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I’m always eager to find others who snip, destroy, reinvent and lace up old clothing into new fabulous pieces. So here for your enjoyment, I found these delightful tutorials by Julia Barbee. She has a laid back way of explaining how to snip and sew. Love her boho, pieced together way of working.

This is a great sample of her tutorials. Check them all out for some expert advice!

And if sewing is a little beyond what your skill is, perhaps just snipping out some vintage paper dolls will give you that DIY fix. These really are too precious to resist. Wouldn’t you agree?

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Busy Tuesday! Barely had time to tweet! But the birds have been snipped (will be strung today!). Thanks to some sweet little pint-sized helpers. If those little felt birdies could talk, they would have many giggles to share.

In addition to snipping birds out of felt, one of my favorite, instant gratification projects, is to transform tired (but great conditioned) shoes into new visions of loveliness. Did you ever read the part in Little Women, where Amy paints her boots blue? Jo lets her secret out when they are visiting society friends. Amy just about died with mortification. These days its not so terrible to repaint and refinish shoes. But every time I do, I think of poor little Amy March.

Here is the before — after I removed the wretched gold squiggles.

And now, with little black satin bows, sewn neatly in place.

I really wouldn’t be able to resist these…but alas, not my size 😦

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Just about finished the beautiful vision of green loveliness that you see here. I am very excited with how it turned out. Perfect lines, lovely seams, and the fabric really has the most rich sheen to it. A dear red-headed friend of mine went crazy over the green green green of it. We may end up fighting over the dress, or I’ll make another and we’ll just be twinkies. Fabulous.

In addition to the green sewing dash of Friday, I also have continued on the bunting quest. BUT I have promised Mr. T, that the bunting will end soon. Soon soon soon. If I were to do it over, I may make the bunting larger, the little flags do take a bit long to snip, seal and string. BUT. As I said. Soon I will be finished and it will be lovely.

Realized on Saturday night, that while I’ve been sewing and painting madly all fall and winter, I haven’t up-graded the den throw pillows. Now, if there is any insult to a true seamster-sewstress like myself, its the “come with the couch throw pillows” sitting in glory for a full 6 months with no reproof or polish. Ah ha. So, I dashed up to the green room (my sewing lair), whipped out some brown country toiled I’d been saving, and made a cover for one offending pillow. What do you think?

I just love the detail of this toile. The country scene is quite dear. Although, I admit. In my haste to knock out the pillow I didn’t take the time to center the scene I liked best. So, the sheep are the grand center of my pillow. Alas.

Perhaps if I was a knitter like Mrs. Y @ Elegant Economy, the sheep would be appropriate. But as it is, I’m such an unreliable knitter, it is just mocking me 🙂

But this next detail is my favorite. The two sweet lovers. I think it’s the farmer and his wife when they were young. I may have to get my sister to write me a little story to go along with the pillow. There is so much going on in toile. Many hidden treasures to find & imagine.

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Yesterday was one of my holiday days off — so aside from tidying the Elle Street Inn, and enjoying classic thrillers (Gilda, really was too much Rita for my taste — next time I’ll start doing movie reviews, perhaps. This one did NOT even make my top 50). But I did however, start a little green striped shift dress. I’ve had this fabulous daring material for quite sometime. I really can’t even remember when I purchased it. Maybe at a thrift store, or on the $1 bin at the Fabric Store? Who knows. BUT, I do know I’ve been saving it for something absolutely fabulous.

Over the holiday, pretty much every clothing store you’d pop into had a little shift dress cinched around the waist with some wide elastic. How brilliant. Simple use of cloth and essentials. Thought I’d try my hand at my own.

BR Dress, on sale for $79.99 🙂

Pulled out my trusty dressmaking book, Dresses by Wendy (fab resource by the way!).

1. Snipped patterns
2. Laid out both front and back on folds
3. Pinned & snipped

& now, we’re ready to sew. I worked on the neck & sleeves, but no pics. So that’s all for now friends 🙂

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MmmMm. Great to start on a project, but even more fun to be right in the middle of it, enjoying the progress — in my case one bunting flag at a time.

Been slowly working on the bunting. Yesterday added the fusible interfacing strips to the flags to make them reversible. And really, I must say they look marvelous. What do you think?

And now, once sewn and strung up around my little shadow box (complements of my dear Grandfathers), dont they look just about as precious as you can get? I must say, I do love the little ones. But I always love little things. Cannot resist.

Naturally one would like a detail pic of the birdie salt shakers.

I’m only about 25% done with the bunting at this point. Many more ironing and stitching phases in store for Mrs. T. But it is coming along just swimmingly. Thought you’d enjoy a status check.

Yesterday a dear friend also popped over, and we made cupcakes from scratch! They are the Mud Cupcakes that are supposed to be lava-ish and gooey in the middle. Ours were magnificent, although we didn’t quite achieve the lava-levels in the middle. Here is a snap of the inspiration and creation.

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Well ladies. It’s done 🙂 Here is a pretty snap of it’s fluffy loveliness:

The green is the most delicate sweet pattern, and the chiffon is a soft olive. Detail of the fabric:

I really must find a non-blue dress form someday. But for now, make do 🙂 I mentioned last time general steps for making this skirt, but here’s a more detailed tutorial on

“How to whip and snip a curtain into a fluffy little skirt”

1. Measure curtain to 1.5x around your waist (i.e. wrap fabric once around you, then wrap 1/2 around again).
2. Snip length.

(Leave in all casings, and seams)

Chiffon piece
3. Seal edges of chiffon by hair-spraying each edge. Wait to dry. Trim edges, so there are now lose treads &c.

4. Measure chiffon to the same length as skirt.
5. Fold chiffon as shown, and hem both tiers of the underlay.

6. Pin & sew to finished edge of curtain. Iron smooth.

7. Snip any unneeded material and bind seam.
8. Sew up the back (i.e. fold your skirt in half — right sides together — stitch up the unfinished seam). Be careful to sew all the way around the existing casing, so you don’t lose the home for your waistband.
9. Iron smooth.

10. Insert elastic through waistband casing. I usually measure the elastic by holding a piece snugly around my waist, and adding two inches.

11. Adjust elastic to be evenly smooth around skirt.
12. Stitch casing closed.
13. Primp, admire and adore.

This little sweet thing turned out great. For wearing out and about, I’d wear it with a little white tee, draping beads and throw a little vintage lace belt around it, or maybe a brown leather belt. Flats, wedges or boots. MmMmmm. Glam glam.

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If you’re like me, once Christmas is behind us, I immediately forget about the endless months of winter before me, and instead plan my spring wardrobe! In this case, I really am just preparing my little heart for Fashion Week in Feb. & I saw a perfectly LOVELY little romantic skirt on Aerie.com. Do y’all look on aerie for clothing? I usually don’t, but you may want to check it out. They really have some very sweet (less woodsy) pieces.

Here is one that I determined to mimic. Though with everything, I think that it was my idea first and they stole it! Haha. But here, it worked great. I had that fabulously thrifted green cotton print (recall my FINAL FIND, in Thrifting: P2), and was looking for a little skirt to whip it into. SO. Here is in the inspiration, complements of Aerie.com:

So. Few changes to the pic.
1. I added a few extra tips of chiffon underneath the calico to give it a shimmy look
2. Didn’t LOoooove the smocked option, so I did a simple casing and threaded in the wide elastic.
3. Lined with white muslin.

Here are some snaps of the initial fabric pieces:

More steps and completed pics to come.

And…posted this little friend on the lovely “Its a Hodgepodge Life.” Love her sweet site & button 🙂

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