About a year ago I started actively participating in the sewing blog world (after stalking/creeping for a year before that). One of the first blogs I chose to follow was Suzanne's Winter Wonderings Wanderings & Whatnot. She was challenging herself to create a fall wardrobe for her twin sons without spending any money by using up fabric in her stash and upcycling other cast off clothing. At the time, I hadn't run across any other blogs with that kind of focus and was excited to find a kindred spirit.
What began as a personal challenge for Suzanne a year ago, has blossomed into a full blown blogging series featuring some heavy hitters in the sewing blog world, that she is calling Operation: Project $0. While none of my kids were in dire need for an entire fall wardrobe, we did fill in some gaps at the thrift stores before school started. As we were shopping, it became evident that my youngest has really developed an eye for the potential in clothing. She knew just what she wanted to (re)create for her first day of school outfit.
Each of the pandas on the shirt above were cut out and reapplied to a thrifted t-shirt (half off at $1.50). The pandas came from a hand me down shirt that has been in the pajama drawer due to its overall "rattiness".
The jeans were also a hand me down from big brother, that were, of course, blown out at the knees. We talked about different ideas for patches, and finally settled on embroidering one of her favorite phrases, "Art Rocks" (this is not the first time I have embroidered this phrase). We wrote it out in many styles and decided to go with a Rock and Roll kind of font.
She was so proud of her customized look and could not wait to wear it on the first day of school. I am so grateful for her creative spirit and look forward to collaborating with her more throughout the year.