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Thrifting with Sally Ann from!

So me and Sally and her friend Michelle all went thrifting the other day at my favorite thrift store in Chicago! Sally was visiting from Florida and hanging out with her was pretty awesome since we've lived in the same part of Michigan long ago. I even worked with her younger sister at my high school job! Sally is a designer as well, so be sure to check out her blog and her Etsy shop to see the amazing bags she's made -  I have a rainbow one from her and it's seriously my new favorite.

Sally was also nice enough to put me into a blog post the other day of hers so I thought I would show you what I found that day while out with her. It was like a day in the life of me in 2007! I lived in Uptown for 4 years before moving on the far northwest end.

 All the awesome stuff I found, but we do have to talk about it because OF COURSE I'll be cutting up and re-imagining things!

 Ok, the light in the sewing room is really yellow. Tried to color correct in Photoshop but looks like that wasn't entirely successful. About these sweaters! I had an idea about a month or so ago to make  a new sweater out of old sweaters.  Burda reminded me about doing that with this post and I also have an article in an issue of SewStylish  from a few years ago that talks about using cut and sew knits for sweaters.

I don't know if this will work the way I want it to, so this very well could be a project that falls flat on it's face. So.... we'll see, right?

I did make (and this is a super-old picture!) a dress out of 2 sweaters for my Knitwear design class in college. Have a look here:

This is from 2007 (so that makes me 21 in this?), perhaps the only photo I have of this sweater dress and boy was it hot to wear! Yikes. So hopefully, my new sweater reconstruction thing here goes well. I'm making a 60's-ish colorblock sweater with alternating colorblocks... if it works. 

 Perhaps my favorite find were these pillowcases! Sally actually found them, held them up and I HAD to take them home! I always need new couch pillows. I will be constructing the inside pillows for these since they're an odd size to find in a store but that's no issue at all.

60s sewing books! (and a belt I liked.) I tend to collect 60s and 70s sewing and craft books and love when I find multiples. I do have lots of retro sewing books but each one has something new in them that might not have been mentioned in another book. Always good to have on hand.

These specifically are from 1966.

I also had to go home with this dress, not that I need any more dresses EVER. The print was too good to pass up. 

Lots of projects coming up! I'll be working on using a quilting technique for use in appliques, more stash-busting, I want to make at least one or two 60's style tunic tops for myself, I have little collection ideas rolling around in my head (time to do more Photoshop boards!), and in general, more experimentation.


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