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dear mae,

next time you feel like you need a super great craft project, or two, and short on cash, i can tell you that your local thrift store’s linen isle might need a good sifting though.  the bed sheet i bought in my last post has been transformed into both a lightweight summer frock, as well as a curtain for my bed room! at the local good will in town they have a plethora of fun bed sheets ranging from graphic star wars prints to dainty florals and neat tickings.  the instant i saw this sweet floral/stripe/polka dot fabric i knew it would soon be a dress hanging in my closet! well, with no further ado…

i even used the trim from the top edge of the sheet for my skirt, sweet little polka dots!

i used a vintage dress that i already had for the pattern, i love the low scoop back.  i added my own little twist with the wrap around so there would be something just as pleasing for the front.
and then there were curtains! or kind of, they are only thumb-tacked to the wall until i get some proper rods.

well, how have you been spending your time when you aren’t busy working, or schooling or what have you? i also spent a good long time cleaning my bedroom. its funny how a little thing like tacking half a bed sheet to your wall can inspire you to get other things straitened out!

❤ betty

 

 

 

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dear mae,

my mind has been spinning about little projects to do for my new bicycle, and i think it needs some saddle bags.  something to tote along a picnic lunch, or bring home some groceries from the market, and i got to thinking about what kind of fabric i need.  something water resistant, something durable, and something that won’t clash with the retro stylings of my new friend.  there is really only one simple answer to this quest.

oilcloth! it is all of these things and more!

now, this is how my brain works, after spending about 5 minutes looking for a local retailer, i want to buy 100 rolls of all of the different patterns for all of my sewing projects:  tablecloths, tote bags, wallets, archery target covers….

gosh, the possibilities are unlimited!!

is this the start of some new obsession of mine that will last a few months and lead to a dusty pile of vinyl in the bottom of a closet? or is this true love? only time will tell dear friend.

❤ betty

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dear mae,

i bought these pants a few weeks back, i was in love with the nautical styling, the brass buttons and pinstripes.  at first it didn’t bother me that they were four sizes too big, made my behind look enormous, and about two inches too short. they were just nice comfy lounge pants.  but then i wanted to wear them outside of the house, so i cut them up and made them into a skirt! the whole process reminded me of highschool when i used to make jeans into floor length patchwork hippie skirts, but more tailored and grown up.

don’t discriminate against adorable thrift store finds just because they don’t fit right. there are dozes of tutorials online to help you salvage those rusty old trousers, and turn them into something adorable!

❤ always,

betty

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dear mae,

i found this groovy vintage 1970’s fabric at a thrift store yesterday and lay in in a pile of coordinating fabric in hopes that they would call out to me.  it sat there for a few hours while i hung my new daisy mirror and did some light vacuuming, picked up they house while quietly listening for some kind of inspiration.  i’ve been working on the same project for about a week now, and it’s about half done, a pillow for a one miss little elle, and as you know, i need the satisfication of finishing something, otherwise i start to get frustrated and eventually give up.  so i found this pattern by one of my favorite fabric designers amy buttler.  it took me about an hour from start to finish, and i feel satisfied enough to get back to my knitting.

oh yes, and i love this new mirror!  one of my favorite design tips i’ve learned from my mom is to always hang a mirror by your front door.  it’s always night to check your appearance before going out on the town, or to let your guest to make sure they look their best while you prepare them a cocktail.

❤ always,

betty

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dear young elizabeth,

while plowing though all of my belongings, sifting through the things i no longer cannot live without i found a box of stuff that you made.  dresses, jackets, skirts, purses, and i really must commend you on your effort. french seams, hidden hemlines, linings, some real quality craftsmanship in that box.  some times i hate you for wasting all of that time money and effort in fashion design school, but as i look back, you may not have given me that glamourous life in manhattan that i had initially dreamed of, but i do use the skills you gained in school, almost on a daily basis.

i can only hope that you would be happy with me as i am, even though i’m not necessarily what you were counting on. i assure you, life is beautiful, traveling the country with my lovely husband, days spent doing things we have never done before, and evenings spent doing the same things we have always done.

❤ betty

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hey betty! i’ve been on the website burda style a whole bunch this week, and it’s my new favorite thing! they have a bunch of patterns available for you to print at home, for very small fees or even for free! a personal favorite of mine is the coffee date dress, which is super easy for novice sewers, and is (get this) totally free!

so how does this tie into our earth week theme? well, since you print your patterns at home, it’s up to you to choose what type of paper you print on! i’ve found the best weight paper for this is actually old newsprint. all you have to do it cut it down to the size of copy paper, pop it in your printer, and print out the patterns. voila! you have a free, eco-friendly pattern for a really amazing dress!

have fun and keep looking for eco-chic projects! everyday is earthday!

<3<3mae

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