Updating a RTW Jacket

I don’t know about your workplace, but my office is chilly even in the heat waves this summer!

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Most people in my office keep a sweater, jacket, or, I kid you not, blankets at their desks! I have this lightweight jacket that looks like a knit pea coat that I got at Target for about $20 several years ago. It’s a great little jacket that I can throw in an overnight bag or hang from the back of my chair and not worry about it.

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Upcycled Underwear

You guys, I have a problem. I keep my underwear until it basically falls apart and cannot be mended any more. They are threadbare, holey, and the elastic is not attached around most of the waist any longer. It’s a little embarrassing.

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Why? Well, for one I am super thrifty. I hate to buy anything new if what I have is still usable. For instance, my husband bought me a new ebook reader for my birthday, because he hated that I was reading around a crack in my old ebook screen for years. It still worked and I couldn’t bear to get rid of something that was still 90% functional!

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My Body Model

When Erica asked me to be a tester for the My Body Model app, it felt serendipitous! She didn’t know this, but about 6 months earlier I had taped a picture of myself to a window and traced around my outline to decide on wedding dress silhouettes. It worked in a pinch, but it was nowhere near as good as the My Body Model croquis.

You put in your measurements and you get this nice croquis that you can customize with your hair, and face, if you want, and outfits. The light gray lines are nice because they disappear under the clothes once you put in some color or heavy lines.

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Sentimental Crafting

My sewing machine is in the shop so I’ve been cleaning up my sewing room a bit. One of the things I found was a big garbage bag of decades old silver garland. My Grandad passed away a few years ago and so my grandmother sold their house. When we cleaned it out we found length after length of silver garland.

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My aunt told me that he was very particular about the Christmas tree and when he got older he wouldn’t let anyone else decorate it. So last Christmas all of the grand kid’s took some of the garland. I’m sure I ended up with the lion’s share, because I had almost a full trash bag!

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Altering Sandals

Most of the sewing I have done recently has been altering little things. A little hemming here, a little letting out there. You know, not super fun stuff to share with the world!

Summer has finally arrived and I realized I don’t own a pair of brown sandals. I actually don’t own many sandals at all. I saw some online that looked like they would work for casual days and work days! Of course, shopping online has the one caveat, that you cannot try on your shoes before you buy.

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Eek! Too big around the ankle!

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