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It's almost the end of 2018, a great year.  

I'm still wildly enthusiastic about upcycle sewing.  Upcycling in general too!

I plan to continue my upcycle sewing business, Paganoonoo,  selling upcycle sewing instructions on Etsy and at shows, giving workshops, and creating video tips.

I have been reflecting on the business, and things accomplished this year:
  • Transformed one more room into the house to exclusive Paganoonoo space (thank you George)
  • released video tips
and more, of course, plus those things I said would happen but did not, the two top of mind include: 
  • Video classes - huge learning curve! 
  • Workspaces kept clean (intermittent)

    Looking forward - what to do and not do in 2019? These things are clear:
    • Video classes are on hold, they are a huge time commitment I am not willing to make right now.  This was a tough call, but spending quite a bit of time this year and still not being ready to create classes influenced my decision to take a break.
    • Explore more surface design upcycling
    • Make more garments for sale.  I love to sew and would like to get back to more of what I love.  Look for garments in the Etsy shop and at events.
    Yesterday I started in on the surface design exploration with this pair of old Levi 501's:

    I did a bit of free motion stitching, added
     fabric pen circles, a hand sketched crow by Cathryn Cooper wrapped with nubby yarn, a few fabric bits, a black leather patch and some buttons:


     

    To add the embellishments I opened up the non-felled leg seam.  When I was done I turned the pants inside out and resewed the seam together.
    It has been a fun project! If you are interested, the measurements are: waist 35", front rise 11", inseam 28"
    My wish for you in 2019 is that your creativity flow and your muse be ever present. 

    Happy New Year!

    For more info on Paganoonoo and upcycle sewing visit www.paganoonoo.com
    To shop Paganoonoo visit www.etsy.com/shop/paganoonoo
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    There is a terrific resource in San Francisco:


    I've had the pleasure of visiting and the space is superb. There is a huge collection of reference books, many examples on the wall, and inspiration abounds!  An abundance of classes are available.
    I'm impressed with and supportive of their Vision, Mission and Values: 
    Please join me at the Needlework School on January 9th for a "Lunch and Learn" presentation.  Details below:
    Bonus - they are directly next to Tiffanys (several floors up) on Union Square.
    And just a few blocks from the new Britex Fabrics building.

    If going to San Francisco is not in the cards for you, 
    I will be presenting* in Puyallup at the 
    Sewing and Stitchery Expo in March 2019.  

    *On the Free Stage all 4 days!




    I may also be coming to a Sewing Guild near you soon.
    To get notifications, join the Paganoonoo mailing list, never sold or shared, and:
    • See new example garments, 
    • Get links to upcycle video tips
    • Get notifications about sales
    • Hear about new patterns
    • Get event info... and more!
    To arrange a workshop and/or talk for your group or organization please contact me at michelle@paganoonoo.com.

    More about upcycle sewing and Paganoonoo at www.paganoonoo.com.

    Happy Upcycling! Michelle
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    Paganoonoo specializes in a new kind of sewing:
    • It is easy sewing because the designs are based on starting with already made second hand garments - so the tough parts: plackets, collar stands, collars, buttonholes, are already sewn!  If you have sewn a garment successfully you can sew this pattern.
    • The resulting garment is:
      • eco-friendly
      • good on the budget
    • It is also easy to get a perfect fit - just by starting with a garment that already fits your shoulder, bust and upper arms the way you like. Everything else is loose fitting. Getting a custom fit is that easy for everyone from a XXS to 3X or larger.
    A great place to get started is with Paganoonoo's easiest to make and most versatile design, the Patti blouse. A traditional dress shirt is modified to add a back panel, creating abundant hip and belly room.  The resulting blouse is magical, it looks great on every figure type, and it gently skims the body rather than straining anywhere.  The loosely pleated back panel provides an opportunity to mix fabric colors or patterns for interest.
     

    How do Paganoonoo sewing instructions work?  The instructions walk you through the process of cutting up the garments and sewing pieces back together. There are no pattern pieces to pin.  Technical illustrations and instructions walk you through every step of deconstruction and reconstruction.  If you have successfully sewn an garment in the past you can make the Paganoonoo Patti!


