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A girly shrug from unwearable leggings

Last week I finished another sewing transformation project. This one actually started back in November. Grad school is great but also intense. You can tell Josh took these photos because he’s making me laugh. These leggings were supposed to be one size fits all but they didn’t fit me. I really liked the pattern though and suspected I could turn […]

Top transformation

I brought home another dud from my last shopping trip. There was no dressing room but this tank tank looked pretty cool on the hanger. But when I put it on at home these poofs at the bottom made me look lumpy. They were not flattering at all so I cut them out. The inner black tank top fit wonderfully […]

Sewing machine and cover

I finally got a sewing machine! After two failed attempts with second hand machines I decided to buy a new one. Costco not only had my trusty Singer brand but one with flowers. Dihua neighborhood has fabric galore and after a shopping visit I set about making a cover for my new machine. It’s so wonderful to be working with […]

Two Shirts, Two Skirts

I had two other pieces of ill fitting clothes from a Taiwan shopping trip. This tank top looked like it would fit but had ruffles that ended up being too scratchy to wear and elastic that made the fabric bunch up at an unflattering angle. My trusty seam ripper soon fixed things. Now I have a lightweight skirt that’s great […]

Pants Transformation

There’s a lot of clothing stores in Taiwan and while shopping here is fun there are some challenges. A lot of the stores don’t have dressing rooms so I can’t try on items before buying and many of the clothes are too small for me. I now take a measuring tape which helps tremendously. These pants had a nice stretch […]

Tiny Stitches, Tiny Shrimp

My internship at the Taiyuan Asian Puppet Theatre Museum just passed the three month mark so Kim gave me this lovely pin cushion, which I’ll need for my current work. Rosie and I are making customized puppet costume pillows. The pillows give the costumes a dimension which really brings them alive. And they help to open up creases without damaging […]

Petals, Pillows and Pizza

My flower petals are coming along. This is a long term art piece that will take months to complete. I hope to have it finished by the end of the year. My internship at the Taiyuan Asian Puppet Theater Museum is enjoyable. I’m currently making pillows to protect the puppet heads. This marionette puppet now has a protective cushion in […]

Puppet Bag

I worked on this puppet bag for the Taiyuan Asian Puppet Theatre Museum with another volunteer. When the museum needs to transport puppets they can now use this custom bag to move them safely. I got to work on this lovely pink Singer machine. And I had a puppet audience.

T-shirt mod

Coming to Taiwan meant giving up most of my wardrobe. Now that we’ve been here four months I’m getting tired of the few clothes I brought with me. A recent trip to a night market landed me some comfortable tshirts. They’re soft but are cut for a man and have stifling tight collars. Time for my first sewing modification project! […]

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