I’ve gotten super busy these past two weeks. School started for me again after having a month off, and I went back to work after having summer vacation off. I just started with a new school district as a school psychologist intern and I’m loving it.
I did this refashion last weekend, but haven’t had a chance to write about it for my blog. This dress actually was a dress that I had gotten last year from a thrift store and refashioned it last summer. I actually wore it a lot and still love this dress, but I wanted to update it a little bit.
I started by fixing the neckline of the dress. It wasn’t even and I only turned the raw edges over once, so after a couple of washes got very frayed. So I evened it up and double turned it.
I used chalk to draw a new even line and left about an inch for seam allowance. I also snipped little triangles into the curved parts of the neck line to turn it over easier.
I also searched for the old sleeves in my fabric box, cause I save evvverything, but I could only find one. I’m sure the other one is hiding in there somewhere and I’ll find it randomly one day. So with my lone sleeve I cut it open, and then cut it in half.
I’m really liking off the shoulder things. I know you’re prolly thinking 🙄 so does everyone else, cause that style is evvverywhere, but I like it because it’s modern but can also look vintage when done right.
So I attached the two halves of the sleeves on either side, this took awhile to get them in the right place. My suggestion when doing something like this is to use a basting stitch. So you are still attaching it, but if you need to pick the stitch out and reposition it’s so much easier to do.
I then wanted to add slits to the front, but not to high up my leg, so I can still wear this dress to work. Unfortunately the two slits arn’t visible in any of my pictures.
I loved this dress, and now I love it even more. I wore this dress to my friends bridal shower, and I plan on wearing it many more times.
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A couple weeks ago I had gone to the classic west concert, and I had intended to refashion this shirt to go along with my gold dust woman skirt, but I ran out of time.
I had seen this shirt at the thrift store for a couple weeks and I did not like it. It says, “because you can’t always blame Canada”. Idk I decided when it went on sale I would buy it and change it. So when this shirt was on sale for 50 cents I bought it. The shirt was a nice soft still very black shirt, which means someone didn’t wear it often.
I took a tank top that fit me well and folded it in half. I then folded the black shirt in half and put the white one on top so the fold lines matched up and then I traced around it. Then I cut out the line I traced and had two black shirt pieces.
I then sewed the two sides together with a zigzag stitch.
I cut the sleeves off but left the hem that connected the sleeve to the shirt. I also cut the sleeve down the middle so it opened up. I really liked how the hem left almost like a lettuce hem curl on it.
I then draped the sleeve over my shoulder for an off the shoulder look and sewed the bottom of the sleeve to the armpit part of my new top.
This one was really easy, since t-shirt material doesn’t need to be hemed I left the top edge raw.
I paired it with a long skirt and a belt. I love my new top, I feel like an extra from West Side Story in this outfit.
My new top and I had a fun night playing bingo with my girlfriends for our birthdays. None of us won though 😞, but we still had a good time.
I did not plan very well ahead before I left for this concert. I had given myself a day n a half to try and create two outfits. I knew that for the second day of the concert FleetWood Mac would be playing, so I wanted to wear something that was a little Stevie-esque. I started with this picture as inspiration.
This look was really outside my box, so it was a little hard to envision. I thought these things would be a good start.
So disclaimer, the shirt I am wearing was intended to be a part of the refashion, but I ran out of time. So I had to use a shirt that I already had in my closet. Since I started this refashion, about 4 hours before I had to be out the door I rushed through it.
I had this fabric that I thought would make a great long skirt. It was light weight and stretchy and had a little bit of gold thread running through it. I was gonna try to do this with a legitimate 1/4 circle skirt pattern, but realized time was my enemy at this point.
So I wrapped it around my waist roughly measured where to cut it and then cut out a rectangle. I wrapped it around my waist……and realized I cut it to small. Thankfully I had the other piece that I cut it from and it was perfect.
I folded the fabric raw edges together and sewed half way down with a zigzag stitch for the stretch. I wanted to leave a slit in the dress, so that is why I only went half way down. I then folded the raw sides of the slit in and hemmed them.
