Saturday, January 12, 2013

Handy Dandy (DIY)

Really I don't dislike to cook, but what you cook is eaten so quickly. When you sew, you have something that will last to show for your efforts. 
    Elizabeth Travis Johnson 

^ My bf's too small shirt before my snipping and sewing. 

^ Ribbon that will act as waistband (I used an elastic on the black skirt, 
but since they button up there is no need for a stretchy waistband).

^ Material for skirt; this is the length I need,
 which is conveniently under the pocket. 

^ And the finished product! I'm not the best with my sewing, but for myself, it does finely.
 It is not fully evident but the skirts have tiny pleats. 

     When I began this blog I wanted DIY projects and thrifted items to be the focal point, for both are extremely helpful in reducing our landfills- something I feel rather strongly about. I went through a crazy sewing mood before November and I haven't touched a needle and thread since, but recently I started to get an itch to create something new. When my bf purged his closet and had a handful of too small shirts I jumped on the opportunity to use the free material!
    I must say I was partly inspired by women during the thirties who recreated their 1920's style dresses when buying fabric was not an option. 
    I did these by hand, I do have a sewing machine but I find I'm a multi-tasker. When I watch tv I have to be doing something else, sewing, reading, etc. So I did these while watching Breakfast at Tiffany's. 
    I still have a few more to work on, and I'm quite excited to take photos donning one of my creations. 

Until next time!
xo, The Rag Trade 


  1. Sam!!! I love this idea :)I will have to try it out soon..i will have to search my husbands button ups heheh!

    ps- so happy you commented on my photo on chictopia! always lovely to connect with another Canadian! :D I am followin you now! hopw you can follow me too!

  2. wait, i can't follow your blog since i don't see a follow button :'( or a follow by email. but i have on chictopia!

  3. Haha this quote is very cool! :)

    Love what you created out of the plaid shirts - projects like this always make me want to learn sewing!


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