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Hey Brown Girl Spring Pop Up Market & Brunch

Hope you can join us at the Hey Brown Girl Spring Pop Up on April 23rd from 12-4pm. Message me for special discounted tickets😉

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Sew Frugal Spring Bow Blouse Pre Sale

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Black Satin Sleeveless Bow Blouse $49

Beige Polka Dot sheer ✨Special from now until April 30th $49

Green and White Polka Dot sheer ✨Special from now until April 30th $49

Red & White Polka Dot sheer ✨Special from now until April 30th $49

Tiffany Blue and White Large Polka Dot sheer ✨Special from now until April 30th $49

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Sewing obstacles…..

Last night I panicked. My Singer serger started making an awful noise and my Husky straight stitch began sewing on its on (ghost Sewist). Yeah sure I haven’t fired up the machine in 5-8 years but so what…… Right?😂 nah I didn’t get it tuned up and no I didn’t oil it. (yes I know better. I teach my students care and maintenance on the first day of class)  So why don’t I heed my own advices? #hardheaded. 

Instead I threaded it and started cranking out blouses left and right because that’s what I do………… And was only a matter of time. God watches over fools and babies is what my grandmother used to say.

God is good. Today I went to an estate sale and I was sure I’d missed out on these items or they would be over priced. Well I haggled a little and walked away with two Elna sewing machines. One Elna 9000 and one Elna overlock!!  How cool is that? Now I can get back to sewing later this evening. My apologies to those of you who have reached out to me in the last 24 hours. I’ve been in panic mode. Now I can breathe and return your phone calls and emails😉


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Re-Blogging: Long Weekend Sewing Refashioning Project

Re-blogging this blog post gives me great pleasure. I can’t wait to share with you the outcome in 2012. It took a while but I finally got it finished and I’m hoping to take some photos of myself in the next couple weeks wearing my new creation. In the meantime enjoy the before pics.

Re-blog from May 25th, 2011

As I peruse the items at clothing swaps and merchandise at my local Goodwill and thrift stores I’m usually focused on finding a few new additions to my wardrobe. In recent visits I put more consideration into what can I refashion or restyle into something new and more creative. I usually choose items which don’t require a great deal of additional work but during a February swap I felt the desire to take on a bigger challenge.

Right now I’m prepping for my own personal “Sew In” over the Memorial Day weekend. The goal is to complete at least 3 sewing projects. None of them from scratch and all of them from recent Goodwill or Swap finds.

Below you will see several skirts I picked up at that swap back in February. All were size 22. You might say, Jen what are you thinking picking up size 22 skirts? Well, what caught my attention was the quality of the fabric, mostly wool, the colors and the interesting stitching and pleats. And wouldn’t you know it they are all from Talbots. I thought to myself what can I make from these beautiful skirts. Not a skirt for myself but definitely some beautiful jacket, top or tunic. I’m SEW excited about the treasures I’ve found. I can’t wait to take them apart and put them back together to create something unique and fun. Of course I will not wear any of these creations until the fall but knowing they will be there waiting for me is half the fun.

You will see my step by step progress over the next several weeks. I’m sew pumped about this sewing project!

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Class Field Trip: Thrift shopping@ Goodwill Rockville, MD

This evening Silver Spring Sewing Sisters took a field trip to Goodwill Retail Store in Rockville, MD. This was Meetup #3 in a series of 4 Meetups to help maintain the momentum for “Refashioning and Restyling”.

Our class after a great shopping experience

This week we were focused on finding at least one item that we could use for our next refashioning class at the end of the month. In our next “Restyling/Refashioning” class we will learn how to properly deconstruct a garment. This process takes time and patience. While shopping at Goodwill this evening each student found one item they will bring in for refashioning. In addition many of them picked up some additional items to enhance their wardrobe.

Hadiya's shopping cart

For some like Hadiyah and Heather who were old hats at thrift store shopping this was an easy shopping experience but for others it took a little while to get started. In the end each of us walked away with bags full of clothes that we could either wear outright or use for a refashioning project. We left behind one student, Theresa who couldn’t get enough of thrifting. can’t wait to see her great finds.

Around 8:30pm we decided to depart especially after we were told no more photos and the manager began getting suspicious. In fact he followed us outside when we took the group photo. That was odd. I guess an anxious excited group of thrifting women on a Thursday night is a little unheard of and they were all wondering what was the fuss about.  Don’t they know??? Anyway all in all a good experience and we will be back soon. So Goodwill Rockville be ready for the return of Silver Spring Sewing Sisters!!! We are on a mission to find an restyle great clothes!

Kafi deciding whether or not this will become her refashioning project

A vintage find by Hadiya

Always check labels, especially on vintage finds

Heather figured out a way to cover up a flaw in this organza overlay skirt

Monique is planning to shorten and narrow this dress

Theresa tried on this dress and it was a perfect fit

What a super project Dina found to get started on

Kafi sees these as having some potential

She found some great items this evening

Oscar de la Renta silk blouse

Kanisa is new at this but she walked away with some fantastic finds

Kanisa's next refashioning project. I think this will be #4

Long Weekend Sewing Refashioning Project

As I peruse the items at clothing swaps and merchandise at my local Goodwill and thrift stores I’m usually focused on finding a few new additions to my wardrobe. In recent visits I put more consideration into what can I refashion or restyle into something new and more creative. I usually choose items which don’t require a great deal of additional work but during a February swap I felt the desire to take on a bigger challenge.

Right now I’m prepping for my own personal “Sew In” over the Memorial Day weekend. The goal is to complete at least 3 sewing projects. None of them from scratch and all of them from recent Goodwill or Swap finds.

Below you will see several skirts I picked up at that swap back in February. All were size 22. You might say, Jen what are you thinking picking up size 22 skirts? Well, what caught my attention was the quality of the fabric, mostly wool, the colors and the interesting stitching and pleats. And wouldn’t you know it they are all from Talbots. I thought to myself what can I make from these beautiful skirts. Not a skirt for myself but definitely some beautiful jacket, top or tunic. I’m SEW excited about the treasures I’ve found. I can’t wait to take them apart and put them back together to create something unique and fun. Of course I will not wear any of these creations until the fall but knowing they will be there waiting for me is half the fun.

You will see my step by step progress over the next several weeks. I’m sew pumped about this sewing project!

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Sharing My Designs

When I began teaching sewing classes earlier this year it was because I realized my life had become void of my passion. I was truly missing doing something that I love which is fun, enjoyable and rewarding.  I have been so inspired since teaching these past few sewing classes.  I’m thankful to the enthusiasm of the students in the class and the energy they have for learning. I really feel my motivation to sew being restored. It’s both inspiring and encouraging to teach sewing to individuals who are themselves excited about the craft.  I would like to take a moment to highlight a few of my designs and past sewing projects. As you can see my style is conservative and classic. I tend to stick with styles which will stand the test of time and are flexible enough to be restyled at a later date. If I’m spending 5-6 days on a garment I want to be able to get significant wear out of it. My favorite fabrics to work with are raw silk, denim, organza, and various laces and satins. Going through my computer files earlier this week I ran across some pics from a photo shoot of my work. Hope you like.