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Monday, 4 May 2015

Lace tablecloth to Fancy lace skirt

I heard that lace is in for Spring/Summer 2015. So this is my 'on-trend' refashion for this theme.

I thrifted this pale yellow tablecloth for $1.99 at my local thrift store:

And turned it into this sunny yellow lace skirt:

You can see details about this dress on My Blog.

Plus Size ReFashion - Little Pink Skirt

I've said it a million times before - it drives me a little nut-so that Plus Size reFashion tutorials are so hard to come by.  Big girls like to refashion too!  I've made it my business to find/create easy (beginner level) up-size Re-fashions.

For the ladies who are not plus size, sometimes you find a piece that you love, but it's just too small.

I've done other Up-size refashions before.  This is the latest.

I LOVED the fabric on this little (and I do mean little) dress.  Thank goodness that there was enough fabric there for me to turn it into a cute summer skirt!

Here's a link to the tutorial + other Up-Sizing tips!

Army Jacket into Cropped Jacket

Hello everyone,

For this upcycle, I turned one of my other half's old army style jackets into a cute, cropped jacket.

Here is the before and after photo:

I had to take off the sleeves to make them slimmer, tighten the arm holes, chop off the bottom, and put dart seams down the back to make it tailored. It fastened with buttons so there was no need to worry about a zip; this would be a lot harder if there was a zip in the way!

Once the jacket was tailored to fit me, I added some iron-on patches and gold coloured buttons to jazz it up a bit. All in all, i'm happy with how this turned out.

The full tutorial is on my blog here.

Til next time,


Slinky Striped Top

With black and white being very trendy right now, particularly in the form of stripes, I was reminded this week of a lovely faux-layered blouse-vest-dress thingy, which I got for free and refashioned last year.

Sweater Vest Refashion - Before & After

All I did was pick out the seams attaching the striped fabric, and I had the perfect black sweater vest. But I was left with those striped remnants which have languished in my stash for over a year now. After much draping and piecing, I cobbled all the bits together into a new top!

Slinky Striped Top - After

In a nutshell, the sleeves became the bust and the skirt became the lower half, but if you're interested in details (and lots more pics), check out the full run-down over at CarissaKnits!

Slinky Striped Top - After

How's that for an almost-zero-waste refashion?

Slinky Striped Top - Before & After

Kentucky Derby Dress

Sorry that I'm a day late posting this but I was so busy with having a little get together for the Kentucky Derby I didn't have time to post.
I snagged this dress because of its 1940s feel! (I love a good vintage style dress) So when it came time to refashion something for watching the Kentucky Derby I thought this classic dress would be just the thing!
Okay...it's a little frumptastic.
 Love the sleeve ties, too cute. Sadly, they did not make it :(
 First things first...with every old dress comes...ugh shoulder pads. You call yourselves shoulder pads? You should be ashamed! These are like micro shoulder pads!
I had to shorten the sleeve length which is why I couldn't save the cute sleeve ties.    
Then I took the dress in by about 1 inch on each side.

To go with the 1940s theme of the dress I gave it a square neckline.
I made bias tape out of some white t-shirt material (I wouldn't recommend doing this. I'd stick with anothet type of fabric. Too stretchy!)
  This little gadget is pretty nifty!
  Pinned and ready for the machine!
Since the t-shirt material I used for bias tape stretched, my square neckline turned into a round neckline. I had to do a little hand stitching to bring the square back into shape. 
I shortened the length by about 4 inches and then hemmed it.
My dress was done just in time to clean up before our guests arrived! Just playing the part of a 40s housewife.
Enough of that, it's Mint Julep time!!! 

The offical drink of the Kentucky Derby!  
Celebratory drink after my 1st pick (American Pharoah) took 1st place and my 2nd pick (Frosted) took 4th place!!

Happy Refashioning!!!!!! 
To see my stash of refashions visit my blog at therefashstash.wordpress.com