Monday, May 21, 2018

Scarf to Kimono Refash

I have noticed that gauzy shawls or kimonos are very popular this year, but I can't seem to find any in the stores that I really like. So, of course the better idea would be to make one!
I was excited when my mom gave me this flamingo scarf (my mom knows how much I LOVE flamingos)! To my delight it was made out of a gauzy material. Honestly, I almost just kept this as a scarf....until I unfolded it and realized just HOW much fabric there was....A TON!
\Don't you just love those tassels!?

I started by measuring 10 inches from the bottom and marked it. Then I measured 7 inches from the side. This was to make the sleeves.
After marking my measurements I stitched up the scarf and cut the  excess.

Once I got the sleeves situated, I cut up the middle and stitched up the sides. This was to make the front opening.

Most of the tassels were on the fabric that I was cutting off, so I had to save them.

I reattached the tassels onto the scarf.

To accent my new kimono I made tassels out of pink embroidery floss and attached them onto some earrings.

Mother's Day was nice enough, weather wise, that I was able to wear my new kimono. I took my mom to Mother's Day brunch at the Detroit Zoo! As it turned out the food was fantastic and the weather was so nice we were able to have a full day walking around the zoo after our brunch!


I was so happy to be able to make this the best Mother's Day for my amazing mom! She deserved it and much much more!
Happy Refashioning!!!

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Friday, May 18, 2018

More Florals For Spring

Hello Refashion Co-op. I was attracted to the material of this dress. The flowers were fresh and pretty. The rest of the dress seemed like overkill to me. The big ruffled collar and the full cut bell sleeves just seemed like too much.  

I just cut off the top. It wasn't worth saving. I just wanted the skirt. It had an elastic waist that I kept and used to make this a really easy refashion.

I really liked the simple skirt. The soft floral design and flowy material were the stars of the show. 

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Striped Jumper to Striped Tunic!

I found this striped jumper the other day at a thrift store and really liked the cotton stretch fabric, the button front, and the stripes.  I didn't like, however, much of anything else.  

I thought with a little bit of rearranging, it would make a fun and comfortable tunic.  I cut away the skirt and used the fabric to lengthen the bodice and add sleeves.

I thought that changing the direction of the stripes on the added piece would make things interesting.

I made the back addition slightly longer than the front.

It was a pretty simple transformation, but now it's much more wearable!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Florals For Spring?... Groundbreaking.

Hello Refashion Co-op. I found this dress at a clothes swap and liked the floral and polka dot fabric. It was way too long as you can see.

I basically made it A LOT shorter. I took the sides in a bit too.

It was an easy fix to adjust the length. It is more fun and wearable now.

Thanks for reading, for more pictures and details go to I Can Work With That.

Re-refashion, or cleaning rag?

Sometimes, I feel the need to revisit refashions that didn't turn out well......(though, sometimes they just become cleaning rags).
Years ago, I bought a soft, bamboo knit tunic dress from a sample sale. I wore it a few times, but it was an awkward length, and the open neck always slipped off my shoulders. 
At some point, I had cut some off the bottom and used that fabric to make a neckband. I apparently also chopped the sleeves shorter (and left them raw).

I came across this unloved garment the other day, and decided to try again to breathe life into it.
I grabbed another knit top from the pile - a wide, fluid cardigan – a spontaneous purchase that I thought would give off an effortlessly chic vibe. 
Huh, turned out I looked like a middle-aged woman in an ill-fitting boxy cardigan!

So, off with the old neckband, and on with a new contrast one cut from the cardigan. 
extended the band length to tie at centre back. I also added bands to finish the sleeve hems.
Now... I just might have a wearable garment. I’ll take it for a spin and see!