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I'm Ann. I've been sewing since I was 9. My first project was a denim wrap skirt. Thrifting is a way of life for me - both eco-chic and financially savvy.

Patterns I already have part deux

So I’m thinking of skiing leggings and another nursing sports bra. And I’m surfing the Christine Jonson site and see basewear one – leggings and a crop cami that looks like the nursing sports bra! Fabric AND patterns I already…

Desperate for spring

It’s still winter here. My winter sewing projects are still unfinished. I just picked up my machine yesterday, but haven’t yet had time to sew. But I’m fairly desperate for spring. Summer actually, but I’ll take spring. A trench coat…

sewing patterns I already have

I was reading back issues of BWoF and found some great kids patterns I’d overlooked, some wide leg trouser patterns and a couple cute dresses for summer. All in my stash! Yay! I’m home sick and my machine is back…

Chanel jacket

Sew Stylish blog has a tute on sewing a Chanel jacket: http://besewstylish.taunton.com/n/blogs/blog.aspx?nav=main&webtag=besewstylish&entry=224 And of course I got that fabulous brown and aqua wool boucle in Paris, up in the Montmartre district by the Sacre Coeur.  A pattern from my sewing…

Cut the nursing coat!

Yay, I managed to cut the Elizabeth Lee nursing/babywearing coat (baby was napping). I am making it out of a red tweedy knit that is backed with faux sherpa in black. Very chic. I’m reversing the facings so the black…

more consignment shopping

I used my credit, a coupon, and still bought two bags full of goodies. A corduroy jacket in kelly green, very springy. Two pinstriped dress trousers, one in black, the other in gray. A cropped brown tweed pair of pants,…

Went on vacation, got inspired

I thought of a lot of things to sew, I’ll try to pen them here: ruffled clutch – pale aqua for the bag, deep teal for the ruffle. sundress – empire nursing style with halter top, possibly in pale pink…

My Boutique

I decided last night, as I did a load of sweaters on delicate, that I could open a clothing store just with the contents of my closet. And then I thought THAT is precisely why I love my favorite secondhand…

more thrifty finds

I stopped at my local fave consignment store and got a superb leather jacket – black, fitted. Very nice. On clearance. I also picked up my unsold maternity. I’ll style them all up and try them on Ebay. If not,…

Burda Jacket

So does it look like the photo? Sorta… I cut out a 38, which clearly was too small – the shoulder width was much tinier than I expected (I’m usually a 38 or 40) and so it doesn’t close where…