Monday, 12 December 2011

The pile of shame...

Readers, Christmas is fast approaching and with it the shopping frenzy that takes perfectly normal people into crazed monsters of consumerism. Not me, I'm slowing it down, taking it easy and decidedly not buying. It's true, lovelies, it's easier for me: I don't really believe in Christmas, I have small family (cats don't need presents), I don't work in an office with others where secret Santa is a must. All true. And I have taken the seamless pledge- I'm not buying anything, I pledged.
Instead I opened my scary cupboard door to find my refashioning pile, and do a bit of Monday mending; fix something up and you get an even better rush than coming home laden with bags of purchases.
Argggghhhh...the pile of shame!
 Last week I spent all day fixing up a couple of dresses, both needed work...badly. One I just trimmed, darted and took off weird pockets and it became a blouse.

The fabric is some sort of polyester but has these cute little heart shapes on it.

I added contour darts under the boobs for added waist definition.
The other I spent all day unpicking and then fiddled around forever trying to find ways to use the awkwardly cut fabric. I settled on a t-shirt which is not yet finished.

Still got to add the collar properly and hem it.

Cute pocket though?
 Both look a bit chritmassy don't they? Completely unintentional, but I'll go with it! Not my most exciting makes it's true but done, and out of the pile of shame.

A little lighter...?

As a pre-new year's resolution, and because this pile is getting out of control, I have decided to try and mend/fix/refashion one thing every week- perhaps we'll call it mid-week mending? On this week's list sewing a button onto hubby's jacket (it totally counts!), and making some little pressies from recycled fabric. I'll keep you in the loop.
Anyone else making pressies this year? Beiruti peeps, if you're stuck for inspiration or just can't motivate yourself come and join a class and make gifts for others- way nicer than stumbling around ABC looking for presents, no?


  1. I love the refashioning, I wish I could see a new life in clothes, I'm just a bit rubbish at the refashioning. I have taken the seemless pledge though so new clothes to be self stitched.

  2. Lovely refashions.
    I'm looking forward to seeing your recycled fabric pressies.

  3. That's some schnazzy refashioning right there! Don't you worry, I've got myself a pile of things to do as well!

    Unfortunately no handmade presents this year - the requests from the fam were very specific, and I'm not sure I could make an Xbox game much as I may try ;)


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