Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Fall Flowers Dress

What better way to celebrate the long-awaited arrival of autumn in Texas than to whip up a cute floral dress to wear with tights and boots? So I pulled out this Laura Ashley number from a recent clothes swap. It fit alright and was nice medium-weight jersey fabric perfect for cooler weather, but the skirt was a bit too long and the collar a lot too tight. Seriously, I could barely get my gargantuan cranium through that thing!

Clothes Swap Haul

First, I did a little trim-and-hem the skirt. Then I cut a new neckline and used the original hem of the skirt as a new neckband. Easy peasy!

Fall Flowers Dress - After

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Fall Flowers Dress - Before & After

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Skirt and Jeans to Purse

Currently I'm working on refashioning a bunch of my clothes that I like, and really don't want to get rid of, but never wear. Black skinny jeans that never get worn? But I never know when I will want to wear them! Fake leather skirt I made in high school? Of course I'm never gonna wear it again, but I made it! I want to keep it!

Then I decided to make myself a purse, and these two items were the perfect fabric for said purse. So I cut them up.

Then sewed them together, into a purse.

Now those black jeans and that pleather skirt are getting plenty of wear! They go with just about every outfit I own.

To see the full transformation (and find out about the awesome pattern I used) visit my blog!

Refashion an Enormous House Dress into a Shirt with Bell Sleeves

I scored this enormous house dress for $3 at the thrift store.  I loved the embroidered sleeves, but it was getting lost in the rest of the dress.  My original plan was to take in the sides and shorten the bottom, but the neckline and shoulders were too wide to work with.  I was better off upcycling this dress with a pattern.  I heard good things about Colette Patterns and bought the Laurel pattern.

I made the following modifications to the pattern:
  1. Used a neck facing instead of a lining
  2. Took in the sides
  3. Modified the sleeves into bell sleeves
You can learn all about modifying a sleeve pattern into a bell sleeve with a slash and spread technique on my blog

"Autumn Garden" Tunic // Skirt to Tunic Refashion

I had this skirt and I loved the bottom embroidery detail. I didn't want to keep it a skirt, so I thought it'd be perfect as a tunic. The embroidery reminded me of fall, and since it is a floral design, I just thought of an "autumn garden." :) 
I  cut the skirt, and added some sweater lace fabric to the sides of the new shirt.
For the full tutorial click here :)

With Sew Much Love, Mary <3

Monday, 23 November 2015

Cardinal Blouse

Continuing in the What-I-made-for-vacation series is this $1 thrift store wonder.

I removed the unwanted elements.

Then, I cut the cuffs off the sleeves and sewed them into the new armhole (Right sides together). I finished up the left over raw edges and voila!

Love that Cardinal print :)

It was perfect for an 85 degree day in sunny Florida!

For my full post on my site, click here.

Happy Refashioning!