Friday, April 20, 2018

The School Marm Dress

 Hello Refashion Co-op. I found this jumper dress at a clothes swap and loved the material. It was such a soft wool blend. I didn't like the style or the fit. It looked like a school uniform and an  old granny all at the same time.

There was a side zipper so I couldn't alter the dress on the sides without removing and replacing the zipper. I didn't want to do that so I had to alter the back of the dress. I used my dress form to pin the dress and see how the shape was changing.  

I cut a lot of material out of the back. I also made the dress a little shorter.

I was happy with the new look, it is more a lot more fun but not too tight.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Downsizing with flair

I picked up a pair of embroidered jeans on the clearance rack of a discount store. It was the only pair and they were nearly 2 sizes too big.

They are stretch jeans and were full length with a skinny leg. I couldn't take the waist in at the sides because of the embroidery, so I had to add darts on the back.
They still looked weird - super skinny ankles but colourful flowers bringing attention to my hips.
I chopped a few inches off the length and used some of the scraps to make flared inserts to widen the legs. I left the darker seam allowance on the outside. Then frayed a strip of dark denim from my stash to make hem trim. I like this proportion a lot more!

Bleach T-shirt designs - Beyond the basics

Hi all,

Last week I made a simple bleach t-shirt design. It was a fun project so I decided to see how far I could tack the technique. In this video I share some more tips and several more projects.

Happy Re-fashioning,

Monday, April 16, 2018

Simple Chambray Snip

I found this chambray shirt on sale in a charity shop. Mine!
But the sleeves were much too wide and - as always - too long for me.

And it was missing a button.

I narrowed the sleeves, and shortened them.
And I took the button from the washing instructions, and sewed it on where a button was missing.
And that was it, ready for use.

And yes, it is wrinkly. I did on purpose not iron it, as I like a casual boho look of non-ironed chambray.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Toooh-Tally Tubular 80s Refash

Hey there readers! Today we are going back in time to the toooh-tally tubular 80s!
This dress is totally ugly to the max! This poor dress is in dire need of some updating!

I used a dress that I really liked the length to use as a guide on where to hem my new dress.

I hemmed my new dress with a 1 inch hem.

I removed the 3 buttons from the waist. I did actually like the buttons where they were but I came up with a better idea!
Que the embroidery machine!

I found a very pretty embroidery pattern from Embroidery Designs.

I altered the original thread colors to black, silver and medium gray.

I wanted to make a statement neckline for this dress. I opted for a key hole neckline. I used a glass bowl for a template.

I sewed up the neckline on the maroon neckline and the black part of the dress.

I used a very pretty decorative stitch to sew the black portion of the neckline, which made it loose it's shape. I then had to fix this problem stitching it closer up the neckline to the maroon part.

Lastly, I wanted to use another decorative stitch for some detail on the sleeves. I had to use my seam ripper to open up the sleeves to make sewing on the sleeves possible. This actually worked out GREAT because I had to take in the sleeves by 1/2 in. to 1 in.
I drew the path of the stitch with tailor's chalk.

I mimicked the colors that were in the waistband for the detail on the sleeves. Which I think this really ties the dress together!

I took in the sleeves and part of the waist to make this a little more snug!

For my Birthday present my very talented friends made me these beautiful wooden signs! You could own some of their work too! Check out Blue Water Woodcraft on Etsy!
Happy Refashioning!!!

Check out my stash of refashions on my blog!