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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

From Maxi Dress to....Maxi Dress

What happens when I find a gorgeous strapless maxi dress with a too small bodice? Why, I throw it together with a too big tank top and a too big skirt, and make myself another maxi dress!

I started out with this dress.
Faded Glory Strapless Maxi dress
So much color! I loved it, except for the fact that if I wore it as-is, I was in constant fear of a huge wardrobe malfunction.

But, not to fear, I had coordinating colors in my stash!

Remember this beast?
I used a tank top that fits well to trace a new top out of the purple skirt, chopped a strip of pink fabric from a random tank top, and put a new top on my maxi dress.

I turned the old maxi dress bodice into piping to finish the neck and arm holes.

I absolutely adore the finished product. Still colorful, super comfortable, and no risk of having my own Janet Jackson moment!  A win, win, win. :)

Monday, 3 August 2015

#7 House Dress for the RanchHouse

RanchHouse July/August Sewing Goal: 
  • Mend, alter, refashion 10 House Dresses. This is #7.
My House Dresses are:
  • Not a fashion statement.
  • Not time intensive to finish/fit like going-out clothing is.
  • Great loungers, nightgowns, pool cover-up, garden dresses.
  • Good use for large stash of after-retirement clothes.

After: Unfitted House Dress
Goal: Make a House Dress from the pre-retirement stash.

*Dress: Very well worn pre-retirement Cotton blend sun dress. Fabric is too worn for more than a House dress.
*T-Shirt: Over-sized pre-retirement teachers shirt with school logo. 

*Dress: Remove zipper and bodice. Use bodice to add width in the snug  skirt section. 
*T-shirt: Re-cut using bodice pattern from drop sleeve dress. Remove and re-attach neck binding. Join at waist using 1" seam. Fold seam up to bodice, top stitch to form casing, and insert thin elastic in casing. 

What I Learned: When I used the bodice pattern with wovens it was a good fit. With the stretch in the t-knit it was oversized which is ok for the casual House Dress.

Well worn sundress fabric
Before: Pre-Retirement Sundress, School Logo T-shirt.

Refashion Runway Challenge 2: Gingham

I made it to round 2 in The Renegade Seamstress's friendly sewing challenge. I'm trying to generate a trend: #RefashionRunway3 (Join me, won't you?) :)

Thank you to everyone who voted for me. I wouldn't have advanced without you :) This week's challenge was Gingham:


To see my full tutorial of how I turned this .99 cents Scrubs top into this lace sleeve shirt, mosey on over to my site. To vote for my gingham blouse (or the other 6 gingham refashions), mosey on over to The Renegade Seamstress to let your voice be heard!

Thanks again to everyone who voted for me last week :)


~ Laura, the Accidental Seamstress

Men's Jeans to Wide Brim Hat with Faux Oil Cloth Finish

Hi All,

I don't know about you but I am really enjoying the refashion runway competition.  Kudos to all of you who are disciplined enough to participate every week.

Meanwhile I have been struggling to come up with ideas for my blog posts and finally decided on this. I have never made a hat before so I was pretty pleased with the way this one turned out.  The secret is the "faux oil cloth finish" I put on it.  More info here.

Have a great week.  I can't wait to check out all the great refashion runway entries next week.

Cindy @ Upcycled Design Lab

Too big dress= even bigger possibilities, 3 from 1

Yupi I have finally holidays, even bigger yupi for hot weather we have here now.
 I decided I need something special for my free time and this thing must be from linen,
perfect fabric for hot summer.
In sh I found only very big dress but yhm it was all I needed
First I did little rendez vous with shibori art but my way KILK
I don't know how about you but I see here little something like Alexander McQueen patterns :-D 
This dress was sooo big that I could divided it on 3 parts !
like this :
finally I received