Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Some late holiday wear!

This post is a 3 for 1! First up, my Thanksgiving sweater:
So, last Spring my family suffered a devastating loss when my we lost my cousin Jesse at the age of 17 in a car accident. It's still very painful; that kid was my pride and joy. I mentioned his passing in a post on here and I'm now remembering that someone in the comments suggested that I could possibly do a refashion to honor him. (Thank you!) I took on that challenge.
I wasn't sure what I would make, but I started collecting scraps of old clothing from the thrifts that made me think of him. It took a while but I eventually found a shirt with red sneakers. I knew I wanted sneakers (preferably red) to be my focal point. I basically just added "patches" to a comfortable, long cardigan sweater. I didn't want to go overboard, so I didn't use that much. I finished just in time for Thanksgiving.
The pictures are lousy because I took them at night after my aunt texted me a request for some pics to put on Facebook. It's still a work in progress, but I'm so glad that I wore it. His parents and sister were absolutely thrilled with it! Do drop in and read the full post here.
Next is my ugly Christmas sweater that was neither a sweater, nor ugly. It's a sweater dress; and it's got too much '80s charm for it to be considered ugly. Maybe just a little tacky. Not much to tell you, it's a pretty basic re-do. Here's the before:
Here's the after:
Finally, here's the New Year's dress. I wanted it to be more of a Christmas-y dress but to be honest, it doesn't matter what I call it because I didn't end up wearing it any where! It kept snowing. Also, I had no fancy parties. Here's the only "before" picture I could find:
A silky '80s dress for when Grandma was fancying up. I'm sure it looked lovely on her. I did my usual paring down of a "too much" dress like this one. After taking it in, the pleats were sticking out, and I actually took the time to sew them down.
I needed to hem the length when I just didn't feel like it. Maybe a slit would work? Nope, not really. So I put it on and stood in front of the mirror with a few pins. I came up with this:
It's a weird, side bustle sort of thing! I gathered up a little material and safety pinned it up. Then I used another safety pin to pin that bow over the first one and keep it a little more secure.
I know it's a little odd-ball, maybe a bit too much going on with it, but I was so pleased with my slash-and-pin job that I slapped on some makeup and took some pictures, before I even ironed down the seams. I kept my boots on, too.
See the full post on my blog Craft, Thrift, or Die!


Samwise W. said...

Love your dresses, and the wonderful refashion for your cousin. Well done <3

cfortin said...

Nice job on all your re-fashions and what a lovely idea to make a refashion to honor / remember someone.

Cindy - EOD
Upcycled Design Lab

Valerie said...

I like the oddball green dress! It's unique...got a little pirate vibe!

Chickie Walsh said...

These are all great but the "Cousin Sweater" is such a beautiful idea. Really sweet.

Marisa Glied said...

Well done!