Thursday, 26 May 2016

Halterneck be gone

A dress that complements my hourglassfigure, and in a lovely fabric. Home you go with me, dress.
It is not a good before picture, but the piece at the breasts of the dress covered too little of my breasts. So you have to make do with this picture.
It was a halterneck dress, and it was about one size too large in the chest and waist areas.

I repositioned the straps, so they became ordinary straps. No halternecks for me, thank you.
I took the dress in a little at the chest and waist.
Lastly I removed the padding in the breast pieces (similar to what some bikinis have). And I made darts at each side to make the breast piece fit me better and cover my breasts up more.
A lacy camisole underneath makes the dress usable off the beach too

Summer party, here I come!

TBT: Me-Made-May '14, Day 3

I've recently sworn off dye: It's just too messy and time consuming and I make no apologies that I'm the laziest seamstress on the planet...

Today, though, I'm sharing with you one of the more successful dye jobs I ever did.

Pearl Gray RIT dye was all I needed to spruce up this Tshirt I found for .99 cents. No sewing necessary! For my original post on this click here.

Happy Refashioning!


Two Very Different Bags

Hello HoffiCoffi here!

I have had a bit of a bagmaking frenzy here in the past month.

The first bag I would like to show you is made mainly out of three pairs of jeans.

I just cut the shapes out freehand and appliqued them onto a plain cotton background, adding a pocket at the bottom because I like the embroidery on it.

The back of the bag is a little... different.  This bag is intended to be used at the beach and so I wanted it to have a lot of pockets - and why reinvent the wheel! 

Pockets in action!

I was happy with the bag, but I had purposely appliqued the shapes quite a way inside the cut line.  This is because those big waves looked far too calm when completed.  Neat - but calm.  The idea was to put the completed bag in the washing machine with a lot of towels and then tumble dry it with dryer balls to agitate, agitate, agitate.  The denim then frays to reveal the white warp (or is it the weft?) threads in the jeans resulting in a lovely white foam crest of the wave. 

The above is a before and after shot.  As I say, this bag is meant to go on the beach in all that sand and on the rocks and the plan is that the more battered it gets the better it will look!

My second bag is completely different.  I made a bag for a friend.  She handed me a bag of sewing notions that she had retrieved from her grandmother's house as they were clearing her belongings; she gave the notions to me as she knew I would make use of them.  I am always honoured when I receive things like this and I wanted to make something in return.  The bag I made is on the left there in the above montage.

My friend also gave me a few pieces of clothing she no longer wore, and I used the floral fabric from one of her tops for the front of the bag.  The main body of the bag uses the last remnants of black flannel I had after making a dress and a skirt for myself, and the lining is the last of the remaining fabric I had from the pink jacket of my last refashion.  The purple button used for decorative purposes was from my friend's grandmother's lovely button box, pictured top right.

I do have one more bag in my latest blog post.  I think I may make something other than a bag next. :)

Une blouse d'été

Après avoir réalisé ce patron en version hiver, je voulais le faire pour la belle saison et ça tombait bien j'avais une tunique en stock dont j'aimais beaucoup l'imprimé :

J'ai utilisé du jersey noir pour faire les manches et je dois dire qu'il ne reste plus rien du tout de la tunique, j'ai tout utilisé même la ceinture qui a servi à faire de petits rappels de l'imprimé sur le bas des manches. 
Voici le résultat :

Me voici donc avec une nouvelle petite blouse ! Lol
Pour en voir plus c'est Ici 
A bientôt,
Elisa Elisa

Kentucky Derby Dress Refash

DSCN0248This reminds me of a 1940's waitress uniform.
DSCN0324Demoved these silly little shoulder pads.
DSCN0325I placed a pin to show where I wanted my high-low dress to end.
DSCN0436I removed the white ruffle from the sleeves. (In my opinion it was too much).
DSCN0442Sewed a new rolled hem!
DSCN0444New sleeves!
DSCN0446Stitched up this hole that was in the waistline when I bought it.
DSCN0437Every Kentucky Derby dress deserves a hat, of course!
DSCN0447Removed the maroon ribbon.
DSCN0449Pretty fancy huh!?
I added white lilies, purple flowers, white floral ribbon, purple ribbon and stick-on gems.
I am proud to say my hat as as well as all the other additions I purchased at the $1 store!
DSCN0453The back!
DSCN0454The front! 
Happy Refashioning!!!
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