Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Too Bright Dress

 Hello Refashion Co-op. I had a bright red dress. Did I say it was bright? It was super-bright. No photos showed how bright it was in real life.  I love red but this dress was just red-red-red. There was nothing else to break it up or tone it down. 
It was a little overwhelming. And a little big.

My solution was simple. Like really simple.  I cut some of the skirt part off and left about 5 inches as a peplum. If the dress had fit a little better I could have left it at that. 
I made the sleeves and the body of my new shirt a little more narrow by taking in the side seams.

I liked the red as a top better than I did as a dress. I think there was less red so it wasn't so overwhelming anymore.  I left the hem as a raw cut edge because that is what they did when they made the sleeves. If the maker can do that, I can too. 
I also didn't want to make the shirt any shorter.

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

Friday, April 20, 2018

The School Marm Dress

 Hello Refashion Co-op. I found this jumper dress at a clothes swap and loved the material. It was such a soft wool blend. I didn't like the style or the fit. It looked like a school uniform and an  old granny all at the same time.

There was a side zipper so I couldn't alter the dress on the sides without removing and replacing the zipper. I didn't want to do that so I had to alter the back of the dress. I used my dress form to pin the dress and see how the shape was changing.  

I cut a lot of material out of the back. I also made the dress a little shorter.

I was happy with the new look, it is more a lot more fun but not too tight.

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

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Downsizing with flair

I picked up a pair of embroidered jeans on the clearance rack of a discount store. It was the only pair and they were nearly 2 sizes too big.

They are stretch jeans and were full length with a skinny leg. I couldn't take the waist in at the sides because of the embroidery, so I had to add darts on the back.
They still looked weird - super skinny ankles but colourful flowers bringing attention to my hips.
I chopped a few inches off the length and used some of the scraps to make flared inserts to widen the legs. I left the darker seam allowance on the outside. Then frayed a strip of dark denim from my stash to make hem trim. I like this proportion a lot more!

Bleach T-shirt designs - Beyond the basics

Hi all,

Last week I made a simple bleach t-shirt design. It was a fun project so I decided to see how far I could tack the technique. In this video I share some more tips and several more projects.

Happy Re-fashioning,

Monday, April 16, 2018

Simple Chambray Snip

I found this chambray shirt on sale in a charity shop. Mine!
But the sleeves were much too wide and - as always - too long for me.

And it was missing a button.

I narrowed the sleeves, and shortened them.
And I took the button from the washing instructions, and sewed it on where a button was missing.
And that was it, ready for use.

And yes, it is wrinkly. I did on purpose not iron it, as I like a casual boho look of non-ironed chambray.