Monday, June 16, 2014

She Sells Sea Shells by the Sea Shore

I love the sea and I love shells!  
Which made this the perfect refashion project for me.
My mother-in-law found this shirt at the thrift store.  It was definitely handmade by someone.
I absolutely love the print and the fabric is really soft and heavy.  
Super comfy.

A couple chops later.  
Goodbye neckline. 
Goodbye sleeves.

I took in the sides a hair on top and tapered them down to meet the existing seam on the bottom and then I added an elastic casing on the top.
Cute sea shell skirt!

I seriously love this skirt.  
I've already worn it 3 times since I made it last week. 
I see me at the seaside in my sea shell skirt on several summer days!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Thrifted Fabric Fun - Dress for Mom, Shorts for Daughter

I just finished making a few more pieces from thrifted fabric my mother-in-law sent me.

I made this cute dress from the same pattern I made my recent vintage stripe dress.  I like that the pattern works so well with such completely different types of fabric.

Here is the pattern:

And the dress:

It came out a little shorter than I like, but it can still be work and leggings can be added.

I also made some shorts for Aubrey from thrifted fabric.

I used this pattern:

And here are the shorts:


The inside of the fabric is fuzzy fleece, so they look super comfy.

Aubrey, of course, was not impressed.  The look she gave me when I showed them to her was not one of love.  She let me know she "will not be wearing these to school." 
Well ok then.
There is always the beach or she can wear them for pi's.
Silly little girl!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Vintage Scarves Turned Beachy Boho Cover Up

My mother-in-law is awesome.  She has been searching the thrift stores in her town for cool, vintage fabrics.  She sent me a couple of head scarfs recently.  They reminded me so much of my Grandma.  She had drawers full of these beautiful scarves.  Oh, how I wish I would have been older when she became ill.  I would have loved to have a collection of all her vintage clothing and accessories.

Here is one of the scarves.  I saw it the other day and instantly had an idea.

I thought it would make a cute lightweight cover up top for the beach.  I took one of my comfy shirts and used it to cut out a collar.

I just folded it in half and half again and cut the hole.  Then unfolded one fold and made the front of the neck hole a bit deeper.

Then I sewed the corners to create a sleeve and waist.  

Cut out the little rectangles on either end.

And viola.  A shirt was born.  
I carefully sewed the neckline, just turning it under as I sewed.  I was too lazy to even press.  It came out fine, regardless.

Here is my finished beachy cover up shirt.

I had another scarf and this was so easy that I had to make another one.  

Once the June gloom burns off and the waves come back, these shirts are ready to take me to the beach!