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Sunday, January 05, 2014

First 2014 Refashion-A Copycat

I hope you enjoyed your holiday season, and have started this new year with a fresh and positive perspective. Attitude can be the key to more: more happiness, more experiences, more successes and failures, more pure enjoyment of life! Now, I'm not normally such a chipper, positive person. Far from it, some days, but I like to take advantage of each new beginning (whether its a new year, another birthday, etc) to get myself straightened out a bit ;)

Enough of the pep talk, and down to business. I burned myself out a bit doing an "all homemade and thrifted" Christmas for my family. Don't get me wrong, I loved doing it and I'm glad that I did. Lack of funds truly helped breed creativity! But, once I'd finished everything up, I didn't want to have anything to do with my sewing machine or notions. So, I took a couple of weeks off. As I was browsing through my "refashion ideas" board on Pinterest, I came across a copycat that I wanted to make of the Beckett Button-down from Anthropologie. I had the perfect navy blue thrifted top sitting in my stash, so I figured, what the heck. Let's see if I've got my mojo back...

I started with this thrifted polyester number in navy blue:

I chopped off the sleeves and rehemmed them, reusing the cuffs to become the sleeve/shoulder button thingy...any help on what that's called? I'll look it up ;) I also reshaped the hem and at the last minute took in the sides a bit.

Here's the final piece:

I love how it came out, and this is how I would style it on a warm spring day with flats or sandals. It'd go great with a striped maxi skirt, or even a pair of cutoffs once summer rolls around. And because I cut off my head in all of the above shots, I'll share my tired looking self as I finished this up this morning :)

If you'd like to check out the step by step, I've just posted it here on my brand new blog!
Have an awesome day!


Carissa said...

I love it! I, too, am at a loss as to what to call those sleeve strap things. I vote we make up our own name? How do you feel about "Dave"?


Elizabeth Hill said...

I think Dave is looking pretty good here. ;) Happy blogging! I can't wait to see what you'll do next.

- Elizabeth
aka The Hungry Octopus

Andrea said...

Hahaha, Dave works for me ;) I'm sure most people refer to them as you did, Carissa, sleeve straps...I just feel they probably have a "correct" name. Still haven't looked that up...

Erica Moody said...

Woah. That is such a good idea for shoulders! Not sure if that sentence made sense, but I really like that thing you did on the shoulders of the blouse.

Andrea said...

Totally makes sense, Erica, and thanks!!! I am looking to do it again using a longer length sleeve on a silk blouse I thrifted ages ago :)

Jennifer Elliott said...

I love the hi-low hem of the blouse. Very cute.

Mezzy M said...

Beautiful and elegant. Well done.

Andrea said...

Thanks Mezzy and Jennifer! :)