Whenever I go to my local Goodwill store, I always check out the area where they put sewing patterns, scrapbooking and craft supplies. You just never know what you’ll find there to inspire you! Recently I ran across some colorful iron-on repair patches in different colors which were in a bin with other sewing items. Then I noticed some paper punches for scrapbooking. I got the idea that I could use a punch to cut out some designs from the iron on patches! Now, I just happened to have a star punch at home already, so I decided to use that. Stars are a great design because they transcend age and gender, and I thought they’d look great on a variety of items.
Goodwill Fashion Expert—Bjorn Nasett
Wisconsin farm boy, Bjorn Nasett has a career that spans 30 years. He enjoys being a writer, wardrobe stylist, vintage and resale clothing expert, hair stylist, makeup artist and photographer! In his spare time he adopts senior dogs and strongly believes in pet adoption. Check out his website www.fashionfarmboy.com!
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Have you ever wondered why those elongated oval patches are placed over the elbows on sport coats and sweaters? I always assumed it was because of wear on the elbows—sort of like a patch on the knee on a kid’s pair of pants. So, as I did a little research, I found that I was totally correct!
Staying organized is hard to do sometimes when you’re a buyer and seller of vintage and resale items. I have racks and racks of clothing from different eras
taking up quite a bit of space at my home studio. In addition, I’ve always been drawn to sewing patterns from different eras as well. The original DIY fashions, I guess you could say! Sometimes these fashions can serve as inspiration or reference, or in the case of this week’s blog, both! While out shopping at the Goodwill near my house for some summer items for an upcoming photo shoot, I came across this lovely floral sleeveless top by Ralph Lauren in a rich cotton. As is, it’s a great summer staple for sure, but with a few tweaks I knew I could take it to a new level of sophistication and fun! This project is so simple that literally anyone can do it. It doesn’t require major sewing skills, but being able to run a simple straight stitch on a sewing machine could help. You might also take this to a friend who could help you with it, in exchange for something you could do for him or her! Bartering is a great way to accomplish things, and it doesn’t cost you a thing!