I cut up an old pair of sweat pants, hoping to refashion them into a camisole. I'm still working on that part, but the eyelets on the waistband insisted they were a creature's eyes, so I quickly (hand) stitched a nose and mouth. Then I attached elastic and mailed it to a girl whose birthday was this month. I hope the six-year-old finds this as whimsical as I do.
When I shortened the sleeves of the butterfly cardigan, I made the excess into cuff bracelets. I narrowed the circumference by sewing half an inch away from the existing seam. Then I sewed on some old buttons. The buttons are too heavy and slide to the bottom where they clank on the table. I've never worn these cuffs and they will probably go back into the scrap pile. I only made them because I was bored but had little energy and wanted something quick to make. When I read about others making similar bracelets, I wasn't particularly attracted to the idea, mostly because I am unskilled at embellishment, but I decided to give it a whirl.
Erg. I better get those pictures off of my camera and show you the hat I made. Next week...
Now that the holidays are over, here is what I sewed for Christmas presents. Everything was made from scraps in my stash.
Wallet When Folded
I used one of my wallets for the pattern for this card holder for Dad. I forgot that this wallet isn't quite long enough to hold a dollar bill, so I decided to call it a card holder. I interfaced both the denim and the sheeting to give the item some substance. Dad is one of those people who enjoy receiving pictures as presents and is constantly asking to take my picture, so I included a picture of myself in one of the pockets.
Yellow Tank with Green Ribbons on the Shoulders
For Mom, I modified my basic t-shirt pattern and made a layering tank. She was in need of solid layering pieces to go under her patterned shirts and she enjoys bright colors. I added green ribbon to the shoulder seam to add some unobtrusive adornment.
For Sister, I made a cowl scarf, following Zoe's instructions. I didn't have enough material, so I only used the measurements of one rectangle instead of two. The scarf is large enough to drape over the head, but too short to twist and wrap. The fabric was leftovers from the lining of a cape I made her several years ago.
Hi! I live in Virginia. My mom taught me to sew. I think I started at 4 or 5 by sewing buttons onto a handkerchief, but don't trust my memory. That was a long time ago. As a teenager, I was more interested in completing projects than learning good sewing techniques. Now, I am teaching myself some things I missed. My sewing interests are in learning to make alterations to and draft patterns to fit my petite 4'11" tall, 32" chest, 45" hip body.