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Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Floral Skirt That took All Summer

Hello Refashion Co-op. This refashion project might seem out of season right now. My daughter found this amazing dress in the Spring. It is a pink floral masterpiece of  80's style.

Look at the dropped waist and huge baggy fit, with giant shoulders of course.

It has a sweet built in scarf too. My daughter thought this dress was awesome and it came home from the thrift store with us.

Her plan was to remove the top of the dress and save the skirt. She started this refashion but got busy with summer classes. It sat in the sewing pile all summer until I cleaned up recently and found it. I finished it for her even though it is too cold to wear it right now.

There is a simple elastic waistband at the top and the loose pleats were easy to work with and attach to the elastic. The elastic was white and quite unattractive. I covered it with this navy blue cotton lace. It wasn't really a need but it makes the skirt much cuter. 

Thanks for reading! 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Refashioned DIY Rainbow Unicorn Costume

My kiddo had a difficult time deciding just what she wanted me to create for her Canadian Halloween debut. A trip to the thrift shop and a sort through the racks soon provided the answer in the form of a groovy handknit vest, the perfect base for The Refashioned DIY Rainbow Unicorn Costume:

Get the steps to whip up your own right here.

The Crafty Disaster: Wicked Witch Refashion

Halloween is just around the corner, so I spent the last weekend working on my costume. It turned out to be my most favorite refashion I have ever done! 

Both of the dresses were thrifted, one from Goodwill and the other from a dress sale in high school.
I wanted the bottom from one and the top from the other to make the perfect Halloween Costume. 

It took the whole day Saturday to pull together but I love how it turned out. 
To see all the steps and more finished photos check out the Crafty Disaster. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Black Blouse

First of all, I can’t believe I forgot the before picture!

Please try to imagine the top as a knee length tunic/dress.

This was an easy refashion and I absolutely love the end result.

All I had to do was shorten the bottom. Instead of using a straight hem, I curved the bottom in the front and the back slightly. Then I fixed a small inch wide hole that was right on the side seam.

Done : )


Shower Curtain Refashioned Into A Wrap Skirt!!

I know, I know, I always seem to refashion weird fabric sources into new clothes for myself, but I like the challenge and buying fabric from a fabric store can be expensive.  I like to have unusual fabrics for my refashions.  I bought this black and white fabric shower curtain for 30% off of $4.99.
It is a standard size shower curtain with button holes for the shower hooks.
I don't often make skirts and I am sure you are rather tired of the same t-shirt style dress I always make and love, so I decided to go a different way with this refashion.  I used my dress maker's mannequin to help me measure the length I wanted the skirt and then pinned the cut material on to check the length.
Then I hemmed the bottom.
To take the waist in and hide all the button holes except for the two on each end, I folded the fabric so that the button hole was in the centre of the fold and stitched down the waist band with a quarter-inch seam.
Luckily I had some beautiful black and white buttons rescued from a previous refashion.
Then I pinned it back on the dress maker's mannequin and figured out where my two buttons should go.  I sewed them on and tadaaa!
My skirt is finished.  It looks much nicer on than on the mannequin, but I had no one to help me take a photo of the skirt on.  I think it will look fabulous in the spring and summer with flats or in the winter with high boots.  The fabric is nice and crisp and I love the pattern.  I have enough left over that I might make a top with the rest.  Stay tuned for a possible future refashion.  Cheers, Michele Check out my blog