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Swap and sew - A closet full of clothes but still nothing to wear?

BY MARY SHUSTACK

There's a fun - and affordable - solution coming Saturday to New City.

The "Swap-O-Rama-Rama" is a clothing exchange with a twist that promises creative -and eco-friendly - results.

Trade your too-small jeans or bought-on-impulse top (with the tags still on) for someone else's cocktail dress worn only once.

If you like it, it's yours. If you like it, but it doesn't fit - there's help.

Dozens of volunteer seamstresses, fashion designers, artists and students will be on hand to help you transform your find into something you can wear.

A pair of jeans can become a skirt. A T-shirt turns into a flirty tank. Cargo pants end up as a tote bag.

The Swap-O-Rama-Rama, a national event held locally for the first time, caught the attention of Cecilia Halverson, assistant executive director of Home Aides of Rockland Inc. The event, including the $10 entry donation, will benefit the works of the not-for-profit home-care agency.

"It's the creativity, the community," Halverson says of the Swap's appeal.

But it's also the chance to become a frugal fashionista: "Just changing the buttons on something can totally change the look," Halverson says. "They could hem it. They could change the neckline." ... [read on!]


Singer Soft Zippered Tote Bag Oversized Carrying Case (Brother SA8501 & GHI) +Side Pocket for Sewing, Quilting, Embroidery, Serger, Blindhem Machines

Singer Soft Zippered Tote Bag Oversized Carrying Case (Brother SA8501 & GHI) +Side Pocket for Sewing, Quilting, Embroidery, Serger, Blindhem Machines

Great for machine storage or carrying while traveling. Bag itself measures 17.5"w X 12"h X 12"d. Bag is constructed of printed twill, padded, and lined with nylon fabric. Durable nylon webbing handle-straps wrap around the bttom of the bag for added strength. Velcro closure comfort handle. Padded, zippered side-pocket for accessories. Full length zipper provides easy access. Bottom of bag has a removable hardboard base. Front side of bag features a lined & zippered 6"x14" pocket that is large enough for the foot pedal, cord, & other necessities. Bag will fold for easy storage. This is the only bag that will hold the Brother PE150/170/180/200, White 3300,Simplicity SE3 & Bernina Deco. Also Juki TL98, Brother PQ1500, Janome 6500/1600/Pfaff/Viking! It will not fit the Brother ULT/4000D models. Bag will accomodate small 4x4 embroidery machines and 9" arm portable sewing machines.

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Comment by Karen Wilson on August 6, 2009 at 11:02pm
Great Idea
Comment by Linda Koppler on August 5, 2009 at 7:01am
I love it!
Comment by Derenda on August 3, 2009 at 11:30am
This is a wonderful way to change something you can't wear into something you can use. I've done the cargo pants and/or jeans to tote bag before, but haven't tried to make something into a wearable.
Comment by migdalia on August 3, 2009 at 10:13am
beatifullllllllllllllllllllll

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