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More fun photos from Swap Til You Drop World Swap Day

Below are a few more fun photos from World Swap Day I wanted to share with you. Look at all the bags of clothes these ladies hauled away. Thanks to all the volunteers, The Swapaholics and Susie for closing her shop for the day to make this swap possible. Susie and I are already planning for the next swap in April. Be sure to get your tickets early.

Don’t be tardy to the Swap Party ladies 🙂




















“World Swap Day” Swap Til You Drop #3 in Review

A little over a year ago I attended my first clothing swap as part of National Swap Day. It was organized by Anika Alexander and held in Silver Spring, MD.  There were approximately 25 women who attended. I had so much fun I decided to forego my plans the next day and attend another swap the next afternoon at Nana’s in Mt. Pleasant DC where there were at least 50-60 women in attendance. I never would have guessed a year later I would have attended at least 13 swaps, stopped buying clothes for a year and hosted three swaps of my own. Wow what a difference a little inspiration makes.

Last summer I partnered with Susie of Black Eyed Susie after acquiring the Greater Washington DC Clothing Swap on Meet Up. At that time there were just over 300 members and we have grown to 377 with new members joining everyday. It has been challenging yet fun every step of the way.

Each Swap Til You Drop event Susie and I have organized takes on its own look and feel. Each one has its own unique outcome and they just continue to get better and better. Friday nights swap was no different. First and foremost it was in the evening. This was the first time we tried an after work swap and surprisingly about 55 women showed up. We sold out almost two weeks ago. They were all so positive, brought great items and had such a great time.

Thanks to the lovely ladies, Melissa Massello and Amy Chase of  the Swapaholics out of Boston for  their encouragement and the inspiration of World Swap Day. They sent us some cool goodies to go inside the tote bags they provided which added to the energy and excitement of the evening.

Diehard Swapnistas braving the DC cold to find some fabulous treasures

The Swapnista’s began to arrive to Black Eyed Susie around 5:30pm. Dropping of their items and, picking up their drink tickets and chatting with one another. Most went over to the Getaway to get their free glass of wine and have some appetizers and about 6 others stayed behind to volunteer. Thanks to you guys we were able to get the clothes up on the rack in record time with moments to spare.

Susie checking in attendees for the swap

The clothes are just beginning to pile up

Even though is was a little frigid outside you never heard anyone complaining and when 7pm rolled around we were ready to let the swapping begin. Click below to see all the happy swappers coming into the store.

And in they come!

Once inside the swappers headed to their own special area. Clothing was separated by small, medium and large. Shoes were on the shelves and purses were hung on the wall. We had so many accessories we had to use the table and the counter.

Let the swapping begin

So many clothes we had to bring out extra clothing racks and hangers just to get everything hung up.

Shoes and boots galore

Racks and racks filled with dresses, skirts and more

In the end these fabulous Swapnista’s walked away with some pretty great items.

Black beaded Betsy Johnson dress. another fabulous treasure

what a cute dress!

A woman after my own heart. Karen wants to refashion this in our next Refashioning Class. How exciting!

She found a two piece pin stripped suit, like new!

This lucky girl found some PJ's

she found a fabulous dress

Many other swappers left with heaping bags of clothes, shoes and accessories.

After the swap. She made out with some great stuff

More smiling faces after the swap

Another one of our fabulous volunteers. she stayed until the very end

One of our volunteers!! Thanks so much!

Susie and I just can’t wait to do this again. Keep your eyes peeled for our next swap coming in April.  You can begin cleaning out those closets now in preparation for spring cleaning. Springtime swaps are always so much fun! See you then.

Susie and I after the swap. WHEW!! See you in a few months 🙂

Top Ten Favorite Thrift/Consignment Store finds of 2011

Last year was chuck full of great thrift store adventures for me. I traveled all around the country and found some of the most unique items. There is not enough space on this blog for me to showcase them all. All I can say is that shopping thrift has been financially beneficial and personally rewarding. Granted shopping thrift stores can be hit or miss at times and sometimes coming away empty-handed is the outcome. However remaining positive will yield you better results. that combined with a little patience can reveal many treasures.

