Here's a confession that is hard here to say in blog land, especially when surrounded by amazingly crafty, bloggers: I haven't touched my sewing machine in months. Yes, you read it correctly, Months! Remember my lovely Bernina I introduced here a year and a half ago. Well she has been sorely neglected in the great office/craftroom switch of 07. Today everything changed when I received this in the mail:
A friend of mine dresses her sons in Mini Boden striped tees and they look so sweet and so European in them. And even with their 10% off sale, 4 shirts still equals $100.00. That could buy a lot of thrift booty. Even taking us back to my $99 thrift store challenge. The good old thrift days.
I love the stripes and I love the appliqué. A wonderful combination. And I know the material would be fantastic and durable but I just can't stomach the price. Especially when my two spirited ones will have them covered in dirt before long. I asked my daughter why her clothing are always so soiled. She replied "mama, I just love to play hard." What can you say to that? I tend to be somewhat jealous of those children that don't have a speck of dirt on them. How does that work? I can't imagine a perfectly clean child. I do feel a bit envious of their spanking clean child but I know that the endless hours of dirt and play will be a memory that my children will cherish when they are adults. They won't remembering the soiled face, hands, clothing and smelly socks. They'll remember the joy and freedom of childhood play.
What also got me headed back into the craft room was a visit to Anthropologie last Sunday. The summer clothing look especially delectable and yet very pricey. I will sometimes break down and buy something from their sale racks but even those were priced too high for my thrifter's budget this time. I just can't seem to pay $78.00 for a blouse. So I hit Goodwill today in search of material to reuse and to alter clothing. My total tab was $50.00 and included a Odille (from Anthro) top and my first Goodwill Olily top find. The Olily top I may reuse for one of the children's tops I am planning to make. Here is my stripe set material. Total cost $7.00.
The bottom striped material will be a sweet pair of shorts for Keiran. The other two will be made into new shirts for the children with appliqué in some solids that I also purchased.
The patterned clothes set. A lot of these I am hoping to alter in order to create an Anthropologie type look. Lately so many of their tops are just pieced together in such a fun way. I mean it makes it look easy for the amateur sewer like myself because seams don't have to match and can be on the outside. Even if I do a lousy job, it still has the potential to look good. This top is kind of pieced together with the bottom material not matching the top. This is my goal to recreate that look. I found these two shirts which I am going to meld together.
With the cost of everything going up, up and up, we just have to get creative to dress to the Anthropologie level of fashion. My favorite reason for this style is the wonderful flare of these blouses which hide my "too much cream in my coffee and slices of cheese" belly which isn't going away as quickly as I would wish it to go.
Has your shopping or thrifting changed with the financial problems of the world? What tricks are you using when thrifting to save money?