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Saturday, 4 July 2015

1/2 Hour - Favorite Shirt Save



Hi All,

This was one of my favorite shirts but it got pretty stained on the armpits.  My solution cut off the sleeves and re-hem.  :-)

Cindy @ Upcycled Design Lab


Friday, 3 July 2015

Yoga pants to jumpsuit aka drab to fab

Hello there fellow refashionistas! I am really happy to share quite a discovery in the refashion sphere... I have found a way to transform a drab piece which is one of the most common thing we all hide in our closets and enjoy its comfort - I give you the yoga pants!


As you can see, these became somewhat saggy since I lost some weight, and wearing them required constant pulling up, which completely annulled the whole comfort thing. Between thinking where to add elastic to these, so they could stay up, a sudden revelation hit me - why wouldn't I transform them rather then fix them? Oh, humble yoga pants - I see you future as a jumpsuit! The hottest fashion item this season!

Some seam unpicking, restitching, cutting, a piece of scrap lace and I got myself a heavenly comfortable and fabulous piece for warm summer evenings. Dear ladies, I give you the used-to-be-yoga-pants jumpsuit:


I described the process HERE how I did it, but I wouldn't go as far to call it a tutorial. I hope this inspires you to turn some of your yoga pants in summer-friendly jumpsuits.

Happy refashioning!

An invisible Refashion!

You can't see it, but inside the refashion I made is inside this quilt I sewed for Project Linus.

You see, I had a very old quilt that was mine as a child, and it was falling apart!  So I took it apart and used the batting from the inside to make this quilt.  Questions about Project Linus, this quilt pattern, or anything else?  Visit us at Skirt Fixation!!

Top refashion

Hi everybody!! I want to show you another super simple refashion!

Before:





And after






For more photos this is my facebook page : Restyling & Refashion

Have a nice day!! :)

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Tambourines and Elephants

Is it just me, or does any one else think it's almost criminal how great fabrics and prints become ugly, ugly clothes? Take this shirt from the 80s... (I'm guessing it's 80s.)

before copySo much going on here.

I loved the bright, cheery elephant print fabric. The sky high shoulder pads and weird sweater-y bits? Not so much. They had to go.

1Off!

After removing the knit panel on the bottom, the shirt was way too short. To fix this, I removed the sleeves and used them to add about 4 inches to the bottom of the shirt.

3Elephants on top of elephants!

Once the bottom was lengthened and hemmed, I took the top in a little under my arms, added two darts, and reshaped the arm holes and finished them with bias tape.

4Much better!

And after lots of pinning and sewing and pressing, I had a new elephant print blouse.

After copyLoving these elephants!

This is probably my new favorite summer top. Hopefully my previous favorite doesn't get too jealous.

- Elizabeth
aka The Hungry Octopus
Now blogging Struggling to remember to blog at www.TheHungryOctopus.com!