Monday, November 6, 2017

Boring Yellow T-shirt and Hideous Wrap around Skirt get Flipped into a Cute Beachy Outfit


"Here she comes ... Miss America!!"


It doesn't get much sexier than an oversized, bright yellow shirt and a floor length , wrap around, polyester print skirt.

Yuck!!

 I decided that this whole outfit needed to be flipped and trimmed.  I took one of my favorite circle skirts and layer it over the shirt to make a pattern.


I barely had enough to work with. I had to piece together the remnants to make a waistband for the skirt. 

A side note:
I love making skirts out of shirts! They are so comfy, easy to make, and easy to wear. No elastic required since the jersey stretches. This is the first time I tried to make a circle skirt. Usually, I just make a straight, fitted skirt.


For the top, I used one of my favorite dress patterns. I cut just the bodice and hemmed the bottom edge to make a halter top.  


Originally, I did not install a zipper, mainly because I didn't have one and really wanted to complete the project. While it did work because the fabric has so much stretch, the straps would fall off sometimes and it was kind of bubbling out in the front. 


After a trip to DTLA and a massive zipper purchase, I cut the back open, taking it in a little, and inserted this little yellow separating zipper, so I can zip it on and off easily.


Not perfect, but it will do.  I wish I lined the straps up to cover my bra strap better.  Definitely much better than before.  I think this top will look cute with a pair of jeans and the skirt will be great for casual wear with a simple tank top.  Perfect for the beach.  I like that I can wear them together or separate.  I'm happy I could take two throw away items and give them new life.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Old Denim Jeans Become Cool Denim Dress

If you follow my blog at all you'll notice that I really enjoy working with denim. It seems like someone always has an old pair of worn out jeans to gift me and my ever growing son always has a pair that he's outgrown. I'm constantly on the lookout for denim inspiration. I found this cute little dress on Pinterest and I had to try to make my own version of it.


I found 2 pairs of these brand new jeans in the dumpster at my apartment. They were laying right on the top, tags still on, when I took out the garbage. Seemed like a score to me!! 

I used the two pairs I rescued from the dumpster to form the panels of the circle skirt and bodice top.


I quickly ran out of that denim, so I pulled out and old pair of jeans that my son had outgrown that matched the color fairly well. I cut off the legs, cut them into strips, and used them to make the braided edge and straps.


I had to hand sew all the braiding to the dress, which took some time.

Here is the finished product:






I left the back panel off because I felt that the denim I used was a bit heavy and I wanted to give it a little more sex appeal. I feel like the bodice is a little bulky and I wish I would have made it a tad smaller. Otherwise, I like how it came out. It's definitely an eye catching, unique piece.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Embroidered Mexican Dress to Cute Top


I was given this pretty, green, Mexican dress with beautiful embroidery. The dress was a bit too potato sack size for me, so I decided to take try and turn it into a blouse instead.


I cut the dress into three sections. The top and bottom I used for this project and the middle I saved for who knows what ;).


First, I serged the raw edges of the top and bottom pieces.


I folded under the serged edge of the top piece to finish the hem because it will lay over the bottom piece and be exposed.


I then sewed the top and bottom pieces together overlapping the two to create a casing for elastic to run through, so it will cinch up around the waist.



Here is the finished product:


The top is a little tight across the chest, as was the dress. I think if I were a little less broad across the chest it would fit great.  I don't know that this is totally my style or that it will get much wear, but I had fun tinkering with it. I really need to start selling some of the pieces I make because I really can't wear them all. Something I may have to try out on Etsy soon!  


She's Crafty Beer Shirt


Recently, I've been on a brewery tour kick. I love beer, but craft beers are by far my favorite. There is something nice about picking out a fresh, in-house brewed beer straight from the source. It feels organic, natural, farm fresh, if you will. I also really enjoy the atmosphere of most breweries. They are usual very bare bones, rustic, and inexpensive. I think they lend to a more socially interactive experience than a regular bar does.  People are usually casual and friendly. Dogs and kids are usually welcome. It's just an all around laid back experience that I really dig.

I've been dabbling in learning how to screen print my own shirts and designs. So far this design is my favorite. It's a fun little play on words. Super cute to wear to the brewery, Octoberfest, a night out drinking with friends, or just casual everyday wear. 

I have 4 colors available in 4 different sizes:

 

Scarlet Red



Silver





Royal Blue



Hunter Green



And actually one additional one in this tropical blue in size small.



I have 24 of these bad boys in stock in my etsy store. 
Here is a link if you are interested in showing of your love of crafts:







Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Funky Dress to Funky Suspender Skirt with a Mens Shirt Turned Half Top

I was given this crazy, funky dress in a pile of fabric from my friends girlfriend who works as a professional seamstress (score!).

It is so funky 60's, I can't help but love it!


I don't have any idea what this print is, but I don't care.  The colors are so vibrant and fun.



Here is my inspiration.  Don't ask me why.  It just spoke to me.  I was concerned it might go a little juvenile, but it was a risk worth taking.



I picked apart the dress and used my favorite skirt pattern to make the skirt.  


For the suspenders, I decided to make them detachable by adding button holes to them and inserting buttons on the inside of the skirt.

Here is my finished product. 


I really feel like it needs a white half top to go underneath.  Luckily, I found a perfectly good white shirt in my bin of hand-me-down victims.
Here is my mens, white shirt.



I cut off the sleeves, bottom, and up the sides.



I pinned the sides to fit the dressform.  Then hemmed the bottom, took in the sleeves, and serged them onto the shirt (got carried away and forgot to take pics!)



Here is the completed look.  For some reason the lighting was giving me trouble in the living room, so it kinda washes out the vibrant color of the skirt, but you get the idea.


Back side with suspenders.



Skirt without the suspenders.



I have some cute, white, knee high socks I can add to this look.  It's going to take a bit of bravery on my behalf to wear this out.  I'm not sure if it is too funky or young for a 40 year old women like me to wear.  Luckily, I never act my age.  
Ha!
What do you think?  Can I pull this look off?

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Mens T-Shirt to Half Top

This is not the most amazing refashion ever, but I like to document them all anyway.
I had this super comfy mens shirt.  I know this sounds strange, but in the work out video I use there is a girl that wears a cute half top that looks a lot like this shirt (obviously smaller).  I decided that would be my inspiration for this shirt.


I kinda winged this one.  I cut it on the dressform.  



I gave the back a low dip.  I've been considering raising it up because it bunches a little in the back, but I don't really want to go to all the trouble of pulling out the seam just for a little nit picky thing like that.



And on.  



Apparently, I am always dreaming of summer, short sleeves, and SUN!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Mens Dress Shirt to Country Cute Shirt

I had this cute, checkered, mens button-up shirt.
It screams country to me.

I cut it up and used this pattern I recently purchased.  It's has a cute peasant/hippie/prairie/country feel to it, depending on the fabric you choose.



I really wanted to use the pattern with the ruffle across the top, but there just wasn't enough fabric to use.  I really need to make some more big men as friends ;).

I went with the simple pattern and added lace to the top instead.  I didn't like the free bottom, so I added some elastic to have it be more form fitting at the hem.



I'm happy with the finished piece.
Everyone needs a little country in their life and wardrobe!