Yay for summer clothes!
Drew up the chalk outline of my wide necked design...
Cut and sew...
It's a super cute off the shoulder number that looks great with a belt at the hip or waist. I love it and it was so easy!
Yay for summer clothes!
I had these leftover pieces from two refashions I made earlier. The larger piece is leftover from this too small wrap skirt and the little scrap was leftover from the waist line of this shirt refashion.
I thought that the skirt shape would make a perfect shoulder bag!
Folded the skirt in half, and sewed the smaller scrap across the bottom.
I added a long ribbon as the strap (a sash leftover from another refashion!) and added the button to close it up (the button hole was already there as part of the waistband of the skirt)
This floor length extra large Cotton Ginny dress is so soft and comfy, but it looks soo frumpy!
I thought I'd see if I could make it a little more workable...
I cut the dress to shorten it, and pinned the sides to make it more fitted.
Unfortunately, I cut a little too short, proving the old adage "measure twice, cut once".
I decided to salvage the middle section by making a cute skirt with an elastic waistband.
I love how it turned out, and I have hopes that the leftover top and bottom halves can still be made into a dress. I'll keep you posted!
Started with this oversized comfy green tee. The fabric is sooo soft! I love the feel of it, but the piece really swamps me.
Pinned it smaller and sewed it up.
I also cut off the collar and sleeves.
Started with these two plain tops
A paper stencil and a silk screen
Some fabric paint and a squeegee
Not too shabby for my sophomore attempts. Looking forward to more silk screen attempts!
Started with the amazing fabric from this huge pillowcase printed in the Ivory Coast.
This just had to become clothing - it was way too good to sleep on!
First, I turned it into a tunic by cutting a neck hole into the sealed end of the pillowcase, and putting in two holes in the sides for the sleeves.
Easy peasy! This colourful top looks great with a belt and leggings.
But I didn't want to stop there. I knew that this versatile piece could be worn in other ways.
I cut across the top of the piece so both end would be fully open. Then I flipped the piece upside down when I saw that the pillowcase bottom already had a string across the top.
It was the work of a moment to pull that out.
I could have stopped there, but the dress was a little shapeless, so...
I made a little hole lower in the chest area and pulled the string through. Then I pulled the string back up to the top and tied it.
This created some subtle ruching around the front area, that made the piece look more "dress" and less "pillowcase".
For the number two look, here's the pillowcase as a strapless dress with or without a belt. I love it!
For the third look, the pillowcase can be worn as a maxi skirt.
Love this look too!
This simple, no-sew refashion works because the print on this skirt is so beautiful!
So don't forget, when thrifting, to look at the fabrics and bed sheets and pillowcases too. Because you might get lucky!
On a family trip to Edinburgh, Scotland, my sister and I had tickets to attend the pagan Beltane celebrations on Calton Hill, where red and green people danced before bonfires in costumed array or simple nudity.
In short, much fun was had by all! Here is the ticket for the event - I love how it warns "ATTENDANCE AT OWN RISK"
We decided we couldn't attend without a proper costume, but as it was cold and rainy, we voted out the nude option. Instead, we decided accessories were the way to go! We started with these from the dollar store...
Then cut and separated the flowers and leaves.
I started sewing the leaves onto a shoelace we also bought at the dollar store
While my sister was twisting up the wire stems of the flowers into a long strand.
We sewed up a couple other accessories. Here are all the pieces we made!
We tried on our new elfin crowns...
And we went out to enjoy the festivities! Below, see pics of the procession, the May Queen lighting the bonfire, and the massive fire as seen from further up the hill.
Wanted a maxi skirt like all the ladies have ;)
Started with this long dress that was a leetle too revealing of my upper half! LOL
Quick snip, hem, and add a drawstring....
And I got my new maxi skirt!
Here it is paired with a top I made - tucked in, the ensemble rather resembles a colour block dress, no?
Or, with top untucked...
I like it either way. Not bad for a
"me made May" outfit!
Which way do you prefer?
Started with a plain yellow t-shirt, something like this...
Grabbed some fabric paint- black, red, silver and blue.
Made up a simple paper stencil out of scrap paper.
Here's how it turned out! Wacky.
What do you guys think?
I bought these wedges on sale - cheap and comfortable! But they are kinda homely looking. I came to the conclusion that the colour was a major component of the ug factor.
I had some fabric paint from a recent silk screening attempt. I'm pretty sure that dye is better for shoes than paint but, eh, what the hell.
They turned out alright! More elegant and black is easier to pair with various outfits.
I'm a theatre artist in Toronto who likes refashioning and costuming!