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This time of year I love scarves. Living in Johnstown, NY, it’s a small town in Upstate New York for those who don’t already know, winters can be cold. My job requires that I be inside and outside throughout the day. I sell car at my family’s car dealership www.mainmotorcar.com sorry I do the internet marketing so I always have to promote. Our building is over 100 years old and drafty, so a scarf makes me feel a little bit warmer. Scarves are an easy accessory and a fast way to dress up a boring outfit.

I have been on a scarf making kick lately probably because they are fast and it the closest you can get to instant gratification when it comes to sewing. On average it takes about 30 minutes to make a scarf. Much less time than it takes to make a dress. Thanks to Pinterest, I have gotten some ideas for new scarf designs. Here are couple of things I have made lately…

I made both of these scarves out of a really soft jersey. I love the second, braided scarf. I have worn it quite a bit. I have some lighter weight yellow jersey that I might use to make a similar scarf for spring.

I was feeling the need for some spring time cheer so I threw together another scarf. Some white linen, yellow pom pom trim and presto! Happiness in a scarf.

The last on is by far my favorite. I have had this fabric for probably 3 years and I just didn’t know what to do with it that was worthy enough for it’s awesomness. Scarf was a perfect idea, now I can wear it and look at it all the time. I can’t find this fabric anymore, Damn. I would by a while bolt of it and make this scarf for everyone if I could.

Sorry about the crappy self portrait. I took it with my parent’s ipad while I was stealing lunch at their house.




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I follow a few sewing blogs and have been seeing a number of people pledge to do a “Me Made” Month. They wear something that they have made everyday for a whole month. I have been thinking about doing it for a while … well guess what … I am doing it. Me-Made-June ’11 here I come!


I, Shannon Kline of whybuyitwhenicouldmakeit.wordpress.com, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-June ’11. I endeavor to wear one item that I have made or refashioned each day for the duration of June 2011.

So this means that everyday in June I will wear a piece that I made myself, refashioned, or upcycled. I am including clothing, jewelry and accessories in this because I just don’t think that I have enough clothing that I have made to last me the entire month. I promise to take photos everyday and share what that day’s me-made item is. If you would like to join you can find out about it on Zoe’s Blog.

Oh shit….I better get sewing!

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Why I hate Zippers and Hems

I think I have mentioned this before but I HATE doing hems and putting in zippers. For a while I thought it was just because I didn’t know how to do it right or I just wasn’t good at hems or zippers. Nope, that’s not it! I finally have figured out why I hate them….


I get too excited about finishing what I am making.


By the time I get to the zipper or hem of a garment, that is all I have left to do. I just want to finish it and wear it. I don’t want to take the extra time to go through all the steps I should to make sure that it’s correct. I rush through, swear a lot because it’s not doing what I want it to and then it ends up looking like crap.


So, from now on I will take the time to hem and put zippers in with all the steps. I will not skip any. Hopefully I will get over my hatred soon.

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I haven’t put anything up for a while because I couldn’t share what I was making until after Christmas. I was making a couple of presents for my sister for Christmas and didn’t want her to see then before the opened them. My sisters and I started buying presents for only one other sister a few years ago. My mom was buying everything and was just too much for her to handle so we each picked a name and rotate each year. It’s fun. So I was buying for my sister Jackie this year. I tried to make her some fun stuff that were unique. Pajamas are the easiest. I got flannel on sale the day after Thanksgiving (I got enough to make my other sister a pair of pjs to but that is an after christmas project.) I cut them out quite a while ago but didn’t actually finish them until Christmas Eve. I sewed them while my sister was in the next room but luckily she was napping so I finished them with out her seeing.

She asked me to make her an apron. I wanted to make it crazy and fun. I found some great fabric and started by cutting out the bottom. I decided to make it a circle skirt style on the bottom. Once I cut it out, it looked very 50’s housewife to me…it needed something. Trim would do it! I bought purple pom pom fringe and sewed it to the bottom. I also found some jumbo lime green ric rac. It turned out pretty sweet. I am a little jealous and know I want to make one for myself.

Jackie is wearing the apron on Christmas morning. She also has the pajama pants on that I made for her. You can’t see it but I put the lime green ric rac on the bottom of the pant legs.

Here are some more photos…

Better late then never to post pictures!

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A while back, I made a quick day trip down to New York City. Of course while I was there I had to do some fabric shopping. My first stop was Mood Fabric. For anyone who has ever watch Project Runway, Mood is a must visit. It’s a pilgrimage that anyone who likes to sew wants to take. I had never been in before mainly because I couldn’t find it. It’s on the second floor of the building so you have to know which building its in and know to look up. The store was packed with people but now many were actually buying anything. I have never seen so much fabric in my life! I found heaven! The first fabrics I saw were silks, this was bad because they were every expensive. In fact, the first fabric I picked up and loved was an Alexander McQueen and cost $75 a yard….yeah that wasn’t going to happen! I have never seen so many designer fabrics in one place, Versace, Carolina Herrera, Dolce & Gabbana. I had to walk away or I would have spent every cent in my savings account. Don’t worry I did buy some fabric while I was there.


This printed chiffon will make a nice shirt, I just have to come up with how I want it to look.



Ok this was my favorite. It is an Anna Sui fabric. This will be a skirt, probably a simple skirt so that you can see the pattern.


I could have spent all day in Mood dreaming of what I could make with the fabric. I stopped into a couple of other fabric stores as well.



This a mesh or tulle fabric with the ribbon sewn on.



Close up. I am thinking skirt for this fabric as well or maybe a dress. I need to get going on all these projects!

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Second hand clothing stores seem to be popping up everywhere now. It has become popular, not to mention a huge money saver, to buy second hand clothing. I have a few things that I have bought with the intention of reworking them.

The first is a sweater. I found a nice black sweater but it needed a little something. So I looked at the magazines that I had lying around for inspiration. Bows are very popular this season. I love a large oversized bow. This black sweater needed a bow. I didn’t want to permanently attach it to the sweater because it would be hard to wash. The bow is pinned on so it can be taken off and wear on another outfit (I haven’t done that yet up I know I will.) The fabric is some extra purple stain that I had in my stash.

I also make a couple of necklaces out of some old broken pieces.

The blue and purple beads were all part of one necklace but it some broken. I attached then to the piece of antique goldish hardware. I think that the gold piece is actually decorative home decor but I thought it would look good as a necklace.

This is actually 4 necklaces that I looped together. I have seen multi strand pearl necklaces all over the place but this only cost $2.

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I went to my second day of Draping class this past saturday. Still worked on padding my dressform. Here is what it looked like after to solid hours of work…

The dressform is modeling the skirt that I just made but more on that later. Anyway, if you look at the top it doesn’t look much different from last week but it is very close to my measurements. I am not even close to being finished padding. All of the batting is just pinned to the dressform. The under layers will stay pinned but the final layer will have to be sewn to the dressform which takes FOREVER. You have to hand sew each panel on and it’s not easy but you have to do it so that the padding doesn’t slide down. It’s a pain in the butt but it’s worth it in the end.

Ok on to the skirt. This was the easiest skirt that I have ever made. It took me about 15 minutes total to make it. All you need is elastic and fabric. I bought the fabric a while ago from a quilt store. I don’t see anyone using that fabric to make a quilt but I thought it was awesome (if I made quilts I would use that fabric.) It also reminded me of some of the fabric patterns that designer Alexander McQueen used in some of his final collections. So all I did to make the skirt was sew it together where it would meet in the back, attach it to the elastic and then hem it! Easy as pie! I even have enough fabric left over to make another skirt which I already told my sister I would give to her.

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