Random Ramblings of the ADD Seamstress!

I am sipping my morning smoothie, and trying to get back into the groove of updating my blogs again. My Laptop is acting stupid, so I have to borrow my son’s computer. It has been a long Summer, and Fall it sneaking up fast. The leaves are turning orange and red, and just barley starting to fall. I need to go out and take some pictures for you all. I love this time of the year. My chickens are now laying eggs, and the kiddos are back in School. I thought that maybe life would slow down a bit, but I guess having a Jr. Higher, and a High School-er, that was a joke thinking that on my part! I feel like I have been busier that ever, and we are just in the beginning of the School year! 11046501_10152993767562186_3380996652032945146_n On a lighter note, I cut my hair!!!! I was tired of always putting it in a pony tail. I am happy, and it takes up so much less shampoo! LOL!

Okay, so what next for Sew Reclaimed?! Well, Family has been taking a lot of my time, but I am still fighting to keep things alive and well with, “SR” (Sew Reclaimed). I am going to be making some more fingerless gloves, and creating some new vintage inspired fascinator hats. This will be a new adventure for me, but ever since I was little, I loved playing with my Mom’s Vintage 1920’s hats. My sister and I would get all dressed up and play for hours! I loved those hats, and can’t wait to relive some childhood memories recreating my own version of them! This year, I will sew more Pinafores, Peasant dresses, and jumpsuits. I am not sure what size I will do, but if you have a kid size you want me to incorporate, just message me. I don’t do, “made to orders”, since most of my material is reclaimed and random, but I can definitely make sure your child size is included in my line of child clothing. I can do sizes 0-6.

New Low Price! OOAK, Mid-Century Inspired Peasant Dress, Reclaimed, Size, 2T $24.00 USD

OOAK, Mid-Century Inspired Peasant Dress, Reclaimed, Size, 2T

I know I may be all over the map with this blog today, but that is just where my head is….it’s Monday! Here is a dress that I am working on right now.12096627_745368638919544_3178487871327161648_nI am thinking of adding some appliquéd fall leaves to the top. Not sure, but we will see. I am also thinking of cutting the sleeves and adding sleeves like the other sweater I made here. DSCN0310

The possibilities are endless.

The other day, I created this little number:

11059863_742760645847010_2191526328378057658_nI have a lot of zippers, so I figured why the hell not….let’s get a little crazy! It is still a little small on me, so I might tailor it to my daughter size. Or maybe, someone who likes waisted sweaters will like it on Etsy, or Ebay. Let me know what you think…in the comments below what I should do with it.

Hmmm, what else can I write about, since this blog is kind of ate up’!!  Seriously, it is totally random!  I just received a phone call from my brother from California while writing this blog. I think we talked for a whole hour! Now, I am back trying to figure out what next to write. Who knows, maybe this will be the best blog I’ve ever written since it is so RAW! Maybe, I have been doing it wrong this whole time! Wouldn’t that be funny?! I started writing this blog in the morning and it is now 1:20pm!!! Time flies when your ADD!

Okay, seriously, time to get the house done before the kiddos arrive from School. I think I am going to try to make some home-made Ravioli. I watched it on Lara Vitale, and it looks easy enough. I love “Laura in the Kitchen”! Here are the links, and I hope you enjoyed my Ramblings for the day!!! Happy Reclaiming, and Happy Pasta Making if you do this recipe!


SewReclaimed.com is Under Construction!

Hi Guys, I am moving my website to Bluehost, so I could add more amazing things to my website for you all. It may take me a while to figure out all the new settings, so please bear with me. I am very excited to be adding a shopping cart to my website, so you can shop from here, or have the choice to also shop my Etsy.

Thanks for sticking with me during this website move! I am so excited! Have a Happy Day, and as always, Happy Sewing!!cropped-videos.jpg

Shoulder Messenger Bag

I just finished my Prototype handmade knit purse!

I’ve been working on this for the last two days, and it’s finally done! I will be adding these knit purses to my Etsy shop, as well as my fingerless gloves soon! I’ve been so busy creating and getting great ideas. I haven’t even eaten breakfast yet, because I was so excited to finish my purse! 

