Friday, October 15, 2010

Sewing on Paper (or Spandex)

Have you ever seen Romy and Michele's High School Reunion? The clothes! The comedy! The fact that they make every outfit themselves, including the feisty business suits they wear at the end! In my opinion this is the best movie ever made, and at the wee age of eleven, it inspired me to make an entirely new wardrobe that looked something like this:

I wish I had a photo handy of what that looked like, but you will just have to imagine it. It was this movie that taught me to sew. Actually it was my mom who helped me fashion the embroidered denim and hot pink lycra with a little feather boa trim, but we were channeling Romy and Michele.

Sadly I no longer have the guts to wear that kind of thing in public, including that playing card t-shirt which I copied and wore every day for quite some time, but I do have this dynamic duo to thank for my love of sewing.

If you don't own a sewing machine, go get one immediately. They are not too expensive, and will provide you with endless hours of fun. You don't have anything to wear to a party? Better grab some tulle and sparkly spandex and make yourself a jellyfish costume! I do have a picture of that, but it's too embarrassing to post here. 

Anyway, I love to sew, whether it's feather-trim mini skirts or block printed cards. Sewing on paper is incredibly simple, and since you don't have to worry about the fabric gathering or puckering, it's a great way to learn. You can make journals by sewing pieces of paper together, note cards with stitched designs, or just use it instead of glue in any paper project.

I came up with my sewn cards when I had a few little prints lying around that were too small to do anything with. I sewed one on to a blank card, and tah-dah! The stitched cards were in production. Try it! Borrow a friend's machine and get a quick lesson, and you will be on your way!

Here are the cards I've been sewing this morning:

So get on Netflix, watch Romy and Michele whipping up new outfits to wear to the clubs, and then try it yourself! The more feather boa trim the better.


  1. I sent one of these sewn cards to my grandma. My mom said she kept wondering aloud how you did it and when my mom said "Well she probably used a sewing machine" my grandma would be quiet for a minute and then say again, " did she do it?"

    KathPrints, mesmerizing grandmas since 2010

  2. This is also one of my favorite movies of all time! I had no idea you were also a fan. My friend and I wanted to dress up like them for Halloween (me as Romy, my friend as Michele) however, we just didn't know how to sew. Our loss.

    Hope things are good with you!

    Your Paper Source pal,


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