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Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Baggy Skirt

Hello Refashion Co-op. I did a run through the thrift store recently. (It was 10 items for $10, I couldn't resist!) I found this outfit but the skirt was too big. I took it anyway because I loved the color so much. And the top had great fall colors but was right for the 90 degree weather we were having that week. 

There was some cute stitching details on both sides and I would normally use the side seams to resize a skirt that was too big. Instead, I made a new seam up the back of the skirt. A lot of skirts have a seam in the middle of the back, I figured it wouldn't really be noticed.

If you look below, you can see the new seam. It is pretty subtle, especially after some quick ironing. Summer heat tends to stick around my part of the world for a while, so here is my new favorite "hot" Fall outfit. Not bad for $2 bucks.

Happy sewing everyone!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Floral Scarf Refashion // Use Those Fabric Scraps!

After a few years of sewing, I made my first scarf. It's so easy to make, yet I had never made one. This scarf was made out of leftover fabric pieces. I simply sewed them together and added some black lace details to tie it all together. The floral chiffon was part of a dress that I used for two other projects. Isn't refashioning so awesome? I was very happy with the end result. :)

For the full tutorial click here.

#4 September Back to School: Two Linen Tops become a Linen Set

 This is #4 for September Back to School.

*I am a "retire / rehire". Retired from University and Rehired into an Elementary School
*I pledge not to buy any new RTW or thrifted for my new "Back to School" wardrobe.  
*I pledge to shop from my closet.

  • The skirts were in the closet & refashioned with hem & button changes a few years back.
  • Shopping the closet turned up the matching yellow linen tops bought in the same garage sale.
  • These were the same fabric and the same brand.
  • Problem was, the overshirt had the short sleeves and the undershirt had the long. sleeves.
  • Have an "aha" moment to realize that I could switch the sleeves in the tops so they cold be worn as a set.
  • Removed the sleeves from both tops. Sleeve caps & armcycles matched.
  • Baste, stitch, serge the sleeves in place. 
AFTER: An easy Refashion that gave a set to wear with the 3 skirts.
After: A Set
Short Sleeves 

in Under shirt
Long Sleeve 

in Overshirt
Already Refashioned

 Blue Skirt

After: Bias Cut Trim
Already Refashioned Chambray Skirt Hem

Already Refashioned 

Denim Skirt

Same Brand & Fabric
Long Sleeves
in Under Shir

From the closet
Short Sleevs
in Over-shirt

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


 I love to use men's shirts to my refashions , there are  often made from great fabrics like silk or egyptian cotton. 
 I think good quality fabrics are very important not only for sewing but even more for wearing.

Shirts before:
100% egyptian cotton :-)

here you can see how ready top looks like ,

I dyed it as well , I think it looks now little like starry night by van gogh
don't you think ;-)

and on me 

Men's shirt refashion in one photo :-)


The Refashioners: Denim Faux Shearling Vest

My second "jeanius" refashion for The Refashioners community challenge was a bit of an experiment. I wanted to see if I could take a pair of brown jeans and a few pairs of white jeans...

Denim Faux Shearling Vest - Before

...and turn them into a faux shearling vest. It took a while to figure out how to do so - and how to get all my pieces cut out of that one pair of brown jeans - but I did it! And just in time for our first real cool front!

Denim Faux Shearling Vest - After
Denim Faux Shearling Vest - After
Denim Faux Shearling Vest - After

You can read all about the process and see more photos at CarissaKnits!

Denim Faux Shearling Vest - After