My (almost 11 year old) niece Kalli is a reader. She’s not a reader like I am, where she’ll read a new book every month or so… I mean, a READER. She’ll read, like, 3 books in a week. She’s a beast.
Well, this year for Christmas I wanted to make her something “book-y” so I decided to make her a reading pillow. I wanted it to be small and with a handle so she could carry it around to sleepovers or just in the car. I wanted it to have a pocket so she could actually store the book safely when she’s not reading it, which isn’t very often 🙂
November has been a bit of a whirlwind. My grandmother passed away on the 1st. Her funeral was on the 5th. On the 6th, Muffin and I ventured to Florida for our annual Anniversary trip. Not only did we have the most wonderful time vacationing at the spot we were married, I also got to wear some new refashions 🙂
I picked up this 80’s-tastic purple dress shortly before our trip.
It’s stretchy; It’s comfy; It fits… what’s wrong with it (besides that awkward length)??
So, call me crazy, but I actually like this… whatever it is. I decided to work around it.
I could’ve left it as-is, but I really wanted that Floral embellishment to be a focal point.
I decided to look through my scraps. Wouldn’t cha know, I found some lace 🙂
Why yes, yes that is a pair of undies (tag still in tact). I’m sure this was a freebie with a purchase… One problem, which should’ve been obvious…
That’s okay… I have more lace where that came from 😉
The lace is see-through so I was able to follow the existing purple satin stitching and applique the black to the garment.
I trimmed the excess fabric from the stitching and then I got kind of carried away, maybe. I decided to use the extra lace scraps as a bias tape around the neckline. I thought it would tie the lace together better, ya know? I thought it would look too random to just have this huge black lace flower on my shirt…
Unlike my pal Marisa over at The Refash Stash, I struggle with bias tape. I really suck at using it… and to do it with lace. What was I thinking?! I didn’t even take any during pics of that just in case I failed miserably at it.
And I think it does tie nicely with the appliqued flourish.
How about that gorgeous Florida view, eh?
I’m rather fond of it.
It’s just a T-shirt, really. But an oh-so-comfy and more sophisticated T.
For Week 3’s challenge in the #RefashionRunway3, we were asked to make a Tote, purse, or clutch.
This proved to be especially challenging for me as I typically just use fabric laying around for this kind of thing. I’ve never actually made a purse from an item of clothing… But when I saw this suit hanging in my dad’s office, I took a chance 🙂
My dad actually donated this suit to my sexy Hubs, but it didn’t fit him right so I didn’t feel too bad about cutting this up for a new Fall tote (it’ll be here before we know it, folks).
I’m the kind of gal who doesn’t just need a purse or tote; I need a Mary Poppins bag! I carry EVERYTHING in my purse, so I need all the pockets I can get. As such, I was very strategic with how I cut these pieces.
See how I did that? Nothing too difficult when you have the right tools.
And so on an so forth until all the panels of my tote are cut:
I found some old maroon handles from a purse I wore to death. I always save any type of scrap/zipper/button that can be salvaged for a future project: I never throw refashioning items away!
Before I began constructing this into my new tote, I wanted to add applique to the front panel… just to give it a little pop of color & pizzazz.
I decided that the funky print went better with the handles than the red tweed.
I found this gloriously vintage dress for .99 cents. Words cannot describe how much I love it!
I’ve had this for nearly a year. I was going to wear it last Halloween but then Hubs and I decided on “The gatekeeper & Keymaster” instead 🙂
…then I was going to wear it for Easter; just shorten it a bit and wear practically as-is to church. But, God help me, I loved it too much to change it. Isn’t that hilarious? I finally decided I needed to just do it. What good was it doing in my refash stash?
After some debate I decided to dye it. This is polyester at its finest so I knew the color wouldn’t “stick” very well. I gave it a LONG bath in some deep wine RIT dye and this is what happened:
The color wasn’t too bad… but it ended up revealing stains ALL over the place!! 😦 Eww. Hence, the big chop. This is, officially, a tunic now!
I am running dangerously low on “space” for my pictures, so I’m going to have to really modify this post, y’all. I’ve got to figure out how I can get more space for my pictures without paying for it 🙂
I cut a few inches off the sleeves as well and gave it and the bottom a 1″ hem. Then I found a HORRIBLE stain on the back left shoulder. When I tried to get it out, it ended up bleeding the dye and making it worse
I did NOT want to give up on this refashion. I seriously love this dress so much it’s kinda pathetic! I went to my stash of scraps… maybe I could creatively cover it up.
I found, of all things, a pair of black lace undies that I hated (wearing). I’m not a cheeky kind of gal. Bikinis or thongs for me, not to be TMI. I thought the black lace might come in handy. I mean, you can’t donate underwear. Gross. Why not save the material for a situation such as this?
Why yes, yes that is the former waistband of a pair of my undies! 🙂 Why not?? You can’t see the stain (well, you probably can because you know it’s there and are therefore looking for it…).
For lack of a better word or skill, let’s just say it, I appliqued the lace with a simple straight stitch.
Sun’s in my eyes, but there’s a smile on my face because I fixed a MAJOR fail with this one, kids!
My orthopedic inserts make ballet shoes doable 🙂 This shirt is too cute for sketchers.
If there’s one lesson I learned from this experience: don’t give up! Use your noggin’. You can finish a refashion gone wrong if you really want to. I’m so glad I didn’t give up on this new favorite 🙂
My friend Jess is having a girl! It only took her 4 times to get it right 🙂 She requested “burp cloths” for her baby shower… I have an insane amount of scraps just sitting in my stash for a rainy day… Wheels in my head turning, the “Rainy Day” burp cloth was my concoction for giving Jess what she wanted while shrinking my scrap stash at the same time.
5 cloth diapers come in a package so I decided to make 5 different and unique burp cloths for Jess out of these. I typically have a strict .99 cents rule when sewing/refashioning but… Good luck finding these bad boys for any less than $5.99.
For Burp Cloth #2 I decided to do an Owl applique. The theme of baby Cheyenne’s nursery is owls so, why not? I drew an owl on a post it note so I would have a visual reference.
It’s actually pretty cute, isn’t it?
There was brown polka dot fabric in my stash, so that was going to be the body of the owl. I just hope I cut the right shape.
Beautiful. It actually worked! I then used some left over pink fabric from burp cloth #1 to create the wings.
See how I’m coming up with this?
‘Cuz if you don’t I’m really not sure how to explain it 🙂
With my extra scraps, I cut the other shapes of the Owl’s face: for the eyes I used the base of a spool of thread for the circles; for the nose I just free-handed a triangle; I even found some cute buttons for the pupils!
It’s totes adorbs if I do say so myself 🙂 Just like I “assembled” the shapes, I just have to sew them to the burp cloth one “shape” at a time until it’s all finished.
I used a straight stitch because the guaze-like material is pretty tricky to sew on, actually. To give the wings some dimension I did go over those with a zig zag. Thankfully, it wasn’t too difficult since those pieces were cut a little larger.