Friday, 12 February 2016

REFASHION: two polo shirts one day

While poking through my refashion pile, I found a good amount of old polo shirts and searched for inspiration on Pinterest. Two ideas caught my eye and made me think, "I can do that." For the first project, I had a cut off Henley shirt (the body of the shirt removed for a previous refashion) and combined it with an old polo.

For more details (and the second refashion) and pictures, click here.

Until next time -- Jennifer Elliott

"Heart of Gold" Valentine's Day Refashion

It's almost Valentine's Day! :)
I was so excited to try out glitter fabric paint, that I didn't even bother to read any tutorials or guidelines. I just went about my day making paper stencils, cutting them out, and painting over them. 
Well, I failed...take a look...

Turns out, using paper is a BAD idea. Try freezer paper stencils please! 

Anyways, I didn't want to throw out the project. 

Here's what I did:
-Cut out the heart with some pink around it.
-Sewed lace trim around it.
-Added fusible interfacing to make it easier to sew onto the polka dot shirt.
-Sewed the entire thing to the polka dot shirt.

As a finishing touch,  I added some vintage style buttons for that extra "shabby chic" look.


Thursday, 11 February 2016

Cold Kaleidoscope

How to use a summer dress all year round:

Layer it over a big warm dress!


Come see it on my blog!

Refashioning a refashion - Kaftan to Sundress - Upcycling T-shirts

Hi All,

Don't know if you remember but about a year ago I made this kaften dress from some old T-shirts.  I always liked the way the color blocking went together but it turns out I am not really a kaftan person so I never wore it.  I had the black top from a different refashion.  So with a little cutting and sewing I made myself this sundress.  I think I will get more use out of it now, but I have to wait for the snow to melt here to find out.  :-)

You can see more of the process here.

Happy Refashioning,
Cindy - Upcycled Design Lab

Fixing the Neckline, Uncomfortable to Comfortable Pretty Purple Shirt

This Shirt.

I bought it over a year ago because a) it's purple, and b) it has some really pretty lace inserts on the sleeves. Unfortunately, while it mostly fit well, it also had a really big neckline. It was always either too low in the front or falling off my shoulders. Very annoying to wear! For the past year it has mostly stayed in my closet. Then last week I wanted a purple shirt to wear with a new skirt I made, so out this one came.

The neck binding looked like it would work for an elastic casing, so I made a little snip in it, right above the tag, being careful to only snip through one layer of fabric. Through this little hole I threaded some 1/4 inch elastic, cut to the size I wanted my new neckline to be.

Once that was done, the shirt really did fit perfectly! Now it should be seeing a lot more time out of my closet. 
I wore it with my brand new skirt on a trip I took with my mom and brother over the weekend, and I'm happy to say I was comfortable the entire time! To see how my skirt was made and some pics from my trip check out my blog.