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I'll be Darned - Upcycled Again

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I'll be Darned - Upcycled Again
You fall in love with it, toss it into one corner and then suddenly you fall back in love with it again.  I'm describing this feeling that I have with my "snowflake" dress that was upcycled with red snowflakes in 2011. Every year, I go through my clothes and see which ones need a bit more sewing to it. It feels like an audit - they wouldn't be called clothes if they just lying in your wardrobe unworn.  This denim dress is really nice. I love the cutting and the way it fits me but it really needed a bit more colour especially since it looks worn out.



Use Only What You Have!

After my last post on stitching with intent, I made sure to remind myself the importance of slow stitching.  But I also reminded the importance of limitations - I would not purchase new threads for the project. I have a tendency to forget what's currently in my sewing box and gleefully go off on a haberdashery sewing spree. I was fortunate to have some DMC embroidery thread leftover from a project with the Art Science Museum, and decided to do some darning over the snowflakes.




I managed to finish it in 2 weeks and wear it at yesterday's Repair Sewcial session at The Fashion Pulpit. I asked one of my participants what the hardest part of the repair session was. It wasn't the darning, it was in fact the zipper.  Sewing in a new zipper isn't easy if you don't have a sewing machine. But with patience you will get there (just like everything else in this busy world of ours).
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  1. Wow, Agy, it's just beautiful! I've enjoyed seeing the darning in progress over Instagram, and it must feel so special to wear a garment that you've spent so much time on! Love it! :) Lisa

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  2. This looks amazing, I love what you've done with this. The colours are fab!

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