Here is some details about my new, Sew Reclaimed messenger bag. The whole entire purse is definitely reclaimed except for the zipper. I found the yarn at my favorite thrift shop. I can’t believe somebody got rid of this gorgeous veragated  yarn! 

I also fully lined the purse with three pockets the inside. All of the fabric is reclaimed, of course!! 😬

 I also sewed on a zipper closure to keep all those little valuable safe. The purse was strategically handcrank knitted, as well as the strap. 

The zippers are manufactured from YKK, and meet with the CPSIA regulations. Here’s a picture of me pinning the  zipper to the purse before I sewed it on.

This little booger was a little bit difficult to sew on, so I had to hand sew it first, then I stitched it with my machine. So that’s it! I am excited to get on get started on more. The prototype always takes the longest, so I’m hoping these next couple purses will whip out real quick! Hope you all are getting some sun today! Happy reclaiming ya’ll! 

Crawling my way into Monday!

Slowly recovering from this horrible stomach flu! I have been in bed since Saturday Afternoon! I am starting feel a little better, but now have a horrible headache to boot. At least the acheyness is finally gone! 

Before I got sick, my daughter and I were working on our new Addi Machines. 

We have made some pretty nice beanies so far. 

We even made the scarf  on the small Addi.  Here is a better look at the beanie.

The brim is rolled, but I am learning how to crochet, so I could crochet the brims on the ones I sell.  In order to remember how I hold my yarn, I even took pictures! Lol!

I think I am getting the hang of it.

On Saturday, before I got really sick, I even bought a vintage dress form for my studio. 

Oh! I almost forgot! The most exciting find of the weekend was my new spinning wheel! You can now call me Rumpelstiltskin! 

In the next two month I will be taking a spinning wheel class! I am very excited! For now, I think I will sip on some green tea, and take a recovery Monday!

Have a good Monday! Happy Reclaiming!

Baa’aa’ck Again!

Okay, I must be really insane to go crazy at a thrift shop when I find raw wool!! Three large bags of it!!! 

Weird right?! People were walking all over this stuff and didn’t even stop to look at it. I saw it and my jaw dropped! I was like,  “Holy Lamb Chops! That is Wool!”.  What do I plan on doing with three large bags of raw wool you ask? What you see as stinky and smelly, I see something beautiful. I plan on washing it, Carding it, and dying it!! The end result will be something like this:

Look familiar now? Wool roving for Needle Felting!!! I will update you on how it turns out! This will be a new adventure! This takes reclaiming to a whole new level for me!! Happy Reclaiming!

Up-cycling Sweaters!!

Good morning reclaimers!
This morning the music is loud, the Oregon weather is stunning, and I’m chop-chop-chopping away sweaters!

I reopened my Etsy shop yesterday from vacation mode, and I’ve been sewing away! It feels great to be sewing again!

I even hemmed up two Denim jeans for client yesterday on my old vintage singer. After I was all done with the jeans, I then decided to keep working on my fingerless gloves. I found the pattern that I purchased a while back from Katwise . She is absolutely amazing, whimsical and inspirational to my sewing. She really brings back the fun to being a seamstress. Here is a Fun Katwise video if you want to take a look.

Yesterday, I worked on these fingerless gloves:

I’m really happy how they turned out, but they just needed a little more. The fabric is cashmere and merino wool and they are oh, so, soft too! I decided to felt them with adorable red hearts. I even ended up using some really soft wool yarn to write the word, “love”.

These babies are mine, But I do have enough of the same fabric to do two more gloves in the same pattern. I definitely will be putting those two pairs of gloves in my Etsy shop! Hooray!
Well, I better get back to
chop-chop-chopping away!
And serge-serge-serging away!
I also can’t forget to take advantage of this gorgeous beautiful day!

Happy Reclaiming!!

Back on the Sewing Wagon!

Hi Reclaimers! I’m in the sewing room today! Yay!

I finally found the perfect outfit for my upcycled sweater scarf. This got me thinking, what else can I make with Old ugly sweaters.

The scarf I’m wearing was from an old acrylic sweater that I had. I love the way the ruffles turned out. I love them so much, I wanted to see if I can make them into fingerless gloves.

