Maxi Refashion

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Remember this printed dress I found for $5? it was cute, but I have an over abundance of maxi dresses/skirts and it was about 20 sizes too big..

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So I chopped the skirt portion off and created a pattern from one of my favorite tank tops. After I made the top part of my new dress, I used the rest of the bottom of the skirt to create the bottom portion of the dress. As I’ve said before, I pretty much make everything up as I go so here is how it turned out.

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My first dress completely from scratch, and no pattern. I still have a lot to learn but it’s not a bad start!

And this photo was all the motivation I needed to get on the treadmill, and get some SUN! :)

 

thrifty thursday

I have to admit that I’ve had these hidden gems in my sewing closet for a while now with the intentions of refashioning them, but I’ve been going back and forth about what to do with each one.

2014-01-23 12.28.47You wouldn’t know by looking, but this dress is an XL and I’m willing to bet I could fit a few of my friends in it with me :) So it was definitely worth the $5 for this awesome fabric. I’m thinking a cute tank dress similar in cut and style to this Mara Hoffman dress from RevolveClothing.com.

2014-02-06 10.24.53And for this monstrosity, I’m thinking a really trendy clown suit. I could pull that off. OK maybe I’m losing it, but I really see some potential in this $3 jumbo polka dot collared shirt. I have 2 ideas in mind:

1. shorts for Gigi

polka shortsor 2. A skirt for me

polka skirtI’m terrible at making decisions so we shall see what really happens with my thrifty finds, but I love getting my creative buzz on in the mean time.

Happy Thursday my loves.

stitches & studs

It has been 2 years since I received one of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten – a sewing machine. When I set it on the table for the first time I was giddy with excitement, and also clueless about how to use it. I’m happy to say I’ve come a long way in the sewing world since then, and my favorite projects are thrift store refashions like this one.

studs4 Ok so I know it’s huge and wrinkled, but in life you always have to look at the positives: cashmere, a studded collar, and 1 dollar.  Holler!!!

I wish I had taken photos of how I resized this beautiful sweater but I was so excited I about it that I just pinned snipped and stitched – and boom! It was gorgeous..

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It came out exactly how I wanted.. high-low hem and a more fitted look all around. Thanks for stopping by to check out my sweet sweater refashion, and I promise to do step by step refashion posts in the future so you can follow along with your thrifty finds.

Happy Friday!

fun fabric friday

Someone who loves me very much gave me a Jo-Ann gift card for Christmas. They were having the sale of a lifetime, and you only live once. I left with over 25 yards of fabric.

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So far I’m mid project with the top three fabrics. Can’t wait to show you what I’m doing with all of them! Oh and I found this little dingle hopper on super duper clearance because it had a tiny crack in the bottom corner. PPSSHhhhhh…

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I’ve discovered that a rotary cutter is life changing.

Happy Friday Friends! Stay Crafty

Almond Pink Girl’s Dress

Only 4 days until my daughter gets to be the flower girl in my best friend’s wedding. I worked so hard on this dress, and I finally have something to show for it. Here is how my first sewing endeavor unfolded. (Literally)

the pattern

 

the fabric

We chose a gorgeous dusty rose colored lace with a scalloped hem. The lining fabric is a silky almond pink (that was the name of the color on the zipper, how perfect!)

the yolk

almost there

a few flowers

scalloped hem

a masterpiece (not bad for my first go)

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Watching Gianna walk down the aisle with her daddy is going to make me the proudest Mommy ever. I’m glad I have a while before she’ll be the one in the white dress. I’m tearing up just thinking about it.

Hope you like this sweet little dress, and that you’re inspired to create something beautiful, too. Share it with me!

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