Sunday, May 16, 2010

Waste Not....


Even with our stringent de-cluttering policies, we are guilty (er, I am guilty) of letting a few plastic storage boxes of clothing I can't quite part with waste away in our garage.   I did a little digging this week and resurrected a once-loved top and a once-perfect, oft-repaired pair of favorite jeans.  The long sleeves of the top became these super-simple baby leggings  (forgive the grainy rainy-day exposure....)



And the jeans transformed like this....


I'll be honest, making these was a bit harrowing -- I wouldn't recommend denim or this type of stretchy cotton/lycra material to a newbie seamstress like me.  It's a miracle that both the machine and I survived!  I certainly honed my G-rated expletive range during this project.  The center photo is of S assisting with a gentle, soothing touch to appease the sewing machine.  It must have worked, since she allowed me to finish both projects with only the small casualty of a broken needle. Worth the sacrifice to breathe new life into these old favorites.....

Just quickly, a few photos from the shed/studio revamp:


The walls are up!  I think I'll be able to get in and do some painting in the next week.  Can't wait.

4 comments:

bellathreads said...

That's awesome! Can't wait to see your studio in the making.

Stella said...

Those pants are so cute! Both pairs, well done

Rhiannon said...

Great re-fashions! It's so hard to get rid of those clothes that were with you during so many happy times, huh? Good on you for letting go of a few bits : )

Seedling said...

Hello! Thank you all for your sweet words -- I'm definitely looking at all of our unused clothing in a new light these days! Better to have things used and re-loved rather than going to waste in storage. Right now I'm working on some dye projects with older clothes -- stay tuned!