Thursday, February 25, 2016

Getting Creative with Plus Size Sewing

Cute clothing is expensive to begin with, then you combine that with the need for plus size and ones chances for a cute wardrobe dwindles drastically. Even more so if you are on a limited income as my dear friend is. So when she asked me if I could sew her a top or two, I decided to get creative.

She had some material but it was pretty plain so I suggested we take a trip to the thrift stores. Once there I headed straight to the section that held all the curtains and table clothes. At first she asked if we shouldn't be looking in the material section and I said we could but first let's see if we can't find something that could be used to turn a plain style into a wow style. Much to my delight I found a cream rectangle crochet table cloth and some beautiful burgundy shears. Total cost $6.00.    

I have always figured if Scarlet O'hara could turn an old pair of velvet drapes into a gorgeous dress, who am I to insist on only buying fabric by the yardage. The two tops I was going to be making were ones that would be worn over a camisole  so the open weave of the crochet and the shear would both work very well.  Here are the end results.

Not only are the two tops cute on their own but she can also wear them together. Not to bad for six dollars, and there is enough left over to make at least two more tops and trim a third top.
If you have every watched Project Runway you may be familiar with their unconventional challenge. Well so far this is the closest to an unconventional challenge I have come, but one of these day I am going to do my own unconventional challenge. 
Any suggestions of what types of materials you would like to see me use to create fashionable clothing? 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Walk and Roll

Unknown Mami

This past weekend saw a number of fun events taking place in our little city of Sioux Falls, including Lifescapes' Walk and Roll fundraiser.

Lifescape organization provides important life enhancing services to both children and adults who have disabilities.They are a non profit organization and as such rely on the generosity of donors. As fundraisers go this one was a lot of fun for everyone. 

I'm ashamed to admit I didn't even know this event was taking place, until I was taking Lexi to work and we saw these two from the Dark Side. I suggested a photo with them would be great for her #OOTD shot. She agreed. Then she added the photo to her Instagram exclaiming that she had gone to the dark side.

I decided to go inside and check out the Walk and Roll, and I have to say everyone was having a grand time.

If you would like to learn more about this organization just click on their name and it will take you to their website. I love their organizational Vision, which is: All people are valued and respected. From everything I have seen and heard about this organization they do live up to that vision.