Making a Pair of Earrings from Extra Beads

Making a Pair of Earrings from Extra Beads

Jewelry and I get along pretty well, and I especially like necklace and earring sets.  I am not a big fan of bracelets or rings, though, because they bother my hands during the day.  (It’s REALLY annoying to hear the clack-clack when I am typing!)  So I try to figure out ways to make sets even if I don’t have a set, like this lone necklace. Cut off the top wire, and be sure to file down (with a metal file) the end poking out. Put a bunch of beads onto a straight pin.  You can easily find entire bead-making … Continue Reading →
Refashioning a Dress Into a Peasant Shirt

Refashioning a Dress Into a Peasant Shirt

So I read that red was supposed to be a hot color (pardon the pun!) for the summer.  I picked this up at the Salvation Army thinking to be in style, but I hate maxi dresses.  (I look like a drowned rat in them!)  Time for some restyling. I was perusing the mall … and came across this cute little top at NY & Company. That chain is so cute!! I had to have it.  So I cut the top of my dress off and then sewed up the side, leaving some room for the armpits. Ironed out the top to … Continue Reading →
Refashioning a Skirt from a Dress, Part II

Refashioning a Skirt from a Dress, Part II

I got out my skirt today that I upcycled a while ago, and I decided that I hated the hem.  So today, I’m going to refashion my refashion.  It’s not going to make it look significantly different, but it is going to help the waist.  I’m going to teach you how to make a nice waistband, since I messed this one up so badly. Remember this skirt? Well, the skirt has side ruffles in it, which completely messed up my hemming.  See my bad job at sewing? 🙂 Continue Reading →
Refashioning a Dip Dyed Dress

Refashioning a Dip Dyed Dress

I found this great dress at the Salvation Army and it was only $3. It was also brand new, with the tags, which said it was a bridal dress.  I’m not so sure any bride would wear it … as it was definitely see through as well.  Almost looked like a nightgown actually.  But with a few refashions, it will be a daytime dress! I’ve wanted to try dip dyeing for a while now, so I went out and bought some wine-colored RIT dye.  Here we are in the bath. I sun dried the dress, and then ran it through … Continue Reading →
Remaking Capris with a Lettuce Hem

Remaking Capris with a Lettuce Hem

My daughter and I share one really annoying problem: we both can’t fit into any pants.  She is 11 years old, and fits into a size 8 except for the length.  Come summertime, this problem is generally easy to solve since I crop off all of her jeans and make them into shorts.  (Adding length, on the other hand, is a real pain.) So for today’s project, I am going to show you how I refashioned a size 8 pair of pants into a pair of capris.  This is more of a tutorial rather than a remake.  I don’t own … Continue Reading →
Refashioning a Skirt from a Shirt

Refashioning a Skirt from a Shirt

My niece Courtney gave me this fabulous idea on Pinterest.  I hunted around the Goodwill until I found the perfect shirt.  So today, we’re going to refashion this one into a skirt.  As soon as you figure out how wonderfully easy, and how wonderfully sexy the result is, I bet you’ll make a dozen of them. Cut off the top, making sure there is enough at the bottom to cover your bottom. Cut a length of wide elastic the size of your waist. Sew the ends together. And then sew the ends to the elastic itself. Doing it this way … Continue Reading →
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 →