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June 2, 2009

Yeehaw! 2nd refashion

Filed under: clothing, Opshops, refashion — niksblog @ 11:35 am

I did it – i did it! I refashioned my opshop purchase into a skirt for TheStar! I planned to do it and I did. I want to sing that song from My Fair Lady (she’s got it! Indeed she does or whatever it’s called) Seriously – to actually carry through with something is very exciting for me – especially after 6-9 months of depression – to do something I wanted to do is very pleasing. Plus it’s just such a damn cute skirt man! And how do I know it fits? Well I tried it on her…yes, it’s 12.30am and she’s asleep but you know you just fit in on over Pjs and it all seems good! (thank goodness my children would sleep through the second coming… the number of things I just “have” to do at whatever time of night like moving shelves, decluttering their wardrobe or trying skirts on their sleepy bodies).

So anyway, it was a ladies halter top, and I cut off the top bit and shaped the sides a bit to get a parallelogram sort of a-line skirtish shape, and added elastic.Not quite as simple as it sounds it was little fiddly to get the shape right. This is the action shot – Star is “very sad” that I’m taking her picture!

May 18, 2009

Thrifted and crochet..

Filed under: clothing, Opshops, refashion — niksblog @ 3:23 pm

I want to learn to crochet, I need to learn to crochet…I WILL learn to crochet…sometime. This is my goal this year actually to learn to crochet.  I bought the needle, the books and patterns, the wool so long ago, it was even pre-children! Heaps of people use crocheting for edges of things, and it looks so rad. Also, I want to make kitschy crochet squares with a sense of humour and put them on everything! I wonder if there is a pattern for white with red star for TheStar’s room? Now THAT would be way cool,  Jennifer.

Some more thrifting,  I LOVE red and white, but I didn’t realise I had shopped this colour theme till I got home and looked at them all! The halter/tube tops are skirts for TheStar, the hooded jumper a dress for her as well, and the shirt which is the biggest shirt I have ever seen in my life and is a ladies, well there’s quite a few things that could be done! Not sure if it’s a dress for me a.k.a. clevergirl.org as it’s actually big enough,  or if I make TheStar one of Dana’s shirt dresses, then I could use the leftovers for a two-for-one that a shortsleeved black jumper is begging to become…. Hmm.

May 11, 2009

Boots!

Filed under: clothing, Opshops, simple savings — niksblog @ 8:36 pm

Ok – a VERY successful thrift purchase with which to begin the pledge – Black, ankle boots- leather, brand new, fit perfectly, and only $5AUD! (that’s $2.50 or less for our OS compatriots…) The absolute best part about this purchase is that I really did want a pair of these boots and had used a lot of willpower (and reminders of lack of money and credit) to resist purchasing a pair last time at the shops. Also purchased a fantastic T-shirt for my nephew but dang! forgot to get a photo. Orange with a superduper picture of astronauts standing on a kind of cloud…, and a cute, little, white, short-sleeved blouse for Seconda – And they were only $5 too.

However went browsing at the local “lifeline” and was sorely disappointed at range, quality, and PRICE -everything was really expensive. There is NO way I’m paying $6 for a second-hand t-shirt when a new one costs $8!! and is exactly what I want. So if you live in Sydney, Australia WHERE are the good op shops? especially on the north/east side of CBD?

April 20, 2009

I joined Wardrobe Refashion… finally

Filed under: clothing, refashion — Tags: , , — niksblog @ 1:10 pm

Ok Ok, I did it -I did it.
I signed up for *gulp* 4 months at Wardrobe Refashion – couldn’t quite come at 6 months just yet – although really I kinda should sign up for life. Actually the whole movement should be called “lifestyle refashion”, because really it kinda either justifies the life you are already living or if you are like me – it means I will totally have to adjust my life and get on with things, like not spending, sewing and learning to crochet before I turn 50. Yes it seems like a long way off but I have had brand new unused crochet needles and patterns for over 6 years so far…

And there we were today and I nearly bought TheFairy overpriced pants produced in China. It wasn’t signing up to refashion that stopped me – it was just that she doesn’t like anything that is “stiff” ie. jeans, cords, cargos. So if I don’t want her to live in tracksuit pants, I’ll have to make her some “soft” trousers in a colour combo pattern she likes. The easy part is the sewing, the difficult part is finding something she will still like by the time I have actually made it. The other option is just to make stuff and then give it to her… nah, maybe not it could get personal if it took me ages to make it. Her favourite colours this week are “black, red and green – like a christmas tree”. Crap. I mean I’m really glad she likes black again, it was a hard 2 years while she thought she liked “Barbie” pink, but having bought her red and black fabric for her room, and then having to endure pink and purples for a year or two and then her 6 month obsession with strawberries, to turn full circle back to red and black again, I’m a bit nervous about making her anything. Still, I can always give it to TheStar who doesn’t care (yet).

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