Sheets to dresses. The yay-tastic journey.

I've been in a funk lately. Inconsistent work, and no money make me all sad. I know I'm not alone.

In a moment of solidarity, my friend Jen and I decided to go out on an errand adventure. She needed to get some personal documents and I needed to get out of the house. On our way back to town, we hit the old iPhones up for 'thrift stores' and decided to make a stop at one of our favorite St. Vincent De Paul's.

This place is ginormous, tons of stuff furniture, tvs, clothes and everything.

This day we saw an amazingly tacky wall fixture/ pool table set. Look at it and its stupendousness. It was marked down from $1500 to $1200 to finally $800.

Boy, was I tempted...

The grand thing about this thrift store is that they often have racks of linens and remnants in a rather nice corner of the store. I always go there first.

This visit I found some really great things that I've added to the pile. Often I get a bunch of cheap sheets for mock ups but I've grown a rather large collection of potential garments that I thought I'd share.

These three are all sheets of a poly/cotton blend that I think would make great short sleeves blouses. I envision great buttons and maybe a contrasting collar.

This broadcloth I think would make a great tiki like skirt. I wish there was enough for a whole dress, but what can I do, it was 99¢

These are actual fabric remnants. I love this western one. I recently got a western shirt pattern and I think this will work out nicely with it. This red crinkled stuff, Im not too sure about what it is. I need to do a burn test on it.

The bottom fabric is a cotton duvet. I'm really excited about it. It has a real lovely 40s feel. I'm going to make a dress with this one, from one of my favorite day patterns.

Even though I've gathered all this obscenely cheap fabric, I still picked up a few things in the fabric district when Jen and I had a little downtown lunch.

None of these were over $4 a yard. This denim is a very vintage color. I'm planning to make some jeans and a steampunk corset with what's leftover.

This one is a rayon/cotton blend. I think it has a very 30s feel to it.

This one is a basic cotton plaid and Im most likely going to make a dress from this.

The main reasons we took a detour into the fabric district was I wanted to get some ticking.

I'm gathering the supplies for my homemade girdle. Even stopped by this great HUGE trim store and picked up a yard of heavy duty hook and eyes. One bad thing though, the tapes don't match. The hooks are 3/4" apart, but the eyes are 5/8" apart. Rats. Im debating on whether to cut up and adjust the hooks or the eyes. Ill have to think about it.

I'm also going to repurpose the horrid elastic cincher I bought earlier and cut it up to use as side elastic panels for the ticking girdle. I'm hoping to have it done by the end of the month. I'm going to a birthday party and I want to wear it with my gardenia dress.

The other project I wanted to get fabric for was a flag. I got this great vintage pattern and I wanted to make it out of linen. I also got invisible thread to put it togetehr. I'm curious to see how this will turn out.

So that's about it on my end. All the thrift store fabric, including some that I didn't list was painfully cheap. Like $20 or something. The other fabric is about twice that. This was all amassed over two months, so I don't think that's too bad. I'm gonna start on the hollywood dress first, I think. It's just calling to me.

I love it when a project calls to me.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, congratulations on scoring all the fabric and good luck with the projects. But that pool table! I'd be very tempted to move all my current furniture to the curb (where a lot of it came from) and start my house over around that suite!

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