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Creative reuse of unpicked shirt pockets. March 15, 2011

Posted by Sarah in bag, blanket stitch, clothes, fabric, felt, hand made, holiday, home made, recycle, refashion, reuse, sewing, thrifty.
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J and I purchased a shirt each for wearing while we travel through South East Asia.  We’ll be travelling very light, so we need to pack clothing that’s so practical it’s almost laughable.  Clothing with features that would be completely irrelevant in Sydney – like back vents for example.  Things that you can wash by hand in a sink and have it dry in just a few hours, ready to be worn for the 30th day straight.  My shirt is blue, long sleeved, and looks like my mother dressed me in chambray for a family photo in 1990.  But, it’s actually a really nice fit, and surprisingly comfortable.  J however was not so lucky.  Thanks to the Amazon sizing charts it’s a size too big for him.  That probably wouldn’t have been too bad if the shirt didn’t also come with two huge, incredibly unflattering chest pockets.  J and I took one look at the shirt on and decided that the pockets had to go.  They weren’t much use anyway – and since we’ll have daypacks with us there’s really no need to be carrying anything in shirt pockets.  I took to them with my quick unpick, carefully removing each stitch so as not to leave any visible marks or holes.  Now you wouldn’t even know that there had ever been pockets on the shirt, and it looks so much better!

The hoarding maybe-that-will-come-in-handy-one-day part of my personality decided to put the two removed pockets into my fabric stash until I decided what to do with them.  After pulling them out last night and having another look at them I decided that they would make great little pouches to keep our electronic cables in while we travel.  I cut out black felt for the backing pieces of the pouches and sewed around the edges with blanket stitch.  I incorporated the original pocket closure on one pouch by sewing it onto the felt, and with the other I added snap closures.  Each pocket took me about an hour to complete.  Now we can store all of our chargers in one spot, and we wont have to go rummaging through our bags only to find a tangled mess of cables at the botton of the pack!

 

Frocktober (day 31) October 31, 2010

Posted by Sarah in buttons, clothes, cotton, dress, fabric, flowers, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, me, recycle, reuse, Second Hand, Thrifting.
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Today is the final day of Frocktober 2010.  I have successfully completed my challenge!

Would you believe that I actually have more frocks than the 31 required for Frocktober?  Off the top of my head I can count another 5 that have not been worn for this month’s challenge.  Most of them need some alterations, or just a little TLC.  I’ll be fixing them up for summer over the coming weeks, and hopefully I’ll get around to posting before and after shots for the world to see.  If not expect to see them next year for another round of Frocktober fundraising!

Frocktober may be over for another year, but you can still donate online for another couple of weeks.  I’ll be doing a round-up post in the coming weeks with my final fundraising total.  If you haven’t donated yet there is still time!

Dress:  This is an oldie but a goodie.  I picked it up from a local Salvos store a few years back for the grand total of about $6.  It’s about two sizes too big, but the roominess is what makes it such a great summer dress.  It’s quite nice to have a dress that’s cotton, and loose under the arms for sweltering summer Sydney days.  I’ve been meaning to take it in for ages, but the more I wear it, the more I realise that it’s just fine as is.  All it needs is a securely fastened belt and it’s perfect.  I am going to change the buttons though.  That’s the least I can do.  Goodness knows what possessed the designers to put ugly desert brown buttons on such a colourful, fun frock.

 

 

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.

 

 

Frocktober (day 29) October 29, 2010

Posted by Sarah in blue, clothes, dress, fabric, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, Second Hand, Surry Hills, Thrifting, vintage, vintage fabric.
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Today J has the day off work, so we headed out for a late breakfast at Fratelli Paradiso in Potts Point.  Delicious food, as always.  The company wasn’t bad either!

I got plenty of odd looks while posing here, which is strange considering the high percentage of posers that live in our area.  Go figure.

Dress:  I bought this to wear to my friend Kate’s Hen’s night.  It’s quite short, so I like to wear a pair of leggings underneath so as to not shock any sensitive locals.  Purchased from the ever wonderful Zoo Clothing in Surry Hills.  Yes, it’s pretty much the only place I shop for quality dresses now.

 

 

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.

Frocktober (day 28) October 29, 2010

Posted by Sarah in blue, clothes, cotton, dress, fabric, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, Surry Hills, vintage, vintage fabric.
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Oops!  I woke up this morning and realised that I had forgotten to update yesterday’s frock.  Bad blogger!

I love this dress so much.  It was one of those finds where you can’t quite believe that you’ve found something so cool, so you cling to it possessively until you get to the changing room.  That’s how it is with vintage clothing shopping.  There’s not going to be another one in the back room somewhere, so you have to guard your precious very closely.

Dress:  Bought from the wonderful Zoo Clothing in Surry Hills.  One of my more expensive pieces – I think this may have cost about $65 at the time.  It’s beautifully cut, and I’ve always loved the way the dress is designed with the great collar.  It’s a little creased in this photo, mainly because I couldn’t be bothered getting out the iron.  Just imagine it perfectly pressed.

