Evening in the Country...

Evening in the Country...
...a gorgeous view of the WV mountains I get to enjoy everyday. Also the place Bri proposed earlier this year! [Not taken on that day.]

Monday, November 16, 2009

Slip Stitch

While I have been working on my current project, I found that I desperately need a better tutorial for the slip stitch.  I found this on google:

Sunday, November 1, 2009


My pledge for the Wardrobe Refashion is over.  Yes, I could have gone for another term, or even lifetime.  I would rather do it on my own, allowing it to be a part of myself, rather than for a certain pledge or society.  Also, I never did any refashions during the pledge and I feel bad because I was hoping to have an interesting post.  Allwell!   Time to post away on this blog.  Although, I will refer back to the blog often for all the details from other members, they do some really great things with old clothes. 

2 month pledge


I started reading Generation T: Beyond Fashion last week and became instantly inspired.  I grabbed a few shirts and started snipping away.  The first shirt was an old fav and I started with the first idea in the book: a cute halter gathered at the front breastbone.  Off went the right sleeve.  Then an angle cut to remove the collar and left sleeve, as shown below.

This was a no sew project and went super fast - I should search for more to make in this style. 

A reminder for next time, the shirt should be a bit more lose to leave room for more gathering on the front. 

Next, I started to slice up a shirt from Forever XXI. I loved it but the collar choked me and the arms now look better after being sliced off.

I made a vertical mark six inches from the folded edge.  Then horizontal marks every 3/4" starting at the bottom, leaving 1" at the top.  I was lucky enough to have patience during this or it could have been disastrous (like bye bye forefinger).

It is so innocent in the front and then BAM, here's the back.  I need to fix the spacing in the center of the braids, but it was a test and turned out well, so I am proud. 

It is a simple braid to do, just start at the bottom, bring the second layer under the first, then bring the third through the loop made with the second, etc.  You really must go all the way to the top to get it to look right.  At first, I wanted it to stop about four inches from the top but noticed it needed that curve at the shoulders to give it a bit of pizazz.