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Friday, 27 March 2015

Skirt to Pants!

We started with a skirt, of course!  Are you seeing a trend here?  I don't have a before photo, but you can just about imagine it.  I'd made it when I was a teenager!
I just laid my pattern piece out on the existing skirt and cut out around it, keeping the original waistband and pockets...bonus!  Then I sewed up the crotch seam and the inseam, hemmed it and I was done!
To see the other pajama pants I made, head on over to Skirt Fixation!

T-shirt and skirt to dress

Finally I gave it a go at this refashion classic.
A dress that had become too tight in the chest area, and a fitted white T-shirt (I forgot a before picture, but you know how they look).

I cut of the bottom of the T-shirt, and the top of the dress, and sewed them together.
Picture tutorial of the proces HERE.

I have tried this type of refashion a few years ago (actually I think it was one of my first tries in refashion), but didn't think it look good, because the two different types of fabric didn't play well together.
So this time i added a fabric belt (I had made the dress myself and had a remant of the fabric in my stash), and it makes all the difference.

The finished dress......or so I thought. The original dress had gathers at the front, and when I put on my refashioned dress, I remembered (first then) that it made me look very pregnant.
Sucking my belly in like crazy
Second try: I cut the pieces apart, turned the skirt around to make the back the front, since the back didn't have gathers, and sewed the pieces back together.
I became a little short, but no more mommy-tummy showing.

This was such an easy an quick refashion (not counting my minor mishap in). I am definitely doing this again, and recommending it to beginner refashioners.

My blog: http://www.sagaifarver.dk

3 Frumpy Sweaters to Work-Ready Clothes

Hello! This is my first blog with Refashion Co-op and I'm exited to FINALLY be getting started after almost four long months of procrastinating. I started the year out with a goal of doing at least one refashion a week, in hopes of cutting my overflowing tubs of old clothes and fabric down to a respectable size, but as you can see (ahem... *checks calendar* its March 26th)... I've been slow getting started.

I have, on the other hand, actually been refashioning a bit, just not posting anything. But better late than never, right?So without further ado... here are a few quick sweater alterations I did to turn thrift store finds into something a little more stylish and fitting for work.

Open front teal cardigan

This was a quick change, just snipped out the weird sewn in tank part, and took in the arms and torso.

Batwing-ish Sweater:

I found this black open-weave sweater at Goodwill "by the pound" outlet, and it only took a few minutes to bring the sides in to create a much more figure-flattering shirt

Maxi Skirt

I snipped the waist of this odd-length sweater dress and added an elastic waist to make a quick, comfy skirt to wear to work. The top half will be waiting in my stash until I find something to do with it... any ideas?

Thanks for reading, and I promise I'll be more prompt with my posts :) I'm starting my New Years resolution in March (well pretty much April), but I'm sticking to it! 52-weeks of refashions, here we go!

Lace Tablecloth to Lace Dress

Another quick and simple refashion here! I thrifted this white lace tablecloth from my local thrift store last year. Since spring is coming soon (I think as I look at the snow on the sidewalk outside my window), I thought I would like to turn it into a simple pull-on lace dress for me.

So from this:

To this in 2 hours:

You can see my refashioning journey for this dress on my Blog.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Back to front top

Simple satintop. Lovely colour, but the top didn't work for me. It made my bust look bigger and my neck look shorter.

I turned it around so the back became the front. I cut out a cresent to make a fitting neckline.
The top had a button closure and I kept the lower three buttons.

The top is a lot more "me" now.