Friday, May 18, 2018

More Florals For Spring

Hello Refashion Co-op. I was attracted to the material of this dress. The flowers were fresh and pretty. The rest of the dress seemed like overkill to me. The big ruffled collar and the full cut bell sleeves just seemed like too much.  

I just cut off the top. It wasn't worth saving. I just wanted the skirt. It had an elastic waist that I kept and used to make this a really easy refashion.

I really liked the simple skirt. The soft floral design and flowy material were the stars of the show. 

Thanks for reading, for more pictures and details go to I Can Work With That.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Striped Jumper to Striped Tunic!

I found this striped jumper the other day at a thrift store and really liked the cotton stretch fabric, the button front, and the stripes.  I didn't like, however, much of anything else.  

I thought with a little bit of rearranging, it would make a fun and comfortable tunic.  I cut away the skirt and used the fabric to lengthen the bodice and add sleeves.

I thought that changing the direction of the stripes on the added piece would make things interesting.

I made the back addition slightly longer than the front.

It was a pretty simple transformation, but now it's much more wearable!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Florals For Spring?... Groundbreaking.

Hello Refashion Co-op. I found this dress at a clothes swap and liked the floral and polka dot fabric. It was way too long as you can see.

I basically made it A LOT shorter. I took the sides in a bit too.

It was an easy fix to adjust the length. It is more fun and wearable now.

Thanks for reading, for more pictures and details go to I Can Work With That.

Re-refashion, or cleaning rag?

Sometimes, I feel the need to revisit refashions that didn't turn out well......(though, sometimes they just become cleaning rags).
Years ago, I bought a soft, bamboo knit tunic dress from a sample sale. I wore it a few times, but it was an awkward length, and the open neck always slipped off my shoulders. 
At some point, I had cut some off the bottom and used that fabric to make a neckband. I apparently also chopped the sleeves shorter (and left them raw).

I came across this unloved garment the other day, and decided to try again to breathe life into it.
I grabbed another knit top from the pile - a wide, fluid cardigan – a spontaneous purchase that I thought would give off an effortlessly chic vibe. 
Huh, turned out I looked like a middle-aged woman in an ill-fitting boxy cardigan!

So, off with the old neckband, and on with a new contrast one cut from the cardigan. 
extended the band length to tie at centre back. I also added bands to finish the sleeve hems.
Now... I just might have a wearable garment. I’ll take it for a spin and see!


Monday, May 14, 2018

Polka dot summer trousers

I received this dress as a birthday present and cut it up to make some trousers.

I wasn't being ungrateful, I had  specifically asked for something from a charity shop to refashion, giving the remit 'buy something big with a lot of fabric'

Having someone else choose a refashion garment for me added an extra level of challenge, and an extra component of pressure not to let it sit in the stash too long before working on it.

The 100% viscose fabric seemed suitable for some lightweight summer trousers and luckily the dress had few panels or seams to get in the way.

Adapting a commercial pattern I made a flat front side zip pair of trousers.

Although the dress was quite a large size, I had to add some extra fabric and used the last of some African print cotton which has featured in many other projects.

I made a bit of an effort getting the symmetry right.

It was something of a headache to fit it all together but am pleased with the end result.

There are more details and photos here