I am an unfinished work, and so are many of my projects. This blog is just an odd collection of things I make and do.

Thursday, May 26, 2011


When I started work, I had to update my wardrobe to professional in a hurry--and on a limited budget, but a trip to Goodwill and some careful choices at Kohl's took care of that.

Suddenly it is spring, and I realized I have no professional summer clothes!  What to do?  I can't wear my capris to work, and I don't want to put a lot of money into clothes when I seriously need to lose weight, because where's the incentive in that? 

I know--I'll sew some skirts with adjustable elastic waists--they can go down two sizes before I need to take them in! 

I hit Hancock's fabrics on a day with all McCall's patterns $1.99, and stocked up on some really cute patterns.  At Walmart I found fabric for $2 and $2.50 a yard for my first skirt and blouse, so I'll have a whole outfit for less than $20.

I picked out blouse patterns with darts and tucks that will also be easy to take in if needed, and I'm thinking of a basic peasant blouse pattern as well.  The only thing I forgot is elastic.  Luckily Walmart is on the way to work! 

My first choices to sew: the blouse on the upper left and the skirt on the lower right.

I'll post pictures when I get the first one done! This is just a teaser!  And more patterns to come.

Some other cute ideas: (I didn't buy these patterns!)


Patty Ann said...

Good for you! Don't forget to look at other types of second hand stores too. There are some wonderful ones out there that have some great deals. Personally, one of my favorites is Savers.

Dawn said...

Nice! & the wonderful thing about making your own clothes is that no one else will be wearing the same thing! I hate it when I finally find the perfect clothing item and someone else (usually a few sizes smaller than I am!!) is wearing it too!! Ugh.