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!

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!

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.

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

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

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!

\Thrifted these beautiful pointed black heels!

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!)

All dry and sparkly!

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!

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

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


A close up!

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!


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.