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A Swimsuit Cover-up From A Shower Curtain!! A Quick Refashion!

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I loved the colours of this shower curtain as soon as I saw it and I think it was only $3.99 with a 30% off on top.  I hemmed and hawed about what I would make out of this and then remembered that I always disliked my swimsuit coverup because it is made out of t-shirt material and sticks to me when my swimsuit is still damp.  So I thought I could use this shower curtain in a new way.

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Here is the original shower curtain.

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Here is the dress that I used as my pattern,

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Here is the final dress.  It was an incredibly easy sew.  I used the original curtain hem as the hem of my dress, so no hemming involved. I cut out the curtain around my original dress.  Then zigzagged all the raw edges as it is a highly fraying fabric.  Then it was just a matter of stitching up the shoulder and side seams before hemming the arm holes and neck hole.  I quite like that I was able to match the pattern in the front and show off the beautiful pattern and colours.  I think I may also be able to wear this dress with a white slip underneath as a regular dress, I will have to see if it works.  Hope you like my quick refashion.  Cheers, Michele

More Curtain Panels For The Refashioning Pile!!

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So my wrap skirt from the shower curtain refashion went over a treat and it has gotten me back in the refashioning state of mind.  I went out the other day and got some more curtain panels for some future refashioning projects.

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These black and white flowered curtain panels were each priced separately and differently; one was $3.99 the other was $7.99 but the lovely clerk at Value Village gave them to me both for $3.99 each.  There is lots of fabric here and I am thinking of making a swing dress with the panels.  Pockets of course!!

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This panel is a shower curtain in a lovely blue, green and cream pattern which I can envision as a lovely top or, I know, another dress.  How many dresses does a girl need?  But I do donate and rotate my closet regularly so I am not overloading it.

Keep tuned for future refashions with these beautiful curtain panels as they become new clothes for me!  Cheers, Michele

Dresses, Dresses and More Dresses!! Big Thrift Haul!

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I have not had a coupon for a while, so these prices are all as originally priced, but I am still quite happy with my finds.  This is a collective haul from three separate trips to Value Village and wouldn’t you know it…it’s all dresses!

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This green Cynthia Rowley dress was marked only $7.99.  What a steal!!  The sleeves have slits in them and I think I can wear it in the fall or winter with boots.

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At only $10.49 this dress is a little more pricy than I usually spend on a dress full price, but I love the lilac purple colour.  It has pockets, yeah!

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This printed black and white dress was $9.99.  I have already worn it only to discover that it needs to be taken in.

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This green Talbots dress was only $8.99.  It needs to be taken in a bit as it is huge on me, but I like the colour and the cut of the dress.

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This black and white dress was $9.99 but is huge and me and I am going to slim down the skirt as well.  I like the top part and the fact that the skirt has pockets, the holy grail for dresses and skirts.  It will be featured in a future refashioning post.

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This white dress was $9.99.  It has a tie on the back that I will probably remove and take the dress in.

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This last dress was in the ethnic clothing section for some reason.  It was marked at only $7.99.  It is far too big and shapeless on me, but I like the style of the neck and the print and colours so I am going to see if I can work with it and make something that I can wear.  What do you think of my beautiful new dresses?  Cheers and happy thrifting, Michele

Refashioning A Shower Curtain Into A Wrapskirt!!

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I know, I know, I always seem to refashion weird fabric sources into new clothes for myself, but I like the challenge and buying fabric from a fabric store can be expensive.  I like to have unusual fabrics for my refashions. And this refashion took less than 1/2 hour. I bought this black and white fabric shower curtain for 30% off of $4.99.

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It is a standard size shower curtain with button holes for the shower hooks.

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I don’t often make skirts and I am sure you are rather tired of the same t-shirt style dress I always make and love, so I decided to go a different way with this refashion.  I used my dress maker’s mannequin to help me measure the length I wanted the skirt and then pinned the cut material on to check the length.

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Then I hemmed the bottom.

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To take the waist in and hide all the button holes except for the two on each end, I folded the fabric so that the button-hole was in the centre of the fold and stitched down the waist band with a quarter-inch seam.

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Luckily I had some beautiful black and white buttons rescued from a previous refashion.

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Then I pinned it back on the dress maker’s mannequin and figured out where my two buttons should go.  I sewed them on and tadaaa!

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My skirt is finished.  It looks much nicer on than on the mannequin, but I had no one to help me take a photo of the skirt on.  I think it will look fabulous in the spring and summer with flats or in the winter with high boots.  The fabric is nice and crisp and I love the pattern.  I have enough left over that I might make a top with the rest.  Stay tuned for a possible future refashion.  Cheers, Michele

More Thrifted Travel Scarves and Fabric!! 30% Off Mini Haul!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Another Thrifted Dress Refashioned Into A Top!!

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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.

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Here is the dress before refashioning.

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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.

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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!!

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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

A Jeanius Refashion!! Thrifted Jeans Become A Dress!

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Here are the front and back view of the dress.

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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