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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Thrift Pile Skirt Restyle, and Strawberry Crunch Cake

Technical difficulties, I renamed a folder on picasa, and alot of my recent posts are now missing pictures...I will be working on this, asap, please visit my other colorful posts!

Daughter Kate has been at camp all this week, and here it is Thursday, and I haven't taken advantage of the quiet time to get some projects done. Good news is that my sewing corner in my bedroom has been re-organized, and I put priority projects on top of the pile. The whole room needed cleaning badly, so I have been doing this instead of sewing. But this last skirt from my thrifting adventures at the local Good Will will finally get is redo, I promised, right? Tut is at the end of this post.

 Meet Beamer! My son moved home in April, and abruptly, moved out last week  to live with a friend he works with, and for the 3rd time, we have a pet cat left behind.  This one is not quite a year, male, that I had to have neutered the first weeks, because he was so aggressive to my other docile male and female.  Now we are faced with having the front claws taken off, because he has clawed his way through 3 screens, and has permanently scarred my favorite cat, Kitty. So here is a pic of him before, stay tuned to see the sad pics of after...!

 I mentioned in a previous post we had a surplus of strawberries from a u pick it place.  I love anything that includes strawberries, so below these pics is a vintage recipe from my mom's collection for Strawberry Crunch Cake.

  YUM, with icecream, poolside!

 Strawberry Crunch Cake
3 cups sifted flour

5 teaspoons baking powder

2/3 cup sugar

1 t salt


½ c shortening

1 cup milk

1 slightly beaten egg

3 cups sliced fresh strawberries

                                                            ¼ c soft butter

                                                            ¼ c sugar

                                                           1/3 c all purpose flour

Sift together first 4 ingredients; cut in shortening. Combine milk and egg; stir into flour mixture; blend well. Spread in greased 9x13 baking pan. Spoon berries over; sprinkle with ½ cup sugar. Mix butter, ¼ cup sugar, and 1/3 cup flour; crumble over berries. Bake in 425 oven 35 to 40 min. Serve warm with ice cream. Makes 8 servings.

Here is a little gem I found at St. Pauls Lutheran's rummage sale:, it is hanging above my sewing machine now.

Thrift Pile Skirt Redo, Part 5
Remember back at this post, I bragged that I had purchased a number of items at Good Will, and I had plans for all of them.  Well here is the last redo, a stylish fabric on net over a black underskirt, that was just too small on me, and it was too "fancy" to put an elastic band on.  So I decided to do the simplest thing of all and just roll the "no-waist" over twice, to get the waist the right size.  Sew simple right? Here are a few steps in pics.

 Here is a closeup of a nice skirt, just too small in the waist, and a bit too long. I rolled the waist twice, and tried it on. Good length, and fit so...
 Repinned and turned

 Don't forget to cut off the tag, to get it out of the way
 And cut off the zipper that extends after you rolld the waist to where you want it.
 I machine basted it first, then turned it right side out to make sure the fabric strips were straight
 Here at the top of the cut zipper, I zigzagged a number of times to make sure the zipper doesn't pull off the end

What remained was the tab from the original waist, now repurposed as a tab at the new lower waist.
 My camera is not very clear close range, but I am sewing on metal hook and bars, on that fabric tab. No hemming or finishing work necessary, already done! Try reworking your too tight skirts, or thrift clothes, you will expand, hint hint, your wardrobe (as you expand your waistline.)

 And cleaning, organizing and sewing was a dream today, in my air-conditioned bedroom,  we have been running this window unit from my son's empty room, the past 2 days for the 88 degree muggy heat.
And my reward waits, a pool that is almost 82 degrees, we wait all year for this, ahhhhhhhh!
Hope you are making summer memories!


Anonymous said...

That cake looks like a dream!

Love from VA.

The4Rs said...

Tasted even more dreamy! Who counts calories when you have natures' bounty in a mouth watering cake, right? Thanks anonymous for your comment!

LollyChops said...

Love that skirt and that cake looks like something I could eat way way way too much of!

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