Refashioning a Skirt from a Dress

Refashioning a Skirt from a Dress

This dress was one of dresses from my mother.  I really loved it but I have such a hard time wearing anything that I can’t wear a bra with.  I realize that there are strapless bras … but those suck.  So it’s time for a refashion! See the beadwork on the neck portion?  I have GOT to save it! Very simple redo today.  Cut off the top, and take that beadwork out … Sew up the bottom with some elastic band.  Make sure to stretch the band and the skirt a bit so that it goes nicely together. And here … Continue Reading →
Making a Bag Holder

Making a Bag Holder

I love short sleeve tops because they are so versatile.  I wear them the entire year with shorts, jeans, or skirts.  If it’s cold, I throw on a sweater or a scarf on top to complete the look.  But since I’ve been doing so many blog posts about refashioning tops into short sleeves, I thought I would do something different today. Remember this top? I ended up with two sleeves. I don’t have any photo instructions this week, but I thought I would just pass on a nice tip.  These make great bag holders!  And you know you have a … Continue Reading →
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 →
Recycling Postal Mailers: How-To Make a Valentine’s Day Cupcake Picks

Recycling Postal Mailers: How-To Make a Valentine’s Day Cupcake Picks

Apologies because this post is coming a day early, but I wanted to get it out in time for Valentine’s Day.  Last week, I showed you how to make cute little heart pockets for the ones you love, but I can’t let those little bits and pieces of the USPS Postal Mailers go to waste, so I am making some cute cupcake picks to use them up.  Those mailers make for wonderful craft projects, so be sure to recycle them into something special.  (Just don’t go pick up the free ones from the post office – use them after they … Continue Reading →
Recycling Postal Mailers: How-To Make a Valentine’s Day Heart Pocket

Recycling Postal Mailers: How-To Make a Valentine’s Day Heart Pocket

USPS Postal Mailers make for wonderful craft projects, if you get one mailed to you.  So instead of throwing them into the recycle bin (yes, you can recycle those mailers), try upcycling them into a cute Valentine’s Day Heart for your kids.  You can also make all sorts of recycled, repurposed, or upcycled crafts from these guys.  Tough and strong, they are made to go through some abuse by mail carriers.  Please just remember to recycle them after you use them! Start by cutting them up so that you can use the white space.  I used 6 mailers for my project, … Continue Reading →