Thursday, January 22, 2009


Hello people! I have been absent from the blog again, despite my best intentions. I hate to blog without a picture and I have been too lazy to take and upload any. Besides, not too much sewing has been happening here. I was working on a bag, but I sewed the handles on wrong and since I was using a tweed (that LOVED to unravel), it was so difficult to see the stitches to pick them out. Major frustration followed and I tossed the whole thing in the barrel. Too bad because it would have been a cute bag! Plus, the general malaise that comes from living in New England during the winter always strikes me in January, so I haven't had the energy to do much at all. However, I'm planning to use this weekend to pull myself out of this funk! First up will be some work on this top. I have some pretty fabric to use and I'm going to be daydreaming of wearing it in Florida come March. Next week, Vogue patterns will be on sale so I'm going to pick up this one. I love the simplicity of the dress and the jacket will be a cute (and simple, I hope, it's unlined!) addition to my wardrobe. I have been daydreaming about sewing and reading tons of blogs, so hopefully I will be able to find some motivation!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Wardrobe Refashion

I'm very excited that I received my invitation to join Wardrobe Refashion for 2 months! I have been following along with the group for quite a while now, but I have never joined. I have never refashioned a thing in my life either, so this should be exciting! I bought some fleece and some flannel last night (both on sale!) and I plan to make simple tops out of both of them. I'm also going to have to stop in to some local thrift stores and see if I can find something to refashion. I was thinking of finding a sweater and felting it and making a bag of it. We'll see!

I, Katie, pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of "new" manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 2 months. I pledge that I shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovoted, recycled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftiness brings! Signed, Katie.

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Happy New Year!!! I can't believe that I am on my 100th post on New Year's Day! Now I will have to try and post more often so I can be over 200 next New Years :-) As many bloggers have been doing, here are my sewing/craft resolutions for 2009:

Sew some of the patterns I have ordered from etsy sellers to include the Ella Handbag, Small Satchel, the City Tote and the Erica Handbag

Work on garment sewing to include making the following:
- A pair of pants
- At least one woven dress and one knit dress
- A knit top
- Some skirts

Develop some patterns and open an Etsy shop (I have been wanting to do this for a while, I'm still in the thinking about it stage, but I hope by the summer to have a plan!)

Blog twice weekly

Learn to crochet

Sew the Sophia Bag and a matching Weekender Bag

Participate in Wardrobe Refashion (I signed up for 2 months to start)

Make some jewelry

Other resolutions include building up my savings and reducing debt, continue going to the gym, cook a bit more (as you can see above I started that one!) and of course, I hope to continue sewing and blogging throughout this new year. Thanks for reading! :-)