Sewing Business Casual: Need Clothes, Low on Money? Get Thee to a Sewing Machine!

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I’ve been thinking about this a lot this week (the second week of my new job). Today it is supposed to snow (in April!) so I have a sweater on, but I was going through my wardrobe this morning and realized I’m very short on blouses and shells that are work ready. Time to hide myself in the sewing room/home office for a day or so. Business casual clothes for women are easy to make at home or to make better from existing clothes. So this weekend’s plan is to (finally) go through and change the boring old clothes in…

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What to Do with Thrift Store Finds

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I know it’s hard to believe in this day and age, but some people don’t know what to do with thrift store (or yard sale or garage sale) finds. They see only what is, and not what can be. Here are some ideas for turning something boring or butt-ugly into something beautiful. (Also, don’t forget to donate what you don’t want or need so others can find their new awesome finds, too). Clothes:   Wash them and wear them as is. Throw them in with some dye to get a new color. Shorten a skirt or dress to update it.…

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On Sewing and UFOs and Unmet Expectations

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 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In sewing, *UFO= unfinished object I take the long view in developing a new hobby. I read some blogs and books, I buy supplies, I cringe as I realize that in my ignorance I spent WAY too much for those supplies, I set up a place to work, I dither, I decide I want to work somewhere else, I dither again, I make a couple of simple projects, I plan outrageously complicated projects, I get chicken and make some more simple projects, and then I start expanding my skills. I have, of course, done all this with…

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One Down, One to Go

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Husband had shoulder surgery on his right shoulder just under two weeks ago. He’s still in pain, but this pain has an end visible. It makes a huge difference in my life. I’ve been cocooning, reading a ton of books (reviews as I get a chance) kitting a baby layette and then crocheting an afghan for another baby (not done yet, but looking good), planning some sewing projects (planning is still much easier for me than doing, when it comes to sewing) and working upwards of 50 hours a week. I fought a nasty head cold to a standstill and…

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