Repurposing Fashion Clothing: Upcycling Pants From a Dress

Repurposing Fashion Clothing: Upcycling Pants From a Dress

        Remember this lovely pile of scrap material from my Shirt from a Dress post two weeks ago?  Well, it’s time to put that wonderful fabric to upcycling use.  I’m going to make a pair of flowing, easy lounging pants.  I love pants like what I envisioning. Gotta hem the top over. And again.  Sew into place … … and I run into my first problem 🙁  Needs a hole for the string that I cut off! Problem is, the hole is going to fray especially with all that friction of the string.  To solve this issue, I stuff some interfacing … Continue Reading →
Repurposing Fashion Clothing: Upcycling an Empire Waist Top from a Dress

Repurposing Fashion Clothing: Upcycling an Empire Waist Top from a Dress

        One of the first things I uncovered from my mother’s wardrobe was this dress.  The concept of this dress is great except that it was for an old person.  Sorry, Mom!  However, this looks like it would make a great addition to a summertime swimming attire, so even though we are in the midst of winter spring, I decided to remake it for my daughter Liz.  Fortunately, stripes are totally in this spring, so this would be the perfect upcycle. First step, cut it up.  I measured where the bust line would be by putting one of her tops on … Continue Reading →
Remaking a Dress into a Skirt

Remaking a Dress into a Skirt

        I found this dress at the Salvation Army the other day.  There doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with it, but it was a badly designed dress.  Time to upcycle it into something I can wear: a skirt!  Don’t you love it when you can take something that someone else couldn’t do anything with, and repurpose it? I loved it on the rack, but when I got it home, it left much to be desired.  Probably because the cut on the top part of the dress was all wrong, and I couldn’t actually get into it because there was no … Continue Reading →
Upcycling a Skirt for St. Patty’s Day by Shortening

Upcycling a Skirt for St. Patty’s Day by Shortening

        I found this skirt at the Salvation Army and it’s been hanging around in my closet for a few months.  I love the dyeing, lace and ruffles, but I hate the length.  Here’s Lex trying it on.  I’m going to try my hand at upcycling it, so that it is a shorter (mini) skirt instead.  How awesome would that be? First thing is first.  Let’s undo the waist ribbon, and set it aside. Cut the length just above the first lacy part. Pin and iron, making sure to fold over twice so there isn’t a raw edge.  And you know … Continue Reading →
Repurposing Fashion Shirt: Upcycling a Dress, Part I

Repurposing Fashion Shirt: Upcycling a Dress, Part I

        My friend gave me these three long summery dresses.  I love them, but I also hate dresses.  Actually, I hate skirts too, but dresses even more.  There was a time when all I did was wear dresses like these, so I was pretty stoked to get them.  Until they sat in the back of my closet, for like, years.  Time to remake them into something that I’ll wear! I decided to play around with the blue one.  I’m going to make myself a shirt. Lop that puppy right off! The strings had to be cut off too, since there wasn’t … Continue Reading →