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Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Hot Fall Weather Dress

Hello Refashion Co-op. I know it's October but it is a hot 85 degrees today where I live. What is going on? It's way too hot. I had this cute light weight skirt with lots of nice fall colors. This would make a great. light-weight dress for this super hot day.

It has a nice knit waistband. I made 2 cuts in the waistband near the seam the attaches to the skirt. I didn't cut the skirt fabric, just the knit waistband. It won't fray.

Those two cuts made nice armholes without anymore altering.  It made a loose shapeless dress that just needed a belt.

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I saw this tutorial on Threads for how to make a circle vest.  

It looked pretty easy and I figured I could tweak it to make an oval one too.

Come see the rest on my blog!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Easy Minnie Mouse Purse Makeover

Hi All,

Halloween is just around the corner and I have deemed October Minnie Mouse Month here at Upcycled Design Lab.  Mostly just because it is fun to say.  :-)

Sorry I didn't take any photos of this project but you can see it from start to finish in this short video above.

Happy Refashioning,

Cindy @ Upcycled Design Lab

#7 September Back to School: Green Crochet Cardigan Updated with Lace

*I pledge not to buy any new RTW or thrifted for my after retirement "Back to School" wardrobe.
*I pledge to shop from my closet.

Green crochet cardigan from the closet, refashioned this year with only a change from worn crochet buttons to mother of pearl. Posted earlier with white linen pants refashion.
This one qualifies as "Grandmas sweater". It was in my pre-retirement wardrobe for many years.

•   Audition lace in the sewing room stash.
•  Removed the buttons.
    Baste and hand-stitch the lace.
•   Hand-stitch was a great Presidential debate project.

•      Updated lace trim cardigan to wear with jeans, denim skirts, almost anything.

I searched Pinterest and found many cute cardigan refashions. Some had lace, others had light weight fabrics.
AFTER: Lace added
Wearing tomorrow with denim skirt.

Lace auditions
in the sewing room stash

Planning process

Wide hem lace is very old.

Hand Stitched
over collar edging. 
Sleeve trim. 

1st re-fashion was to remove worn crochet buttons.
Added Mother of Pearl

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Upcycled from men's shirts.

I love flannel & plaid in the fall! More here.