Monday, September 17, 2018

1 Dress 2 Refashions Part 2

YAY we have made it to Part 2 of this refashion! I am so excited for you to see what I have done with the bottom half of this dress!
Let me refresh your memory,
The original dress:
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Part 1:
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Now onto part 2!
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With the elastic in the back it was a little tricky to make this into a snug skirt. First, I had to sew the front the skirt to the back on each side.
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Then I folded over the front material of the skirt and stitched that together.
Once my skirt was done I slipped on a black tank to and the hubby and I were off the Sea Life Aquarium and then dinner!
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Not too bad for Part 2!
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Happy Refashioning!!!
Check out my stash of refashions on my blog!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

1 Dress 2 Refashions Part 1

Welcome to Part 1 of this refash!
The dress I chose to use was too cute to not utilize every part of it.
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How is this not the cutest back ever!?

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Okay, so I said this was Part 1 of 2 for this refashion. So here it goes!
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I cut the dress right at the waistline. This dress had elastic on the back but not the front.
I found this skirt in the to be refashed pile and it matched the color of the palms on the dress, what luck!

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I wanted to use this skirt as the bottom of  my dress and used the top of the palm dress. I used my seam ripper to open the seam of the skirt and separate the elastic waist. This gave me more room to work with the skirt since the elastic wasn't bunching up every time I moved it.
I was actually not going to use this elastic as part of the dress but I did need it to keep the skirt together for this next part.

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The top that I cut off of the palm dress was SUPER short, like shorter than an acceptable crop top, just sewing that top to the skirt would make the new dress itself way too short. I decided to add this 3 inch elastic waistband! That would give me more length to the entire dress.

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Once I sewed the elastic to the top I then sewed the skirt to the bottom of the elastic using the original elastic of the skirt as a guide.

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Once the skirt was almost sewn to the top I realized that the skirt was too large. So I had to improvise.

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I made a cut down the entire length of the skirt.

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Then I sewed the 2 pieces together and cut off the excess.

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Then I was able to finish sewing the skirt to the elastic.
I was so fortunate that my hubby took me to see The Beach Boys in concert!!! This has been something that was on my bucket list! I just adore The Beach Boys but my husband does not, but he was a trooper taking me and sitting through the music. I think he actually had as good a time as I did!

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The Beach Boys!!!

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The front!
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The back!

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Happy Refashioning!!!
Check out my stash of refashions on my blog!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Removing Ruffles and Ripping Seams

 Hello Refashion Co-op. I really gave my seam ripper a workout with this outfit. But it was worth it.
 

I love hand-me-downs and this J.Crew blouse was lovely. Except for the slightly huge ruffled neckline. I couldn't handle all that material around my neck so I found where it was attached and removed it. I just used my seam ripper. I was left with this smaller ruffle that was attached separately, like a collar. Some of it stood up and some of it fell over.


 I used my machine to stitch it down so it was more uniform. It was off my neck and opened up the neckline. 


This tiered skirt has been sitting in the refashion pile for a few years. I didn't really like the tiers but I didn't have any ideas for refashioning it. 
Now I knew what to do. I used my seam ripper again and removed the lowest tier of fabric from the skirt. It made it shorter and more flattering. The colors and the smaller amount of ruffles in the blouse and skirt really went together well.


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

Update: A Refashion for Florida

Back in 2016 I had refashioned a dress to wear on a trip to Florida. It was a rushed refash and I wasn't completely happy with the results. I had always intended on fixing it, but time and other projects kept me busy. So, finally I got around to fixing my refash. I absolutely love the print on this dress so I was super excited to fix it!
You can see the original post Here
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In my original post I had mentioned that I liked the collar on this dress popped up. But it had a hard time staying like that. I had an idea of adding small pieces of wire to stiffen up the collar.

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I cut 2 small pieces of craft wire.

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I opened up the front collar seam and inserted the wire and sewed it back up.

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Originally, I had taken 5 inches off the length of the sleeves. Which was good until I put it on and realized the arm holes were all the way down my sides! Not vert modest! I closed up the arm holes and even took the sides of the bodice in by 1- 1/2 inches in places. Stitched that up and used pinking sheers to remove the excess material.

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Also I had originally  took a large portion of the length of the dress off. Yet again I did not notice I did not take enough until it was too late. I cut off another 5 inches from the length and made a new hem.

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I had a bottom seam of a purple t-shirt left over that was the perfect match. I used this to sew a faux "belt" around the waist. I say "belt" because it was only for decorative purposes and I fixed it to the dress with these perfectly matching buttons I picked up on clearance.

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See the popped collar?!

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It doesn't look like a HUGE transformation but I feel like it fits so much better! I am finally happy!

Happy Refashioning!!!
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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Scarf to shawl refashion



This refashion was very simple.

I found this scarf in my local park, but after trying it as a scarf a few times It wasn't working for me. 

With one cut and a few lines of stitching I made it into a lightweight shawl.

I cut and hemmed a hole for the neck.



2 lines of stitching don't really create arms but do add a bit of stability to stop the shawl slipping to one side or another.



It provides just the right amount of warmth for September evenings.



There are more details and photos here