Monday, September 25, 2017

Off the Shoulder Refash

This refash was done for Labor Day weekend. The holiday all boaters dislike because it signals the end of the summer season.
As always I wanted to see summer off with a bang!
I started with this tropical shirt....
Totally cool, right?!

I began by cutting strait across the shirt right under the collar.

I folded over the top to make a casing for some elastic. I used 1/2 inch elastic.

I left a 1 inch gap so I could thread the elastic through.

Then, I stitched up the 1 inch gap.

The sleeves were originally a very awkward length so I cut off the cuff... saved the buttons for later. Then made a new hem for the sleeves.

I thought I was all done until I found this.... hole. I did a little darning action to close uo the hole. Then I was weekend ready!

Last weekend for white pants!

For our Labor Day celebration we waited until dusk to send up some sky lanterns, which was super cool!





Happy Refashioning!!!

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Black lace dress upgraded

Nice dress, but the long sleeves made it difficult to style, I thought. And difficult to dress down, which I do more often than not.

I always wear a bra, but didn't want it to show on the naked back.

I removed the sleeves and hemmed the arm opening edges.

I had two of these shapewear tops. I once bought them for next to nothing, and when I tried them on, I realised why no one wanted them: The bottom hems rolled up like crazy.
I got one of the tops out and cut off the lower part of it, so it was 11 cm long (10 cm or 4" + seam  allowance). I hemmed the edge and had a short crop top bra cover.

Now a versatile dress for many occasions.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

A Shirt Skirt

Hello Refashion Co-op. I am not always completely successful when I try to refashion clothes. Sometimes things just don't work out. This time I was half successful.
 I wanted to refashion these 2 shirts into a new outfit.

I started by cutting the arms and shoulders off this colorful shirt. I loved the ruffles at the bottom. It seemed like it would make a great skirt.

I made a simple black elastic waistband. This was the successful part of the project.

This gray T-shirt was too low in the front. I thought if I folded the neckline in and over on itself, it would gather together. That would make the neckline higher and it would fit better. I stitched it together but I didn't think it was laying smoothly. 

I added 3 little buttons to improve the wonky neckline. The buttons were OK, but the gathers really defined and accentuated my chest. It didn't suit me and I have to call it a failure. It felt obscene and I couldn't wear it. Oh, well. The skirt is a keeper and I can definitely wear it with something else.

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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

How to easily upsize a skirt waistband

When I scored that skirt years ago in London it was too tight but could be zipped worn higher on my waist + some tummy-sucking-in. It’s since moved to 3 different countries with me and unfortunately years later, no amount of straining could get that zip even halfway closed! Fortunately my refashionista upsizing projects have made me loads less fearful about chopping up gear I’ve had for years!
Discover my easy trick for upsizing & refashioning a skirt waistband right over here  =O)

To Sleeve or, Not to Sleeve

Hello Refashion Co-op. I made a dress out of 2 shirts recently.

I started with these shirts. The colors were so similar I thought they would look good together.

I decided this paisley shirt would be the skirt. I cut it off and put thin elastic through the bottom hem. 

It looked like this. I liked it a lot but it was suited for warm weather and cooler days are coming.

I decided to cut off the paisley sleeves and...

I attached them to the sleeveless top. I thought this would make it more wearable for more of the year.

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