I have tried my hand at this reclaiming junk clothes into something fabulous, but I swiftly came to the conclusion that sewing is not a skill I possess. It usually ends in me arguing with the machines and giving up with a half completed project. I did manage to do the t-shirt into tank top, but really it's only two straight line stitches for about 18 inches - and it's a darn good thing you can't actually see the stitching in the finished project because they are far from straight!
When I say Laura's blog - Trash to Couture - I was totally awestruck. She doesn't just make a baggy tee into a fitted tee - she turns curtains into skirts, men's shirts into playsuits, and a table runner into a pair of shorts! She is truly talented so I just had to pick her brain!
About Laura (in her own words): I love the idea of providing a less wasteful approach to the mass-produced fashion mainstream. A DIY gal since I was a girl (in all areas of life). Learned how to sew in middle school and from their I was making my own clothes with my twin sister Jackie... Started this site to share my sewing projects with a glimpse of the before and after process. I also include my one-of-a-kind DIY sewing tutorials. I hope you feel inspired! Most my items are either donated from my family or thrifted finds. The finished items are either donated, recycled again, sold, or saved for special occasions. I'm Laura...Now the important things in my life, Jesus Christ my Savior, The Bible, husband Stephen, and 2 sweet yet wild boys. Wouldn't be complete without the help of my twin sister Jackie. Super stylish, DIY gal living in LA. With her eye for style and thrifting, we hope to keep you coming back!
Q&A with Laura from Trash to Couture
(questions, Laura's Response, OutnumberedMama's two cents)
1. When does inspiration usually strike you?
I'm usually inspired by the fabric or item I'm going to reshape. It's usually made up in my mind what it will become...but sometimes it can take awhile or I'll change it along the way. Amazing, she doesn't even use patterns! That's just nuts, I can't follow a sewing pattern to save my life, let along stray off the beaten path, LOL
2. How do you manage to get projects completed with two little ones around?
Honestly I have become quite efficient in my sewing room. When I have a project I will either do it when they're busy with out me and kind of find time here and there. Sometimes when they are sleeping, but I'm usually sleeping too! If it's a long project, it may take months to complete. I appreciate the kids keeping me busy with them, it keeps my life balanced. God willing their will be plenty of time to sew, I might as well enjoy the present time with my little ones! To true! It's always a delicate balance between maintaining your own hobbies and spending plenty of quality times with your littles!
3. Do you ever make kids stuff?
I have done some before. I never really got into make stuff for kids though, maybe it's because I have 2 boys that roll in the mud all day and have holes everywhere that makes it unappealing. (I'm sure you get this one) Yep! I totally do!
4. Which of your creations is your absolute favorite?
This is a hard one...It changes here and there, but now I really like this one. It was the oversized 80's dress that had such wonderful lace. A great dress for any occasion. This is down right amazing and goregous! I would never have guessed that this cute cocktail dress came from that very interesting dress!
5. What’s the strangest thing you have every turned into something great?
Oh I wish I had a picture. My first sewing project in middle school was actually an airline blanket sewn into a fleece vest.
6. How Long have you been blogging?
Really got into it the last 6 months when I realized people were interested. I figured I was going to be making projects here and there, might as well share them.
7. Connect with Laura on her blog: Trash to Couture and on Pinterest
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