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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Long Sleeves to No Sleeves

 I have a fascination with decorative collars on button down shirts. However, most come with long sleevs and I have no use for long sleeves. I prefer no sleeves and a cardigan if the weather is cold. So this is where my inspiration for todays refashion comes from!
I found this adorable coral shirt with rhinestone bling on the collar for .50 cents!
So blingy!!
I removed the sleeves and rolled over the material at the armholes to give it a finished look.
I was so excited for my new top I decided to wear to a dental hygiene seminar that the hubby and I were attending.
But to make my shirt professional I decided to pair it with a skirt I had from a skirt suit. The skirt was a too long for my short legs so I hemmed it by 4 1/2 inches.
I also had to hem the lining of my skirt.
This also looks super cute with a pair of jeans for a casual look!

Happy Refashioning!!!
Check out my stash of refashions on my blog:

#2 September Back to School: Neckline Raised

Back to School. This is #2 for September

*I am a "retire / rehire". Retired from University and Rehired into an Elementary School
*I pledge not to buy any new RTW or thrifted for my new "Back to School" wardrobe.  
*I pledge to shop from my closet.

  • A thin t-shirt that was too low in the neck-line for school days
  • Too long for the over-shirt
  • A shirt that was too small to button up
  • Lace was already in the neckline.
  • Snip out the sleeves to make more cami style for layers  
  • Take up the shoulder seams and the back yoke seam.
  • Trim and top stitch the now sleeveless arm seams.
  • An easy Refashion that put this t-shirt and open shirt into the school days rotation.
  • Sleeveless t-shirt / Cami to wear under open shirts. 
  • After:
    Raised neckline, Sleevelesss,
    Shortened Cami Style t-shirt

    After: Raised neckline 
    Sleeveless to wear
    under Over-Shirts
    Before: Neck line too low

    After: Same length 
    as over-shirt
    After: Neckline Raised 
    for School Days

    Too thin to wear alone.

    Longer than the overshirt
    Too low for school days

5 Minute Simple Scarf to Poncho to Scarf Re-fashion (Wear it 4 different ways)

Hi all,

I haven't been doing much sewing lately.  Where does the time go?

Anyway this is such a simple refashion even I had time for it :-)

Sorry I don't have any before pics but I figure most folks know what a large rectangular scarf looks like.  All you do is fold the scarf in half.  Measure 12 to 14 inches from the fold and stitch from that point to the end of the scarf to sew the two sides together.  There are a few more pictures here.  The short video above shows how easy it is to go from one look to the other.

Happy Refashioning,
Cindy @ Upcycled Design Lab

Friday, September 23, 2016

#1 September Back to School Yellow Vest / Blue Shirt

GOAL: Refashion 10 Items for September Back to School Wardrobe. It is STILL HOT in Texas.
This is #1 September Back to School.

Back to School Wardrobe:
*Retired from University. Returned to Elementary School !!!
*Dress is business-casual to very casual.
*I will Re-fashion from my University Pre-retirement work and week-end stash.

BEFORE: Yellow vest has been worn with blue t-shirts for many years. Buttons had been changed to pearl. The blue shirt was in the casual wardrobe stash. The blue bias trim in the vest tie the vest and shirt together.

  1.  Change the buttons to a deep blue that ties the vest and shirt together. The buttons on the vest are larger than the shirt buttons.
  2.    Add accent buttons to the vest pockets.
AFTER: Buttons tie vest and shirt outfit together. Good for casual work days at Elementary School.

Blue bottons tie vest and shirt together.



recreatefashion-comI like the floral texture on the white dress, but I am not very sure of the design of the dress, the simple strings on the shoulders make the dress looks cheap and not very fashionable.  fullsizerender
The first thing was to take the shoulder strings away, and cut the inner material off, because the white inner fabric was not any help to show the floral texture.


I found this top with a fancy shoulder design, it had the same off-white color as the white dress. I had to use it on my dress.  It was very easy to take apart from the top, I used pins to fix it on the dress.
And hand sew them together.
The finish! This dress is elegant and beautiful with expensive and different textures. I aways like fashion forward design even common designs.
Better or worse?  If you think it is better in the after picture, please click on here for more fashion ideas.