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Monday, 22 December 2014

Making Drapes

Jumpsuit (charityshop) to Casual skirt
I think the £1 rail refashions are my favourite as they start off quite limited in style so it's more of a challenge to make wearable. Unwanted clothes from charity shops tend to be sold off for £1 a large bag as loose fabric but it's no guarantee it won't end up in landfill. Indeed, some highstreet shops have been deemed unethical for throwing their unsold items straight to refuse, learning to sew recovers resources. 

Ruffle Removal

I've gotten into the habit of buying clothes mostly based on the pattern of the fabric, not based on the cut, because I know I can fix the fit later. This shirt, I was hoping would need no help, but I was wrong.

The ruffle at the bottom of the shirt hit me in the worst spot. The ruffle made the bottom of the shirt the widest part, and it happened to hit me at the widest part of my hips. It was so unflattering that I didn't take a picture of it on me. It seriously made my butt look a mile wide. EEK!

Unfortunately, just removing the ruffle didn't fix it. That made the shirt too short. It barely hit below the top of my jeans. So I took a few inches of a nice black knit, cut the shirt into two pieces, and stuck the black fabric in between. I am thrilled with the finished product! The length is perfect, and the black panel has the added, but unintentional, benefit of making my waist look smaller.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

A pink blouse...

... for me!
You may not know it but I don't love pink.
Yes I have a daughter who adores it, but I don't!
Now that you know that.. let's get to the refashion...

I've had 2 blouses for about 6 years now. I've worn them over a t-shirt and a pear of jeans. Loved it. One was white and one was pink.
But somehow my arms never fitted into the sleeves. It bothered me because I loved the cotton fabric, and they were fun to wear.
And now I fixed it!
I removed the entire sleeve, took off the hem of the sleeves and closed the split.
I sewed them back on, but now straight! And double stitched with matching colors of course!
And here's the result.

I now can wear it with a longsleeved shirt!

Greetings from
Joke Vermanen

Floral Skirt into Retro Apron

I've had this mini skirt for a while, I love the print of the fabric but sadly it's coming to the ends of it's lifespan. I wanted to try something a little experimental, and didn't mind sacrificing this skirt for the cause! My idea was to turn the skirt into a retro, 50s style apron with pockets and a sweetheart style neckline.

Here is the before & after:

I didn't use any additional supplies for this (except the thread!!), it was was made entirely from the skirt fabric. The skirt had a lining inside, and after I cut that away I used it for the straps and pockets. I wanted to add a bow to the neckline but I used every last scrap and there wasn't any left.

Hopefully this will make cooking feel much more glamorous from now on! The only downside, is that once the lining was cut away, the fabric of the skirt was quite thin so I don't know how well it will protect my clothes. I think that this will be more for show than practicality. If I made it again then I would add my own lining to it to give it more substance.

Full tutorial is on my blog, Lola Nova Upcycling.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

A shaved bag!

This is a foldover leather crossbody bag a friend of mine gave me years ago. I wasn't wearing it because the strap was way too short for me. Maybe it was made for kids, but I liked the details,so I made some small changes.

I just chopped all the fringes and the strap, sewed a loop from the leftover fringe on each side to make loops for the new strap and used some strap leftovers and a buckle from other bags I had ......

and ended like this:

It's like a beardless man. Isn't it?