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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Tutorial: Girl's Gathered Vintage Valance (Curtain) Top on: September 21, 2008 10:34:44 AM
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2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Get your Apr-on! Old dress into a frilly apron on: September 04, 2008 12:05:04 PM
In Subversive Seamster, we turned an apron into a dress. Now were turning a dress into an apron! The circle of recycling life continues! And looks good doing it...

The dress (before)

The dress (after)

Download the tutorial!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Make a D-ring belt from a vintage neck tie! on: June 25, 2008 01:48:56 PM
Belts: Theyre functional, fashionable and fabulous!
Belts: Theyre also sometimes ridiculously expensive and not the right size!

Weve all experienced or witnessed that unflattering situation when unbelted jeans slide down, leaving a saggy bottom and visible undergarments. (Or plumbers crack! Even worse!).  And weve all heard that cinching a belt over a dress, blazer, or cardigan creates a slim waist (thanks Tim Gunn!).  Since both of these are excellent reasons to don a belt, we refashionistas have found a way to do so, R.I.Y. (refashion it yourself!) style.

This project uses heavy-weight interfacing to stiffen a d-ring belt made from vintage fabric.  We used a vintage necktie because the fabric is roughly the length we need for our belt (and they are dirt cheap at thrift stores!), but any woven fabric will work with this project.  We purchased the interfacing and the d-rings at our favorite fabric store, but extra credit if you re-use these pieces from an old belt you have lying around!

You can download the pdf of goodness here!

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Link to Tutorial: Girl's Gathered Vintage Valance (Curtain) Top on: May 27, 2008 02:01:46 PM
Our newest tutorial brings you something for the lovely little lady in your life - a Girl's Gathered Vintage Valance Top!

We love the fabric in vintage valance curtains and they can be found aplenty at your neighborhood thrift storeor in your grandmas kitchen! Valances (as opposed to longer curtains) are already hemmed on top and bottom, and have a pre-sewn casing in place, making it a super easy, super fast project for a crafty mom on the go!

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / teeny tiny fold-up reusable shopping tote from a tank on: April 15, 2008 02:50:39 PM
Like most refashionistas out there, we try to do our part to recycle, eliminate waste, and reduce consumption. But sometimes, despite our best intentions, we don't remember to bring our reusable totebag to the grocery store. We solved this problem by teaming up with Bernina to create a very memorable reusable shopping tote, made from a recycled tank top! As an added bonus, it folds up super small to fit in your purse so you will always have it with you. Extra credit for the environment!

The tote in use:

The tote rolled up:

You can download the pdf of goodness here!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Refashioned Beefy Tee into Boat Neck Top on: March 27, 2008 09:28:36 AM
In this project we'll show you how to refashion a man's tee into a boat neck top with cap sleeves and a fitted waistband. (Please be sure to check with your beau before snaking his shirt for this project!)

Go to http://www.stitchlounge.com/site/?s=tutorials to download the full tutorial with photos and all...and check out all of the other tutes while you're there!


It's that time of year again, when baseball fans get excited because spring training is under way and a new season is about to begin. Oh boy! Part of the fun of going to baseball games (aside from the hot dogs, peanuts, and ice cold beverages of course) is rooting for your home team. And clearly, rooting for your home team involves wearing the right outfit. Clearly.

If you're a baseball fan (or hang out with one that plies you with icy cold beverages to get you to watch the game) you know that team shirts are usually big, boxy and not flattering on us gals. (There are girl versions that come in pink and fit like a baby doll tee from the nineties. No thanks, we'll make our own!)
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sew Subversive: COOL! on: September 11, 2006 05:35:08 PM
Thanks for the kudos, nasty_wench! We (the Sew Subversive Girls or Stitch B*tches, as we call ourselves) are working on a second book, so any and all feedback is welcome!

It's a very exciting time out there for crafty books! There are so many great ones to be read! HURRAY!!!

-Two Melissas and a Hope
8  California / California: South / Crafty San Diego Locations for a party on: July 28, 2006 09:37:18 AM
Hey craftsters!
We're looking for a place to have a crafty party in San Diego. I know Leah did her book signing at the Grove... (Hurray! I hope it went well and people bought many many copies of your fabulous book!) Any other suggestions for crafty locales in San Diego?

9  California / California: Central / Re: Where to buy a new sewing Machine in SF/Bay Area? on: July 28, 2006 09:15:46 AM
We sell Janome's at Stitch in Hayes Valley (www.stitchlounge.com) -- we only have 3 kinds, but in case one of them is what you are looking for...

*Janome Sewist 509-- $199
*Jem Gold 2 -- $299
*Jem Platinum 760 -- $499

(We are partnered with the The Sewing Machine Shop in Walnut Creek that you mentioned.)

Good luck!
10  California / California: Central / Re: san francisco crafty shops on: July 28, 2006 09:12:11 AM
If you feel like getting your sew on, stop by our shop -- Stitch Lounge (www.stitchlounge.com), we have some cool local designer stuff in the boutique and machines at the ready. (Our fabric selection cannot compare to the other guys mentioned, so I've listed a couple more places in case your list is not yet filled...)

Fabric Outlet
Good selection of fun, stretchy fabrics, and a nice faux fur section! Great sales!
2109 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 552-4525

Darlene's Fabrics
A little unorganized, but the prices are great.
2877 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 550-0149

Britex Fabrics (already mentioned -- has a really great remnant and notion section)
Pricey but beautiful stuff.
117 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 392-2910

Enjoy your visit!
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