Monday, June 28, 2010

Suit Yourself! {and a GIVEAWAY!}

Happy {MONDAY} everybody!

I recently acquired an {old}
smelly men's suit. 

It was a men's size 42 that had been altered
to fit someone about 4'10". 

I liked the pinstriping though, and decided
it would make a FABULOUS newsboy! 

I made this hat for my son from 
this great pattern and just loved it! 

I washed the suit in the washer. 
On warm. 
{Explicitly} ignoring the tag instructions.
 It made the fabric nice and soft to work with. 
(And got out the yucky smell)

De-constructing a suit can be tricky. 
Here are a few pointers:

1) Get a pair of scissors
2) Cut that mother up!

I got quite a bit of fabric,

(I'm not loving this picture, but the material
is charcoal with burgundy and copper pin-striping)

And I got a nice chunk of lining

lovely, {shiny} polyester!

And I had more than enough fabric 
to make two newsboy caps.

Important tip: When you're refashioning or 
deconstructing an item, be sure to salvage all the notions 
you can! I got 14 buttons off of this bad boy!

{So}, my intention was to make two 
newsboy caps, but wouldn't you know it, 
there was enough material for three! 
That means {of course} that we're having a giveaway!

There are a few ways to enter:
(Please leave 1 comment per entry!)

A. Become a follower 

2. Tell me your favorite kind of {cupcake}

D. Link this giveaway to your blog. (Include the link!)

And lastly, tell me the name of the 1990s movie where I got my very special numbering system. 

The {winner} will be chosen via random number generator, 
and the giveaway closes at midnight MST on July 3rd.

Winner will be announced Monday, July 5th!

Good Luck!

P.S. I need to say a very special {Thank YOU!} to my friend Louise, who lent me her spare sewing machine while mine is being serviced. Thank you, Louise! You'll probably never get it back, because it is waaaaaay nicer than mine! I don't think I can go back to my Singer after using your White!!!

<3 AmberLou

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  1. You are a talented one, Amberlou! And you really prefer a White over a Singer? Hm, I've never tried a White.

    I only see a tiny stripe of blue on the handsome model's shirt. Happy Blue Monday!

  2. That is one adorable handsome little guy there. Happy Monday!


  3. I am not sure who is cuter! Now this is a gorgeous hat! You are amazingly talented!

  4. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills Party!

  5. What a fun idea, I love it!

  6. Thats really cute, I love the cape he's wearing with it.

    Favorite cupcake would be a boston cream cupcake.

  7. That is really an adorable hat, very clever to use the suit!! Visiting from lucky linky tuesday!

  8. What a great save on some wonderful fabric! The hat could not have turned out any better! Thanks for sharing your success on Modern Craftswoman Monday! Rory

  9. What a great idea! I have a house full of boys, so I'm always on the look out for stuff for them. Also, your little guy is a real cutie! :o)

  10. Hi! I'm visiting from Life in the Pitts. This is just beyond cute and your son is adorable to boot! Thanks for sharing the great deconstruction tips. :)


  11. the hat turned out great!

  12. What a cute hat!! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

    Oh, and my favorite cupcake is chocolate with buttercream icing....YUM!!

  13. And I just became a follower!!

  14. What a cute hat!!! My little guy would look so cute in it!! I'm a follower!

    (Come on over - I'm hosting my first giveaway now!)

  15. This is so stinkin' cute! I used to love to make hats when my kids were small. If you're not "partied out" I'd love for you to link up with Fabric Fun Thursday :).

  16. Great job!

    Thanks for joining us! :)


  17. visiting from Fire and Jellybeans...and I'm so glad I did! Love your blog, and love this hat! I have to make one for my five-year-old nephew...if I don't win one of yours!

    My favorite cupcake is vanilla, filled with lemon curd. BTW, you MUST read "The Icing on the Cake," it's a new chick lit book about a young woman from Dallas who starts a cupcake shop in NYC -- lots of great recipes!

    Big "wave" from Cape Cod,
    Jude at
    dolcecapecod dot

  18. I'm following you!
    dolcecapecod dot

  19. Super, super cute! Thanks for linking up with What are little boys made of?

  20. Too Cute !
    Happy 4th to you & yours
    hugs from Savannah, Cherry

  21. Hi! You’ve got an awesome blog here. I’d love it if you’d stop by my blog sometime. I host a link up party every Tuesday for crafts, activities, recipes and ideas for toddlers. I’d love for you to link up some of your cool ideas:
    Have a great day!

  22. Cute little boy and awesome hat! Thanks for linking up to this week's It's Party Time Thursday @PonyTails&FishScales!

  23. So cute! :) I love re-using things and finding new ways to get a fabulous item from something not so "look worthy"! I love the little hat! :)

  24. What a cute hat and little boy! Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent!

  25. Ca - ute!!!! Love it - thanks so much for planting your creative seeds at Plant a Punkin Seed Party! Come plant again on Friday!

    Punkin Seed Productions


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