Saturday, January 24, 2015

Paisley for Dayz + Introduction

Hello lovelies!

My name is Shawn and I'm a new refashionista contributor on the Refashion Co-op.  I'm an archaeology graduate student and I use refashioning clothing as a creative outlet/inexpensive way to expand my wardrobe.  I couldn't be more excited to join this awesome community! I've been refashioning for about six months since I found my handy-dandy sewing machine on on Craigslist for $10---goes to show you don't need a fancy machine to get a lot done!  As an opener I wanted to share one of my favorite refashions with you guys.  Enter this lovely dress I picked up at the local Salvation Army for $0.50 (I'm all about finding a good deal!).

I think my face shows just how crazy this thing felt.  It was a mock wrap dress so the top opened up, crossed my body and tied to the right to act as a closure.  Thankfully, it was a few sizes too big so I removed the wrap panel on the top, cut about 12 inches off the bottom, and used the extra fabric to make the top of the dress wide enough to make a one-sleeve silhouette. I closed the arm hole a few inches by cutting across the shoulder, taking out a few inches, and reattaching across the top seam. I also had to bring in the skirt so it would fit snug on my hips. Voila!

And a shot of the back! 

If you want a more detailed step-by-step you can check out my original post here!  Thank you for stopping by and I can't wait to continue sharing my refashions and checking out yours, too! 

Shawn Elizabeth


jennifer elliott said...

Welcome to the site! Your first refashion is AMAZING! Great refashion. And I love love love finding great deals too!

jennifer elliott said...

P.S. I just wandered over to your blog -- which I love by the way -- and you can always post any of your past refashions on this site! You have some really refashions, and I know others would absolutely love to see them!

Elizabeth Hill said...

What a great piece for an intro! Your dress has me wanting warmer weather to get here soon! Great job!

- Elizabeth, EOD
aka The Hungry Octopus

Shawn Elizabeth said...

Thank you! I miss the sun so much! It's been super gray this winter so I totally am with you!

Shawn Elizabeth said...

Thank you! I wasn't sure if old refashions were a no-no so I'll be sure to get the good ones up here the next couple of weeks!

Gema Ensenat said...

That is just gorgeous! Love the fabric, love the new cut, perfect!!