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Recently Thrifted…



Some frames I may or may not use for framing my favourite vintage fabrics, some more :D vintage fabric, and yet another silkscreen. The dark fabric is yardage, there’s about 6-7 meters of it. The mustard coloured fabric is a pair of curtains. I paid about 25€ for all of these.

-Thrifty Finn-

I Made Things: A Skirt Project

In May my cousin Jonna cornered me on Facebook and got me to promise that I’d make a skirt for her. And ta-dah, only two months later, I’m done!

JONNAskirt2 My cousin’s clothing size is 158cm but I used Burda’s petite pattern for the skirt as the measurement matched. The fabric is heavy wright cotton I had in my stash.


I love the fabric myself but I’m not sure how much an 11-year old will appreciate it. Oh well, if she doesn’t like it, she can send it back and I can sell it and make her another one. Either case, I’m proud that I got something finished!

Speaking of finished…Craft market in couple of weeks time and I haven’t started making things yet. I see a late night sewing sessions ahead of me.

Thrifty Finn- Doing the advertised crafty thing for a change

Pinteresting vol. XII


Oh how the time has flown! Just the other day I was sharing pictures of a seagull and today I’m posting about my latest pins. Where does the time go?

Shopping. It goes to shopping. I bought piles and piles of new underwear (sexy kind and no cotton in sight!!!!) and two new pairs of shoes.

I’m so happy right now.

Still need a new purse though. My tradition is to buy from Accessorize’s -70% sale but they only had half off right now. But maybe next week! Till that glorious discount day comes, I have to keep myself busy with pinning:

tired frenchie on a blue deck

This is how I felt when I came home from shopping. And I’m pretty sure I looked equally cute. Via Pinterest as I couldn’t find the original source :(

dries van nooten wrap skirt DIY Pinned on my Sewing-board. I love the simplicity of this. I think if you find a large scarf, you could make a skirt like this from that. Anyway, this is perfect for the autumn months, don’t you think? Via tumblr. Speaking of sewing…How about:

perfect waistband tutorial by handlondon


A perfect waistband? Very simple tutorial with sketches AND photos. Via Handlondon. But what if the waistband goes wrong even with these instructions? Don’t worry, you can always use some choice words to relieve the sewing madness:

merde, lavenderia font Merde. Because sometimes you need to say how it is. Via tumblr. But let’s finish this post with something über cute and sweet:

bambi, daisy, hello every bambi, tumblr

Via tumblr.

Thrifty Finn- On a mood for cute. And cursing. Curtsing?



Pinteresting vol. X


Hah! Finally a new banner. I had to re-download some digital scrapbook papers from Pixels & Co to get going (and bunch of new fonts from interwebs) and here’s my new masterpiece! Genius!

My obsession with Pinterest is still going strong and I have quite a few interesting things to share. Starting with:

someecards, of course it burns, exercising, fitness Yeah. I have a gym card but I haven’t gotten any exercise done in two weeks. Fine, OVER two weeks. I’m going today. Seriously, I’m going today. And I will be getting my fitness on. From my board “Funny”.

mid-length red lace dress by Dolce & Gabbana

This dress is gorgeous. It’s by Dolce & Gabbana‘s A/W14-collection. I pinned this on my Sewing-board because I have a horrible, 90’s lace dress that I was going to donate but I realize that I can do something similar to this with it. Hah. I’m so clever!

But we all know I’m never going to get around doing it. Or maybe, just maybe, this time I will.

Hah again.

you have the potential to make beautiful things, quote Hah again. Potential, yes. Ability get started, not so much. From “Quotes”.

makers gonna make, quote, temporary tattoo But then again I could re-adjust my attitude. Haters gonna hate, makers gonna make. I added this onto my board “Font Book” but I think the Quote-board would be a better fit.

vintage sheet dresses

Speaking of making and a better fit…Me loooves! Now I’m hoping that no one will make an offer on my fabric stash so I can make couple of these babies. I have few Burda-magazines from the library and I know couple of nice patterns that would look GOOD on me. And then the leftover scraps of fabric I could use for:

tie pattern, Colette patterns, DIY

Making ties.

Thrifty Finn-In a fabric and sewing and general making fever.


I Made Things! A Dress Project.


See that dress? Yes, I made it. I even had pictures for a tutorial but someone hadn’t backed up her files so they are now all gone. Let’s just appreciate that for a moment.

Okay. I used some velvet that had once been chair coverings but then at one party someone (not me) spilled red wine on them and after a spin in a washing machine, the fabric was just taking lot of space in my stash. Luckily, there was enough “clean” material to make two dresses out of it so I decided to make them for my friend’s daughters aged 1 and 3.

Of course, I started the project too late and I spent one sleepless night to get the dresses done. To make the project even bigger still, I wanted to make my own bias tape from an old pillowcase (and of course I had to finish all 11 meters of it, making enough for just one project…pfft, craziness) and it took forever. Then I didn’t want the sleeve openings and hems be too matchy, so for some inexplicable reason I decided to finish the hem by hand. Actually, there’s matching bias underneath, hiding the raw edge and because I didn’t want the stitching to show on top (except they did anyway), I hand stitched the bias tape down.

Can you see why something that should have been quick and enjoyable project ended done through haze of tears?

No, not me. I have no idea why.

Anyway, the dresses were a HUGE hit. Apparently, when the older one opened the gift, she immediately pressed the dress against herself and wanted to see how it’d look on her. Then the younger one, after her sister, did the same. SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!

I must say, I like girls who like dresses. Next Christmas’ lesson: shoes with glitter.

Thrifty Finn- Thinking about making a third dress just to show how I did it. But only if someone asks me to.

P.S. It really wasn’t me who spilled the wine. Honest. I swear.