Silver Spring Sewing Sisters

Today marked the first day of sewing class for Silver Spring Sewing Sisters. The ladies learned the parts of the sewing machine, how to thread it and practiced sewing some basic stitches. In the second half if the class everyone learned how to accurately take their measurements, read a pattern envelope, read a guide sheet and previewed laying out a pattern on the fabric. We packed a lot into a relatively short class. If you reside within the DMV area sign up and join our group @

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Jen in Vintage Tahari

Yesterday I attended the Washington Project for the Arts Gala and finally had a chance to break out my “Fabulous Find” from Goodwill in Rockville, MD. I received so many compliments and I must say this coat was great to wear. I removed the original buttons and added this sparkly belt I found at Tar-get about a year ago. The Tahari coat is a boucle knit which consist of various fibers. They are interwoven to achieve this bubbly textured effect. I have worked with and sewn many garments with boucle fabrics and they are great to work with. I’m so proud of my Fab Find.

Field Trip: Black-Eyed Susie

Sharing a most recent post from my friends at Quarter Life 202. Can’t wait to shop there.

Black-Eyed Susie

via Field Trip: Black-Eyed Susie.

Some photos from Susie’s shop

New secondhand shop in Columbia Heights ready for spring

Susie the owner

Reposted from Quarter Life 202 on March 9, 2011

Black-Eyed Susie is a new addition to the shopping corridor in Columbia Heights, just north of the DCUSA shopping center. We visited owner Susie Saadian on Saturday morning before shoppers were out en masse, so there was plenty of time to chat while steaming clothes by the register. Black-Eyed Susie offers affordable secondhand clothes from a variety of name brands–everything from Target to True Religion. Most prices are moderate, but be warned that you might recognize some of the items from your own closet. The selection is pretty mainstream, but there’s enough of a variety of men’s and women’s items that you’re bound to find something for you within five minutes of browsing.

The shop, located up a flight of stairs up from the sidewalk, is inviting. It’s even more inviting once you learn about the work that Susie did on her own to prepare the space. She acquired racks from stores that were closing, and found secondhand fixtures that she could paint and decorate to match her store’s design and feel. There’s a lot of black and white, and all the chairs (in fitting rooms and for trying on shoes, of course), were reupholstered by a crafty friend.

The primary benefit of consigning with Susie is that it’s not really consignment: you get cash up front for your clothing. So if you want cash without having to wait for an item to sell, Susie is probably your easiest option. No appointment is necessary but you can only sell to the store from Wednesday through Friday.

If you need a little retail therapy but don’t want to open your wallet too far, visit Black-Eyed Susie and save while you spend. Black Eyed Susie is located at 3443 14th St., NW.

Fabulous Italian made shoes

Made my weekly run to Goodwill in Rockville, Md today and found these fabulous black leather ankle strap shoes. I couldn’t believe they had hardly been worn and fit perfectly. The fact of the matter is I was in my way to SYMS to use a gift card I’d received for my birthday. My plan was to find some black pumps. I need to look no further than my favorite Goodwill store nearby

Frugal Fashionistas Clothing Swap

Today my girlfriend Chris and I attended the Frugal Fashionista’s Clothing swap in Alexandria, VA as part of National Swap Day. This Event was hosted by Kim from

Here we are carefully inspecting a potential “free find”. I believe this jacket and the pants I have made it into our bags of goodies.

Be sure to check for a National Swap Day in your area

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Sewing Classes

Silver Spring Sewing Sisters

Always wanted to learn to sew?? Are you a serious seamstress?? A novice?? Dabble a little?? Whatever your sewing level we would love to have you join us for fun and creative sewing activities. Here is your chance to meet up with up with others in the DC Metro area who love to sew. Make friends and share sewing tips and tricks and even swap out your extra fabric. We are working on our first meet up in early spring for beginners and intermediate seamstresses and wanna be seamstresses.

Group Photo Introduction to the Wonderful World of Sewing!!
Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 1:30PM

Hi Ladies!! Welcome to Silver Spring Sewing Sisters

Many of you have mentioned that you are interested in learning the basics of sewing or have been away for a while and just want to get back into the “se-wing” of things. Well this is the perfect group for you!

Our first sewing class will be March 13th at the Wheaton Public Library from 1:30pm-4:30pm. Our second class will be on March 20th at the same time and location. The introductory fee for each class is $8. This fee will cover the cost of the room and some supplies and handouts which will be provided to you for the class. (They offer a nice deal on the room)

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Soia & Kyo Down Jacket

When I tell you I snatched this coat off the rack I literally grabbed it and jammed it into my bag during National Swap Day at Nana’s. I saw the size, medium and knew it would be a perfect fit. It wasn’t until I got it home and realized it was down and a very very cute style. I looked online and these jackets by Soia & Kyo run from $195-225 and up. Incredible I got it for free!!!! Whoever is the donor, Thank you!! This is my favorite winter jacket.


White House Black Market Jacket

Another one of my great “clothing swap” finds. I can’t tell you how excited I was when I found this jacket from White House Black Market hanging on the rack during National Swap day @Nana’s Quarter Life. It’s perfect for a semi formal event with a cocktail dress or with jeans. Total versatility!!!