Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Ahoy Matey! Tote Transformation!

I found this Jim Tillett Print at my local thrift store for 5.99. It was 'green' ticket half price, so I only paid $3.00. SCORE!

I found out that the late Jim Tillett and his wife moved to
St. Thomas in 1959 as newlyweds.

They purchased an abandoned Danish farm to serve as 

home for Jim Tillett's silkscreen studio.

They also had a boutique that sold goods and fashions 

made from his silkscreened designs.

All the way from St. Thomas to Illinois! Howdya' like that!

Some of his prints are selling anywhere from $35.00 to 

$199.00! Pretty cool!!! 

This is an amazing find, but I wanted to transform this print 

into something, 

and since his prints were not selling at a life-altering price, I 

decided to go for it!

Half Price!

I removed the canvas from the mat. It was a lovely print, and I think it will make a great tote! 

I took out a few different fabrics I had in my stash to see what would work.

I decided on the bright blue for the outside. The brown twill for the inside, and dark blue corduroy for the handles and an inside pocket.

The first thing I did was sew the outside pockets, and then sew the pockets to the outside of the bag. Then, I sewed the outer and inner lining seperately. Leave an opening in the lining at the bottom to turn the bag right side out.
Next, I sewed the handles and sandwiched them between the outer bag and the lining. 
I sewed it all together, flip it right side out, sew up the opening in the lining.

The bag was perfect to bring some things to school with me.
So much room, and great big pockets!

I LOVE it and I can't wait to use it again!

See you next time.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

1885 Meets 1985 Meets 2016

Ok, seriously, does this dress scream 1980's or 1880's. I'm confused.
I took it upon myself to try to liberate the fashion buried beneath this horrific piece of clothing.

I know I'm a school teacher, but I think this is going too far...

Not having a successful "before" picture moment.
You get the idea. 
Sally the cat was listening attentively.
 Maybe this school-marm dress was working?


I said listen up students!

I've lost my head with this dress. (Get it?)

Out came the shoulder pads first!
Those things are huge! I might make somethin' outta those!

Next, I had to pick off that delicate neck-lace.


I then, picked off those sleeves, and chopped just a wee bit from the bottom.

Sally of course, had to supervise.

I cut off a considerable chunk at the top of the sleeves and reattached them. I did NOT want those poofy ruffles!

I also chopped off the wrists, turned the hem and sewed an elbow length sleeve.

I turned the button up collar to a simple V-neck.

I turned the bottom hem up twice, and sewed it all up!

Much better!

See you next time!