Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Operation Project $0: Day 12 with Stitched by Crystal

Good morning Operation Project $0 readers!!!!  Today I have Crystal of Stitched by Crystal here to share with you all.  Crystal and I met through the PDF  Pattern Sales and Promotion Group on Facebook... we then were able to work together on Pattern Reviews for Pattern Revolution.  She is an excellent seamstress, has some awesome photography chops, her little girl is simply adorable (and close in age to baby girl), and all in all she is just the sweetest person!!!  I was so excited when she was willing to participate in this series... I'm sure it isn't the last time you'll see her here, or at least I hope not ;op

Hi there! I am Crystal from Stitched by Crystal.  I am thrilled to be here for Operation Project $0, sharing the fall tunic I made for my little girl!
I always have a pile of old clothes in my sewing room that I plan to upcycle into clothes for my kids "someday".  Unfortunately I don't dip into that pile as much as I should.  Suzanne and her Operation Project $0 gave me just the push I needed to get to work on that pile.  It came a a perfect time too because my daughter really needs more long sleeves in her wardrobe for the fall.
I had bought this dress on the sale rack a few years ago but it was too big for me now so it has been sitting in my upcycle pile for months.  I love the fabric and I just adore blue on my daughter, so I got to work and made it into this little tunic.  I didn't have a long sleeve pattern for woven fabric, so sticking to the $0 challenge, I drafted a pattern for this using one of her brothers old shirts as a guide for sizing.  I added a ruffle detail around the yoke using the lining fabric from the dress and the elastic for the sleeves came from the straps on the dress.
I paired the tunic with some hand-me-down leggings from a friend and shoes she already owned.  There you have it, one outfit for fall, cost = $0!

Crystal, I want a pattern for this - or a tutorial, or whatever.... just saying ;o)  Thank you for being here today and sharing this great project with us!

If you have been inspired to sew by Operation Project $0, make sure you link up your creations to the Flickr Group so that I can feature you!


  1. Co-signed on the pattern/tutorial/whatever! This is SO CUTE!

  2. It's so cute! I love the pattern and the ruffles!

  3. Very cute! I have a tote labeled "Upcycles" that stores clothing I plan on revamping into cute kids' clothes someday. I need to dip into that more, too!

  4. This is so adorable! I'd love to see a pattern or tutorial too!

  5. Well, I'm another one up for the tutorial/pattern/whatever... =) loved it and I'm so pinning it!