Next I needed to attach a waistband, so I measured my waist and cut a rectangle out about 4 inches wide. I then folded it in half and sewed it around three sides until I had a tube. I turned the tube inside out so the seams are now on the inside. I sewed the tube into a circle and attached it the same way I did my waistband for the tequila skirt. I should have basted it a little bit, because the skirt was a little wider than the band, but I thought it will be fine. Well it left it a little wonky in the front, but I didn’t have time to fix it, plus my shirt would cover my mistake.
I had a rectangle of sheer black fabric so I cut it in half to give me little wing things. I had intended to pack my fray check with me and put some of that on the fabric to clean up the raw edges while I was hanging out in the hotel room, but I forgot it. I did remember to pack my travel sewing kit, so I was able to attach little finger loops from scrap fabric onto my wings.
I threw on my bf’s hat with a feather clip on it to complete my Stevie look. It’s not totally the same, but it made me feel like Stevie.
I had so much fun at this concert, being able to see these bands definitely put a dent in my bucket list.
I got to go the classic west show this weekend and it was AHHMAZING!!! The first day of the show we got to watch The Eagles, The Doobie Brothers, and Steely Dan. I had no idea what I was going to wear for the concert, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to make something or just bring something I had. Well two nights before I left I couldn’t sleep and randomly had an idea for a man’s Hawaiian print shirt. I was so excited about it I had to get up out of bed and sketch it out.
This is how the shirt started out. I’ve actually had it for a good month and wore it once as a no sew skirt, but I didn’t like it much and it went back into my refashion section of my closest. After I sketched it out I knew exactly what to do.
The first thing I did was to cut off the collar and unstitched the pocket. I saved the collar because I have a plan for it.
The next thing I did was cut the shirt into a skirt section, waistband, and top.
I worked on the top section first and fitted it to my measurements and then sewed the sides back together with a straight stitch.
I also got my self a new rotary blade and cutting board, and omg do I love it. It makes cutting perfect measurements sooo much easier.
I next cut off more fabric from the top in the front and back of the top. I then took the collar and cut it in half. I unfolded it and stuck the raw edges on the inside of the top. When I cut the collar off I left a 1/4 of the shirt around the collar so I could use that as a seam allowance when reattaching it. Once it was sewed back on I folded it down and it hid the stitching.
Later I actually sewed the corners of it down with a straight line because it was flipping down and looking a little wonky, so stitching it in place helped.
I basted the top of the new skirt to scrunch it up because it was really big.
Since I didn’t have to much fabric to work with for the waistband I didn’t sew it into a tube. I attached the waistband by putting four pins in the skirt and waistband. A pin in the front, back, and both sides so when I sewed it together I knew all the sides would match up.
I turned the wasitband inside out, so rightsides together, and then sewed the waistband to the skirt raw edges together. When I was done I flipped right side out. To finish the raw edge of the waistband I turned it over once and straight stitched it.
Lastly I cut the sleeves into little rectangles, turned The raw edges over once and straight stitched them. I attached one side of the rectangle behind the collar, and the other side to the back.
This is honestly my favorite thing that I have made so far. I took a shirt that I felt “meh” about and turned it into something I love.
I think the only thing I need to do to it after wearing it around is sew a zipper into the skirt. When I’m standing it fits fine, but when I walk it slouches down and shows more of my tum tum than I’m comfortable with.
Thank you for reading my blogs, I have loved sharing them with everyone. I’ll have my day two outfit up soon.
So my 30th birthday was on July 2nd and I got to spend it with some great friends who came into my life over a decade ago. When I was packing I knew I had to include something special for the occasion. Luckily I had something that I had made a few weeks prior. This outfit started out as these pants that I picked up for 50 cents.
When I first saw them I thought this will be an easy peezy refashion. I originally thought I’ll just cut the legs off and turn them into high wasted shorts…… boy was I wrong.
These pants are wonky they have draw strings on the bottom as well as functioning buttons down the leg. They are also really loose and a soft stretchy material, so when I cut them they didn’t look right cause they were baggy.
I was curious about this label and why these pants are even a thing, cause they weird. I actually found these pants online and I was shocked… These pants are $66…..
