Sunday, July 21, 2019

Draped Back Dress

I retired this dress from my closet to my refash pile several years ago. I wore this dress a billions times because I loved it so much, but I finally got tired of it. I recently found it in my refash pile and fell in love with it again! It just needed an update!
I decided to tie the top of the dress into the bottom of the dress by adding blue bias tape to the neckline and arm holes.


Then I wanted to shorten this dress so I marked where I wanted my new hem to to end.

I cut and and hemmed the bottom!

Now I have a leftover piece of fabric.

I draped this leftover piece of fabric across the shoulders.


Took a trip to the Cheese House in Frankenmuth in my new dress!


Happy Refashioning!!!
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Monday, July 15, 2019

Une petite robe pour l'été ...

Lors d'un défi avec ma copinaute Lauriane de "Made in Liochka" , j'ai réalisé cette transformation de robe à empiècement avec manches 3/4 en robe sans manches et dans une taille inférieure....

Le patron qui m'a servi est un patron d'un vieux Burda (07/1994) que j'ai déjà testé et que j'aime beaucoup car finalement très simple à réaliser. Ici j'ai juste modifié le patron pour avoir un empiècement en haut de la robe.

Voici la robe de départ :

Et voici la nouvelle petite robe que j'ai déjà porté d'ailleurs ......

Elle est pas sympa ma petite robe ? 

Pour en savoir plus sur ce défi , c'est Ici 

Friday, July 12, 2019

Curtains to dungarees dress refashion

I bought these 100% cotton curtains with this particular project in mind.

The shop assistant wanted to charge me £5.99 each curtain so I just bought one, there was sufficient fabric as they were fairly large.

I was making a dungarees / pinafore dress with a commercial pattern and the first job was to seam rip the lining and curtain tape away, but I actually enjoy this part of the process it feels like I am producing fabric.

The label on the curtains said dry clean only so they had been in my washing machine on a normal cycle and suffered no ill effects.

Once removed from the lining and washed, the fabric was much more floppy than I had anticipated and this pattern requires a fairly stiff fabric.  After some thinking I decided to fully interface the main pieces, and fully line the dress using the curtain lining.

I was slightly concerned that this would make the dress too hot and stiff but it worked out OK although I have had the comment that it looks like an apron.

There are more details and photos here

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Cropped Wide Leg Pants

Hello Refashion Co-op. I wanted a pair of cropped pants with wide legs like I have seen all over Instagram. I thought I could make a pair myself out of these long dress pants. I also wanted to wear this puke green blouse with them.

I took some excess from the sides of the blouse, and made new side seams.

 I also took some excess fabric from the back of the shirt, that helped raise the neckline.

 The pants were easy. I just took a little fabric from the waist and hip area. I left the legs as loose as possible. I made them much shorter and gave them a new hem.

 My new cropped pants were ready to wear. They are really comfortable but still feel a little dressy.

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

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Overall Skirt and Shirt Refash

Are overalls making a comeback? I have been seeing a lot of girls wearing them lately. Well, I guess it’s time to jump on the bandwagon! 
Here I have a button down shirt that resembles denim, which I thought would be perfect to make into an overall skirt!
I removed the sleeves and set them aside. Then I cut just below the sleeve seam to make the skirt portion.
I began pinning the casing for my elastic by rolling over the top of the skirt material. I left about an inch casing to fit 1 inch elastic.
I sewed the casing all the way around but leaving a 1 1/2 inch gap open so I could thread the elastic through.
I threaded the elastic through with my trusty Bodkin, but you can also use a safety pin. Once that was done, I stitched the 2 ends of the elastic together, overlapping by about 1 inch. 
After that I sewed up the 1 1/2 inch gap to seal in the elastic.
Since my skirt was now done It was time to focus on making the straps for the overall part!
I brought out the sleeves I set aside. I cut 4 equal parts out of the 2 sleeves.
Sewed the 4 parts lengthwise and inside out. Once that was done, I turned all 4 parts right side out. Once they were all right side out I sewed 2 pieces  together at the end to make 2 very long straps.
With my 2 long straps down I attached them to the skirt. I found the perfect place in the back to sew them to the skirt. Then I crossed the straps in the back and stitched them in the front of the skirt!
I was on a roll making this overall skirt I went on to make a shirt to wear with it!
I was having fun thrifting long sleeve shirts with unique patterns.
I loved this tulip-ish pattern!
I mimicked the tulip pattern and made 3 cut-outs at the neckline.
At the cuff of the sleeve I cut slits 1 inch apart all the way around the sleeve.
I threaded some cream color ribbon through the slits and sewed the ends together to make them secure.
It was a cute idea but the weather was just a tad too cold. I will have to try again to wear this out and about!
Happy Refashioning!!!
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