Upcycled Victorian, Granny/CottageWear Skirt from Thrifted Indian Festive Dress


Blog Contents:

Leggings and Pajamas:

Interchangeable Wear

Building a Shed

My First Shed

My 2nd Shed

Bring Us Back Eva

Throwdown Upcycle Challenge

The Before

The Process

The Final Look


Leggings and Pajamas: Interchangeable Wear

I have been on hiatus for almost 3 months from sewing, Upcycling & Refashioning, and style. Living in leggings and sweatshirts, and thickly layered pajamas, which confuses my husband because he thinks my leisure wear and sleepwear are pretty much interchangeable.

Ever since my oldest daughter moved away to college at the end of September, I had been working on outstanding projects around the house. And the projects necessitated comfortable clothing.

One thing that happens when wearing 'comfy clothes' for days, weeks and months on end, is that I grow soft, very soft.

Anything that doesn't keep my tootsies feeling like they are enveloped with warm marshmallows causes heightened nerve end flaring. Any non-stretchable waistband feels like a Victorian corset. A bra feels like barbed wire to the flesh.

Building a Shed

The first project that needed immediate attention when returning from delivering our daughter to her first dorm at the college in Southern California, was building a outdoor storage shed.

I had built one shed on my very, very own a year ago. 'Very, very on my own' means I drew the construction plans, did the measurements-yes! Algebra finally had some application for me-and building it all by myself. That shed was only 4x8 feet.

Why did I build it myself? Mostly because people (my parents and husband) said there would be no way I could do it--a thought which I really ruminated on, wondering why I couldn't do it. I like puzzles, I like out door work, I like physcial work--why not give it a try!

My First Shed

I wanted a Lean-To Shed minus the thing it leaned to! lol!

Since I am a nature conservationist, I look for ways to reclaim water in my garden, and the Lean-To style was a simple way to collect water.

the base

the sides

bracing the front

adding the roof

installing the back and side walls

installing the ship-lap front walls

installing the door trim

finished side

finished front

finished inside

And people said I could not do it!

Proved them all wrong.