Friday, July 20, 2018

Altering Your Bras

 Hello Refashion Co-op. After I refashioned some racer-back tank tops so I could wear them with regular bras, it occurred to me that I should try to alter some bras into racer-back bras.

 I altered the black bra above and it turned out so well I decided to alter a white bra too. I cut the shoulder straps off along the edge of the back strap of the bra. I didn'y cut any of the stitching or elastic that made the back straps.

I criss-crossed the straps and reattached them at an angle in the back. I used tan thread so it would show in this picture.

I was on a roll and decided to attempt removing the excess padding from another bra. I bought this bra from Amazon a long time ago. It said it was lined, but I found the lining to be more like bulky padding. It was hot, uncomfortable, and made me look very bulky on top. I didn't like how it looked and I didn't wear it.

I cut along the edge of the bra. The padding wasn't fused to the front fabric. It was only attached at the edges. I used small scissors and cut along the inside of the underwire and stitching along the top of each cup. I left the outer "frame" of the bra intact.

These two pieces of lining came out easily.

The bra is still intact and wearable. I was careful not to cut through the front fabric that made the bra cups so nothing was damaged.  
I wore it all day and it still worked as it was supposed to. It was a lot more comfortable and it worked out well for me.

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

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

There's a Hole in My Sweater

Hello Refashion Co-op. I did a little button switch-a-roo recently. Does that count as a refashion? It all started as a way to hide some mending.

This was a plain black cardigan. It was a simple basic sweater, a little boring but useful.

Here was the problem. It got a hole on the sleeve. I had to stitch it up. That was simple too.

I added this little giraffe button to hide the mending where the hole was.

I also removed the plain buttons in the front and replaced them with more of the giraffes. They made the sweater more colorful and fun.

That's it for now, thanks for reading this post.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

T shirt tart up

I bought this t-shirt at a local car boot sale for £1.50

It was a blank canvas for a little embellishment.

This was my embellishment fabric of choice.

There were a few fitting issues to deal with first.

More details and photos here

Here is the finished product.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Beach Cover Up

This is ALMOST a no-sew refashion....Almost! I bought this t-shirt during my Birthday trip to Frankenmuth, MI.
I decided this would make a great beach cover-up!
I cut off the collar. Cut a slit 1/4 the way down the back.
I twisted each side 4 times to make a sort of strap.
First twist.
4th twist. I put a couple of stitches in the twisted straps so they would stay.
DSCN1596I trimmed off the bottom hem.
Then I made cuts all around the bottom of the shirt.
I began a macrame style pattern. I tied 2 strands together.

Then I crossed the strands and tied another knot. I repeated this pattern until I got to the end.
The front!

The back!

Happy Refashioning!!!
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Friday, July 13, 2018

Refashion x 3

I'm honestly not even sure that this qualifies as a refashion.  It is but it isn't.  You see for the past few months i've been working on my SheShed.  I've used old clothes and accessories to make rugs, lighting and all kinds of decor.  I'll be back to sewing soon, but for now it's all SheShed all the time.

Beaded Headband
A few years ago I went through a headband phase where I made tons of headbands.  I really liked this beaded one but it was just too heavy to wear on a regular basis.
My headband phase
We had a big family party and my dress was rather plain, so I removed the beads and added Magnolias!

Adding Magnolias and Hydrangeas

Completed Magnolia Headband
At the party
I LOVE this version of the headband, but it broke during the party.

Removed flowers from the headband
I pulled all of the flowers off the headband.  Using an old tin bucket and a lamp cord, I turned the flowers into a pendant lamp for the She Shed.

Bucket for the light

Lamp cord
The headband became a pendant lamp over my work area.

Work lamp
This was fine.  But then I decided that I didn't like the red.  I wanted an all white light fixture. 
Work Table light
So I removed the red flowers and added more magnolias!

Red Hydrangeas removed

All white pendant light!
Now that it's all white, it's PERFECT!!  I'm crazy in love with this lamp and with my SheShed!

For the bead headband tutorial click HERE.

For the Flower headband tutorial click HERE.

For the Flower Pendant Lamp tutorial , click HERE

For more about the SheShed, visit OneBrownMom!