Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Funky Dress to Funky Suspender Skirt with a Mens Shirt Turned Half Top

I was given this crazy, funky dress in a pile of fabric from my friends girlfriend who works as a professional seamstress (score!).

It is so funky 60's, I can't help but love it!

I don't have any idea what this print is, but I don't care.  The colors are so vibrant and fun.

Here is my inspiration.  Don't ask me why.  It just spoke to me.  I was concerned it might go a little juvenile, but it was a risk worth taking.

I picked apart the dress and used my favorite skirt pattern to make the skirt (shown on my blog).

For the suspenders, I decided to make them detachable by adding button holes to them and inserting buttons on the inside of the skirt.

Here is my finished product. 

I really feel like it needs a white half top to go underneath.  Luckily, I found a perfectly good white shirt in my bin of hand-me-down victims.
Here is my mens, white shirt.

I cut off the sleeves, bottom, and up the sides.
I pinned the sides to fit the dressform.  Then hemmed the bottom, took in the sleeves, and serged them onto the shirt (got carried away and forgot to take pics!)

Here is the completed look.  For some reason the lighting was giving me trouble in the living room, so it kinda washes out the vibrant color of the skirt, but you get the idea.

Back side with suspenders.

Skirt without the suspenders.

I have some cute, white, knee high socks I can add to this look.  It's going to take a bit of bravery on my behalf to wear this out.  I'm not sure if it is too funky or young for a 40 year old women like me to wear.  Luckily, I never act my age.  
What do you think?  Can I pull this look off?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

using up scraps and making bags

I have started to try and use up some of my sizable scraps by making some bags.  I was also able to use up some old belts, and 'harvested' zips.

this pattern from noodlehead is very useful and easy to follow

I made this bag from one belt and a some denim squares - I have been trying out a few other bag designs and it is a great way to use up the large scraps also to reuse one or two sewn items that didn't quite work out!  I am making a few more noodlehead bags, or variations of them as they will make very useful gifts!

Rit Dye Failure

ReFashion Miss
I REALLY wanted to use the Watercolor Dye Technique to make a dress for an upcoming Brunch.

My goal was to use my Rit Dye Skills to create something like this:

Goal Dress
After hand painting a white cotton sheet with deep layers of Rit Dye I was thrilled with the wet fabric!

Wet Fabric
Even if it faded a little, I figured that it would still be perfect!  After drying overnight the fabric was muddy and faded.

Too washed out!
In the end I used rubbing alcohol and fabric paint to try and save this project.

Mix up a miracle
I was happier, though not totally thrilled, with the result!

Spray Painted / Dyed Fabric 
I ended us using the fabric to make a dress, but i'm not sure that i'll ever love it enough to wear it.


For now she sit on a dress form in my attic.

For more info (including LOTs of SUCCESSFUL ReFashions)  visit my blog:

A Spring Skirt and Sweater

Hello Refashion Co-op. I am really digging this pink/rose/mauve color. I have collected a few things in this shade, like the shirt below. It was a nice gauzy cotton. It didn't fit well so I could try to fix it or.......

I could cut it in to pieces and make something else. I decided to make this a skirt.

The shirt/skirt was too short to make a casing to hide the elastic. so I chose the cutest elastic I had. Can elastic be cute? It doesn't really matter because it won't really show anyway.

I got this nice light weight sweater from a wonderful lady I know. It was just the thing to go with the skirt. 
Originally I thought of attaching the skirt directly onto the sweater but I was afraid the thin fabrics would pucker and look sloppy. 

Here are the two finished pieces together. The sweater was perfect for a cool Spring morning. 

Thanks for reading, for more details and pictures go to I Can Work With That.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Turtleneck Removal

This refashion is super simple but I love it. 

In my refashion pile was this super soft, long-sleeved turtleneck. I loved everything about this, aside from the neck. It is a nice earthy brown color, it has a fun sporty pattern around the arm holes, and did I mention the material was like wearing a fluffy cloud? It's fabulous. : )