Hi, everyone! I’m Becky, also known as Sew-and-So, and I’m hailing from the tiny state of Delaware. Like many of you, I’ve been sewing since I was a kid (taught by my mom at first, and self-taught later), and eased naturally into refashioning as a teenager and college student, before I knew there was such a word. (Costume parties on the cheap, anyone?) I started really getting into it a few years ago after stumbling across Wardrobe Refashion. I’ve really enjoyed the creative challenges of altering and remaking with limited fabric! And I’m glad I have the opportunity to be a part of this community, because that will encourage me to make a dent in my refashioning pile!
To be honest, the majority of my sewing at this point is still from-scratch. What can I say, I like working with patterns too! But I'm challenging myself to work only with fabrics from my (way too big) stash rather than buy new whenever possible, at least until I get it down to a manageable point. I'm also trying to find some more creative ways to use up scraps and the yard or so of fabric I often end up with at the end of a from-pattern project, so I'm hoping that I can get some ideas for that from this community as well. Other than sewing, I also make a lot of my own jewelry (some of which is also refashioned), and I'm currently trying to teach myself to knit, so don't be surprised if I end up grabbing thrift-store sweaters and recycling them for yarn at some point!
Just wanted to share a few of my reconstructions before I go--my two most recent, and my two all-time favorites (so far). The most recent first:
Some homemade-looking Indian dress...tunic...thing that I found at the thrift store--chopped it shorter, added ties to cinch it and slits in the sleeves for comfort, and fixed the wonky neckline.
My last-minute Christmas Eve dress this year--again, shortened both the skirt (which was 2 layers) and the sleeves. Still might shorten the sleeves further. And I also made a scarf from the hem of the lace part, shown over the lining dress.
I absolutely love this shirt--a thrifted men's button-up turned into an Anthropologie-inspired blouse with an asymmetric front.
And I was really proud of this one--a 2-piece bridesmaid dress that my mom wore in an aunt's wedding while I was in college, converted a few years later into a much more fun dress for a New Year's Eve party.
That's all for now--I have an in-progress reconstruction going on, so I will hopefully have something more current to post soon!