    This shirt was embellished with
    a spray of buttons on the front placket
    Get started today! Instructions are available as a PDF (download and print yourself for $16) or by direct mail (sent to your address in the US $22).  Order from the Paganoonoo Etsy shop.  Includes a free Judy Flower pattern!
      
    Happy Upcycling! 

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    It's Here!!
    Starting Thursday, Oct 11:

    4 days: October 11-14 at the Santa Clara, California, Convention Center

    Not a quilter?  Go anyway if you are interested in art, in sewing, in wearable art.
    This show is outstanding.  The quilts are jaw dropping works of art. There is a wearable art contest with all the entries on display.  Raffles abound.
    I bought my sewing machine at this show and there are tools and notions for garment sewers.
    Paganoonoo (booth 824) is introducing a brand new pattern for children, the Kendra top/tunic.  It is made using a child's dress shirt as the base, and the rest can be made from another dress shirt or two, or flat fold fabric from your stash.

    I've had a blast making samples, as you can see below.  The garment lends itself to embellishment, such as the appliqued heart, and patches and buttons on other shirts.

    This version was made starting with the yellow dress shirt.  The solid purple is from a second adult dress shirt.  The other three fabrics, including the striped band, are stash materials.  The striped flowered fabric is one I have had for at least 30 years if not longer!  I used some of the last little bits here.  The small circle is covering a stain.

    This version was made starting with the small red plaid dress shirt.  The fabric on the lower back was left over from an adult shirt upcycle.  The band is stash fabric and features the front tab closure option with a red button. I could not resist the "See Jane run?" fabric as those are the exact readers I used in school.  



     
     


    This royal blue version was made using all children's dress shirts.  The back section has a button placket because the front of a second shirt was used to create the lower back panel.  The empire waist band is also made out of plackets.


    Also made from all children's dress shirts, this version features a front tab closure.  The back panel is made from two sleeves bracketing a piece of the same fabric that has been is topped with a bit of a placket.  A bit easier to see in the illustration above. Using sleeves makes it obvious that the shirt is upcycled.
     
     This version is the one I selected for the pattern cover.  It is made primarily from two children's shirts.  The band is a placket from an adult dress shirt.  The sleeve scrap is from my stash.  The patch on the back band is from other one of the sample shirts.  The button are all mismatched from my button stash.  I love the way they frame the center of the band.
    The pattern will be available online (Etsy store) after the show, on Tuesday 10/16.

     Several folks have mentioned they would like to see upcycle patterns for boys too.  I'm working on it!

    Another bit of fun... flannels.  It is that time of year and I made a whole bunch of "Patti" flannels for Artistry in Fashion.  They just about sold out.  I will be bringing a collection of uncut flannels for you to purchase at PIQF, along with patterns, of course.

    I've been increasingly interested in using surface embellishments as a form of upcycling.  Here are some of the results on flannels:


     

    The lions are cut outs from damaged quilts.  I love that the useable parts get salvaged, honoring the women who made them.

    Hope to see you at the show!  Come by wearing your Paganoonoo and get 20% off and a handful of cards to give out to the people who admire your one-of-a-kind upcycle!

    Happy Upcycling,

    Michelle
    Upcycle Sewing Made Simple


    P. S.  If you would like to be on the Paganoonoo e-mail list, never sold or shared, and see new example garments, get links to my video tips, hear about sales, new patterns and events, please click here.
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    Earth Day 2018:

    Hello, 

    My name is Michelle Paganini and Paganoonoo is my company.  I'm on a mission have all sewers on the planet try upcycling and have a successful experience.

    What, Michelle, you may say, is upcycling and what does it have to do with sewing?

    Upcycling is one of the ways we can be kind to the earth.  It is an excellent way to use the resources that we have already developed and leverage them for re-use: 

    Upcycle (up-si-kel): To improve existing goods (such as clothing) through the use of labor, materials, and creativity.In upcycle sewing, pre-owned clothing is used for raw materials rather than flat fold fabric. The fashion industry is the 2nd largest polluting industry on the planet!  By re-using existing clothing, rather than throwing it away, we meet that goal of best using existing resources.

