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Friday, 18 April 2014

Red Herring Dress

When I picked up this rayon, tie-dye-esque dress at a clothes swap last fall, without even trying it on, I thought for sure I was going to chop off the top and make it a maxi skirt.

Red Herring Dress

But when I tried it on, I was surprised at how well it fit (though it did not flatter) and at how comfy it was. So I decided to chop off the bottom instead. About a foot shorter and paired with my beaded leather belt and gold wedges, this baby looks much better.

Red Herring Dress - AfterRed Herring Dress - After

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Red Herring Dress - Before & After

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Boxy Button-Down to a Blouse with Fun Details!


I would like to introduce myself to all of you lovely Refashion Co-op readers because this is my first project!  My name is Diane and I blog at Vintage Zest where I share many of my different creative outlets, such as sewing, cooking, crafting, travel, and more!

Today's garment is a blouse that I made for the latest challenge for my online Facebook sewing group, Stitch Once, Rip Twice.  Our latest challenge was a Simple Top, and I knew that I had to make something nice and breezy for the 80°F weather we have been having here in Southern California!

Read on for all of the details, including how I turned a huge mishap into a fashionable detail and how this only cost me $1!

Challenge #5: A (Refashioned) Simple Top!: Diane's Vintage Zest!

Initially, I searched through my regular fabric stash, but I didn't like any of the fabrics.  Eventually, I headed to my $1 swap meet garment stash and found this blouse with the tags still on it.  Perfect!

Challenge #5: A (Refashioned) Simple Top!: Diane's Vintage Zest!
See, there's a little blue tag on the left arm.  Never worn!

I decided to turn the shirt around so the buttons would be in the back, which was just like another refashion I did before joining here.

Challenge #5: A (Refashioned) Simple Top!: Diane's Vintage Zest!

This is the final garment!  I love the blouse.  :)

Easy refash for my daughter(s)

My daughter loved this shirt. I hated it. I am not picky about my kids' clothes; most of the time they wear whatever they want and I don't care so long as they are clean, decent, and seasonally appropriate. I'm easy to please.

But everything about this shirt is just WRONG.


It doesn't look so terrible in the above picture, but trust me, it is a highly unflattering shirt. The sleeves fall at an awkward place. The drapey parts at the bottom of the shirt don't drape, they just hang limply and unevenly. The weird little rope/bead rosette in the middle looks awful.

But my daughter loved it. *sigh*

I shed no tears when she wore a hole in each elbow. I asked her if I could remake it into a short sleeve, and she agreed.

And then the shirt sat, and sat, and sat in my mending pile, and was forgotten.

Until today. I pulled out the shirt ready to shorten the sleeves, when I realized it would be simpler just to remove them entirely. I cut off the wings and made new sideseams. Rosette-- gone! I also cut off the ties.

Choppa choppa
I like the new shirt much better. The original just looked like it was trying too hard. Sometimes less is more.

It's a good thing my daughter has a younger sister, because the original wearer has since grown too big for this shirt. Little sis loves it.


Today I talk to you about an attractive (and it is not ironic for once) old and embroidered nightdress, I feel bad really not to have made a photo before the dye bath and the first cutting, but it is enough to extend the length of 50 good cm and to imagine it in white... it is not hard made an effort...!

 The problem remains sleeves, which I did not want to cut because of embroidery, but well it is just very impossible difficult to wear thus having grown again of numerous times the obvious fact, I  launched scissors forward...

( It is dangerous I grant you that but I am a madwoman;))

And I have to say that I do not regret! I became reconciled with my nightdress!

Have a nice day!

Paint it black: shirt to kimono

Well, don't actually paint anything. I got a little bummed out and I was feeling like a real sad sack in the beginning of this month and decided to make April a theme month for refashions on my blog. (Half way through the month and I only have two posts up!) That theme, "Paint it Black" comes from the Rolling Stones song. I've been doing some some colorful clothing choices with a lot of my refashions, but I'm getting back to my black clothed roots with these.
I started with this extra large, 70s polyester shirt:
I bought it with a plan because I wanted long, flowing sleeves; of which I cut off a little less than half off each. I removed the collar, then, I marked and cut down the middle. I sewed up my raw edges and then hemmed and hawed for several days on possible embellishments before deciding to leave it as is. Here it is:
 The best reason to leave it un-decorated is so that I can wear it with some of my cut off tshirts and it won't "compete." Like this sequined one. I'm also wearing high waist pants, so the top barely looks cropped.
I also put together those two tassel necklaces (by putting a tassel on a necklace) and I made my own crop tops (by cropping some tops.) You're going to need that step by step tutorial to see how I used a pair of scissors to make that midriff-bearing top from a too tight dress. (Sarcasm alert for anyone who wants to see the full post.)
So, see the full post! Here it is, on my blog, Craft, Thrift, or Die. 
While you're there, perhaps you check out this one from earlier this month:
Purple cherries dress
Fair warning, folks...might want to not actually read the post. I was laying on the sad stuff pretty thick. That's why I didn't give it a full post here on the Co-op; I thought it was kinda dark. All warnings aside;  here's the link to purple cherries! Thank you for looking, awesome sewists!