Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Floral Tunic Top

When I found this light fun patterned article of clothing I thought it was a dress. Turns out it was a tunic thing with a large slit up both sides. This was one of my first refashions so the only picture I have is in a collage.
When I went to cut off the length, I noticed that the slits continued past where I wanted it to end for the top. I just seam ripped and put the sides back together and shortened the sleeves to a baseball tee length. I rounded the bottom hem because I was feeling the way it looked haha. The great thing is when I bought this top I also got two new(to me) pairs of shorts that fit perfectly, and they both go perfectly with this top! You can kinda see the red ish pain in the first picture and then the green in the other. The colors are almost exact and I had no idea when I bought them! 
Anyhoo, thanks for looking! If you want to see more refashions and step to step pictures you could always head on over to my blog! Click Here!

Knits and Wovens Mix

I've started to experiment with combining knits and wovens.  This is my most one elaborate to date, definitely influenced by Magnolia Pearl.  It was really a pleasure to add and subtract bits until it was "just right".
 I started with a tunic length sleeveless T.  The heart bits in the middle front are original as are the neck & armhole ruffles.   The pockets are from a t-shirt with heavy gold printing.

The ruffled lower back was a skirt. On the upper right side I added a vintage doily. At the waist many bits and pieces.

Thank you to Diane Ericson for the "Bits and Pieces" concept at a Design Outside the Lines workshop.

More to come!

Happy Upcycling, 
Michelle Paganini  

Sew Along - Refashion Runway - Week 3 Buttons

Idea: Make something smaller and something larger, with the aid of buttons.

Larger and with buttons
I made this dress from scratch last winter. I drafted a new neckline. I adjusted it for full bust, swayback, short waist, petite height and shoulder adjustment. It is made of expensive wool and is fully lined. It was perfect. And then my bust became larger. Argh!
Before. I wear it with the back zipper open.
I was inspired by this dress.

- I cut the bodice open off center to the right.
- I stitched a strip of extra fabric ontp the left side of the opening.

- For the placket I used a wool remnant from another project.I finished it and stitched it to the right side of the opening.

- I stitched the opening back together (the placket is not functional), and lastly I sewed four large buttons onto the placket.

I eased the extra fabric in the bodice out into the edge to the skirt and closed the hole.

After. Since it is a wool dress, I winter styled it (which was warm to wear, even though summer here isnt particularly warm this year).

Smaller and with buttons.
Before. A very large houndstooth skirt. I swear, it is a complete coincidence that this skirt has the same pattern as the dress. The skirt was simply the garment in my stash that fitted the idea best.

- I made a pleat, that swallowed the excess fabric, and stitched it down.
- I shortened the skirt by 20 cm (8").
- I tooks the skirt a bit in at the sides to fit me better.
- I stitched a viscose (rayon) ribbon on top of the pleat and then added buttons to resemple a button closure. All the lilac buttons in my button collection (do you feel my pain? I treat my button box as a pirates' chest...).

The finished skirt:


Dresses With Fake Layering

Hello Refashion Co-op. I have been working on some dresses lately. these two dresses had a lot in common. they fit but were too low cut in the front. I could just wear a tank top underneath but when I did that it was too bulky and sloppy looking.

I decided to cut the front of a tank top style shirt and attach it to the inside of the dress. I thought it would keep the armholes and back of the dress neat and fitting well. I attached the shirt at the spots where you see pins. I didn't sew it down all the way around because I thought it would look more smooth and move more naturally this way.

This purple dress got basically the same treatment. I used the front of a long sleeve T shirt and attached it at the top, sides and mid-section. You can see the pins in the picture below. That is where I attached the shirt to the dress.


I was more comfortable wearing the dress with a little more coverage in the front. I went apartment hunting with my mother and visited a place still under construction. I was pleased the hard hat coordinated with the dress.

Thanks for reading, now go make something fun for yourself.

A Jeanius 50's Wrap Crop Top

Since The Refashioners 2016, theme Jeanius, began at the beginning of the month I've really been wanting to make myself a shirt out of a pair of jeans, but I had some reservations. Finally this weekend I decided "the heck with it!" and made myself a shirt out of a pair of jeans.

I started with these, the least jean-like jeans in my stash. They were in perfectly good shape, my mom passed them on to me a couple years ago, but they weren't really my style, so a shirt they would become!

I turned the jeans into a 50's inspired crop top by loosely following this tutorial. Despite never thinking I'd wear a crop top, and not being entirely sure I'd like a shirt made out of an old pair of jeans, I love the finished product!

To see exactly how the jeans became the wrap crop top, check out my blog post!