Are you kidding me? I don’t understand these fashion companies that make oogly things and then expect ppl to spend that kind of money…. anyways I digress. These pants became the bane of my existence for a good week. I could not figure out what to do. I thought maybe a skirt? So I unpicked the crotch, but that didn’t work so I sewed it back into shorts. I took out the waistband, tried to make a wider one, then took it out again. Finally I decided I could do a romper. I opened up one of the legs to use as the new back, but I needed something for the front.
I dug through my scrap box and found another horribly damaged work shirt and thought, this is perfect.
I watched a YouTube video on how to create a bodice and cut out bodice pieces that were useable from the shirt, the inside of the shirt was clean, and sewed it together.
Alas like all my attempts on this outfit I didn’t do it right. I should have connected the bodice were the pink lines were, but I didn’t.
I was able to make it work, but I had to adjust a lot. The other thing I realized that I should have done was sew a liner into the inside of the bodice. To give me more coverage and structure to it. The other thing I should have done was measure better cause the back piece I sewed in was shorter on one side and baggy on the top so I had to figure out a creative way to take some of the baggyness out. So I cut down the middle and sewed it into a V. I then used the button from the pants to attach it in the middle.
I used the biased tape from the side of the pants where the buttons were attached to finish the raw edges on the top of the back piece to clean it up. I attached the top to the shorts by laying them right sides together and the raw edges lined up. I used a zigzag stitch because the pants material is stretchy.
I then made straps out of the pant material and attached them so they would criss-cross in the back. I also had to adjust the fit of the bodice A LOT because of the material and not the greatest measurements. Lastly I felt it need a little something, so I took this ribbon from my stash and hand stitched it to the top of the bodice. I also wanted to make the line look cleaner in the front where the bodice and shorts connected so I made a faux waistband. I sewed some black fabric to the front and then used white thread to mimic the look of the ribbon.
Though this romper took forever, it really taught me a lot of sewing fundamentals. I figure every time I mess up I’m learning how to correct my mistakes, so this one taught me a lot.
I was super comfy in my romper and had a blast on my bday. Birthday girls
Normally on Tuesday’s I have been doing what I have dubbed Trashformation-Tuesdays, but I actually have a couple outfits that I have been wanting to write about for awhile and just finally got after pictures for it. So not wanting to get behind I thought I would post one today. This dress was actually my very first refashion of this year. I had decided before I started it that I was going to create this blog, and this dress was my guinea pig.
This dress was given to me by one of my best friends, it was actually her mother’s dress. After her mother passed away I was helping her clean out her closet and actually found a handful of dresses that I loved and wanted to refashion. She happily gave them to me knowing that I would give them a loving new life. I loved the blue gingham of this dress which is a great start to a 50’s inspired dress.
Now I have mentioned it before, but vintage reproduction clothes are actually pretty expensive, well at least to expensive for me. I really liked this dress from Pinup Girl clothing, but with a $160 price tag, it’s on sale for $56 now, it was to high for me. But I knew that I could use this gingham dress to create my own.
The first thing that I did was separate the skirt from the bodice, and remove the solder pads. The next thing I did was to take it in on the sides, and accentuate the already created darts for a better fit.
Then I gathered the skirt with a Basting Stitch to gather it and then I reattached it to the bodice. Before I did that though I took a couple inches off from the top of the dress, that way I would save the original bottom hem of the dress. Now I attached it on the bodice where my natural waist fell instead of below it. This was actually the first time I successfully did this, last time I took a dress off the bodice I could not figure out how to reattach it correctly; but I’ll get into that project at another date.
Sewing word of the day: Basting Stitch– A basting stitch is a temporary stitch that’s purpose is to gather material. Set your stitch length at 5, or the longest stitch, and then straight stitch the material you want gathered. Do not backstitch. Once you get to the end and disconnect it from your machine, grab one of the strings and pull, which will gather the material. This is useful when two pieces are different sizes (like a small bodice and wide skirt).
Now that it was fitting better I started making the peter pan collar. So this was my first ever attempt at making them, and though they turned out ok this is not the way to do them. So I will not go in depth on how I did them.
The material I used was actually an old stained work shirt, but I thought the color of it was perfect, so I cut out pieces that were not damaged.
I used a template I made and cut out four pieces, I sewed two pieces right side together and left a hole in the corner so I could turn it right side out. I then hand sewed it shut. Since I didn’t do the collar right, I did my best to attach it with a hidden stitch to the top of the dress.
