Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Lilly and the Pink Dress

Hello Refashion Co-op. I found some wild Lilly Pulitzer pants at a clothes swap. I wanted to make a pink top to go with them.

I had this pink J.Crew dress to work with. Unfortunately the elastic was going brittle and it had a big ink spot on the front. The neck was really warped and I couldn't iron it out. I had to use the parts that were not damaged and I fought with it quite a bit.
 Wearing a plain white t-shirt started to sound like a good idea.

I used the skirt and the part of the top you see outlined in gray.

 I ended up with an off-the-shoulder top and a lot of scrap pieces from trying different ideas and having them not work at all.

 The pants were easy to resize after the battle with the dress and the length was right already. 

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

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Scalloped hem top

I bought this skirt for £3 about a year ago for the fabric.

And this dress last week for £1 also for the fabric to go with the roses - well the black skirt part of the dress at least.

Skirt + dress = top obviously, a scalloped hem one.

More details  and photos here

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Little Black Dress with Puffed Sleeves

Hello Refashion Co-op. I had a little black dress on my hands that needed help. It was boring and too revealing all at the same time. I also had a shirt that was too sheer to wear.

Here is my black dress. It was so boring. It just hangs there and looks so bland. And the scoop neck is too low for me to wear without revealing all the stuff I like to keep covered. The hem was coming undone too.

I cut the sheer polka-dot sleeves off the shirt. That was easy.

I added them to the sleeveless dress and it made the dress so much more interesting and fun. 

A little size adjustment in the shoulders and the side seams and the fit was better all over.

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

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Prom Dress Fail & Outdated Blouse to New Refashioned Outfit

It feels like forever since I have done a refashion (& maybe it has). Sometimes life just gets in the way of our sewing machines, but that is why I come with a double refashion today!

My cousin gave me this prom-dress-fail a few years ago so I could play around with it. Getting excited over receiving "ugly" clothes seems weird to a non-refashioner, but to a refashioner, it is an awesome thing to receive! I knew I wanted to make a skirt out of all the fabric this dress had to offer. To finish off my outfit, I ordered this blouse, which seemed to look better-fitting online than in person, so I had to refashion it. 

The problems:

1. The dress is self-explanatory, right? Hehe.
2. The blouse had these outdated puffy sleeves and the length was too long. 

The solutions:

1. The dress was cut off at the waist and the huge pleats were seam ripped to make three layers for the skirt. The black satin waistband was used to make a new waistband for the skirt.
2. The sleeves and some length were chopped off. The fabric from the extra length was used to make cute and fully lined flounce sleeves.

And this is how my new outfit was created.
Have you ever planned to refashion one garment, and ended up refashioning a new outfit?

For the full tutorial and additional photos, please visit Sew Much Love, Mary.
Thank you for reading. :)

Friday, June 07, 2019

Save the Jewels!

Hello Refashion Co-op. I found a cute little dress at a clothes swap. It didn't fit as I had hoped and I didn't think I could wear it. I really loved the collar with all the jewels. It was pretty and shiny and sparkly... I decided to try and save it. Some of it, anyway.

I started by cutting the skirt off the dress. The skirt would fit nicely. It just needed some elastic threaded through the waistband. That was an easy way to make a skirt right?

I took the collar off the dress. 

It fit around the neckband of this men's t-shirt. 

 I cut the men's t-shirt into a tank top. I cut out a tank top shape and then turned the armholes under and stitched them down. I also made new side seams.

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