Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Easy Way to Un-BeDazzle

Hello Refashion Co-op. I found a great little cropped denim jacket recently. It was my size and already broken in. It was perfect, except for all the gold studs. I hated the gold studs. Someone had fun with their BeDazzler! I like to find hand-made creations but this one didn't quite suit me. 

I decided to remove the studs by cutting off the pocket flaps. That's right, I just cut them off. Does that count as refashion-ing?

But wait there's more! The studs were also across the back of the jacket. I couldn't cut off the whole back so...

I pried and forced them off with these large kitchen shears. It wasn't that difficult to do.

There are tiny holes where the studs were. It looks OK to me. The holes blend in well with the fade pattern of the denim. I like it as is and I don't mind the rough or distressed look.

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

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Suit to skirt refashion

I found this skirt suit in my local charity shop to use for the refashioners challengeI made it into a knee length A line skirt.  The jacket formed the greater part of the transformation, the skirt was used for donor panels.

I used a newly bought invisible zipper foot to make some piping

Basically the skirt was made up of 2 layers of panels with the piping between.  The high stretch content of the fabric meant I could add a soft waistband without needing a zip.

There are full details and more photos here

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Purple Ombre Dye

I have been on a real kick with dyeing white clothes lately.
I had this beautiful white lace dress, which was pretty on it's own but white really isn't my color.DSCN1328
I decided this dress would be a great ombre dye project and purple was the color for the job!

I used the bucket dye technique since the dress needed to be lowered into the dye to achieve the ombre effect.

These are the times I used:
Bottom to Top: 
The hardest part is after the dyeing process...You have to rinse the garment in cold water until the water runs clear. This is why I prefer the machine dyeing method, if at all possible. I have little patience for rinsing until the water is clear. But I got through it....finally.

An amazing shot of me with my drew dress and my 1st loaf of delicious gluten free bread made in my new bread maker! (So proud) :)

Happy Refashioning!!!

Back At It Again!


I FINALLY have a new sewing space!

God bless Ikea
Tonight, everything was set up and I finally had time for a project!

I had a MASSIVE square scarf with this amazing print on it. It was made in Italy! I thought it might be fun to make one of those square-scarf tops.

Finding the center to cut out a collar

Snip, like cutting a paper snowflake, and hem the new neckline!

I then laid out where I wanted the 'sleeves' to be and sewed. Except, I forgot that if you want a butterfly style top, you need to sew the OUTSIDE (wrong sides together), not the inside. I realized this as I was trying it on but...

It... Actually looks amazing?

It looks like I have puff sleeves!

Please pardon the bathroom selfies; Addie is still stuck in the closet and I need my husband to save her. Seriously, I won't be able to get away with wearing this a lot of places, but it's the weirdest and coolest thing ever!

I'm so shocked! I think my mistake was ok because the scarf is very silky; it's polyester but it's very thin and smooth. I thought about undoing it and making it right but this just turned out so fabulously strange I'm going to leave it as is. I can see it being used for a nice dinner out or a trip to a museum or something!

Utah is amazing by the way; it's FALL here and still in the 90s in Arizona. We're surrounded by mountains and lots of fun outdoor activities. Life is basically back to normal for Illy and the gang!


Friday, October 13, 2017

Tablecloth, Version 2

Remember the beautiful, hand stitched tablecloth pieces I added to a dark grey sweater? I liked it, but not enough to wear it.  (see the smaller pictures below) I tried it on recently to find it was way too tight around my stomach.  My weight fluctuates, and at one point I think the sweater fit ok, but right now? Not.At.All.   This discovery made me feel better about cutting the sweater up the front to give me some room to breathe.  I added a ruffle (salvaged off some other garment) around the raw edges.  I added a little eye and hook so I can close it. Cute, right? I still haven't worn it, but now there's the possibility that I might.

(Pictures of the first version front and back)

While I was working on the sweater, I pulled out the rest of the tablecloth, determined to find a way to use the rest of the pretty pieces. The banner is no-sew and not fashion related, so you'll have to click over to The Little Moments if you want to see more about my tablecloth banner!

Thanks for reading!
Love Amy Jo at The Little Moments