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Sunday, 27 July 2014

2-for-1: Stripes & Floral

I snatched up these striped pajama pants at a bag sale yesterday...they set me back a whole $.27. Now, the problem with these is that they are size XS (which I am not) and absolutely wouldn't work as they were. But there's a pretty simple solution...and this process works with many kinds of pants! (Jeans, slacks...even sweatpants)
Love me some stripes!!!
After all was said and done, I've got myself a new hi-low stripy skirt :). I like how this came out and the high-waist makes it much more flattering on me, imo. One little quarter, and about half an hour is all it took.

Wanna see the step-by over on my blog? Check it out here.

Here comes another one! I had cut off so many scraps from my striped skirt that I had to do something with at least part of them right away. I've had this floral maxi dress for a while now and haven't been wearing it because it is too clingy on my waist and the thin fabric is a bit unforgiving. So I'd brought it out thinking I'd make it into a maxi skirt but had no wide elastic for a waist band. In comes a scrap of striped stretch fabric...
Stripes, meet Floral ;)
With a bit of chopping, sewing, and 15 minutes, I was victorious. This was incredibly easy...but that's kinda what I needed in the effort to get my sewing mojo back. And hopefully I have! Here's the final before & after shots:

Want to see how I did it? Hop on over here. :)

So, what do you think? I'd love to know what you would have made with each of these pieces! Sometimes I go with the most obvious choice, out of habit I'm sure, but maybe getting a different perspective could help me broaden my vision for refashion possibilities! Happy Refashioning :)

Peace,
Andrea

Oversized Top Refashion

Aloha!  I hope all of you are having a relaxing, lovely summer. Mine is almost coming to an end. 

Fortunately, I was able to get a refashion in before I head back to work. 


You can find details for this refashion at www.feelingkindathrifty@blogspot.com. 

Saturday, 26 July 2014

I love 80s prints!

This was actually quite difficult and frustrating because the sewing machine was faulty so... I returned that and bought a new machine, and it was smooth running from then on!!
 I changed the long collar to a closed collar. And resized the blouse also. I liked the original sleeves but went for a 60s mod look instead. Here is what became of one of the sleeves.. Create a pocket, turn it inside out, fan the material, sew in the centre and pull then knot. And A MENS SHIRT AND TIE:
http://flashsparkle.blogspot.com/2014/07/cropped-box-blouse.html

Friday, 25 July 2014

DIY SCARVES: Better and beautiful

So, I've had these simple scarves that I had crocheted a few years ago during my big crochet kick. I'm not sure why I don't wear them more often because they are nice, comfy, and warm. But the bigger question is: Should turn these crocheted scarves into infinity scarves? I'll answer that question with a question: Why not? Maybe I would wear the scarves more often if they were simple infinity scarves.


RILEY CLOSELY INSPECTS MY WORK


So, I took my two favorite crocheted scarves: a lovely dark brown with colorful specks and a black-white-green striped one. The obvious fix was simply sewing or crocheting the open ends together. I'm sure I could've figured out a way to crochet the ends together, but I didn't want to take the time to do that. I opted for the easier and faster method -- a straight stitch with my handy dandy sewing machine (completed before sewing machine kicked it).


THE SPECKLED BROWN CROCHETED SCARF SEW TOGETHER.


At this point, I could be done with the project, cleaning up the new seam and making sure the stitches won't fall out. But I had a brilliant and beautiful plan. I took a few inches of the section containing the new seam and carefully wrapped matching brown yarn around the designated area. I briefly thought about crocheting a simple two or three line strip to wrap around the scarf, but I decided against it. 


SCARF11B


I wanted a different textured or pattern look to make this small section stand out a bit. So, I tightly wrapped matching yarn around the designated section, simply tying end pieces. Once I find or make the right accessories, I'll probably add them to the scarves, but for now, I'm pretty happy with the minor fixes.


A BIGGER



To read more about the process, click here and take time to check out my blog -- jenniferelliott14.com.

Jennifer Elliott

Thursday, 24 July 2014

No-Sew Lace Tank

Sometimes all you need is a pair of scissors to give a garment a completely different look. I took this bland lace tank top...

Polka Dot Lace Tank - Before

...carefully cut out the lining and built-in bra...

Polka Dot a Lace Tank - In Progress

...and now I have a cute tank that I can pair with a brightly-colored cami to make that lace really pop. Plus, without the built-in bra stiffening it, you can't really tell it's a bit big on me.

Polka Dot Lace Tank - AfterPolka Dot Lace Tank - After

Get more pics and details at CarissaKnits!

Polka Dot Lace Tank - Before & After