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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

The shirt my grandmother would wear

This top reminded me of something my grandmother would wear in sunny Florida. Sort of boxy. Sort of meh. After removing the collar, redoing the neckline, adding elastic to the sleeves, and taking it in, I had a shirt I now love to wear. It is just so simple and easy-chic.
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Dress Downsizing!

This is downsizing in the good way!  Nobody is losing a job, but someone is gaining a dress!

My kids took these pictures, but I think you get the idea.

This dress went from a size 26/28 down to a size 16!

Step my step instructions are here!

Not too shabby for an $8 dress from Goodwill!

Too big

Happy Dance!

Old Sweatshirt Re-fash and Phone Bling

I refashioned this brown sweatshirt a year ago when my daughter needed it for part of a costume. I removed the cuffs and hood and used the hood fabric to cover up the logo on the front. But we don't need that costume anymore. Time to refashion again.
The bottom piece makes a soft, comfy play skirt with a kangaroo pocket. I made a casing and put wide elastic through it.
The finished skirt
I hadn't intended to use the sleeves for anything, but after I cut the sweatshirt apart it looked sort of like a scarf. I trimmed the shoulder area to make a more consistent width, turned it inside out and sewed up the two large openings at the former neck area and the chest area. To make it more interesting, I tried my hand at applique.

I've never done applique before, and I made many mistakes, but that's ok. I learned a lot, and I will still wear this scarf on cold mornings while I take my kids to school. I have other winter scarves that are itchy; this one is soft.
The finished scarf
I did one more project-- this was super easy. I have a clear case on my phone. I cut a scrap of fabric to size and cut out holes for the camera, light and speaker. Now I can change my phone's look anytime I want.
fabric phone case

Woolen dress more useful

Wolly dress. I liked it for its warmth, but it had a strange design: When it is cold enough to wear wollen dresses, it is too cold for 3/4 sleeves (for me anyway).
And I needed to wear an undergarment, as the woll was slightly scratchy, but long sleeves didn't look good and T-shirts didn't cover enough.

I cut of the sleeves and the grey edges and hemmed all the raw edges. 

It is still and everyday dress, but much more versatile. Here I wear it with a short sleeve shirt. I can also wear a cardigan over it, I couldn't before.

And the sleeves? You guessed it: Legwarmers.

Bed Sheet Dress Fashion Shoot

Hi All! Here are a couple pics of my lovely friend modeling a dress I recently refashioned from a bed sheet. These pic were part of a photo shoot featuring a few of my dress creations ;) 
To look at more pics of beautiful ladies in beautiful dresses, see the full post at my blog Refashion Passion!