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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Time management and my new shiny cardi

I feel like I have finally started catching up with my 'to be refashioned' stash. There are all sorts of things in it - from those I have no idea what to do with, those I have an exact plan with and finally those that need to be fixed. The latter type is the most boring one, it just needs to be dealt with and they are not really 'refashions' but rather 'fixations'.

However, I feel like I am getting better at this, and it usually takes me a day to finish a project, but with a full time job, a load of other things on my plate I just seem like I cannot afford a whole day to finish a project. Hence, my projects take days to be finished. Nevertheless, I really like what I am doing and therefore persist in finishing a project at a time. Blogging, however comes a little later. And writing step-by-step tutorials is a thing I still have to master.

Nevertheless, my poor time management hasn't deprived me of the desire to spread the word about importance of refashioning as a part of a larger 'reuse, repurpose and recycle' movement to help the planet survive us.

Here is my latest shiny cardigan refashion, which I really hope you'll like. The sweater or blouse (not sure what was it made as) I refashioned dates back from mid-nineties when my mother purchased it. She used to wear it with black outfits to formal occasions, and stopped using it at least a decade ago. For the past ten years it was mostly sitting in the closet pretty much forgotten. And as I feel compelled to first deal with the piles of clothes my family collected and kept for years - my refashions are (and judging to the amount of stuff we have, will be for a long time) the go-to material for my projects.

So, please, meet my new shiny cardigan - perfect for chilly Mondays and lack of inspiration days:

If you have a similar piece you would do the same with, please proceed to Curvy Girl for a few tips and the process.

Blue Infinity Scarf

New Infinity Scarf
Infinity Scarfs in the shops are pretty and tempting. Prices make them not so tempting. Skirts and dresses from the stash have become Infinity Scarf candidates.

Pre-retirement, I wore this shirt and sweater in the college classroom and office. Today, a new infinity scarf  perked them up for work in the family flower shop.

I have several scarfs planned to change the look during the season.

Skirt Before
Depending on the starter garment, each scarf I make goes together differently, resulting in a slightly different scarf.
This skirt was not very full, so had width for only two fabric lengths. Length was enough for a shorter infinity scarf. Fabrics tend to be lightweight, so surging each piece prevents ravels and strengthens seams.
Cut off the elastic band and ties.
Cut open side seams.
Sew the waist right sides together, to make center seam of the scarf.
Fold right sides together into a long tube and stitch.
Turn right sides out.
Stitch the remaining open end, right sides together, leaving a few inches open.
Hand slip stitch this opening closed.
Mary @ RanchHouse

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Kristina's Challenge Dress

On a thrifting adventure with one of our editors and writers, Carissa, at the very end of the trip our friend Kristina challenged this dress. I took on the challenge. BTW hopefully if I can get some sewing time (!!!) there will be more information about our little shopping trip.
This dress was navy and white complete with a gold/black metal embellishment on the pointed collar all coupled with a built in peak-a-boo bodice. I used pink poly iDYE since the fabric was 100% polyester. I got a purple and fuchsia mix in the fabric. I used a pattern and converted the bottom skirt into a new long-sleeve top, something simple I could wear to work.

More pictures and information on the blog here.


Sweatshirt refashion

I have had this picture on my refashion Pinterest board for a long time. I finally got around to trying it. I started with this shapeless 3XL sweatshirt.

I cut off the neckband, waistband, and cuffs. Then I sliced it up the front, a few inches off center.

To take out some of the bulk, I took it in on the sides and under the arms. I also folded the back panel in half from top to bottom and took out a slice there, narrower at the bottom edge to sit right over my hips.

I added some gathers on the front "lapel" and trimmed it a bit to get the neckline shape I wanted. I reinforced the lapels with iron-on interfacing, then added buttonhole and buttons. 

I love how it turned out! Comfy and chic!

Thanks for reading.     -Amy

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Shirt dress to shirt

Hi everyone!

This is a khaki shirt dress I bought for 2 euros. It's truly ugly.

I just shortened the hem by keeping its curve...and now I have a khaki shirt.

Thanks for reading!  Have a nice day and happy refashioning time.