because because because because becaaaaaause

so this gem needs no introduction, really.

my darling mother bought it for me from goodwill because of how loud i squealed when i saw it. it's hard to tell but it is fabric mounted on a wooden frame. i have to admit, dorothy looks slightly terrifying with her weird blotchy red cheeks and maniacal grin.

i would like to also point out that wesco-reltex sounds like they make robots, not fabric.


the fat man's golf shirt: a fairy tale

once upon a time, at the sherwood forest mall goodwill*, there lived a fat man's golf shirt. it was sky blue and neon orange, which made all the other fat man's golf shirts jealous. one day, an open minded princess saw the delicious sky blue and neon orange golf shirt peeking out from amidst the gray, white and black on the rack. she scooped up the fat man's golf shirt! it was love at first sight...

but when the open minded princess got her prince home, it was not quite happily end times. while eating cupcakes, she snipped and sewed and absolutely did not measure anything first. she may have listened to lady gaga and britney spears on repeat in the 4 hours she toiled away over the fat man's golf shirt, but i can neither confirm nor deny that.

she even had to stop and wind a new bobbin at some point, which involved finding her sewing machine manual...

but finally, she found the true face of her prince!

damn that is one hot prince. that prince is fiiiiiiiine. can we see that prince one more time?


and so ends the story of the open minded princess and the hot messfest of a prince she found at the sherwood forest mall.

and they lived pretty happily ever after, even though most of the seams are unfinished.

*this is a real place. there is a sherwood forest mall in london, ontario. i highly recommend it.

boston girl: a love story

on a very eventful trip to the orillia goodwill (which actually has outrageous prices now! i overheard thrifty moms complaining about ten dollars for a sweater...) one of my finds included this absolute monstrosity of a sweater with a cable knit V neck.

okay so its not completely monstrous. although it is a red-orange with navy blue accents! ah! i hastily tried it on and knew that i must have it.

this was the icing on the messfest cake. the tag reads 'boston girl'. omigoodness, i think! a genuine piece of boston girl couture! oh-la-la! je t'aime!

one of my biggest problems with goodwill shopping is that i completely ignore the fact that something is huge on me and buy it anyways. this was obviously one of those times. can you blame me? it was BOSTON GIRL. how to make this wearable? EASY!

snip snip snip. i cut off the sleeves. that's it. no unraveling for this baby--she's got big, sturdy seams.


luckily, that gaping-open-sleeve-with-tube-top-underneath look seems to be a thing right now. so i don't even have to sew up the sides (which is obviously too much work to put into a boston girl).

so it's not the most classy or beautiful garment in the world, but that's not what i was after. boston girl and i will drink reasonably priced coffee together while sharing moderate views about politics. <3

inaugural postings

hay there

i have a habit of buying really ugly second hand clothing from cheap places like goodwill (none of this value village nonsense). mostly it sits in my closet and every so often i revel in its awfulness.

but sometimes i get out my scissors and my sewing machine and various pins and belts and i try for the love of god to make-it-work!

and i usually end up looking like a bit of a messfest.

anyways i hope to chronicle my successes and failures here--and sometimes to just document my finds (if you can call them that).