Monthly Archives: June 2015

Simplicity 9043

This Simplicity pattern has a great 20’s shape that I’m drawn to.

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The second time I looked at it, I realized I could take the skirt off to make a comfortable top with flattering sleeves.

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I’m pretty happy with the result. The sleeves are comfortable and the body is roomy enough without looking awkward.

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Part of the success was using this polyester cotton knit that I bought in Wisconsin at a fabric store located on a farm outside my hometown. Pretty elegant looking for country fashion.

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Dyeing vs Painting Shoes

For those that read sewing blogs you might have seen this post.

I made the mistake of trying to dye a pair bright yellow Nine West shoes green. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that the dye wouldn’t take because the leather was painted. To save the shoes, I bought a gray shoe spray paint.

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Here’s a picture of the disaster I made with dye:

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And, here’s after one coat:

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And, done:

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Looks great, right?

I’m pretty happy. It’s pretty difficult to find shoes this color gray difficult too. So, I’m glad to have a can of paint on store.

Flea Markets, Fairs and Craft Markets

We sold some stuff at a local flea market this weekend. It was less stressful and more lucrative than I was expecting.

The space cost $25 and we rented a table for $10. We sold about $80 worth of used clothes/items as well as a few things we made – someĀ  magnets, a shirt and a small cosmetic bag.

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So, after costs, we averaged about $6 an hour for one person. Not great but considering it was my first time selling anything, it was pretty rewarding.