couture: pronounced-kOtooer: the design and manufacture of fashionable clothes to a client's specific requirements and measurements. creative couture by kolein- the design, embellishment and overall jazzin' up of thrift store clothing to my specific requirements and measurements. One of a kinds...because aren't we all?

Friday, April 8, 2011

Thank you, J Crew, thank you, Flood

If I have something to say, clean up after a major flood in my basement....

All of sudden, like out of the blue, I get a hankering for creating.

Call it odd.

I don't know.
If I HAVE to deal with something, I usually don't.
Right away.

So when our basement flooded last week, and I sank into a wet soppy ball of saturated mess...I did what I had to do.
EC did the majority of the clean up with our friend, Jeff.
32 gallons of water sucked out of the studio carpeting ALONE.
I came up stairs and began sewing.

I'm really good like that.
I like to get things done.

Sewing was on my list.

The flood was NOT.

So, I took some vintage fabric I had and started making pleated ruffles.  I didn't know what they were going to be attached to..I just made them and threw them on a heap.
Then, the flood happened.
So, I grabbed this wool J Crew sweater that I bought at the local thrift.

Cut it all curvy-like down the center.

Added some ruffles from the heap.

Made the sleeves bishop-esque and turned it into this!

It is actually still cold enough here in New York to wear this sweater...
maybe I'll grab a book and go to the park!

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