When I had my first Aha! Moment about 3 years ago online upon discovering the World of Craft Bloggers... (it went something like, omygoodness there are people like me out there who make stuff and buy things at thrift stores and like to buy fabric just because and make more stuff. I could spend hours just reading all these blogs. I need a blog. I need to sew. Wait, I want to make THAT. Ohmygoodness I never thought of THAT. I have never seen THAT before. Where is my sewing machine? I need to get to the fabric store STAT. I can buy FABRIC ONLINE?? I don't really need sleep, do I? If you are reading this blog, I'm pretty sure you had that moment, too. I remember laying in bed that first night, with my head swimming with ideas. It was crazy. Like the Mothership calling me home.)
...anyway, I knew I had discovered a wealth of talent and resources like nothing I had ever experienced before. I did not know that I would
a) ever venture out of the safe zone of quilters cottons
b) experiment with stretch fabrics
c) get addicted to ripping fabric
d) start up an etsy shop
e) make the bestest friends
f) use my crafting obsession to help others
g) want or use a schmancy camera
h) looove my schmnacy camera
i) gain confidence I didn't know was missing.
j) and the friend thing again. It bears repeating.
That is a long way of saying that although sometimes I feel totally overwhelmed and inadequate when I surf around the interwebz and see what all is going on OUT THERE, I still get that ohmygoodness this is so awesome feeling, too. It makes we want to try things I wouldn't have before. (And send things in the mail to people I've never met in person. It is a small world after all!)
For Example (rejoice! this post has a point!): This Plain Jane light blue Gap stretch crew sweater I picked up two weeks ago, thrifting. $2.50.
It got turned inside out, and introduced to quite a bit of iron-on tear-away stabilizer.
And it got marked up.
And stay-stitched. And cut into.
And then I guess I stopped taking photos. Because I decided to cut 1.75" strips from an old green t-shirt, overstitch the stretched the edges to make them ruffle, and apply it somewhat like binding to the now raw edges of the sweater. Then I tore off the extra stabilizer which left no residue or marks. Done.
I made a little flower pin from a hankie and stuck it on for good measure. It's going to get lots of play this Spring because I like how it looks with denim. (Not sure how I'm really going to finish this cardi -- with a giant button or a tie or not at all. For now, this is good.)
I threw it on with a tee and jeans and went about my business.
I think I'm going to shorten the sleeves, too. I'm liking the way they look with longer shirts poking out from underneath.
And that's it. Not quite a tutorial, but I think you get it. By the way, cutting up old tees is now my favorite thing to do. Favorite. No serging or hem rolling or whatever required. Makes everything faster. Which is spectacular, in my book.
Now go! Go find a old sweater you don't use very much and chop it up! xoxo