Today is the close of week three of Operation Project $0. I hope you are being encouraged that sewing doesn't have to be expensive and that there are so many ways to rework what you might already have!
Today I have Al of the Shaffer Sisters with us. She is incredibly talented and has two adorable kiddos. The fact that we both sew for boys and girls and they we both have tall children makes me always want to check out her posts!
Give a huge welcoming hug to Al....
Hey, Winter Wonderings, Wanderings, & Whatnot readers. It is such a joy and an honor to be here sharing on Operation Zero. With my husband still in school and two young kids always around my feet, pretty much every project has to be a free one. It seems like a majority of Suzanne's posts involve up-cycling and the first time I read her blog was when she competed on PR&P. I was new to the blogging world and PR&P. Her great looks often came from up-cycled clothing or leftovers from another project. So I admired her creative talents from afar and now I'm lucky to be over here.
sailor suits for our sons. We started out making these in celebration of my Grandpa's life and his loving service in the navy, but we had barely just enough to get two little girl skirts as well. They were quick and easy.
For the 3/4T size skirt I cut two pieces of fabric 9" (H) X 16" (W). If I would've had more than 9" for the height I would've used it, but this was all we could get out of the sheet. Because I knew it wasn't long enough, I had to take the extra step to make it long enough by adding a ruffle with some scraps I had.
french seam on your side seams. To put in the hem (this would come after both side seams) you would press the fabric 1/4" to the wrong side and then roll up another 1/2". Then top stitch the hem at 3/8" so it stays.
Concentric Circle Dress) because it would've been harder to use the satin stitch in this situation. By the time, I had completed all my embroidery, the tailors chalk had worn off. If it would've still been around then I would've hand washed it. Following the hand embroidery I cut two black pieces of interfacing just bigger than the completed images (leftover from the boys' sailor suits) and ironed them onto the back of the fabric to project the stitching. Both images were made using one package of embroidery floss that cost a total of $0.25.
I hope that everyone who reads this series gets the take home message that sewing doesn't have to be an expensive hobby. You can get bold on a budget. You're kids (or yourself) can look like fashionistas instead of someone that has a $20 clothes budget a year. If anything it can be a money saver if you look for fabric in the right places (clothing exchanges, flat sheets, clothes that you no longer like and could be up-cycled for your child, clearance rack dresses that contain yards of knit fabric, fabric lover friends who have more than they could use in a life time and would love to share with a fellow seamstress, yard sale discoveries, thrift store jewels: vintage patterns, fabric, thread, buttons, etc). It's funny what happens when you stop seeing things as what they are, but potentials for fabric. There's a quote I love from Dr. Suess' 'One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,' "If you never did, you should. These things are fun and fun is good."
Look for these good things in life. I promise you will find joy.
Thank you so much for being here today! I love these skirts - and the Dr. Suess quote is awesome. We should all keep trying new things and looking at things in a new way. Finding fabric in new places keeps it fun and unexpected!
If you have been inspired to sew up something for $0 or close to $0, make sure to link it up in the Flickr Group so that I can feature you next week!