Monday, May 19, 2014
Introductions: Amy from SewsNBows
Hello re-fashionistas! I'm Amy from SewsNBows! I write a sewing blog because none of my friends make clothes. I love the sewing community online; it seems there's always someone to help out or teach. Only a fellow sewist can really appreciate the details and techniques in our work. I'm happy to be a contributor her at Refashion Co-op! I do a lot of refashions, but they don't always get published on the blog. I will hem pants, crop jeans into shorts, add a cuff for length- anything to make our clothing last longer. Especially with children, sewing can really stretch the dollar. Confession: I spend enough on fabric to cancel out any savings. But I digress. My favorite thing to make children's clothes, but I use the leftover scraps to make doll clothes. The outfits above were made using fabric scraps & kids clothes that were outgrown or beyond repair. Sometimes I can refashion outgrown clothing into something fun. Here, I've turned my nieces old top into a 1920's costume to play dress up. Check out the flapper refashion tutorial if you'd like to see how easy it was. Clothes are my thing, but I'm all about customizing inexpensive items into something fabulous. Kitchen towel makeovers are a great way revamp your space. A project like this uses up your leftover bits, and makes a nice gift. (Personally, I much more impressed by a thoughtful gift than an expensive gift.) Sometimes, my refashion projects aren't even sewing related. I wanted a new look for Christmas tree last year, but didn't want to spend money on new ornaments. I put the scrap bin to good use, and came up with lots of DIY Christmas tree ornaments. It made me proud to hear my husband say," I thought she was crazy when she made me spray paint a bunch of dead tree branches. But look at our tree!" My best DIY projects and refashions happen when my tastes conflict with my budget. Refashion Co-op is a wonderful place to swap ideas. I've been inspired by many of your projects. Thanks so much for reading; I look forward to getting to know some of you!