Encrusted CQ class project

Encrusted CQ class project

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Thrift Store Haul

Today our local thrift store had a bag sale, as much as you can stuff in a plastic grocery bag for $8.  (And the store manager will really pack those bags full, so it's a great value).  The following pictures show about half of what I got in that one bag.

When purchasing garments to recycle, I look for beautiful fabrics and unusual details.  I don't have to worry about small stains or signs of wear, and size is not an issue - although, obviously a size 6 has less fabric than a size 22.

 This ice blue satin blouse has crystal buttons - Bonus!!

 I shudder to think what someone originally paid for this lilac satin bridesmaid or grad dress.  I got it for under a dollar, and will reap several meters of fabric and some lovely sequined appliques.

This linen blouse is a gorgeous dusty rose color and has an embroidered chiffon detail at the cuffs and hem.  

When I get garments like these home, I remove price tags, then wash on a gentle cycle with liquid detergent that contains no perfumes or dyes, about 1/4 cup of baking soda, and vinegar to rinse.  I am allergic to fabric softener and perfumes, so the above products are what I use for all our laundry.  After years of not using fabric softener, I find it smells quite offensive.  Thrift store clothing can be a multitude of perfumes and scents, so washing this way removes much of that odor.  Hanging the garments on the clothesline removes any lingering odor and prevents damage from the heat of the dryer.  After laundering, I begin unpicking seams, cutting off buttons and lace, etc.  Formal dresses in particular have lots of fabric, often an underskirt of a different fabric, sometimes crinoline or tulle.  After pressing the usable fabric, it will get cut into smaller pieces, and packaged for sale in my Etsy shop.  If a fabric is really special, I'll be sure to cut off a chunk for my own CQ stash - hey, a girl's gotta have some fun!

This is my buddy Fuller, who is in serious need of a haircut.  He's part Jack Russell, part Shih Tzu.  He's usually sleeping in a corner of the studio when I am sewing, but always alert in case I do something exciting like go outside or open the fridge, that magic white box where we keep the cheese.  

Finally, this is a small piece of CQ (about 5" square) that will eventually be a piece of jewelry, if my experiment works....come back to see how this turns out....


  1. Very nice haul you brought home! Fuller is so cute! Love the block.

  2. Those are great Finds! The Lilac Dress is stunning!