I also decided last minute to remove the sleeves all together. The last thing I did was create a sash with a bow out of the same material for my waist. I didn’t attach it to my dress, instead I used these snap buttons to attach it around my waist.
I knew the perfect event to wear my very 50’s dress to, which was to watch my friend Sean perform in his play about Buddy Holly. The show was amazing and my friend Sean was the perfect Buddy Holly.
My dress fit in so well with the show that afterwards when everyone went into the lobby to talk to the cast, I had a woman tell me I “did a great job in the show!” I paired the dress with a very long petti-skirt, and Barbie bangs with a high pony to complete the look. I even got to take pictures on the set.
It doesn’t look exactly like the replica, but it has the same bells and whistles. Which makes me happy, because I don’t want to rip off their design, but rather be inspired by it.
I hope everyone had a happy and safe Fourth of July. I have been in Miami for the past week for my birthday and the fourth. One of the things we had planned to do was go on a yacht dinner party to watch the fireworks. So I needed something red white and blue to wear, luckily I found this.
I found these pants for 50 cents and this amazing top was a whopping $2.75. This shirt was perfect, it had red and blue threading and blue star buttons. I mean it was fate.
I went straight to work on this shirt, I don’t have to many pics of me working on it because I still needed to finish a paper, study for a final, and pack before I left.
First I cut off the fake undershirt and the sleeves. I also cut the front off the shirt to get rid of those flippy floppies. Then I cut out the back to turn it into a halter. I also shortened the length on the back so that way the front and back was the same length.
I saved time by not pinning the raw edges, I just turned them over twice and would stop turn it again and then start sewing. My seam work wasn’t perfect this way, but it did save me a lot of time.
I also put it on my dress form, I have decided to name her Betty, so I could take it in on the sides, because taking the back out made it a little loose.
For the shorts, I just cut the length off and decided to fold the raw edges over, cause at this point I was out of time. I loved how my outfit turned out and thought it was perfect for the event.
Today’s simple Sunday is pretty simple and meh, but it’s practical. I have been so busy finishing up this last week of school and preparing for my trip (I’m currently writing this on the ✈️) I haven’t had a lot of opportunities to sew. Luckily I had one archived just for this occasion. Since everyone around me is sleeping, I figured I’d get a post written.
So this sad little sack of pillow is my bf’s favorite pillow, he has had it for what looks like a million years. It can bend and squish and support his neck like no other pillow. I have been told though that if it came down to me or the pillow…. he’d choose the pillow. It looks like it is desenagrating before my very eyes. This pillow was on its last leg and needed help before it turned into a bag of dust.
So I decided to make a new cover for this depressing thing.
When we first moved in we went through some of his shirts that were going to be used as scraps, and one of them was one of his high school football tee. So I cut out the written part and saved it, I knew it might be a neat thing to save.
I also had a blue shirt that had holes and was just using it as a sleep shirt. I cut out a rectangle the same size as the husky part.
Then I pinned them right sides facing each other and used a zigzag stitch (because of the stretch) to sew three of the four sides together. I then turned it inside out and then throw that gross….. I mean keepsake pillow in and hand sewed it shut. It was that easy. Now it looks ten times better and still has all of its bendy capabilities without losing its insides.
P.S it’s my birthday today (shameless plug for birthday gratitude) so make my day and like this post! 🎂
Today’s edition of trashformation Tuesday was actually one of my favorite shirts. I had gotten it from an expensive boutique, and I have had it for years. Sadly it was starting to show its age with holes and *gasp* pit stains.
I didn’t want to trash this shirt cause I love it, so I decided to turn it into a bag to take to the thrift store with me and put all my new finds in. The first thing I did was cut out those pit stains.
Then I turned it inside out and sewed a straight stitch along the bottom of the shirt to close it up.
I had an anchor iron on that had fallen off another shirt and I kept, so I thought it would be the perfect thing to jazz up my bag. I sewed it on with matching thread, and that was it; my bag was done.
I love using my new bag as my thrift shopping bag, because the material is stretchy so it expands and I can pretty much fit anything in it.
Hope you guys enjoyed this weeks trashformation Tuesday!