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Almost instant dresses

Not having enough fabric of my own, I adopted part of someone else’s stash. Sewers often have stashes of fabric, fabric from uncompleted projects, remnants from completed projects and fabric bought on a whim. My stashes tend to consist mostly of the later, really good deals to hard to pass up and fabrics bought with no specific garments in mind. This windfall of  fabric came by way of a friend who  purchased an used sewing machine from another ex-pat who is moving away. Included with the machine was a bunch of fabric  bags of trims, lots of rickrack and a crocheted yoke salvaged from another garment. Looking at the yoke, I realized that all I would need to do is sew a tube and attach it. The yoke is a pretty coral color that doesn’t quite go with any of my current fabrics.  This morning while cleaning out my ropero (wardrobe), I picked up a skirt that had fallen to ...

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Shrug is not always a verb

Remember the $10 ( that’s about seventy-five cents those of you still thinking in dollars) tank tops that I bought for Tuafor?  Adapting the directions that I found on Cut out and Keep, I made a shrug for Tuafor. One of my favorite things about this shrug is that I incorporated a pair of lace sleeves that I saved from one of my tops.While I was removing the lace trim on a nylon top that had wasn’t worth saving I decided to save the sleeves too. I’ve been trying to temper this tendency of mine to hoard scraps. Saving lace trim didn’t seem too outrageous but I felt a little guilty about the sleeves. They sat on the end table for a few days while I argued with myself about keeping them. While hacking apart the tank top, inspiration struck! The shrug needed sleeves, the brown looked good next to the burgundy tank top, it all came together with the ...

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Busy Bee, that’s me!

In honor of the Borg, I have new nicknames for the granddaughters. They are now Juannafor, Tuafor, Threeoffour (formerly known as la nieta) and the once and future baby girl due in January who will be Fouroffour. La Primera mentioned to me that Tuafor was suffering from a serious case of handmedown syndrome.  I offered to make her a few things. She is still small enough that I can whip up stuff for her pretty quickly and young enough to like girlie stuff like twirly skirts. I have a friend who is heading NOB soon, which means the sewing machine has been whirling along. So for I have these things made. I planned on some simple skirts then I found a total deal on some sleeveless tops. At $10 each, I bought 6, so far I have combined one with fabric from my stash to create a long sleeve dress. I count stash fabric as free so it’s the seventy-five ...

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