Saturday, 13 February 2016

50's jacket and my refashioned copy!

I found this jacket at a vintage fair. It fits me really well, which is sheer luck, as anyone who looks round these fairs will know that finding one that fits is a rare occurrence!

I really liked everything, the print, the shaping and particularly the collar shape.

And above is the before and after. So once I'd copied the jacket I managed to squeeze the pattern pieces into the fabric from the trousers, only just!

For a bit on copying the pattern, cutting it from the trouser and a few close-ups, have a look at my blog here.

Friday, 12 February 2016

REFASHION: two polo shirts one day

While poking through my refashion pile, I found a good amount of old polo shirts and searched for inspiration on Pinterest. Two ideas caught my eye and made me think, "I can do that." For the first project, I had a cut off Henley shirt (the body of the shirt removed for a previous refashion) and combined it with an old polo.

For more details (and the second refashion) and pictures, click here.

Until next time -- Jennifer Elliott

"Heart of Gold" Valentine's Day Refashion

It's almost Valentine's Day! :)
I was so excited to try out glitter fabric paint, that I didn't even bother to read any tutorials or guidelines. I just went about my day making paper stencils, cutting them out, and painting over them. 
Well, I failed...take a look...

Turns out, using paper is a BAD idea. Try freezer paper stencils please! 

Anyways, I didn't want to throw out the project. 

Here's what I did:
-Cut out the heart with some pink around it.
-Sewed lace trim around it.
-Added fusible interfacing to make it easier to sew onto the polka dot shirt.
-Sewed the entire thing to the polka dot shirt.

As a finishing touch,  I added some vintage style buttons for that extra "shabby chic" look.


Thursday, 11 February 2016

Cold Kaleidoscope

How to use a summer dress all year round:

Layer it over a big warm dress!


Come see it on my blog!

Refashioning a refashion - Kaftan to Sundress - Upcycling T-shirts

Hi All,

Don't know if you remember but about a year ago I made this kaften dress from some old T-shirts.  I always liked the way the color blocking went together but it turns out I am not really a kaftan person so I never wore it.  I had the black top from a different refashion.  So with a little cutting and sewing I made myself this sundress.  I think I will get more use out of it now, but I have to wait for the snow to melt here to find out.  :-)

You can see more of the process here.

Happy Refashioning,
Cindy - Upcycled Design Lab