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Making Stuff: Lace Printed Tank {Fabric Spray Paint}

by This is Carrie on October 24, 2013

Supplies: Plain shirt,  Next Level Fabric Spray paint, lace yardage, temporary spray adhesive (optional).   Lay lace across shirt (to get a crisper image spray lace with spray adhesive before laying on shirt. Then spray with paint. Once dry, remove lace and repeat on the back of shirt. Enjoy your new shirt!



Making Stuff: Gunne Sax Dress Refashion

by This is Carrie on July 18, 2013

I found this homemade “Gunne Sax” dress at Decades Vintage Clothing store in Salt Lake City during my Sewing Summit trip last fall. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for that era of Jessica McClintock design so I snatched it right up.  Turns out this dress was made for a woman who […]



Easter snuck up on me this year so the family’s outfits were a combination of what we already had in our closets + what I found at Target + a few refashioned items from my large stash of thrifted “supplies”. The boys each got a new, handmade tie. Baby Brother’s bow tie was made out […]



Even though I live in the Antique Capital of Southern California, I rarely purchase clothing at the many antique and vintage stores that surround me.  Most of the time, I just can’t bear to pay the inflated cost when someone else has to find me the “good stuff” when I love to find the “good […]



The Trouser Refashion Swap: Elastic Hem Trousers {tutorial}

by This is Carrie on September 26, 2012

I remember watching the Button-Up Shirt Refashion Swap with envy, thinking how fun it would be to be a part of it.  But when I got the email asking if I’d like to join the swap this year, all of a sudden, I got scared.  Clicking through the amazing blogs of the women put the […]



Seeing Princess get so excited to see the Pacific Symphony at Segerstrom Hall, it was hard for me to say no when she asked if I would make her something new to wear especially since it’s one of the few days the kids are allowed to break out of their usual red and navy school […]



Making Stuff: Baby Gown {Concert T-shirt Refashion}

by This is Carrie on May 16, 2012

I have a new little niece who’s been really fun to sew for.  We are already indoctrinating her to her parent’s country lovin’ ways with a Rockin’ Baby Gown” made from an old George Strait concert T.  Unlike baby shoes, it’s super cute and practical at the same time. (to “girlify” the pattern …



Making Stuff: Easter Skirt {Vintage Sheet Refashion}

by This is Carrie on April 27, 2012

Princess was the only one who actually got a “new” piece of clothing for Easter. And by “new”, I mean a skirt made out of a thrifted and renewed sheet.  I used the Whirly Twirly Skirt pattern but changed the front to a flat waistband and and used an enclosed elastic waistband in the back. […]



Making Stuff: Psychedellic Skirt Refashion

by This is Carrie on March 8, 2012

I purchased a psychedellic maxi skirt at Aardvark’s way back when we lived in Pasadena (the store has since closed). I had pieced it out to make a couple little aprons, but I saved the top half knowing it was to be made into skirt for one of my girls.  The border at the waist […]



Making Stuff: Ombre Girl’s dress {thrifted dress refashion}

by This is Carrie on February 15, 2012

Do you remember wearing Amy Byer? I sure do. Back in the late 80’s, early 90’s I loved those dresses.  I found this white Amy Byer dress at the thrift store for a whopping $1.50 and I knew it had potential. But not as an 80’s fad, but as a sweet “grandma’s sewing nook” inspired […]