Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Another quick refashion: piano keys dress.

Hey all,
I made another really quick and simple refashion.

I found this green velvet dress from Salvation Army secondhand store (I think it was like 4 euros?). It was nice and cozy but a bit too short. So I took a piano keys scarf that I got from a friend like 6 years ago, and I sewed it onto the hem.

And tah-dah, a piano keys dress!

I'm also working on another dress for winter from a fabric I found at the Salvation Army store for 1 euro. More about that once I have time to finish the project!

What do you think of this refash? :)


Friday, November 20, 2015

Quick refashion: awful dress into a sweet skirt!

So this was just a quick refashion project.

I got this dress for free (a neighbor was moving away and cleaned her closet - she'd left some dresses hanging in the basement with a note that said they're free for the taking). I immediately loved the baggy cream-colored hem, but I also had an instant dislike towards the top part.

I tried it on, and it looked exactly like something I'd never wear: the top part made my arms and shoulders look way bigger and flabbier than they are and the waistline starting right below the boobs just doesn't flatter my body (actually, I don't think it flatters pretty much anyone's body, but that's just my opinion...) Also, as a dress it was waaaaaay too short for me. Like, inappropriately short. I could never have worn it as-is without flashing everyone within a mile's radius.

So, I pinned the hem piece below the top to keep the lining and main fabric together, then cut right above the pins.

I serged the edge to keep the two layers of fabric together.

Then I destroyed the top piece to make a waistband.

I simply serged the waistband on, leaving a gap of a few inches, through which I then pulled a wide elastic band. I sewed the ends of the elastic together and closed the gap in the waistband.

And done!



So, what do you think of this simple refash? :)


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Fox applique shirt

Hello again,
So last night I suddenly realized there weren't enough foxes in my life. Or specifically, on my clothes. Because foxes are awesome, right?

So I searched for a nice fox image to applique on a shirt.

I found this cute fox couple by Etsy user mikaart, and since this is only for my own use I shamelessly copied it. :P

I used a brown fabric, freehanded the foxes on it and cut out:

Then I used the fabric paint pens and a fabric marker to color the foxes in.

Then I made a shirt for the foxes.

It's literally the easiest shirt to make: it's one piece, with seams running under-arm and down the sides, the neck-hole cut in the middle. I serged the sides and also serged in the edge pieces. It takes like an hour to finish this kind of shirt.

The safety pin in the middle is to mark where the applique will be placed.

Then I pinned and sewed the foxes onto the shirt, along the edges.

And done!

So, what do you think of this applique shirt? :)


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Bird-print dress and a vintage scale print skirt

Hey all,
So I hope you liked the book clutch tutorial I posted a while ago. If you've made one yourself, I'd love to see the results!

So I feel like every time I post, I start off with a "I've been super busy lately with studying and stuff..." and this time is no different. I have managed to squeeze in a couple of projects, though.

The first one is a dress. I found this blue-and-white bird patterned jersey at a fabric store for 1,70€/kg. There was a huge amount of it, but it was from the end of the fabric, where they cut out the test pieces (they cut out circular pieces off of the middle of the fabric to see that the color and stretch and everything is good).

So the fabric looked something like this:

I loved the bird print, so holes or not, I had to get the fabric.

Thankfully there was a lot of the fabric, holey as it was. Because of the holes, I just had to piece the dress together out of small pieces. So for example the skirt part was made of 8 pieces like this:

I didn't take pictures of the process, but here's the end result:

I really like how it turned out. It's pretty but totally suitable to wear in an everyday situation.


Then, in a fit of sudden "I have nothing to do what should I-- OH HEY I could clean up my fabric cupboard!" I went and pulled all my fabric out of the cupboard and then put them neatly back in.

This resulted in a lot of "whoa, I didn't even remember I had this fabric!"

So I took out this piece:

It's one of the fabrics I got from my grandma-in-law in the summer, so it's vintage and dyed in a local factory some decades back. I like the scale-like / scallop patterns. And you can really tell the dye-job is good, because you can see it on the other side of the fabric as well so it's dyed all the way through the fabric.

Here's the front piece:

It's got three pleats and blue-patterned hidden pockets coming along. The back piece was about twice as wide as the front and also pleated, so the pockets are not quite in the side seams but a bit toward the front, hidden in pleats.

Here's the finished result, the pockets are at the seams in the front:

Peek-a-boo pocket!

And here's a gazillion pictures of me wearing the skirt:

I really like how the skirt turned out. It's sort of vintage-y yet still edgy and looks fresh. What do you think? :)