This was a favorite T-shirt from college. I know, to each his own. It has micro-thin stripes of green and white that are about a thread wide. There must be a name for that.
I played around with it and thought it would look fine if it were just draped differently. So I gathered the shoulders, the front, and the back. The only thing that I cut was the neckband; that was used to make two rolled-up flowers. The gold thing is a button. I think it has a 40's look to it.
This shirt was obviously too short. I thought by adding a strip of fabric to the bottom, I could solve that problem, plus make it nice enough to wear to work.
Then I thought that adding a ruffle to the bottom might look childish, or clown-like, or might emphasize my hips too much. So I decided to insert a piece in the middle. There is also a sort of fabric belt over top, kind of like a cummerbund.
This purple shirt was a size 18, although it didn't seem quite that big to me. I got it at a Swap-o-rama, which is this event where people bring clothes and swap with each other, and they also have refashioning stations set up.
I was able to cut the top section off the sleeves and sew on the lower part, thereby making use of the existing cuffs.
Yes, these are not clothes, they're cards..... but they're made from scraps!
made some quilted note cards out of fabric scraps. I'm working on several
more. It's really easy and fun. 1)I stitch the pieces together, 2)iron
them flat, 3)trace a rectangle template onto the wrong side, 4)cut
out roughly, 5)then sew all around 2 layers of organic, washed baby
wipes (my batting) to the back of the rectangle, 6)cut excess off
all layers at about 1/4 inch from the stitch line, trim corners 7)slice
a hole in the middle of the "batting, 8)turn inside out, poke
corners out carefully, 9)finger press flat, 10)position onto card
stock, pin in one or 2 places if you desire (I didn't) 11)sew around
edge and keep going inside shape to give quilting effect, overlapping at
edge when you want to move to another area 12)and trim threads.
you have questions, please let me know. I don't know when I'll have
the time to add photos.
made a couple more applique shirts in the style of the Mini-Boden
shirts. I got these shirts at the thrift store for 75 cents a piece. I
showed how to make them in a previous post.
Clayton loves them, even though we don't know what kind of vehicle the
heavy machinery is. I'm guessing it's for picking up logs, but I don't
know it's official name. I think my brother, Brandt could tell me. He
was big into skidders
as a kid. (they are used for logging)
Recently I scored this too-big, oddly shaped thrifted dress.
Well I've been systematically ripping it to pieces whenever the urge takes me, and finally the weather justifies it jumping a few places on the WIP hierarchy. I used Jemima (my dress form) to reshape it, and then it was just a 5 seam refashion! (shoulders, side seams and skirt)
(please note - the hem isn't wonky, I just have see-saw shoulders...)
Much better I think. It's actually, technically back to front here, but the original bustline was going to be too low cut for me, and I HATED the integrated tie at the front. The back had a cool elasticated band (they do exist in harmony - elastic and cool) which I made the front, unpicked the tie until it was just attached at the side seam, reversed the bodice pieces and sewed it all back together again. I love the print, and the fact that it probably originally cost more than I would normally spend on food shopping for a week, mwahahahaha! I'm not sure what brand it is but it is 100% cotton and the feel, finish and design screams "oh daaaaaarling..."
I love when a re-fashion takes an hour - I spend a few bucks at the thrift store, I spend an hour tinkering on it, and bam, I have a nice, new sweater. It's so satisfying! I may never sew from scratch again, lol. Okay maybe not, but don't you love the fast ones?
Oh my goodness, I finally get to post here on Wardrobe Refashion. This is easily in my top ten blogs to stalk! I have found so many great blogs and tutorials and I am excited to share the stuff I have done as well! I have been Thrifting my whole life, generally only buying new when I cannot find what I need second had. (Sometimes, you just can't find a great fitting pair of jeans second hand)
I have a few tutorials of my own. Some of you may have seen some, some may not have. Some are for little girls, some are for grown ups.
My most recent is a peasant skirt to bubble skirt. I made it from a pretty pink maternity skirt found at a charity shop. I love it and cannot wait for the weather to warm up a bit more so I can wear it...everywhere!