Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Blue Suede For Days Part 2

Hello Refashion Co-op. This top wasn't that complicated but it has taken me a long time to decide what to do with it. As you can see it is the top half of a big faux suede outfit. This is a lot of blue suede. Even Elvis would have trouble pulling this off. It was too big but it has no stretch at all so I couldn't just make it smaller, I wouldn't be able to take it on and off. It also has a satin detail down the front that I didn't want to cut up. So it sat and waited for a long time. 

I wanted to make it open in the back and though an open back would be a nice solution, but I didn't want to show any skin. (I'm shy like that.) I did one big button at the top and some hidden snaps down the back. It opens up at the bottom.

This improved the fit a lot. It has a nice drape to it now. 

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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

REFASHION: tie it all together

I apologize for posting so many refashions during the past few days, but the month of May is ending way too quickly for me. And I am determined to complete my Me-May-Made 2016 goal -- finish five refashions. Unfortunately, procrastination and my upcoming schedule has forced me to work on the refashions as quickly as possible before June rolls around.

A failed refashion with a casual shirt and complementing paisley tie led to a simple and wonderful refashion. Previous refashions had me using bias tape, lace or the original neckline to create a v-neck. Why couldn't I use a men's tie?

For more pictures and details, click here.

Until next time ... Jennifer Elliott

P.S. To avoid a ton of swear words and not test my patience, I took the black bias tape route to finish my kimono! I love the final look. So pretty.

Me-Made-May Maxi Dress

All month I've been posting refashions from yesteryear. Today, I actually have a Me-Made-May refashion from this year :)

This beauty was .99 cents and I wanted to turn it into a dress. I began by cutting the coral lining from the skirt and reshaping it into a bodice.

After resizing it, I reattached it to the chevron skirt
The Chevron material is super see-through so I added a knee-length lining from scrap material leftover from another refashion (Save your scraps!) :)

And I had (what I think) is a super pretty maxi dress that I wore to my step-grandson's mother's wedding :-D

In-depth detail of my Maxi Skirt to Dress steps on my blog if you want to see them.

Happy Refashioning in MMM16!


Floral and Paisley Long Sleeve Dress Remake

When I first saw this dress, I really wasn't pay attention to much else beside the amazing fabric. I loved the patterns and knew I could make something beautiful out of this.

Dress before 

What I did:  
1. Trimmed the sleeves and did a rolled hem (tutorial to come!) on the edges to give the 
sleeves an organic flowy look rather than a solid flat hem.
2. Brought up the length and hemmed it.
3. Added a belt!

Here's the after 

Side by side

More refashions on my blog HERE and on Instagram HERE 

Monday, 23 May 2016

Retro Sunshine

Today's project is to take this little summer dress to a little summer top.

I cut off the bodice, sewed the two triangles together and reattached it.

Now it's a halter top!

See more on my Blog!