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Getting To Know My Readers!! A Little Q & A!

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I love seeing that people from around the world read my blog.  So I thought I would put out a little questionnaire with my answers right along side.  I would love it if you would take the time to answer and reply to any or all of them.  That way I can get to know you better and tailor my writing to your interests. That would be fantastic! So here goes.

  1. Where d0 you live?   Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  2. What are your favourite posts?  The refashions from unusual thrifted finds; that perfect much sought after thrift find; a successful refashion!
  3. What would you like to see more of on this blog?  More of the continuing fantastic reading of my posts and comments from my wonderful readers!
  4. What are your 5 favourite places to visit?  Seville, Spain; Brugges, Belgium; Paris, France; Anywhere in Italy; Munich, Germany.
  5. What was the last country you visited?  Jamaica
  6. What is your 5 favourite hobbies?  Thrift shopping, refashioning, sewing, working on my blog and trying new recipes and tailoring them to my dietary requirements.
  7. Dogs or cats?  Dogs
  8. Favourite paid job that you have had?  Forensic autopsy technician
  9. Languages you speak even a little or a lot?  English, German, French, Italian, Turkish, Greek (only swear words)
  10. Favourite book, movie and music genre?  Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen; Love Actually; Eighties music.

So these are just a few questions I thought I would ask.  I would love it if you had thought of your own questions to ask me and I will gladly reply.  I would love to hear from you.  Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and my posts.  Cheers, Michele

Fix It Friday!!Lengthening A Too Short Dress!

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I bought this gorgeous denim Gloria Vanderbilt dress at the recent 50% off Thrift Days at Value Village for only $7.50 after discount and I figured it would be a good dress for a refashion.

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I love the dark denim wash, it looks like new and it has pockets.  But alas, it is a bit short for me.  As you can see in the photo, it has it’s own tie belt which is sewn in at the back.  I didn’t quite know at first what I wanted to do to lengthen it.  I have several pairs of jeans in my refashion pile, but none of them were the same colour wash.  I considered using a contrasting fabric, but then I thought, hey, I don’t really like the tie belt anyways, so why not use that!

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Here is the belt sewn in.

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Here is the dress with the belt removed.

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So what I did was measure the length of the hem, divide it in half and figure out how long my pieces of belt should be to create the new hem.

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What I didn’t account for was the  stretch of the fabric, so when I got around to the middle, my pieces were too short.  So a quick little refashion of the left over scraps and I made an insert to widen the hem pieces.

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Now the dress is three inches longer and I can wear it with any belt I choose. It does need a little ironing though. I also sewed down the button placard from the waist to about 8 inches from the hem to keep the skirt from gaping.  I am quite pleased with how my dress lengthening turned out, it feels much more comfortable to wear and only took about 30 minutes to do, even with the goof that I made and the rapid scramble to repair the problem. What do you think of my little refashion?  Cheers, Michele

Fix It Friday!! Dress Refashion!

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I bought this dress for $7.50 at Value Village at the 50% off sale.  I love the print and the fabric, it was just huge on me, but I knew this would be an easy refashion.

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As you can see, it was far too large.  A size 28 in fact.  But I knew that I could refashion it very easily.

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I turned it inside out and pinned in the sides and the front seams.  I sewed these up to my satisfaction with a long basting stitch and then tried the dress on to see if it fit.  It needed a little adjustment and then I stitched the seam with a proper length stitch, cut off the excess fabric and then zigzag stitched the raw edges to keep them from fraying.

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Here is the final result and it fits very nicely now.  A simple fix to a simple problem.  Cheers, Michele

Dotty For Polka Dots!! My Polka Dot Clothing Collection!

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Here is just a selection of my favourite thrifted polka dot finds.  As you can see, I have a real passion for polka dots.  I am always on the lookout for new pieces.

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As you can see I really love navy with white polka dots and black with white polka dots the most.  Do you have a pattern or print that you particularly love?  I just can help myself when it comes to Polka dots.  Cheers, Michele

Another Dress From A Duvet Cover!! A Refashion!

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So I bought this comforter cover a while ago for only $2.80 with a coupon and have been mulling over how to refashion it.

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I quite like the pattern and colours so it was just a matter of figuring out where to go with it.

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I didn’t want to just do the usual t-shirt style dress so I used this dress as my silhouette guide.  Then I just cut it out and sewed it up.  I hemmed and hawed about whether to put pockets, but it made my already wide hips look even wider when I put the pockets in, so I just sewed them closed and trimmed them off.

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Here is the hem with the button holes from the bottom closure of the comforter cover still visible.

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Here is the final dress.  I decided not to make a waistband as it interrupted the pattern of the fabric.  What do you think?  It is very cool and comfortable and I am quite happy with it.  My husband says it looks like a “Hausfrau” dress but I like it anyways.  It will get lots of wear in what is left of the summer.  Cheers, Michele

Thrifted Fabric Remnant To A Top in 30 Minutes!!

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I saw this metre of fabric at Value Village for only $1.99 before my coupon and $1.40 after.  It was unfortunately too small a piece to make a t-shirt dress, so instead I made a top.

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I just cut out the fabric using the following top as a pattern.

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Then I just stitched up the shoulders, side seams, hemmed it, and finished the neck and sleeves.  All that in less than 30 minutes.  It took longer to wash the fabric than it did to make the top.

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Because the fabric is quite stretchy, it ends up being a bit of a bare shoulder top on one side.  I am debating whether to make the neckline smaller to get rid of that, or leave it as is.  What do you think?  Should a 51 year old woman be wearing an off the shoulder top?  Let me know what you think?  Cheers, Michele

Another Thrited Remnant Dress!! In Under 45 Minutes!

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I found this remnant for $2.10 with my discount card and since I haven’t really ever tried sewing with knit fabrics, I thought it would be an inexpensive opportunity to try my hand at it.

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I used my trusty tablecloth dress as the pattern, cut out the fabric and then just sewed across the shoulders and up the side seams.  Then I just turned over the neck, sleeve edges and the hem.  I used a slight zigzag stitch to ensure that it would have a little give for this very stretchy fabric.

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Here is the finished results belted to give it some shape as it hangs quite loose on me.  But I didn’t want to make it too tight to show off any of my unflattering lumps and bumps.  What do you think?  It was so incredibly easy to whip up, the knit fabric doesn’t fray so I didn’t have to zigzag the raw edges which saved time in the final construction.  Cheers, Michele