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!

T-shirt Mania 6; The Giant Purple One

Hello Refashion Co-op. This was the last t-shirt in a pile of refashion clothes that I worked through. It also gave me the most trouble and struggle. It was a big soft low cut bright purple V-neck, nothing exciting there.


 I took the shirt in on the sides and at the shoulders to make it more narrow and raise the neckline. Nothing exciting there either.


I added some nice bias tape that I had on hand. I thought it would break up the purple and dress the shirt up a little.


It was a mistake because the bias tape was just too heavy and stiff for the light weight knit shirt. It made the neckline too bulky and it just felt weird. I was a little angry at myself for not realizing this sooner.


I cut the neckline into a V shape again to remove the trim. I also cut open the shoulder seams and tied a knot on each shoulder to strengthen the neckline and keep the shoulders on my shoulders. the knots also raised the neckline since I had just cut it into a deeper V. 


I decided this soft shirt was just going to be  worn with leggings for exercise.


Some things just don't work out the way I think they will. 
See you next time.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Tablecloth to trousers



When I bought this tablecloth in Oxfam I thought the price (£14.99) was rather inflated. In fact, I could have bought it cheaper on Amazon.


On reflection, as I have already made this skirt out of it, and there was enough fabric to also make a pair of trousers, it's starting to look like better value. 


There are more details and photos here

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

T-shirt Mania 5; The Accidental Pajamas

Hello Refashion Co-op. I made some pajamas recently. I didn't mean too. I was trying to make summer clothes. When I was done I looked at them and thought they really looked more like sleepwear. That's OK, I needed some pajamas anyway.


 I started with this tank. It had one of those racer-backs. I decided to make a new back for this shirt out of a freebie white t-shirt that I already had.


I cut off all the trim around the arm and neck holes and put it on my new shirt so it would look more finished.


I also had this blue and green seersucker shirt my mom gave me. (Thanks Mom!) It was really cute material but it felt a little too thick and heavy to wear as a shirt in the summer. I decided to make some shorts out of it.


I cut the shirt so it would lay flat and I even added the sleeve fabric so I would have enough for my pattern. It was really close, I barely made it fit.


 It was at this point that I tried on my new clothes and saw a set of pajamas. They just looked like sleepwear to me. I actually needed some pajamas, so it's fine with me.


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

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Shirtdress seriously updated

A swing dress size XL, which did nothing good for me. I also had my doubts whether as to I could make the red/white checkered fabric look like something else than a kitchen tablecloth. But I like a challenge.

- I separated the bodice and the the skirt.
- I narrowed the bodice along all its seams, until it fitted me.
- The was a lot of fabric in the skirt. I opened up the pleats, and used the skirt as fabric for a completely new skirt.
- And then I stitched the to parts of the dress back together.

The finished dress. I like it quite a lot and it is perfect for the summer weather we have now.

Skirt with points at the sides. I added a few pearls to accentuate the points.

A month of sun does wonders for pastywhite skin.