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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

NikolaLuigi Refashion

A modest and suitable work top for a day in the office, created from an old charity shop dress. I used the bottom half already, which hopefully you remember, so will be using that top half today!

You can check out how I made this, and pictures of me wearing it out and about here.


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Against The Clock Refashioning!

That expression, 'less haste more speed' feels like a bit of a curse with sewing... Don't get me wrong, I love every moment of the creative process, and hours fly by - but when you're in a rush, isn't it always the case that it doesn't come together as easily as it should?!

I had NO time for that malarkey with this project; there was a wedding to go to, and nothing to wear - until I found THIS in a local charity shop!

Granted, it's just a plain shift dress, a little on the large side, but the colour drew me in... So, with a few tweaks, I was wedding ready! :)

This is me with my Mum and Nan... she's 94! (I tell everyone, at every opportunity, because I know she would too given half a chance!) Head over to my blog, and read all about the process with this dress - and let me know how you might've done things differently - I love hearing your creative ideas :)

I suppose this will mean the start of Autumn refashionings now..? Pah! I'm clinging on to summer for as long as possible ;)

Before and After

JEANS REFASHION: to cute ruffly skirt


One of my favorite pairs of jeans had seen better days. I could've simply patched the holes on the side seams and the crotch area, but I wanted a denim skirt in my closet. I searched the interweb for a simple but cute jeans skirt design. I found a super cute and simple denim skirt featuring three slightly ruffled layers and frayed seams.


After studying the photo, I was pretty confident I could replicate the skirt with a thread and needle. Other than my fingers and tongue being occasionally pricked, I had no problem sewing the skirt during a few classic "Star Trek" movies with Rifftrax commentary. The whole process was surprisingly simple, and I'm pretty surprised with amount of projects I've been able to complete without a sewing machine.


For more information on the process, click here.

Gander over to my blog -- jenniferelliott14.com -- and look at some pretty pictures!

Jennifer Elliott

NikolaLuigi Refashion

A fantastic new skirt from an old dress. Yes this has been done many times before, but I really like this one because it's such a cute pattern!

And when you read what happened whilst wearing the skirt, you will soon realise why this is my lucky charm!!

You can check out how I made this, and pictures of me wearing it out and about here.


Monday, 18 August 2014

Jean Skirt + T = Asian Flair

This refashion began as a thrift store t shirt and jeans skirt with a high back slit. The t shirt was too small for me, but I fell in love with the dragon decal on the back. The jeans skirt fit perfectly, but when I tried it on at the thrift store I didn't notice how large the back opening was. When I got home I realized that I couldn't wear the skirt as it was - most of the back was missing! Since the t shirt was a great color match for the skirt I decided to use the dragon decal from the t to close the back of the skirt. I had to add a seam just above the dragon to have enough length to fill in the entire back opening. The seam looked unattractive, so I hid it with a strip of frayed denim. But the denim strip looked really plain! I decided to cover the strip with Chinese writing. I looked up the word beauty in Chinese on Google Translator and printed the characters on the strip with an indelible magic marker. I sewed the denim strip to the skirt with two buttons which resemble Chinese coins, using embroidery floss in colors from the dragon decal.