I finally have something to post in here! How exciting!
While I have been busy crafting, a lot of what I was making was coming from my stash and therefore not really a refashion, but this one definetely is! I found an old sweater at a thrift store that was ugly, but had a ton of useful yarn and at $3.00 was too good to pass up. So I bought it and set to work taking it apart.
I managed to get most of this sweater knit in a short time, but had to put it on hold for months because I didn't have enough of the color I wanted for the sleeves. One of the drawbacks of reknitted sweaters is that you can't just go to the LYS to pick more up if you run out. So after a lot of searching, I found a yarn that, while not being exact, was pretty darn close to what I've been using. And now it's finally done, just in time for fall!
I was too tired the other day to take a decent picture wearing it, and now my camera's just a little bit dead, so eventually I'll have a better one!
Now I think I'm going to start a hoodie, just as soon as I decide whether it's going to be pink with black sleeves/hood or black with pink sleeves. Decisions, decisions.....
This is my second scarf dress of September. The first was still summery but this one is better for the upcoming CA fall. I used a garage sale find scarf ($1) and a second-hand store sweater ($5). The sweater started off as a two-sizes-too-big long sleeve boxy style. So I took in the sides, hacked off the sleeves and added the ribbon trim through buttonholes at the waist. I am especially enjoying the unusual color combination.
Hi, I'm new and finally figured out how to post here =). I have been reading this blog for quite a while and since I have done quite a bit of refashioning in the past, I decided to take it to a new level with a challenge. I am Natalija from Serbia. I rarely buy something for myself and also have a limited access to fabric, especially knits. So, I use any large clothing I can find to make something more fitting and attractive for myself. Since I just joined, I thought I could post a few pictures of the things I have done in the past before I venture on to new challenges =). A while ago, I took four frumpy large t-shirts, took them apart, recut them and made new ones that I love.This one didn't work out that well, because it was very stretchy ribbing, but it was good as a muslin.
This one fit better and I wore it for quite a while, even though I am not fond of the color (I dyed and off-white shirt to be burgundy, but apparently it was mixed fibers, so this was the end result).
This black cotton shirt was a success and instead of binding the neckline I actually made a ribbing from the cut-off fabric and it held the big neckline well together.
This navy shirt is my favorite and I still wear it all year long. In real life it doesn't shine like that (that's only from the flash). I did the neckline on this one with some decorative elastic.
So, I guess that's it for this post. Maybe just one more. I did this just a few months ago. I had this old second-hand shirt that I loved, but the neckline was too deep and the sleeves were too annoying for a busy mother of 5. So, I cut off the sleeves and used the edges to make the neckline smaller. I also shortened the top. It's one of my favorite shirts now.
I am looking forward to remaking more things in the next month. Thanks for all the inspiration.
Okay, I'm seriously a bad Refashionista. *smacks self on wrist* BAD Cate!
I haven't posted anything in forever because I've been uebr-busy to the 500th degree. I have marching band, which takes up a bunch of time.
I have refashioned a few t-shirts. I'll take pictures soon enough. :] And I also made a pair of armwarmers... I'll include those if I can find them. I'm seriously sorry I've been so busy. :\ But I'm alive, don't worry!
This is-or should have been!-my entry for the Bitchin' Mittens challenge. Oops, that was over on Sept. 4. Oh well, I needed mittens to go with the new hat ! Another Coop Extension pattern, which is still available. At $3 per pattern, it's a steal, 'cuz you get several different mitten styles.
Hmmm... can't seem to upload the image. But, as usual, you can see the mittens at my blog.
The other weekend was so warm that I packed away my really wintery clothes and unpacked some summer shirts and t-shirts. I'm really liking this t-shirt that I refashioned last summer. It was one of those very plain boxy, dropped shoulder numbers. Not good for the ample chested. I removed all the banding, scooped the hem (for a little more movement in the hips) and gathered the neckline and sleeves a little, which made the sleeves sit better. And of course, a flower applique. I'm surprised at how much I am liking it, as I am usually quite a plain and functional dresser. The t-shirt is a little shorter than I would like, maybe it just feels a little strange after winter to be so suddenly wearing short sleeves and baring skin to the sun.
The warm weather has come upon us rather quickly this year, and on a recent trip to town, I had a look at the spring range for larger ladies in a Melbourne department store. Before wardrobe refashion, I would have come away with at least a couple of t-shirts. And I would have spent hours checking through other shops looking for something that fit properly and made me happy. And inevitably I would have been disappointed. I didn't think that I would be able to go this long without buying new, mass produced clothes and thought that I'd be making the odd sneaky purchase. Now I am really enjoying not shopping for clothes. With the money saved from buying numerous cheap and ultimately disappointing garments, I've been able to pay my sister (who makes clothes for a living) to make me two new pairs of trousers and a new wrap top. This is well within the rules and the spirit of wardrobe refashion and makes sense to me, as I really don't have the time or inclination to make, or hunt through opshops, for absolutely everything I wear. But as soon as I finish (or abandon) all my winter sewing projects and the mending that's piled up, I'm planning to make a couple of new shirts and t-shirts. And maybe a skirt and definitely some new gym pants. Better get cracking then...