Sewist’s Name: Linda Heimerl from Wilson, Wisconsin
Type of Project: Upcycled Shirt
Pattern: Original Design
Featured Date: 6-28-23
Hello. My name is Linda Heimerl and I live in Wilson, Wisconsin. Last week, my daughter and I went to the Minnesota Quilt show in St. Cloud, MN (which was outstanding) and also spent a morning roaming in some small boutique shops in Anoka, MN. In one of the shops, we saw some jackets that were made from various denim prints and solids with raw-edge seams, lace and a rather hippie look. One was in a pink colorway and one in a blue colorway. I couldn’t resist and finally decided to get the pink one. After going back home to Wisconsin, I told my daughter I wished I had gotten the blue one too.
We both looked online and it was sold out in my size – we couldn’t find it anywhere. Needless to say, I was disappointed. But while cleaning in my sewing area, I came up with the idea of doing my own by upcycling a faded denim shirt I had. I went digging through my stash of fabric, lace, doilies and buttons, etc. and started cutting and stitching. The photos show my finished project, and when I texted pictures to my daughter (with no explanation) she texted back and said, “What! Where did you find it!” Needless to say, I am pleased with my “new” jacket, and it was basically free, except for a couple hours of time! And I was reminded again that it pays to have a healthy stash!
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