Remaking a Long Sleeved Knit Top

Remaking a Long Sleeved Knit Top

I found this knit top during one of my thrifting store scouts.  I love the kind of pleated detail in the front, but the top itself was too big and I wanted a summer top, not a winter top.  So I decided to make it exactly what I wanted. 🙂   If you don’t have a sewing form, have a partner help you out. Since the sleeves weren’t tooooooo large, I used the line at the seam as a cutting point to cut off the sleeves. Sewing the sleeves up. Following the pins, I sewed up the sides. Make sure … Continue Reading →
Refashion a Vest Into a Feminine Ruffle Shirt

Refashion a Vest Into a Feminine Ruffle Shirt

Salvation Army had its annual 50% off day and that’s the perfect day to pick up some great finds for your refashion collection!  But I find that most people don’t head to the new section — anything with a tag still on it is marked up about 40% more than the used stuff.  At 50% off, though, it makes it worth it.  This vest is one of the things I found and today, I’m going to remake it into something better. I love vests but a recent fashion trend (which I STILL don’t get!!!) is not to put buttons on … Continue Reading →
Remaking a Ill-Fitted Dress Into Something Sexy

Remaking a Ill-Fitted Dress Into Something Sexy

My daughter bought this fashion-woe.  It was one of those really nice dresses that looked smashing on the rack, but was ill-fitted and ugly once you look in the mirror.  Have you ever made one of those clothing mistakes?  *Raises hand up high!* She came to me to fix it for her, and after a lot of mulling around, I decided to chop at it.  Last week I showed you how to refashion a cute striped shirt longer by adding some lace.  This week, we are going to use that same lace and remake this outfit, too. She is wearing a shirt … Continue Reading →
Refashioning a Cute Striped Shirt by Adding Lace & Making It Longer

Refashioning a Cute Striped Shirt by Adding Lace & Making It Longer

I mostly shop for things that will look good, because I’m just too lazy to follow any kind of fashion trends.  This spring, however, stripes have come back into style.  Fashionistas, get out all those great shirts and sport them this season!  I was so psyched when I found this shirt at the Salvation Army.  It fits perfectly and it’s sexy.  Too bad it’s too short!  Time for an upcycle into something better. Here is Lex, being very cold while modeling the shirt for me: Since this shirt needs to be longer, I need to find another shirt to cannibalize.  Into … Continue Reading →
Small Changes to a Shirt Make It Even Better

Small Changes to a Shirt Make It Even Better

I got this shirt from the Salvation Army.  There isn’t anything wrong with it, except I think it’s a little too coy for my taste.  I’m not a big fan of the keyhole on the front of the shirt at all.  So today, I am going to show how a small change can make something that you own into a favorite piece. Here is a closeup of the keyhole: It isn’t bad, really, I just don’t like it. This is going to be a relatively small and easy change.  Since there is a little bow in the front, there is … Continue Reading →
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 →
Repurposing (Upcycled) Fashion Clothing: Repurposing a Knit Shirt

Repurposing (Upcycled) Fashion Clothing: Repurposing a Knit Shirt

I love upcycled clothing because not only is it frugal, but it is also eco conscious.  Eco fashion!  What a great phrase.  At any rate … on my mother’s last visit to my house, she left behind this shirt.  I really like it, but I didn’t want to touch it because it holds some nostalgic value for me.  Also, it is about two sizes too big for me.  What to do? (Sorry for the photo.) Upcycling a Shirt How-To Since I had so much luck with dying, I decided the easiest way to upcycle this would be to dye & … Continue Reading →
Repurposing (Upcycled) Fashion Clothing: Making Colored Jeans

Repurposing (Upcycled) Fashion Clothing: Making Colored Jeans

My daughter Liz has an obsession with colored jeans. She must have had a dozen pairs before the craze even started.  One day, we decided that we were going to make our own pair of colored jeans using an old, ugly pair of dark denim that she had floating in the back of her closet. The first step is to bleach the jeans.  This was actually a difficult step, or at least time consuming and it made our bathroom smell like a pool.  We finally figured out that if you just left the jeans in the bleach water, it would … Continue Reading →
Repurposing (Upcycled) Fashion Clothing: Adding a Little Fringe to Your Boots

Repurposing (Upcycled) Fashion Clothing: Adding a Little Fringe to Your Boots

We found this great fringe at JoAnn’s. Liz immediately fell in love with it and asked to attach it to her boots. Even though it isn’t really upcycling (more like decorating), I still dig the creativity. Here is the “before boot.” She added the fringe with the glue gun. I didn’t have to tell her to start the fringe at the back. The only problem with the fringe is that it frayed pretty easily, so she needed to secure it with the glue. I think she did a great job. Here she is showing off her new stash. Pretty cool, … Continue Reading →