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Category: Upcycle

REUSE, RECYCLE, REFASHION! EPISODE #12 OF THREAD CULT

When I think back on my fondest dresses, I’ve usually found my favorites (besides the ones I’ve made) at vintage or second hand shops. I can’t stomach—or afford!—the full prices of things I love in most department stores (if I really love something, I’ll usually just try to figure out how to make it myself). [...]

TYRANNY OF THE HANDMADE

Since starting to sew seriously for myself, about a year ago, I’ve tried to wear as many things that I’ve made as possible. At first, wearing my own clothes felt intimidating. What if my seams busted? Or what if people thought my creations were ugly, but didn’t want to tell me?  Really, I didn’t have [...]

ON THE UPCYCLE: LIZZY REBORN

When it comes to upcycling clothing, my philosophy is that you have to become your own shamen. I’m not suggesting a payote-fueled “desert journey” every time you score a good thrift find (although that does sound interesting). All  I’m  saying  is I think you have listen to what the  clothing tells you it wants to be. [...]

LIZZY INTERRUPTED

Lately, life’s been busy at Camp Fish. A new job, writing, vacation, and a brief but delirious obsession with both The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones books have left my Janome and Brother kickin’ it solo. Sometimes, it’s hard to compete with a flagon of ale and a strapping Dothraki on a cold winter’s night. [...]

ON THE UPCYCLE: GRANDMA’S SPARKLE TOP GETS BATWINGS

This past year I re-fell in love with sewing. But I also fell prey to a classic sewer’s addiction: jonesing to wear a new creation every time I leave the house. Churning out an entirely new garment nearly weekly has fattened my closet, but left me feeling consumer guilt. In 2012, I want to do [...]

HAPPY HAPPY!

May your cup runneth over but not onto the carpet or any of your fancy dresses. Happy 2012!

MERRY STAYCATION

When I was a kid, my sister and I were only allowed to watch T.V. on the weekends. The result, as the folks had hoped, was that we read and played outside like normal human beings. But on the weekends (or when we were at a friend’s house on the weekdays!) we turned into zombie [...]

I’M COOL WITH TIE-DYE, MAN. ARE YOU?

  If you grew up around hippies, you may share my aversion (nearing allergic) to tie-dye. We kids of hippies usually aspire to a much more square kind of lifestyle and dress. So, it was with some surprise that I recently noticed myself admiring all the tie-dyed clothing I’ve been seeing this spring. (Maybe I’m [...]

RETHREAD: GRANDMA’S HOUSECOAT

I love using family textiles to make new clothing, like this jacket I fashioned from my grandma Cyr’s old housecoat. She passed away last year, so wearing the jacket feels particularly meaningful. Sewing and wearing it has reminded me of how funny she was, even when she wasn’t trying to be funny. For instance, I [...]