No-Sew Clothes

A few days ago I went to the fabric store with Ted to scope out some material for his shop in our basement, and while we were there we happened upon a terrific section of clearance fabric that was also half-price. Some of the fabrics were pretty hideous, but a few that were around $2/yard were great and really caught my eye. “I wish I knew how to sew” I thought, quickly followed by “I wish I knew how to sew and had a sewing machine.” Unfortunately, my patience ran pretty short as a kid when my mom and sister tried to teach me to sew, and now that I’m on my own, actually care about clothing, and have no extra income to spare, I wish I’d paid a little more mind to it. But at $2/yard for some pretty fabric that would make a fantastic skirt or sweet top, how can I pass that up?

So, like any self-respecting person, I went home and Pinterested “no-sew clothes.” Turns out, it IS possible for me to craft some frocks without a pattern or knowledge of sewing or a sewing machine, but should I? Some of the ideas are pretty cute and seem easy enough – braided jersey headbands, a poncho style belted shirt, a casual drawstring skirt…but some seem so homemade (and not in the good way). It’s a toss-up.

Here are some of the ones I came up with:

IMG_8471{No-sew drawstring asymmetrical skirt via}

img_2187{No-sew drawstring asymmetrical skirt 2 via}

6238718491_bae00a54f1{No-sew cardigan via}

vestido playero sin coser sin costuras{No-sew belted tunic via}

diy-easy-t-shirt-recon{No-sew t-shirt reconstruction via}

UT_PR189_top{No-sew tunic via}

6a00d8358081ff69e2016760dd385a970b-800wi{No-sew poncho via}

394ed8ac7f0b40f843ffc32fe5e6fa02{No-sew skirt from a long-sleeved tee via}

elbowpatch132{No-sew sweater refashion via}

knotheadband{No-sew braided jersey headband via}

tumblr_llcl6sDHJc1qgne4co1_400{No-sew braided infinity scarf via}

ccdb3ff519abb5018d760e398790b2e7{No-Sew braided t-shirt headband via}

br769800-01av1v01{No-sew t-shirt refashion via}

w210667486{No-sew long asymmetrical cardigan vest via}

pk done2{No-sew ruffled shirt refashion via}

header2{No-sew braided jersey bracelets via}

infinity_dress_back_in_the_pool_1{Minimal sew infinity dress via}

img_5993{Minimal sew circle skirt via}

So, what do you think of no-sew clothes? Have you ever made any? How did they turn out? Were they wearable in public? Did they hold up? Do you have any to recommend?

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Welcome to Newlyweds in New York!

I'm Lara, a native Texan in a newlywed state of mind enjoying wedded bliss and the adventurous life in Rochester, New York with my husband Ted. We are proud owners of the Green Bay Packers and both work in the professional theatre industry - me in the artistic realm and Ted on the production scene - where, rest assured, there is never a dull moment. We met in Lansing, Michigan, wed in Door County, Wisconsin, started our married life in Cincinnati, Ohio, and have now made our way to the Roc City. I love the arts, traveling, the great outdoors, cooking, eating, discovering all the awesome things to do in upstate New York, adventuring, animals, and schmoozin’ with our family and friends. Follow along with us as we navigate this crazy/beautiful life together!


Anticipating - Some meaningful personal projects, a list of good books to read, our next vacation, and being a part of creating exciting theatre!

Craving - Hearty winter soups and stews.

Creating - Blurb books to hold our photo memories and a watercolor project!

Loving - Friends, family, my home, my job, great theatre, and Rochester!

Planning - Not much right now for once...and it feels awesome!

Reading - All the Light We Cannot See, and The History of Love

Theatre - To Kill a Mockingbird - all day, everyday for the next 2 months!

Thinking - Of warm baths and tall, fat glasses of wine

Watching - Boy Meets World (I'm moving on to season 6 of 7!)

Wishing - For more of the same, because life is beautiful

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