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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey Refashion (Minus 47)

This refashion is a combination of three old clothing pieces: a nightgown, a sleeveless tee, and a pair of men's pants. In three different shades of grey. Since the sleeveless tee fit well, I just crafted sleeves from the nightgown and sewed them onto the tee. But because the two shades of grey didn't match, the top looked odd. So I cut out circles from the extra nightgown fabric and a thrifted pair of men's pants to create a more interesting color palette and appliqued them to the top. More info here.

Ooh those denim skirts!

What could be more fun or comfortable for Spring (I'm in TX so spring comes early), than worn in denim combined with a breezy skirt. I see so many cute skirts in the thrift stores & my closet that just don't work by themselves anymore because they are either too small in the waist, or too short. What I have found is that some old denim jeans on top fix those skirts right up! Now they're the perfect size & length for cowboy or moccasin fringe boots!

Pick our your jeans and pick out a skirt & let's begin. I found a beautiful linen Ralph Lauren printed paisley skirt at a thrift store. I think I paid about $4. I knew it would be perfect for this project.


Start by making all your markings. You need to try on your jeans & mark where you want to cut them. Then measure around your hips at that mark so you can determine the diameter across the jeans & skirt pieces you need to make cutting lines. Ok - now take your pants off & get to work :-)! To get an even cutting line, you need to measure from the waistline down to your cut mark - then use that to create cutting marks around the circumference of your jeans (you'll use the same technique on the skirt)

To mark your skirt - use the diameter of your hip measurement and add 1 " for ease. The diameter is 1/2 of the total hip measurement, so if you have 44" hips, your diameter is 22", plus 1" for ease = 23". figure out where you can get a 23" diameter on your skirt & make a small mark/tick at the side seams. Use the same measure down technique to mark the cutting line all the way around the skirt.


Cut your jeans (image #2) without cutting any of the pockets. Pull the front pockets inside out & pin them up & out of your way. Then pick the back pockets with a seam ripper & fold them up out of the way to cut. PS - use some really good sharp shears here - large sewing shears are best. Your hand muscles will thank you!


FIRST... put a new, sharp, heavy duty sewing needle in your machine -- I promise you will not regret this step. I stitched mine with regular weight, good quality thread (avoid the $.50 cheapo spools for this project). I also bought heavy weight denim thread to do my top stitching.

Decide if you want a rough denim edge, or a clean stitch line. Line up and pin your skirt to your jeans matching the side seams, center front & center back. I use a 1/2" seam allowance.  Be sure to pin your pockets out of the way for sewing (safety pins work best for this). Straight stitch all around. I like to flip my garment right side out & top-stitch the seam allowance down for added seam strength.


Dress this skirt up with some super cute tops, jewelry & boots. Don't forget to accessorize with belts or scarfs too!

I've made 3 of these so far & each one has it's own personality & lessons learned. The fancy green one decorated with doilies is my last creation. I LOVE that one!

Happy sewing! -- Jill

Fugly Floral Dress: REHASHED

The fabric on this dress was so amazing that I didn't even realize just how ugly it was until I actually tried it on. Yuck! That is my hurl face you are seeing here. I did so much to this dress, I ended up refashioning it again when I thought I was done. I love how it turned out though, well worth it!

For more details on this vintage refashion and to see pics of what it looked like after the first round, visit my blog at www.lovestreetsalvage.com. For more current updates follow me on Instagram @lovestreetsalvage!


A leather trouser become a short skirt

Hi !
Time goes too fast !!! I create as fast as I post......
I just present a short skirt made of leather pants.

For more details, it's HERE.

Hello Linus

I started with this ho-hum kind of dress.

I popped the collar to make a keyhole cut-out then made a hi-low chop to turn it into a shirt.

To read my sparkling commentary on the process come see my Blog!