Since I Can’t Afford Custom Clothing

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For years I’ve dreamed of being able to afford custom, handcrafted clothing. And despite my many and varied skills, sewing is NOT in my wheelhouse.

A hem or two, but that’s it.

Eventually I'll add some vines and more flowers to this.

Eventually I’ll add some vines and more flowers to this.

So I have pined for the artsy fartsy look.

It kind of goes hand in hand with the whole writer/artist vibe, don’t you think?

And that’s when it hit me. If I can’t afford to buy custom-made clothing, why not take some of my favorite outfits and make them more special?

And as always, necessity is the mother of invention. I happen to love comfortable, easy living clothing and when my favorite pieces succumb to stubborn stains, I’m bummed.

The other day I noticed that my favorite slouchy green sweater had not one, but TWO holes in it.

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And this came at a particularly opportune moment. I had just made up a potential class list and had one class on the list that I needed to [ahem] masterĀ before teaching it! I cut the pieces from a wool sweater – 7 itty bitty petals, 10 medium petals and 16 larger petals. A few minutes and one stick of hot glue later, and Ta-Da!

The other day I was distressed to find that my absolute favorite asymmetric shirt was riddled with stains. So I began to draw. It will need a fair sight more before it is done, but I think it is looking GREAT!

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And all of this led me to thinking about an Etsy store. I bought a few name brand shirts at Savers, my favorite used clothing store, during one of their 50% off sales. So I paid around $3-$6 per shirt. I will decorate them and then post them for sale on the Etsy store. Here’s crossing my fingers and hoping this works. I could use a few extra dollars in the kitty!

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