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Bouquet of Flowers Dress

I have been excited to share this one with you guys for over a week, but I have not gotten the chance till now. The only thing I have been writing this week is my literature review for my thesis paper and I am more than ready to write about something creative vs. something about scientific studies.

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Some one was trying to be sneaky in this picture

When I first laid eyes on the print of this dress I was in love, then I felt how soft this fabric was I was even more in love. Then I saw the price (50 cents) and it was game over, I wasn’t even intimidated that it said dry clean only. Which side note, I see a lot of dry clean only things in the thrift store and I feel like people see that get bothered and would rather donate it than dry clean it. To be honest when I see something that says “dry clean only” I hand wash it and nothing has been ruined yet. This is exactly what I did when I brought this dress home, I washed it by itself because I knew that red would run, and that is exactly what it did. I only noticed in a few spots that the red bled into the white flowers, but it was barely noticeable.

I really liked how this dress had an already cinched waist, but it was kind of low. The sides of the dress above my hips was really baggy, because of where the sleeves were attached to the dress. So I cut the sleeves out and then took it in on the sides.IMG_6344IMG_6343

I also cut a lot of the top of the dress off to pull the cinched waist up higher to my natural waist line. I rolled over the top of the dress twice to create a new hemline for the top of the dress.IMG_6385

I didn’t have much fabric left, so I used the hemmed part of the sleeves I cut off to  create straps.

I folded the raw edge over so that it was covered and would not fray. I played with the position of the straps and decided I liked the look of them crossing in the front. I also wanted to bring the collar back into the dress, so I did what I did with the Classic West Concert Day One: Tequila Sunrise Play Suit  and added it to the neckline of the dress.  This time I top stitched it down , to keep the collar from folding back over. This will definitely be a tactic I use again if I decide to add the collar to the neckline again, it really helped to keep it laying flat.

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Dat top stitch tho

I wore this dress to my bf’s very good friend’s wedding, and received lots of complements on this dress. Side note I did not catch the bouquet. I also just got my hair done and cut my own Bettie bangs, which I was super excited and nervous to do. I love how my bangs and this dress turned out.

I hope you guys enjoyed reading about this dress, it is my new favorite. Let me know in the comments section what you guys think of this one, and if you have WordPress don’t forget to follow me. Till Next time!

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Going out comfy 

Sorry guys with this one I got a little scissor happy and I forgot to take a before picture. We were gonna go grab a few beers with friends. I in a last minute fit cut up this shirt, because I didn’t feel like wearing anything in my closet. Sometimes you just need some comfy clothes, a good brew, and good friends. This was one of those days.  It started as a plain grey shirt that was loose on me. 

It was long, so I cut a couple inches off the bottom of the  shirt. I also cut a little length off of each sleeve. I wanted to add a little interest to it, so I drew a triangle into the front of the shirt and cut it out. 

I threw on my new favorite cut off jeans that I made, put on some red lipstick and called it a night. 

That’s a wrap folks

Oh hello up there

This was a super simple one guys. Let me know what you think in the comments. Till next time! 
Shameless bathroom selfie

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Beachy Coverup

Hi everyone, I’m still here I promise. I know it’s been awhile since I have written anything. In fact someone asked me “How come you aren’t writing anymore?”  I am I promise, I am just trying to figure out how to keep this going with my new busy schedule. I just started my internship with a school district and it has me swamped. I have never had a job where time goes by so fast, I’m like “crap it’s time to go home already, how did that happen?”  So bear with me if my refashions are few and far between, and super simple for awhile. I’m not working on Fridays, so I am going to try and make that my writing/sewing/do everything else I gotta do day. Alright on to the refashion!

I loved the color of this tunic and the sequins sewn into it when I saw it in the thrift store. I also loved how sheer it was, since we are in a huge heat wave right now over here in California. I immediately thought I would turn it into one of those kimono cover up things, which is a little modern for me, but what the hey you gotta mix things up every once in awhile.  I thought this would be perfect to wear to the coast for my friend’s bachelorette weekend.  Unfortunately, the week before I left was once again crazy and I had no time to refashion it, so I literally cut it right before I was about to leave.

save that for my self 

 

I cut the sequins out down the middle, to be able to make it even on both sides, this also gives me fabric to turn over to create an actual seam when I get the chance to sew it. Since I didn’t have time, I ran some fray check down the raw edges to keep them from fraying, threw it on over a tank and some cut off jean shorts that I made and then jumped in the car for the two hour drive to the coast. Of course the cover up came off in the car and I thought, “When I hit that cool beachy air this will be perfect.” But unbeknownst to me, it was hotter than balls at the coast. So I pretty much only wore this cover up for pictures, which is ok cause it needed a little more love to make it more presentable in public.  So I guess you could consider this a refashion fail, but whatever, I’d still rock it.

gurl fix yo bangs
just a couple frays

 

So I have been watching a lot of project pan and empties video’s on youtube and wanted to garner your guy’s opinion on me writing about one of these. So if you are like me and watching people use things up or organizing things is supper satisfying to you let me know. Or if you’re like “Steph we don’t give a flying F, on if you use up a blush or not.”  Let me know too. Or if you are like I have no  idea what the hell you are even talking about, leave me a comment down below.  Alright guys till next time!

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Doubly refashioned

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 feel like dancing 💃🏻

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. 

She beat up

 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. 

Turning one into two

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. 

Thank you to everyone who has told me that you love reading my blog. It’s been super fun, and I have had over 500 views so  far!! 

500 views selfie 🤳

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Simple Sunday: Can’t Blame Canada T-Shirt 

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. 

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Classic West Day Two: Gold Dust Woman Skirt

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. 

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This look was really outside my box, so it was a little hard to envision. I thought these things would be a good start. 

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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. 

PhotoSource: thirdlizardo.com

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.

Just a plain ‘ole rectangle

 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. 

Gurl clean your room

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 don’t know what to do with my face or my hands sometimes 😬
Super slit action

 I had so much fun at this concert, being able to see these bands definitely put a dent in my bucket list. 

Loved this

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Classic West Concert Day One: Tequila Sunrise Play Suit 

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.

Poor girl’s body is all wonky

I did not sleep well

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. 

Bye Sierra

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. 

Oops 🙊

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. 

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Dirty 30 Romper 

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. 

Easy enough right????

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. 

In case you want your pants tight around your legs, and a breeze on your legs.

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….. 

These pants are 66 F’ing dollars!

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 know…. it’s eww

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.

Useable bits

 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.

Hindsight is 20/20

 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. 

The only button I ended up using

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.

See

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

The strap is a little twisted in this pic

Hope you guys liked this one. 

All that is left

P.S. I got some good refashions coming up soon. 😉

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Peggy Sue Dress 

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.

Figuring out camera timer

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.

IMAGE SOURCE: pinupgirlclothing.com

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.

Set your length stitch on your machine to 5

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. 

After math……. and yes that is a burn mark lol

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. 

Rescued

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.

It got the job done

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. 

Buddy and I

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. 

That Mic was so cool
Fixing my bow
Totally could have been an extra

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. 

Let me Know what you guys think, till next time!

 

 

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Fourth of July yacht outfit 

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. 

My catalog pose ha!

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. 

I hope you guys enjoyed this one, like I did. 

Till next time!