Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Hot Leather Pants

Hello Refashion Co-op. I had some heavy leather pants. They were really hot and uncomfortable. It was horrible to wear them in the summer heat even just to try them on.

I cut the pants into shorts. I still don't know where I would wear these shorts. I really wanted to make something from the legs off the pants. I made 2 pockets from the ends of the pants, one was a little taller than the other.

I added a little fabric inside and a piece of black cording I had for a shoulder strap. I connected the 2 pockets and I had a little purse.

I added a pin I had on hand to dress up the front. It also helps keep the taller pocket folded over the shorter pocket to close the purse.

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

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Red Rose Refash with a Sash

You may have noticed that I have been in love with thrifted shirts that have embroidery details! This refash is no exception.
I fell in love with this red rose embroidery, however I am not a huge fan of button down shirts.
Time to transform this!
I carefully removed the sleeves. Then pinned and sewed a new hem around the arm holes. I also took in the sides of the shirt to make it more fitted.
I found the best way to do these alterations is to turn the shirt inside out and put it on my dress form. I also buttoned the shirt, which is a tricky task since the shirt is inside out. Tricky, but not impossible!
Time to removed the collar! Then stitched up the seam.
I saved the sleeves just in case I needed them.
Then the light bulb in my brain turned on and I decided to make a sash out of the sleeves!
I laid the sleeves next to each other, and trimmed off the side with the buttons.
A quick press with the iron helped keep the material in line when I sewed them. Note: I sewed the length of the sleeves with the fabric inside out. Then sewed end opposite the cuffs.
Then it was time to turn the sleeves right side out. I loved the tiny cuff at the end and left it open. I attached the 2 sleeves together by a piece of lace, which made the sash nice and long! And pretty too!
Did I mention this fabric was nice and light, just in time for some summer weather!
Happy Refashioning!!!

Check out my stash of refashions on my blog!

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.