#31 Transformations...

The work to transform my thrift store finds continues!

I hung up everything I've made so far and like the way the pieces are working together:


The scarf with the pockets started out in life as a vest; part of a two-piece outfit from the 80's. I cut the vest up and combined the pieces with other fabrics (from other thrift store outfits I've been saving) and then backed it with more of the black and white fabric I used bits of on the front. I serged it all together willy-nilly - I love the texture and spontaneous quality of serging with black thread. Here's a detail:

I've already tried the scarf out and love that the pockets allow me to leave the house without having to take a purse; with drivers license and lipgloss in one pocket and cellphone and tissue in the other, I'm good to go!

The skirt hanging below it is made from a heavy linen that was meant for upholstery. A mere $3.99 a yard, it soften up to a rich lushness after put it in the washer and dryer. I loved the selvedge, so used that as a feature by putting the seam on the outside. All the edges - the hem and elastic waist casing - are serged with black thread and left with that as the final finished edge. The first picture shows the skirt a bit better.

I took the plain t-shirt I had found and gussied it up with some of the fuchsia silk and black and white fabric I used on the scarf (and on the pin from the last post):

 I had found the black and white vest on another day of thrifting, and liked the way it went with the top. Here's a detail of the sleeve (more of the raw edges I love!):

And here's a peek at a really organic black wool scarf/sash I made just by serging and zigzaging pieces together:

I know a lot of people will think its too strange, but I love all the rough edges and trailing threads!

I went back and tweeked the grey sweater from my previous post, making the front shorter than the back and giving it a bit more flair. I'll try to get some new pictures of that for another post - along with pictures of the black wool crepe skirt I just finished.

Tomorrow will be dedicated to another pair of slacks and maybe an artsy vest using some of the same heavy green linen I made the skirt with.

What are you going to do tomorrow???

1 comment:

Sharon said...

Beautiful! Creative! And so very Karen Anne!


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