    Here are my top 10 reasons
    all sewers should include upcycling in their toolbox:
     

    10 - When you start with existing clothing (v.s. flat fold cloth), the characteristics of the fabric is readily apparent - the amount it wrinkles, pills, snags, runs, creases, etc.   Existing garments are already pre-cleaned, so there should be no surprise shrinkage.

    9 - The quality of a garment's fabric and construction can be quite good, men's shirts are a terrific example.

    8 - It is cheap! Using second hand clothing is far less expensive than using flat fold cloth.  Source from local thrift stores, e-bay, garage/yard sales, flea markets, second hand clothing exchanges, etc.  Use clothing you already have and don't wear, but love, to make something useable. 

    7 - Sewing mistakes with thrifted clothes? You haven't lost much money.  Consider it a learning experience.  You can afford to experiment.

    6 - Often times simple changes transform a garment into something desirable. New buttons, added pockets, embellishment with fabric paint or stamping, raise or lower a hem, etc. 

    5 - The tough bits are often already sewn for you (like with dress shirts - collars, collar stands, plackets, buttonholes) making the sewing easier.

    4 - You've lost a loved one and want to make something out of their clothing, for you or other family members.  It will be like getting a hug from them every time you wear it.

    3 - You are curvy and/or a baby boomer and it is hard to find clothes that fit your body the way you would like - there is no room for hips, bellies, and booties!  Or you are petite or tall and can't find a good fit.

    2 - Bragging rights.  You will have something no one else has, a unique creation.  When people compliment you, it is a chance to spread the word about upcycling. 

    1 - Fashion is the second largest polluting industry on the planet.  The average American throws away (not donates) 68lbs of textiles annually. Repurposing our existing clothes makes good environmental sense.  We, as sewers, have magical skills we can put to good use to help green fashion.


    Now that you are excited about upcycle sewing... please know that I've developed upcycling instructions that will help ensure that your upcycle sewing experience is successful....

    Top 10 reasons to use Paganoonoo instructions to make your upcycle sewing simpler:

    10 - There is no need to print pattern pieces, Paganoonoo upcycling is accomplished through deconstruction and reconstruction. The illustrated instructions are on standard 8.5" by 11" printer paper.

    9 - Adjusting for height (short or tall) is easily done with the Paganoonoo Ashlee, Michelle, Noel, Peggy, and Rebecca designs, while still using the existing garment hems.  All of these design feature an empire waist.

    8 -  Paganoonoo garments are specifically designed to be flattering for curvy ladies and baby boomers.They feature  high/low hems and are super complimentary, gliding over the body. Paganoonoo has got you covered!      

    7 - Easier sewing: Most of Paganoonoo's designs are based on dress shirts.  The quality of fabric and construction in men's shirts is generally quite good. The tough bits are already sewn for you (like collars, collar stands, plackets, buttonholes). 

    6 - With Paganoonoo designs you get a custom fit by starting with a garment that fits your bust and shoulders the way you like. Everything under the armhole is a loose fit so there is room for hips, bellies, and booties.

    5 - Serious bragging rights! You will have something no one else has, a unique creation, noticeably different than retail clothing. Compliments = chance to spread the word about upcycling.

    4 - Our garments are timeless classics with an arty twist. They can easily be upgraded into the art-to-wear realm through artful color blocking, addition of machine embroidery, use of reverse applique, use of existing features like button plackets for trim, etc.

    3 - Abundant illustrations. Upcycle sewing is the process of garment deconstruction and reconstruction.  Our illustrations capture what the garments look like as they are being deconstructed and reconstructed.

    2 - Detailed instructions.  Paganoonoo instructions work through the processes step by step and in alignment with the illustrations.  Techniques are explained, pitfalls are outlined, recommendations are made, choices are outlined, etc. 

    1 - Upcycle sewing is a whole new ball game.  Wouldn't you like a guided tour?  You may be able to recreate Paganoonoo's designs, but using our instructions will save you boatloads of time and aggravation. We have set you up for success.  
    Start upcycle sewing today!!!  

    Paganoonoo patterns are available in our Etsy Store.



    Examples of some of our designs:







    Happy Upcycling!!!

