Just Like That, I am Back

 If I said I was back, would you believe me? Blogging is complicated, and there are so many "get rich quick" blogging schemes that make it look like you are a lost cause if you are not currently earning money blogging. And why are you even blogging if you don't have multiple streams of income and entertainment. If you don't have a brand? I do have this website, but I do not have Instagram, Twitter, TikTok (you don't want to see me dance), or whatever is next.  Heck, I haven't even updated this since before the pandemic. So why am I here, writing about being back and then, probably ghosting for another two years? Life has been rough. It's been painful and overwhelming. I am so thankful for you my readers, or what is left of you. I am so thankful you are reading this post. I am so thankful that you are still committed to making the world a more exciting and more sustainable place.  Keep up-cycling my friends, and you never know, I might be back again with an

Project Recycled Finale

Can you believe it? We are at the finals and we have two fabulous finalists, Emily from Domestic Deadline and Erica from Recycled Fashion. Please click on the links to check out some of their amazing crafting goodness. 

Emily from Domestic Deadline Presents:

April Showers bring Easter Dresses?!?!? 

I am so excited (and surprised) to have made it to the final round!  For this project I started with a fabric shower curtain that I picked up for $5 at the thrift store.  Aside from it being a large amount of nice fabric, I loved the top panel with embroidered flowers.

Every time I laid the curtain out to take a picture, a little boy tried to roll up in it, so this was the best I got...

I talked with my girls about what they wanted their dresses to look like, we sketched them out and then I cut... first, I cut out the front of one dress, using a similar style dress as a guide.  The back panel is the same shape, but 4 inches wider and only the solid color.

Since I'm too lazy to deal with zippers, I used elastic thread to shir the back panel.  I used white thread to contrast since I didn't have the perfect color on hand, and I didn't want to take 3 kids out in the cold to go buy more.

Originally designed as a skirt, the second dress came about when I was fitting my daughter for the skirt length.  I jokingly told her it was long enough to be a dress... She took the idea and ran with it giving me a new sketch.

The lining of the flowered fabric was the green, we used this to make the ties for the first dress.  When I tried it on my daughter to hem, she thought the serged edge was embroidered to match the white flowers... so it stayed.  If it bothers me enough, I'll hem it later.  A few straps and the girls' Easter dresses are ready to go!

Two dresses for only $5, works for me!

I still have about 1/3 of the solid coral fabric left over.  I'm hoping to make a vest and bow tie for my little man, but he says he doesn't like the color and I don't want to waste the fabric if he won't wear it!  Plus, he's requested a fedora to wear for Easter... at least I have a few weeks to figure that out!!!

Erica - Recycled Fashion Presents:

Curtain Dress 

I am thrilled to be in the finals of Project Recycled, thank you to Robin for hosting, and thank you to everyone that has been voting!

I picked up a piece of fabric (batik?) from Bentleigh market, the seller tells me it used to be her curtain!

The former curtain, has a psychedelic paisley feel, reminiscent of the 60's. I therefore thought a mod style tunic style dress would be appropriate. I did not use an entire dress pattern to make it, instead, I've cut around an existing dress to get the intended shape, and used a sleeve from a different dress pattern, as a rough idea of how to cut sleeves to fit.

(sleeves of existing dress are folded in here)

Here's how it started to take shape..

I must have stitched and unpicked about 10 times before I felt happy with its fit! I guess that's the way it goes without a dress pattern. Here's the result..

And with a belt...

Neckline is finished with brown (thrifted) bias tape

If I had time, to finish off this dress, I'd go with a peter pan collar, but sadly, time is not on my side this week!


 Again, I do not envy you. You have two amazing crafters to choose from. Remember you can vote once per day and you have until Friday March 2nd at Midnight to choose the winner!



Congratulations Erica and Emily!!!

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