off Value Village thrift haul and I am finally getting around to refashioning it.  It is a beautiful black and white animal print, but the only problem with it is that it is a 2X and is huge on me.  But this is a simple fix.


I especially love the tucked neck detail and the cap sleeves.


First I put it on inside out and pinned where I needed to take it in.  My final seams were 3 inches in on each side, and 1 1/2 in at each tuck, totalling 12 inches.


Then I just sewed along my new seam allowance, and  just a quick try on before zigzag stitching over the raw edges of the new seam.


 I think it is a beautiful finished result and couldn’t be more happy with this find.  What do you think?  Cheers, Michele