Sunday, September 19, 2021

Skirt turned into vest


Hi there, welcome to my first post here at Refashion Co-op! I blog about refashions, remakes and embellishments at and I am very pleased to share my creative projects here with you in the future! 

Thrifting in Holland
In Holland, we don't have the kind of big thrift stores you can for example find in the United States (there's only one here in Amsterdam, as far as I know). There are however a lot of 'kringloop-winkels' (goodwill cycle stores) all over the country. They resell the average second hand clothes. Unfortunately, vintage large maxi dresses with loads of fabric to work with, are hard to come by. 

About 'vermaakster'
In Dutch 'vermaakster' means someone who alters or repairs clothes, but it also means someone who entertains (so that you know... I'll do my best). Some of my projects are (radical) refashions but I'm also fond of projects with small changes or embellishments that make all the difference. Projects that hopefully inspire you as well to look at a garment from a new perspective. 

Enough with the talking for now, hope you enjoy my first post!

You're welcome to visit where I explained the steps. My blog is in English and Dutch, so it's also a good place to catch up on your Dutch:). 
I look forward to sharing more posts with you here at Refashion Co-op!

Diy turtleneck ! step by step tutorial and pattern



Hello๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ˜€, in this DIY/ thrift flip video I sew Turtleneck. I show you step by step tutorial on how to sew with stretch fabrics and create boxy turtleneck. In my previous videos I created super easy lessons on how to deal with stretch fabrics ,as they can be very tricky and how to make basic block pattern for turtleneck based on your own measurements.


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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Useful if unspectacular alteration


Bear with me, this is very difficult to show in photos as it's not a massive change.


I like viscose t-shirts because they drape really well, and this one is in a favourite colour.  But over time the neckline stretches out until I spend all day faffing to cover my bra straps and keep it in place. 


You can see how stretched out it had become. I finally had enough and was thinking of completely replacing the neckband.  But I couldn't match the colour.  Then it occurred to me the existing neckband was stitched in such a way it was effectively a casing.  So I very carefully unpicked where the neckband was sewn together on one shoulder and threaded through 6mm elastic. 

I had to use a large eye needle for knitting, and sew the elastic down to itself in a loop after I put it through the eye.  The neckband is too narrow for a safety pin.  It has stretched the fabric a little, and I did need to arrange the gathers once I'd finished.  I sewed the neckband back together and good to go!

I hope you found this useful and happy sewing!


Friday, September 10, 2021

Money Bag Purse

 Hello Refashion Co-op. My mother-in-law worked at a bank long ago and gave me this bag. I love the
color so much!

  It was a tall bag and I wanted a cross-body style. I decided to add a shoulder strap. I used this cutting tool to make holes.

I used the golds rings from this belt. 

You can see the rings poking through in the bag. I had my husband squeeze them shut in the bag.

I attached a strap I had in my stash and I was done.

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

Friday, September 03, 2021

Scarf Refashion

 Hello Refashion Co-op. I have had this scarf for a while. It came from my sister-in-law. I love the zebra print. Scarves are difficult for me to wear at work. I had an idea to make this scarf into a loose jacket. 

There are more detailed step-by-step directions on my blog. I cut a boxy shape and used the extra scraps to make a small scarf. 

This was a great project, I liked the jacket.