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I picked up a few more vintage travel scarves and some fabric for making a table cloth and some napkins at a recent 30% off day at Value Village.
This vintage scarf is obviously from Paris, but unfortunately the colours do not match my other travel scarf from Paris so I can’t make a top of the two of them together…I will have to keep looking for their matches. Only $3.50.
This Swiss travel scarf has beautiful bright colours and needs only a plain backing to make a top…I will just have to keep hunting. It was $1.80.
This maple leaf fabric…about 3 metres…is perfect for a future sewing project to make a table cloth and some napkins for Canada Day next year. Not bad for only $2.40. So that’s my mini thrifted haul of scarves and fabric. Cheers, Michele
I thrifted this dress for $6.99 but got 50% off on National Thrift Shop Day at Value Village, so it was only $3.50. I knew it wouldn’t fit me, but I liked the fabric and knew there would be enough fabric in the skirt to make a little top.
Here is the dress before refashioning.
I took out my trusty seam ripper and removed the bodice from the skirt. Then I removed the lining. I had considered leaving it in but I wanted to try French seams with this top as I have never done them before. Now I had three pieces, the bodice, the skirt and the lining.
I gave the skirt a good pressing before starting and then took this vintage scarf top that I made and used it as my pattern. I just basically cut out two squares from the skirt leaving the original hem at the bottom. Then I zigzagged all my raw edges. To make French seams, at least the way I did it, you must put your wrong sides together and sew your seams with a bare 1/4 inch seam allowance, I trimmed off a bit of the fabric from the seam allowance. Then I pressed the seams well. Then I turned the top inside out and sewed the seams with a 1/3inch seam allowance to trap the first seam inside. This created a little pocket which holds all the raw edges inside for a smooth finish. Then I just hemmed my neck and sleeves and I was done!!
Here is the finished top. I am quite pleased with it. The fabric was inexpensive to start, so if I had blown this project, all would not have been lost. I love the polka dots and the drape of the fabric, the only draw back is that it creases like blue blazes!! So I will have to iron it each time I wear it. What!!!! I hate ironing, but I do like the top. What do you think of my little refashioning? Cheers, Michele
At the recent National Thrift Shop Day at Value Village I thrifted these two pairs of jeans for only $6.99 for both pairs and I knew that if they weren’t right for me, I could just do some refashioning with them.
They are exactly the same size, long, exact same colour wash and made by the same manufacturer. I didn’t try them on in the store because the lineups were crazy. They fit me but the rise was a little too short. So I thought, what am I going to do now??? There have been a number of refashioning competitions in the blogging community lately, and the “Jeanius” one involved using denim in new and interesting ways. This inspired me to tackle the problem of these jeans…but what to do…what to do?
I had seen one refashioner basically turn her jeans into a giant piece of fabric, so I decided to start from there. I cut up and across the inseam on both sides. Then I cut up along the fly seam and the back seam through the waist band on both pairs of jeans. I now had 4 pieces of oddly shaped fabric.
In order to make two pieces of fabric to create the front and the back of what ever I was going to make, I trimmed off the groin area of the jeans to create on long seam to sew up. I took one front and one back and did just that. I did not sew up one panel all the way to the top to be able to create a V-shaped neckline for the front of my dress.
Now I had two large pieces of fabric created from the two pairs of jeans. Then I lay the pieces on top of one another, right sides together and traced around this dress. I got so excited with the process that I, as usual, forgot to take pictures.
But here is the pattern dress I used, my trusty tablecloth dress. Then it was just a matter of cutting it out, sewing the front and back together, stitching down the arm seams and the neckline and Tadaaa! I was done.
Here are the front and back view of the dress.
Here is are detailed pictures of the front and back of the top of the dress. What do you think of my refashioning job? I am quite happy with how the dress turned out and it was a lot easier than I had anticipated. Cheers, Michele
Image courtesy of www.vera-natura.com
I love seeing that people from around the world read my blog. So I thought I would put out a little questionnaire with my answers right along side. I would love it if you would take the time to answer and reply to any or all of them. That way I can get to know you better and tailor my writing to your interests. That would be fantastic! So here goes.
- Where d0 you live? Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
- What are your favourite posts? The refashions from unusual thrifted finds; that perfect much sought after thrift find; a successful refashion!
- What would you like to see more of on this blog? More of the continuing fantastic reading of my posts and comments from my wonderful readers!
- What are your 5 favourite places to visit? Seville, Spain; Brugges, Belgium; Paris, France; Anywhere in Italy; Munich, Germany.
- What was the last country you visited? Jamaica
- What is your 5 favourite hobbies? Thrift shopping, refashioning, sewing, working on my blog and trying new recipes and tailoring them to my dietary requirements.
- Dogs or cats? Dogs
- Favourite paid job that you have had? Forensic autopsy technician
- Languages you speak even a little or a lot? English, German, French, Italian, Turkish, Greek (only swear words)
- Favourite book, movie and music genre? Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen; Love Actually; Eighties music.
So these are just a few questions I thought I would ask. I would love it if you had thought of your own questions to ask me and I will gladly reply. I would love to hear from you. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and my posts. Cheers, Michele
I bought this gorgeous denim Gloria Vanderbilt dress at the recent 50% off Thrift Days at Value Village for only $7.50 after discount and I figured it would be a good dress for a refashion.
I love the dark denim wash, it looks like new and it has pockets. But alas, it is a bit short for me. As you can see in the photo, it has it’s own tie belt which is sewn in at the back. I didn’t quite know at first what I wanted to do to lengthen it. I have several pairs of jeans in my refashion pile, but none of them were the same colour wash. I considered using a contrasting fabric, but then I thought, hey, I don’t really like the tie belt anyways, so why not use that!
Here is the belt sewn in.
Here is the dress with the belt removed.
So what I did was measure the length of the hem, divide it in half and figure out how long my pieces of belt should be to create the new hem.
What I didn’t account for was the stretch of the fabric, so when I got around to the middle, my pieces were too short. So a quick little refashion of the left over scraps and I made an insert to widen the hem pieces.
Now the dress is three inches longer and I can wear it with any belt I choose. It does need a little ironing though. I also sewed down the button placard from the waist to about 8 inches from the hem to keep the skirt from gaping. I am quite pleased with how my dress lengthening turned out, it feels much more comfortable to wear and only took about 30 minutes to do, even with the goof that I made and the rapid scramble to repair the problem. What do you think of my little refashion? Cheers, Michele
I bought this dress for $7.50 at Value Village at the 50% off sale. I love the print and the fabric, it was just huge on me, but I knew this would be an easy refashion.
As you can see, it was far too large. A size 28 in fact. But I knew that I could refashion it very easily.
I turned it inside out and pinned in the sides and the front seams. I sewed these up to my satisfaction with a long basting stitch and then tried the dress on to see if it fit. It needed a little adjustment and then I stitched the seam with a proper length stitch, cut off the excess fabric and then zigzag stitched the raw edges to keep them from fraying.
Here is the final result and it fits very nicely now. A simple fix to a simple problem. Cheers, Michele
Here is just a selection of my favourite thrifted polka dot finds. As you can see, I have a real passion for polka dots. I am always on the lookout for new pieces.
As you can see I really love navy with white polka dots and black with white polka dots the most. Do you have a pattern or print that you particularly love? I just can help myself when it comes to Polka dots. Cheers, Michele