I really hope I’m not the only one who hears the voices.
You know… those voices that come with the change in the weather. Those voices that speak in perfect harmony with the chirps of the spring sparrows. Those voices that call to me from the middle room as I enter my studio. I hear them constantly clamoring for their chance to be transformed.
Today, I heard the voice of this beautiful, but tired, old blue blazer. I imagine it once attended important business meetings in its day, but then somehow found itself wedged between some old velvet jackets at the thrift store. It convinced me that if I brought it home with me, I could, at least, use the fabric for something fun. It sat quietly on the shelf for almost a year, but today, it begged me to lighten it up a bit by taking off the sleeves and to bring it back out into the spring sunshine.
That smooth talking blazer was quite convincing, so I got right to work. I then dug through the miles and miles of bias tape that I can’t seem to stop making and found the perfect match.
It took less than an hour for that smooth talking, now sleeveless blazer and I to be ready to head to work, feeling polished but not too stuffy or hot in this nice spring weather.
Thanks to everyone who has been leaving 5-star reviews on Amazon!
Here is the latest review from KLH:
“I got this book in the late morning and couldn’t put it down until I had read the whole thing!! I’ve been sewing for a long time and have done my own minor alterations here and there. A couple of years ago a friend introduced me to thrift shopping and I was hooked. I, too, felt “called” to by gorgeous discards that didn’t fit, as Beth described. But as I looked at previously expensive former treasures, I wondered whether I could alter them but never took the leap (what was I thinking? It’s so cheap!! Like no risk!!).
I just happened to find Beth’s book during an Amazon book browsing session and couldn’t believe it–a book on something that was starting to give me great interest. I checked out her blog and felt like I had a new friend and acquired new stitching bravery so I ordered it. While reading it, I could tell as an experienced sewist myself that her techniques are good and sound. Now I can’t wait for my next visit to a thrift store–it will be with new eyes and a new adventure. So many new ideas…. Sooooo excited. Thank you, Beth!!”
Thank YOU, KLH!
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