So I grabbed my other ugly sweater, and got to “serging”.

I tried sewing this baby on the sewing machine. That was a big mistake. Sewing in the round and at a diagonal was not the preferred method. Hand stitching it was the best method. The nice thing about that was that I can see where I wanted to each ruffle to go. After stitching up my one Michael Jackson glove, it’s still need some embellishments. I tried buttons, lace, and flowers but nothing seems to fit right. I ended up felting a bright red heart.

I love how it turned out and I’m thinking of making more! Of course, I will still have to make the other matching glove, or I will be singing to the song of, “Thriller”! Haha!

I just love trying to figure out ways to use up my scrap fabric. Even the undesirable colors. Just by changing out the black thread on the serger, I would’ve had a totally different glove. So many creative thoughts going through my head right now.
Hope you guys have a wonderful day and happy reclaiming!!!

Update: I finished the other glove!


Sew Organized!

As of yesterday, I have now reached the sewing room! Today will be day two of the, “early spring purge”! I know, we’re not even close to spring, but I’m just getting an early start! Yesterday, I organized all my threads. I grouped all the Polyester Sheen Embroidery thread, all the 100% polyester, the buttonhole thread, the cotton covered polyester thread, and the thread that just was wrapped and didn’t really make sense together. It was a daunting and tedious task, but because at times I am a bit OCD, I wanted to make sure everything was grouped. That way when I’m actually looking for my 100% polyester thread it doesn’t take 15 minutes to find it within all the other threads!!

Now, everything is nice and organized on my pegboard and I could not be happier!

I tried using sticky notes to write what thread was what, but it kept falling off my pegboard. Then, I figured I would just use some yarn and use that as my divider!

As for my serger thread, I definitely need to buy some more metal pegs, since I’m kind of running out of room.


As you can see, I had to throw them up in my top cabinet which cannot be reached without a large step ladder!!!

After finishing up my thread, I then moved onto the daunting task of cleaning out my sewing closet!! Don don duh!!!


Nothing to see here!! Except for all my sewing shenanigans! It is been three years since I started Sew Reclaimed, and it seems that I’ve been blessed with a lot, but now it’s time for the purge!! Since I’m going to be transitioning Sew Reclaimed to more tailoring, it’s time to get rid of some of my fabric that’s less than a fat quarter. Although, I do plan on still making dresses for, “DAG“, I will definitely not be needing this much scrap fabric!
During all my organization, my little helper was so very helpful!


I’m just glad she wasn’t awake when I was doing the thread, otherwise that could’ve been an all day task!!!! Is she not adorable!! Well, I’m off to finishing the organization of my closet, downsizing my fabric, reorganizing my shipping boxes, and hopefully start on a pillowcase dress for DAG. Hope y’all are having a great day, and as always, Happy Reclaiming!!

Mr. Bill says bye to! Actually, he really does say, “Oh Noooooo! 😁

Remodeling is exhausting!

Good morning reclaimers! Let me tell you how my morning is going so far. All was quiet when we awoke this morning. Too quiet! As we looked over at our alarm clock, we realized that it did not go off! Here it was, 7 o’clock, when we were supposed to get up at six! I’m sure you know what I’m talking about! We all jumped out of bed, rushed to get dressed, and rushed out the door! I didn’t even have time to make the kids lunches. Well, enough about me, let’s show you what we’ve been doing!

This first picture shows you the fireplace we repainted white, and the candleholder in the inside, I repainted turquoise. The bottles and the horse in the basket on the floor are also painted turquoise. The vintage sled on the wall we found at the Goodwill and that really brought back fond memories for my husband, since he used to live in Alaska. Last time I wrote, I told you that I was planning on doing something with chicken wire. Thanks to Pinterest, I found a great solution to my lampshades! Here is the Pinterest link!
Here’s one of my lampshades that will soon be chicken wired!

I also have two floor lamps:

I still can’t believe that we actually ripped off our lampshades, but there just wasn’t enough light in my living room. Now it’s really bright in the house, but I am really looking forward to the chickenwire!

Another thing we painted was my really big mirror in the hallway. I bought this mirror at Ross for like $20 a couple of years ago.