 

 

So far I’ve raised $400 for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation this year, which is just wonderful!  I’ll be rattling the donation bucket at the Mr’s birthday picnic this weekend so hopefully that will increase the overall total.  Yay!

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.

Frocktober (day 27) October 27, 2010

Posted by Sarah in beautiful, clothes, cotton, dress, fabric, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, Second Hand, vintage, vintage fabric.
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Today’s frock is another of my Muumuu’s!  It’s a recent acquisition, one I picked up from an estate sale a few months back.  I think I paid $15 for it.  At the time I thought it was just beautiful fabric, but when I got home I realised that it was actually a Muumuu.  Much hilarity ensued.

My plan was to shorten it, but my girlfriends all want me to keep it as is.  I guess it’s hippy chic for me this summer!

Dress:  Vintage Muumuu, made from what I think is a cotton/linen blend.  It’s perfectly roomy, without the dreaded tent look that some other Muumuu’s have.  Love it!

 

Here’s a close up of the fabric – isn’t it incredible!

 

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.

 

Frocktober (day 26) October 26, 2010

Posted by Sarah in birthday, clothes, dining out, dress, fabric, friends, friendship, Frocktober, Fundraising, love, picnic, Second Hand, thrifty.
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Today is my lovely boyfriend’s 30th birthday, so I packed a picnic and met him in The Domain for lunch.

Dress:  This dress is new to me as of Saturday.  It was donated to the Frock swap by my friend Virginia.  It’s a very fine, soft fabric that drapes beautifully.  The top is a big big for me so I’ve improvised by pinning it together with one of my Nana’s brooches.
Belt:  A cheap leather imitation purple tie belt, picked up from some chain store in the specials bin ages ago.  The belt was actually much higher when I left the house, but after a rather rigorous cycle around town it’s made it’s way down to my hips.  It looks much better up higher, but I’m sure you get the idea.

 

 

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.

Frocktober (day 25) October 25, 2010

Posted by Sarah in clothes, dress, fabric, flowers, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, newtown, Op Shopping, Second Hand, vintage, vintage fabric.
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I have a confession to make.  I am the owner of not one, but three Muumuu’s.

Today’s frock is the first Muumuu that I ever owned.  I bought it for a hawaiian themed party we threw many moons ago.  It was so perfect!

Dress:  Vintage polyester Muumuu, picked up from a vintage store in Newtown many years ago.  The print is of palm trees, rocky islands, and tiny windsurfers.  Hawaii is written on the sails of the boats.  Yes folks, that’s how cool this is.  I have no intention of ever parting ways with it.

 

 

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.

Frocktober (day 24) October 24, 2010

Posted by Sarah in clothes, dress, fabric, friends, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, gift, recycle, Second Hand, thrifty.
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Today we went to our friend Noa’s 1st birthday party, which is why I’m wearing this party hat!

I nabbed this dress yesterday, in our afternoon frock swap.  My friend Virginia donated it, and I love it.  Thanks Virginia!

Dress:  Otto Mode stretch cotton tunic.  It’s so comfortable and soft, what a great dress!  I wore a black slip under it, which is what you can see poking out from underneath.

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.

Frocktober (day 23) October 23, 2010

Posted by Sarah in clothes, cotton, dining in, dress, fabric, food, friends, friendship, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, me, recycle, Second Hand, thrifty.
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Today I hosted an afternoon tea and frock swap to raise some funds for Frocktober.  I’ve just looked in the collection tin and there’s $170 in there!  Fantastic!

We all had a lovely time eating cakes, drinking bubbles, and swapping our pre-loved threads.  It poured down right in the middle of our afternoon tea so we all had to move inside quick smart.  This photo was taken right in the middle of the hardest downpour of the day.  The things we do!

Dress:  This one is the perfect picnic dress, a breezy cotton Gorman sundress with silk ties.  Love it.

 

 

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.

Frockotber (day 22) October 22, 2010

Posted by Sarah in black, clothes, dining out, dress, fabric, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, me.
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Today was lovely and warm, and I confess I stayed home in shorts and a tshirt all day.  I had a full day of making, cleaning and tidying at home, and didn’t get a chance to frock up until the Mr got home.  A perfect excuse for taking me out to dinner was that I needed to wear my dress and get a photo – yay!

Tomorrow I’m hosting my Frocktober fund raising afternoon tea and frock swap.  I’m very much looking forward to seeing all my lovely lady friends for an afternoon of fun times!

Dress:  Nicola Finetti zip up LBD.  I love this dress.  It always makes me feel great when I wear it.  Check out last year’s Frocktober photo for the dress sans cardigan.
Cardigan:  Gorman – given to me by a very thoughtful friend for my birthday this year.  You can’t see in this photo but it has little stars all over it.  Cute!

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.