Friday, December 13, 2019

Dressember 2019; Dress 4

Hello Reader. This is the 5th dress in my series for Dressember. Dressember is working to fight human trafficking and modern day slavery. They estimate 1 out of 4 victims are children. They need rescue and help to recover. $25 can provide an after-care kit when a victim is rescued.
This dress was a wonderful find at a clothes swap. The swap was ending and I couldn't bear to leave it there. I loved the beautiful blue color and the embroidery.

It also had a matching jacket.

I loved them but I didn't want them to look like I was wearing them as a costume. I thought if I improved the fit and simplified the outfit a little, it might suit me better.

I started by pinning the sides and making the dress fit better. I also shortened it as well. It was sad to cut off that gold embroidery at the bottom. The shorter length was a must because I am really short. (5')

I made the jacket the same length but it didn't feel quite done.

I decided to make a very short bolero type of jacket. I thought that would still show some of the gold lace but not be as overwhelming as the long jacket was on me. I also shortened the sleeves and removed the gold cuffs. They were too big and long on me.

Would a tunic would be better for this dress? I tucked it up to see how it looked. What do you think? Do you have a favorite length? This refashion was a tough one because I wasn't 100% sure what I wanted to do. I didn't want to change the dress too much because it was fabulous the way it was it just didn't seem to fit or suit me originally.

Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Dressember 2019; Dress 3

Hello Readers. This is the third dress in my series for Dressember 2019. Anyone can join Dressember and wear a dress (Or tie.) all this month. The dress traditionally symbolizes women and women are most likely to be victims of human trafficking. You can see my Dressember page to learn more about how they rescue and rehabilitate victims around the world.
On to today's dress.

This dress started out as a sweater that I loved. It was red cashmere and it was soft as soft could be. It was a little short though so I could only wear it with high waist pants or skirts. It seemed to ride up on me when I wore it. If only it had something to hold it down.

I also had this great floral shirt. It was a nice pattern but it was SO low cut. I couldn't wear it easily. It was a loose A-line shape and I thought, maybe, it could be a skirt. If only it had something to hold it up.

I cut the shoulders and sleeves off the floral shirt and it immediately turned into a skirt shape. I was halfway done.

I stitched the red sweater onto the floral "skirt".
 Now, I had a dress. The waistband of the sweater made a waistband for my new dress.

I stitched the floral shirt closed all the way down the front so it could never come unbuttoned while I was wearing it.

With tights and boots I was as cozy as could be with my new dress.

Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Dressember 2019; Dress 2

Hello Readers. This is my second dress refashion in honor of Dressember. Dressember is an organization that works to fight human trafficking. They also help victims recover from the trauma they have experienced. They estimate that 1 out of 4 victims are children. After-care is vital. I  am part of a team wearing dresses and raising money for Dressember. Go see my teams page and learn more.

This denim dress was really unappealing to me. The white eyelet lace at the neck waist and pockets was too much. But I thought those buttons down the back were pretty cool.

The lace and the ribbon waistband seemed like they would suit pajamas and this whole dress reminded me of the "house dresses" my grandmom wore when I was young. I loved my grandmom very much. (She stockpiled Pepsi in the basement and I thought she was the best.) But even Grandmom didn't wear house dresses out off the house. I didn't want to wear this dress out of the house either but I was sure I could do something with this nice denim though.

I  started by cutting the lace at the neck right off.

I decided the only thing I could do was cut the waistband and those pockets off the dress too. That left me with the very top and the very  bottom of the dress. I liked the buttons in the back of the skirt more than anything else. So...

  I turned the skirt around and put the buttons in the front. It made a simple jumper style dress. I left room to pull it over my head and wear a warm shirt or sweater under it. I also sewed the front closed because the opening was a little too high. I found a couple buttons sewn inside the dress and used them to extend the row of buttons.

This still wasn't a very exciting dress but I think it will match anything and everything. That is handy when you are wearing dresses all month for Dressember.

I think I could wear this in a lot of different ways.

Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Dressember 2019; Dress 1

Hello Readers. It is time for Dressember. No, not December, Dressember. It is a month long event to raise money and awareness about human trafficking and modern day slavery. They estimate that there are currently 40 million victims worldwide. Dressember is an organization that works to fight these issues and help victims recover. 
One thing they do every year is a style challenge. The challenge is to wear dresses or ties all month as a way to raise awareness. All my refashions this month will be dresses in honor of Dressember. You can go to the Dressember website to learn more about the work they do.

This dress was an easy and surprising refashion for me. It started as a really unflattering denim dress. As a homeschool mom, (I homeschooled my kids from kindergarten to highschool graduation. Ask me anything!) I would call this "the homeschool mom special". It isn't doing anything good for me. Its a little baggy but really the problem is the length.

There is too much dress for my short height. It is in great condition and I liked the snaps down the front. I thought I would just take it in a little and shorten it. 

I did both of those things. I made it much shorter and took in the sides a little. Actually, I took the sides in a little too much. Well, a lot too much.

When I was done I realized it was too tight. When I tried it on I found that I really liked it as a long open vest. It was a great layering piece in cold weather. What a happy accident!

An extra layer is especially nice when you are wearing dresses all month in the cold! I didn't hem it. I want that natural denim fray along the hem.

Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself!
 

Friday, November 29, 2019

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Hello Readers. You might be out shopping today since it is Black Friday here in the U.S. I avoid shopping in crowds so I am home decorating for Christmas. Here is an easy craft for you and maybe your kids to make.
Its a snowman!

 This snowman started as a white knit poncho. It became a little ghost at Halloween. I had him out on my front porch.

When I looked at him I thought he could be a cute little snowman. I left the head as it was. It is stuffed with plastic bags. 

I stuffed another section with plastic bags to make a round little snow belly. I tied the bottom closed with a big rubber band. I tucked the fringe up in the back so it didn't show.

I used my hot glue gun and added buttons down the belly. And I added a button nose. 
(Be careful it's HOT glue!)

 I used a scrap of fleece to make a tiny scarf for my snowman.

Here is my finished snowman. He is on my front porch ready to welcome visitors.

Thanks for reading along now go make something fun for yourself.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Sweater Three; Tan Cashmere

Hello Readers. This is the last of my sweater series. I am just trying to stay warm on these cold days.

 This last sweater was boring beige. But it was the softest boring beige I have ever felt. I can never say no so soft cashmere.

I found this pretty little cami at a clothes swap when I found the sweater. I thought it coordinate with the beige and dress it up a little. It was the same length as the sweater and it did not show at all when I wore it under the sweater. I could fix that.

I used a small piece to fill in the V-neck. It covered all the cleavage so I wouldn't flash anyone when I leaned over.

I also added a piece of lace around the bottom of the sweater.

I wanted the lace to peek out of the bottom of the sweater.

The sweater is still simple and neutral so I hope it will match a lot my clothes and be easy to wear.

The sweater was just as easy to wear and just as soft with the added lace.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the U.S. so I will be spending the day with my family. I hope you have a wonderful day where ever you are.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Sweater Two; Pink Cashmere

Hello Readers. I am trying to get some sweaters ready for wearing in this cold weather. I don't do well in the cold, I need warm fuzzy layers.

This blush pink cashmere sweater set is just the kind of fuzzy layer I like. (I might have a cashmere obsession.) I found this at a clothes swap and it was soft, pretty and in perfect condition. It was neutral and would match everything. It was a great sweater.

The best part of all? It was actually 2 sweaters! My daughter had never seen a twin set and was surprised that there were actually 2 matching sweaters. They had a really authentic vintage vibe. For now I decided to focus on the cardigan. I will get to pullover next month.

I also had another pink sweater in the exact same shade of blush pink. I have been saving this big pink sweater because I liked this lace in the back. This open back in this big thick sweater made it almost useless. It is COLD! I need sweaters with full complete backs. This open lace would never keep me warm. But I had a plan!

I picked out a few stitches and the lace came out all in one piece. Now comes the swap!

I used my machine to stitch the applique to the pink cashmere sweater. I also did some hand sewing in a few places.

The sweater is soft, warm and now it is a little more interesting and fun.

I love how the lace adds some detail and texture to the back of this cardigan. 

Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.