    If you would like to see new example garments, get links to my video tips, hear about sales, new patterns and events, please click here to be added to the Paganoonoo mailing list, never sold or shared.
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    Join Michelle Paganini, upcycle sewing guru, and learn how with a few simple cuts and one seam you can turn a small or medium t-shirt into a market bag!

    These bags make a great gifts, and are the perfect item for a school fundraiser. Replace the plastic bags with upcycled t-shirt bags!  Super easy sewing project.

    Paganoonoo Sewing Tip: Market bag from a t-shirt! - YouTube





















    Paganoonoo designs upcycled clothing too! Explore our upcycled garment sewing instructions... www.paganoonoo.com
    We make upcycle sewing simple. 


    If you would like to see new example garments, get links to my video tips, hear about sales, new patterns and events, please click here to be added to the Paganoonoo mailing list, never sold or shared.
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    Paganoonoo sets you up for upcycle sewing success... with our step-by-step illustrated instructions.

    We take the guesswork out of how to get started, and show you how to get a great fit.


    Customers say: 
    "Very unique with easy to understand instructions."  
    "Very well explained. As expected." 
    "Great design with lovely clear instructions." 
    "Another fabulous design, every up-cycle sewist should by one." 
    "Made my first blouse with this pattern (Patti) and was very happy with it. Easy to follow directions and good tips."

    4 out of 5 stars"Very unique with easy to understand instructions...thanks!" Jul 8, 2018
    Happy Upcycling!

    If you would like to see new example garments, get links to my video tips, hear about sales, new patterns and events, please click here to be added to the Paganoonoo mailing list, never sold or shared.

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    Two of my favorite events are almost here!  The main reasons they are favorites are:
    • I get to be with you in person!
    • I get to see your creations!
    • We can share ideas, we both get inspired
    • I can answer questions (so much more easily in person)
    • It is always fun to share new samples and patterns 
    • You bring your friends along and I get to meet them
    Event #1: Artistry in Fashion is one day only, Saturday Sept. 29, 2018.  
    54 booths with designers selling their own creations! 

    I will be selling Paganoonoo sample garments, so if you want a Michelle-made Paganoonoo garment this is a must attend event. There is a small admission fee as the event is a fundraiser.  Where?  At Canada College grounds, Redwood City, CA, just off 280 Freeway and Farm Hill Blvd, 10:00 - 4:00.


    4 days: October 11-14 at the Santa Clara, CA Convention Center

    Not a quilter?  Go anyway if you are interested in art, in sewing, in wearable art.
    This show is outstanding.  The quilts are jaw dropping works of art. There is a wearable art contest with all the entries on display.  Raffles abound.

    We will be selling upcycling instructions at the show. There will be plenty of examples on display to inspire you. 
    I hope to see you at one or more of theses events!  Both are well worth going to just for the inspiration of seeing how creative artists can be.


    Happy Upcycling,

    Michelle
    Upcycle Sewing Made Simple


    P. S.  

    If you would like to be on the Paganoonoo e-mail list, never sold or shared, and see new example garments, get links to my video tips, hear about sales, new patterns and events, please click here.


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    Welcome to the Paganoonoo Upcycle Sewing blog!  

    Paganoonoo sets you up for upcycle sewing success! Our Upcycling instructions guide you through making a custom-fit garment. With step-by-step illustrated instructions each stage of deconstruction and reconstruction is clear.  All the guesswork about how to get started and get a perfect fit are handled!


    Our Noel design can be made either as a dress or top.  If fact it could be converted back and forth with a quick rip of a seam.

    See 3 dress versions in these previous posts:



    The Noel can also be a top / tunic.  3 to 4 dress shirts is all it takes to create this loose fitting asymmetric design.


    The possible color combinations are almost endless.
     This red version is one of my favorites.




    This blue flannel version is perfect with blue jeans.




    A Paganoonoo "Judy" flower adorns the waistband of this version

    Paganoonoo instructions walk you through selecting garments, sizing*, and deconstructing and reconstructing the starting garments. Sew up your own version! 

    Purchase your instructions here
    *Sizing is dictated by the garment selected for the torso.  Can be made from any dress shirts - children's to plus size - making it ideal for a wide range of sizing.

    Happy Upcycling, Michelle

    Upcycle Sewing Made Simple

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