Hello Readers. In the beginning of the year I decided to try and refashion for free all year. I wasn't going to buy anything, even from thrift stores. All the clothes and trims, zippers and hardware had to be from my stash or free somehow. I was only going to buy needles and thread. It is amazing but so far I have done it. I have gotten hand-me-downs. I have worked through my stash. And, strangely enough, I actually found some clothes hanging on a fence when I took my youngest to the dentist.
Friday, November 26, 2021
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Hello Readers. Are you a fan of sequins? I am. They are fun, sparkly and seem perfect for holidays. I like fun dressy clothes but I also want to be comfortable. This outfit hit all the marks.
This sequin shirt is just a long sleeve t-shirt. I were t-shirts almost everyday. This is fun and dressy but also easy to wear. The light gray parts of the shirt just look old, dingy and washed out though. The sad color just brings the whole shirt down. I can fix that.
This is my last bottle of dye. I have used what I had stockpiled through this year and this is the end. It is just what I need right now. Fabric dye is a great way yo refresh an piece of clothing.
Friday, November 19, 2021
Hello Readers. My mother-in-law gave me tons of fabric over the years. She worked at a fabric store that specialized in home decor fabrics. It is great for making curtains and sometimes I can find a way to make clothing too. She passed a lot of fabric samples on to me as well and today's project was made with one of those sample pieces.
I just started pulling the threads out so I had fringe. It took a long time but it wasn't difficult.
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Hello Readers. I love the change of seasons. I love fall colors. I like new beautiful scenery to look at. I was given a dress that had all the fall colors in it. Check out this dress!
Before and after.
This dress had all the wonderful colors of fall. It was long and felt like a lot was going on all at once though.
I decided to start by removing these shoulder pads. They came out easily.
I decided to shorten the dress quite a bit. It was so colorful that it didn't need to be long to make a impact. It would still make a statement if it was shorter.
It also had a tie in the back. I left that in place because it seemed like a handy feature to have. I could wear the dress full or pull it in to give it some shape.
I did some hemming to make the shorter dress nice and neat.
I liked this dress more as a loose open style jacket than I did as a dress. The colors still catch your eye but its not as over powering. The neutral clothes under the jacket help calm the whole look down just a little as well.
What about the extra fabric that got cut off? It was just enough to make a little pillow for the front porch. It looked great with the red chairs I got at a swap last year. That's right, free chairs.
Friday, November 12, 2021
Hello Readers. This simple cardigan is not very exciting, Let's make it into a cropped vest.
I started with this purple cardigan sweater. It was a simple style and I thought it was a nice pop of color combined with this long shapeless plaid shirt. If I made it into a cropped or short vest, then more of that plaid shirt would show. And the vest will make the outfit less shapeless.
I started by cutting the sleeves off the sweater. I made my cut on the outside of the armhole seam. I left that arm seam in place so that the armhole did not stretch out and get out of hand. I just need to get rid of the sleeve, not the seam.
I turned the edge in and stitched it down with my machine.
My next step was to make the new vest more narrow around the waist. I made new side seams using a zigzag stitch.
The zigzag stitch will keep the new side seam from fraying when I cut off the excess fabric.
I tried the vest on and realized it needed to be shorter. I folded the waistband up and pinned it. I stitched all the way around the waistband, also using a zigzag stitch.
I cut the excess fabric off and I had a shorter fitted vest. I top stitched the new waist seam and ironed my new vest.
My new vest was ready to go. The vest gave some shape to the loose white plaid shirt. It added a little fun color to the outfit.
This vest will be a nice little layer as it gets colder outside. Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.
***Chickie's Year End Review-I like this sweater vest a lot. I haven't had one in 20 years or so.