Thursday, September 14, 2023

Upcycled Bed Sheet to Stunning Long Wrap Dress ✨


Hey there! ๐Ÿงต๐ŸŒŸ

I'm excited to share my latest creation with you all. I transformed a simple bed sheet into a breathtaking long wrap dress, and I couldn't be happier with the results! ๐Ÿ›️➡️๐Ÿ‘—

In my newest video tutorial, I walk you through the entire process, from choosing the right bed sheet to cutting, stitching, and styling this versatile, elegant dress. And the best part? I'm providing free PDF patterns, so you can easily recreate this project at home.

Check out the full tutorial here

I'm truly amazed at how creative we can get with sewing and how we can repurpose everyday items into stunning fashion pieces. This project isn't just about sewing; it's also about sustainability and upcycling in the world of fashion. ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒฟ

So, if you have an old bed sheet lying around, don't toss it—sew it into something extraordinary! Let's continue to inspire and support each other on this sewing journey. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿงต❤️



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Friday, September 08, 2023

A Summer Dress to 2 Piece Set

 Hello Refashion Co-op. I know fall is coming soon but it is still boiling hot where I live so I refashioned this summer dress. 

Before and after.

This dress was too long on me and the shape wasn't quite working either. I cut the top off. The empire waist had elastic around it so I left that elastic in the top. I hemmed the bottom so it had a little ruffle along the bottom of the shirt.. 

I added an elastic waistband to the skirt and made it a lot shorter. It fit me a lot better this way. 

This skirt also matched the "Hamilton" t-shirt that I thrifted and dyed. The skirt also matched the sweater I dyed along with the t-shirt. I accidentally made a little peach capsule wardrobe. It was serendipity. Thanks for reading along, for more pictures and details go to I Can Work With That.

Thursday, September 07, 2023

Upcycle a t-shirt with sweater sleeves (plus boniu

It's that time of year when we put away our summer clothes and pull out the sweaters for fall. In this sweater upcycle project, I added sweater sleeves to a t-shirt and made a skirt with the leftover sweater.'

Read on or watch the video below.

I picked up the t-shirt and sweater at the thrift store for $5.

I cut off the t-shirt sleeves 2 inches above my elbow and added the sweater sleeves.

To make the skirt, I used an existing skirt as a pattern and laid it over the bodice of the sweater.

And now I have a complete outfit for the fall.

For a step-by-step tutorial, check out my blog Pivot Point Patterns.

Sunday, September 03, 2023

It has pockets and I have ears

 A family member no longer wanted some jeans that had been part of their uniform at a fast food outlet (original picture... gone).  The denim is lightweight and soft, and they fit me quite well.  So I soaked them in dish-washing detergent a few times to remove the grease (not kidding), and good to go.  But they had fake front pockets - sewn together with no pocket bags.  That would not do!

Easy fixed (or so I thought).  There are so many seams and so much top stitching... and I should not have tried 'short cuts', just look how awry that belt loop is.


I went back and unpicked and then basted the seams first, something I forever avoid even when I sort of know it would be quicker in the long run.

It all came good in the end and now they have pockets!  I am not sure if I saved time by not dis-assembling them more first, because there was a lot of tricky maneuvering on the sewing machine to get them back together.  I have a new appreciation for how much work jeans are to make.




Moving on to jewellery upcycling - I've been fiddling with the necklace at the top for some time and I still don't know how I'm going to lengthen it a little and attach the catch.  So instead I started pulling apart other bits and pieces for parts (so soothing) and found some that could be whipped up into earrings right away. 




I auditioned some components.

And ended up with four new pairs of earrings just like that (well, really, I have a store of hooks, jump rings, crimp beads and tools for when the mood takes me).

 Happy upcycling!




Thursday, August 31, 2023

Back to Black

 Hello Refashion Co-op. I don't remember where or when I got this dress but I didn't like the fit. 

The hemline was a little shrunken. I think that is what is going on with it. It got smaller around the bottom. It didn't seem right.

I unpicked the stitches around that lace at the top. I cut out some of the body. I want to make a shirt but I also wanted to keep that lace at the bottom.

Now I had a shorter shirt and I kept all the pretty lace details. Thanks for reading along, for more pictures and details go to I Can Work With That.