Sunday, November 11, 2018

Halloween Refash 2018

It has arrived! (and passed) The most fun day for a refashioner, Halloween!!!
This year I have decided to be a sassy witch!

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I purchased this witch dress from the Halloween store and as you can see it does not have a very sassy fit. It just hangs on me. Thank goodness I will use this as a starter for my costume because after all this is a refashion!

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I purchased 3 spools of Halloween tulle: Orange glitter tulle, green spiderweb tulle, regular purple tulle and black bat ribbon. I cut these into strips and added them in between the fabric strips of the witch dress.

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Once the strips of Halloween tulle were pinned, it was time to start sewing!
Now onto making the top part of the dress....

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I had this corset in my to-be refashed pile. So glad I had this in stock!

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Since I was going with mostly black and purple for my costume I used a purple fabric marker to color the white threads of the appliques on the corset.
What witches costume isn't complete with accessories?!
First up: Shoes!

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\Thrifted these beautiful pointed black heels!

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I wanted to put some glitz on these babies! I painted the shoes with modge podge, sprinkled on black glitter for the shoe and purple glitter for the heel. Once this coat was dry I then painted on another coat of modge podge to seal the glitter! (It is best to paint and glitter in small sections and use a foam brush!)

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All dry and sparkly!

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I then cut 2 square buckles out of a cereal box. Painted black with acrylic paint and sprinkled with purple glitter while the paint was still wet. Once that dried I sealed with a coat of modge podge. Then I hot glued them to my witch shoes.
Don't worry! I didn't forget about the hat!

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My favorite part of refashioning is doing hats! On this on I added a series of feathers and a black rose.

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To top it off I added a plastic spider attached with fishing line to the tip of my hat.

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A close up!

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The hubby always insists on buying this costumes at the Halloween store. This year he decided to be Dr. Steven Strange. Who my hubby's name is also Steven.

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I do believe he has a great likeness!

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Hope everyone enjoyed their Halloween!!!

Happy Refashioning!!!

Check out my previous Halloween costumes and my other refashions on my blog!

Friday, November 09, 2018

New Blue Shoes

Hello Refashion Co-op. I wanted to change the color of these shoes and after a little research I found a fabulous way.


 This paint is cheap and you can get it from Amazon. It worked well too. It is called Angelus Leather Paint. Note- They don't know me and didn't pay me to say nice things about them.


 I used a brush to get the paint everywhere. It dried fast so I worked quickly and applied a second coat to make the paint even. The finish had a little sheen to it but it still looked like leather. It looked like I had my shoes shined.


I didn't paint the inside of the shoes. I wasn't sure if it would come off on my feet over time and no one can see in there anyway. I liked the darker blue much better than the original lighter color.


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

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Table runner to technicolour trousers



I bought this piece of fabric for next to nothing at a jumble sale about 4 years ago, attracted by the bright colours.

On closer examination it appeared to be 2 table runners sewn together.

Having been auditioned for many projects in the past, it had never made it to the final cut until now.

In the end it was obvious - long piece of fabric = trousers, bright ones!



There wasn't enough to make a whole pair so some denim, which goes with everything, was the other component.



There were issues with the loose weave of the cloth, designed to sit peacefully on a table and be looked at, not the wears and strains of trouser activity.




There were also issues with existing heavy wear in some of the denim which I attempted to tackle with creative embroidery.

In the end these trousers passed the first test of all my clothing, which is comfort, and I decided to wear them with pride.



There are more details and photos here 




Friday, November 02, 2018

Making Tight Clothes Bigger and Bigger

Hello Refashion Co-op. I had a very tight dress on my hands here. I didn't want to wear it like that so I made it bigger. I also made it into a shirt.


 You can see how the dress was tight around the hips of my dress form. It was way too tight. I cut off the bottom part of the dress so I had a shirt. Then I cut the side seams open.


I used this black t-shirt for material. I cut strips of the shirt to put into the side seams of the striped shirt.


I liked how the black strips of fabric looked on the sides of the shirt. I was ready to wear it. I put it on and realized that it was still a little too tight. Ugh! I didn't want to open the sides again and insert bigger strips of fabric. I decided to add a piece of black fabric down the back of the shirt. It worked great.


I also added the lower edge of the dress to the bottom, so it had a finished hem. It made a nice sort of waistband and I liked the stripes in different directions. It was still soft and stretchy, just not as super-tight.


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

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

A Spider Shirt for Halloween

Hello Refashion Co-op. It is Halloween here and that means costumes and candy. I am not that into costumes so I tried to make a fun but subdued shirt to wear for the day. I was inspired by something I saw on Pinterest. 


I started with a plain black t-shirt. I found a scrap of lace for the neckline, it was just cheap polyester, but it worked well here.


I had this spider pin in a drawer or quite a while. You can see he didn't do very well in that drawer. He lost a couple legs. I thought he still looked like a spider and used him in his broken state.


Here is a closer shot of the shoulder with the spider. I attached a small piece of embroidery thread so it looked like the spider was still spinning the web. I can take the pin off when it is time to wash the shirt. I like the spider up on my shoulder too.


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