It also was dark and dingy in the hallway. We decided to go with
Rust-Oleum 2X Ivory. You could see here by our spray paint we were unsure what color to go with.

The mirror turned out fabulous and I am very please with the color. It really brightened up the hallway!

The vintage fridge! We were going back-and-forth on what color to paint our refrigerator! First it was retro red, then teal, then Tiffany blue! We ended up having a more baby blue, but it still gives us that vintage color we were looking for. It’s really difficult finding that exact color that you want. We ended up buying X-O Rust Professional. I had talked to the lady at True Value and she was telling me that if I were to use the latex paint, which I was planning on doing, that since we were still in the middle of winter it may take forever for the refrigerator to dry! She had suggested the X-O spray paint. The paint color is light blue, but it was pretty close to the Tiffany blue without the green hue. I was willing to give it a try since the color of my fridge was hideous! Here are the results:

As you can see from the side of the refrigerator we are definitely not done spray painting it. We soon realized after a couple of sprays of the paint, it does tend to get everywhere, so this is definitely not an inside project. This project will probably have to wait until Oregon has some sunnier days, then we can actually take it outside and finish the job. Until then, I will probably still be on the hunt for some Tiffany Blue paint, since that is the real color that I really wanted. Although, the blue is growing on me, and it really does give that vintage vibe!
Now, I’m off to making school lunches for my kids and dropping them off, thanks to my jumpstart morning. No sewing today! Have a great day reclaimers!

The Mini Remodel Begins!

It is been a year of planning! What color scheme should we go with? What color should we paint our cabinets? What color are we painting our furniture? Do we buy a wood stove? Where do we put it in our small home?
This whole time planning, I’ve been working with half of a countertop, the other half is ripped up, and A French door that’s about ready to just fall apart! Here’s a picture of my half countertop.


The last two nights my husband and I have been spray painting furniture. Try doing that in the wind and rain! Probably not the best idea. Especially, after finding out that this week is going to be partly cloudy and sunny. Sometimes, you just have to see something finished to get motivated….and the easiest way to get something finished, is the spray paint it! Here is what my old singer looked like before.


Here’s what it looks like now. It’s still unfinished because I plan on doing some Decoupage on the wood, but it turned out fabulous! The spray paint I used was, “Rust- olium painters touch ultra cover paint and primer 2X”. And the color was, “satin heirloom white”.


My other singer we painted is the one we use for our laptop. Here’s the before:

And here is the after. We used rust-oleum ultra cover paint and primer 2X. The color is,” Gloss Seaside”

I plan on stenciling the top with some white using Martha Stewart Decoupage stencils. I found these at Michael’s.


After doing these first pieces of furniture. We realize that we really like the teal with the heirloom white, so we went with it. We decided that we needed just a little more teal in the house just to kind accent and tie it all in. The fun part of this whole project is using everything that we already own. Is amazing to see things that you own transformed into something totally new!

We even painted our wine rack…and yes, it’s heirloom white.

Now, here’s a a great idea that I found on Pinterest! Thank God for Pinterest! Yes, I am a Pinterest junkie, but so is my husband! He loves building all the industrial stuff. This idea allows you to use old reclaimed windows and turn them into whiteboards! The great thing about this idea is that the color choices for the background or infinite! Here is ours after: “see bottom of the page for the before picture”

It’s not on the wall yet, but it when it’s all done, I’ll retake the picture and update it for you all!
What’s next on the agenda? Another Pinterest project we plan on taking on, and it involves chickenwire. Lots of chicken wire! But for this week it’s more painting. Here is some of the things that we still have to paint. My faux Sunjel fireplace.

Our old reclaimed wood door, our entertainment rack, and an old wicker chest. Until the next blog, I hope you’re all getting some sewing in…I did When my neighbor came over because their comforter exploded in the dryer and It needed to be sewn up for them! “Sew Reclaimed” to the rescue!!
What reclaimed projects are you working on? I’d love to see pictures! Check out my Facebook page and share a picture, or just say, “hi”. And as always Happy Reclaiming!!

PS, for some reason mobile editing doesn’t allow me to insert a picture in the middle of the paragraph, so here is the before picture of the reclaimed windows.