Silver Spring Sewing Society took several field trips last year to many of our local thrift stores and when I tell you the women walked away with some fantastic finds I really mean it. We are getting together next week and I hope to take some photos of the great items they have picked up. I’ll be writing a post soon about living the life of a thrift store shopaholic. In the meantime enjoy some of Fav Thrift Finds of 2011

Stay tuned for my top ten Estate Sale finds of 2011. Coming soon.

no you are not seeing double. This dress was also featured under my Fav Vintage Finds of 2011. I found it at Out of The Closet Thrift in Los Angeles, CA


This Tahari Viscose coat gets compliments every time it hits the street. I just love love love it.


I picked up this J. Crew Silk dress at the Goodwill Truck show last year. It is currently being refashioned

Black leather pointy toe shoes made in spain. I googled them to find the retail price. WOW! Goodwill in Rockville $12

Whenever I find BCBG I almost always pick it up even if its not my size or my style. I can surely find a friend who can benefit. This blouse I picked up at the Goodwill Trunk Sale last year.

What's better than finding a fabulous find for a friend. This is my friend Lily wearing a mustard yellow Arden B leather coat with a fox fur collar.

In order to fully appreciate these Dollhouse silver pumps you must see my inspiration below.

I attended an event with FLOTUS and saw her wearing these silver pumps. I thought these would look great with my peach suit. And they did. Don't have a photo with them on but I will this spring

BeBe orange leather crop jacket. Found at a thrift store in Venice Beach

This blouse I picked up at Current Boutique on 14th in DC. I've been search for a blouse like this for over a year. Was so excited to find it in my size


This top/dress I picked up from Buffalo Exchange in San Diego California. I hear they are coming to DC. How exciting!

Re-post: Refashioning Vintage for a friend

Hi Everyone,

I’m kinda getting back into the swing of things. Still re-posting previous post. this is one of my favorites and I can’t wait for 2012 my year to re-fashion vintage. I plan to take you through the process step by step. From finding vintage pieces to refashioning them. How exciting. In the meantime. enjoy!

Re-post from 8/23/11

Once again Sew Frugal brings to you another refashioning project. If you have items you are interested in breathing new life into Sew Frugal and Fashionable is ready and willing to assist. We are in the process of developing our new website and updating our blog.  In addition, Silver Spring Sewing Sisters offers Sewing Classes which will help you through some of your sewing challenges. Check us out and keep your eyes peeled for our new look coming soon.

Last week after the Boozy Susie and Sew Frugal Refashioning event my friend Chris and I stopped by It’s Vintage Darling where Chris found and tried on this beautiful vintage Spanish cotton and lace dress. Don’t get me wrong, the dress was cute before the restyle but with a few minor changes can really become one fabulous dress.

I love refashioning and restyling because of the transformation a garment undergoes in the process. To me this is the ultimate sewing art-form. I currently have four items in the hopper to complete within the next two weeks. I’m SEW excited and anxious to show them to you. For now my first refashioning project for a friend.

Chris trying on the dress in the store “It’s Vintage Darling” along with the shoes she picked up
Close up of the dress before getting started. the ruffle gives it an old fashion look and needs to go

I first began by removing the ruffles from the bodice of the dress

Used a seam ripper to remove the lace ruffle from the bodice
After removing both pieces of lace there was this odd rectangular panel left behind. Doesn’t seem to serve a purpose so it’s coming off too.

The next step was to remove the bottom three panels from the dress to create a shorter length

Removed the lower panels of the dress
The left over panels from the bottom of the dress. I then removed one row of lace and added it to the bottom of the dress as seen below.
It’s coming along. Now for the collar and restitched the shoulders where the ruffle was attached

For the collar I used another row of lace from the bottom of the dress. Pleated it and attached it to the inside of the collar.

Lace pleated and pinned to the inside of the neckline
Next I pinned the ruffle that was previously attached in a U-shape across the bodice and reattached it vertically to form a ruffle down the front. Also replaced the old ribbon with a new one for a belt