Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Refashioning fun!

I've been reading the Wardrobe Refashion blog, and particularly Sew I thought's posts, about making clothes and accessories from what you have or what is second hand, rather than buying new all the time. This includes giving new life to vintage clothes, or making something from the fabric in your stash.

So, after a quick stop in at a Recycle Boutique and a browse through their vintage sections...
This...

Sewing - Brown dress
...became this...
Sewing - Brown dress (cropped)
The original dress had a dropped waist, and the arm holes were crazy long. There is a button tab on the shoulders, so I just unpicked that, bought it up a few inches until the armholes were right and attached the buttons again, then took in about an inch on the sides. Some work is still needed on the hem, but I quite like the raw edge, so I may just straighten it up and snip those loose threads. Its a little tight over the bust so I may have to have another look at the arm holes, and i'd like to bring the waist in a bit so I don't have to wear it with a belt all the time, but that will mean putting in a zip at the back so I can get into it! I'm happy with it for now, but more adjustments will come.

I also got this....
Sewing - Green skirt
...and i'm thinking about this...
Sewing - Green skirt (cropped)
- but any suggestions are welcome! I was thinking of just shortening it to a knee length skirt, but I had the belt out so I thought i'd try this, and its growing on me! It wouldn't be hard to attached a length of elastic under the bust to get it to fit right.

What do you think? And have you done any refashioning projects yourself? Are you game enough to take the Wardrobe Refashioning Pledge and not buy anything new for two or more months? (I'm not at that stage yet, but this is a good start!)

~Happy sewing!~

3 comments:

shadyninjaknits said...

Very nice! I love the dress and the pattern on the skirt! I am really getting into the whole vintage look as well, but am not creative enough to see something and think 'I can make that even better if I...'. So instead I've just bought shoes and hope I can find something later down the line that won't require any major adjustments.
xx

Karen said...

Oh how cool!!! I love them both. For the skirt - I like both ideas, so I guess it's just a matter of what you would wear more. Personally I'd go for the skirt because I don't really wear strapless stuff. But if I did, it is really cute as a dress. Plus I guess some straps could be added if you wanted to. Hmmmmmmm . . . .

Trina said...

Thanks Leeshie! Ahh shoes are always a good buy :) Looking foward to seeing the outfit then when its complete!
And thanks Karen :) I really like that idea of adding straps to it, I could just take a little off the bottom for that, or maybe I could find some pretty ribbon to use...

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