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Friday, 31 October 2014

Argh, me hearties!

With Halloween right around the corner, I wanted to share this pic of me as a pirate! The costume is cobbled together from various pieces I had in the costume closet. The eye-patch, however, was made by me.
I took one of the boob inserts out of a shirt (you guys know the concave padded thingies I'm talking about, right? Like shoulder pads for the girls!). I trimmed the pad down to size so it would cover my eye, then I attached some elastic (an old elastic hairband). And voila! A one-eyed pirate look! 
What are you guys wearing for Halloween?

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Funky dress into shirt and skirt

I started out with this dress I got for a buck at a rummage sale. I thought it might be long enough, but it wasn't even close. Plus, it just looked too "junior" on me.

It did, however, have this lovely bib detail that I planned to take full advantage of.

I started out by chopping it in half just under the bib. I pinned the skirt and its lining together to keep them at the right lengths, then gathered it and stitched it to a wide elastic band I took from another old skirt that was very snagged.

Some careful seam-ripping removed the bib from the rest of the dress. Originally, I kept the ruffle on it, but I decided it was much better without it - more clean and modern. A grabbed a spare white t-shirt and stitched the bib to it to create a sort of tuxedo t-shirt.

Here is the view from the back.

Styled with a black blazer for a graphic look.

And finally, with that elastic-waist skirt. Yay! 

Thanks for reading!   -Amy

Manic Pixie Dream Girl Dress

I had this cute white collar and black sash that I removed from another dress
That sash was sewed to the dress right under that collar like a little necktie. I sewed it onto the collar and planned to reattach them as a team to something, someday. Now, a cute collar and floppy bow are not normally something I would be drawn to. I'm afraid of looking like I'm dressing younger than I am.
Months later, I happened on this old thing in my refash pile.
I thought that this completely shapeless, boring sack could be the vehicle for that collar. It would be like a Manic Pixie Dream Girl costume that I could make just for kicks. I included a link for anyone not familiar with this term.
TL;DR version: I cut it too short, changed the black sash for a teal polka dot one, and took in the sides a bit. Then I added a few "quirky" accessories.
You should definitely check out my full post on my blog; Craft, Thrift, or Die...if you feel like it.
Thanks for looking!

Plain Velvet Jacket to Tuxedo-style jacket

This is again a very simple refashion. I thrifted this Purple Cotton jacket from my local thrift store a couple of years ago. I love the colour but it's a tad too big for me. I thought I should fiddle with it and wear it for the coming X'mas/New year.

I shortened the sleeves, re-sew a new centre back seam, added trim to the collar, changed the buttons and now it looks like this:

It doesn't look drastically different but I think it looks a bit more glam and fitted than before. You can see more photos about this project on My Blog..

Have you started sewing for the holidays yet?

Linen skirt refashion with lace

I found a too big skirt that was made of linen. I had no idea why I got linen because I actually hate linen because it gets wrinkled so fast.  I took awhile to figure out what I wanted to do with it. I disliked the buttons and pockets. I had a piece of lace that was a curtain that I figured I would cover up those pockets and hide the fact I was wearing linen.

I dyed the lace with purple iDYE. Then I attached it to the skirt, I cut off the linen skirt and made it shorter. I also took a little of the A-line out of the skirt to accommodate the lace. What I had leftover was this cute 2 color lace and linen skirt. And all those darn linen wrinkles were hidden. Success.

More information and pictures on my blog here. :)