Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Velour Housedress Refash

The house-dress of all house-dresses! Velour, long, comfy, all the things right?!
It is a fantastic thrift store find, but I'm not quite ready to be catapulted into my 80's lounging in a velour housedress....well maybe I am. BUT NOT TODAY!

This pretty royal house-dress is getting a great big snip right at the bottom!

I made a pattern that was 14"x 18". 
Then I rounded the corners to create the shape I wanted.

I picked off that ruffle collar, and picked out the zipper.

I had this really cool boat fabric I picked up last summer at an estate sale.
I'm turning the bottom of this house-dress into a soft and fuzzy backpack!

 cut out: 2 Velour, 2 Lining, 2 Interfacing

Interfacing ironed to the wrong side of the lining.

Bottom pieces. Velour, lining, and interfacing

My wonderful Aunt Esther gave me some suede a while back, and I thought now is as perfect a time as any to use it!
I cut 2 strips 22 inches long, and tapered at the bottom.

I also bought parachute clips and cut small pieces to fit through those.

Like this:

I sewed the lining pieces together.

Then I sewed the velour pieces together, and started to figure out how to join them by the zipper.

I pinned the zipper I picked out from the house-dress and pinned it to both of the front and lining pieces of fabric.

I topstiched it also so the zipper would lay more flat.

I tucked the lining in, and sewed the straps on.
I made a little front pocket piece too.


I really like the way it turned out, and my daughter loves to use it for sleepovers!

See you next time!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Embroidery on Everything!

Embroidery is pretty hot right now in the fashion world, and I'm jumping right on that trendy train!

I was shopping at one of my favorite know the one.... it has a big red circle and a dot in the middle...yep, that one!
Anyway, I saw this purse that was marked down to $10.48. Yesss!
 Nearby in the jewelry section there were embroidered patches for around $6. I scooped one up that I liked.

I love cranes. They're so beautiful!
This patch had an adhesive backing, but there was no way that sticky backing was going to last on the vinyl purse. I had to break out the fabric glue.

I peeled off the protective backing, put a generous amount of fabric glue on it, and 
stuck that puppy...errr...crane right on!

Let it dry overnight.

Boom! A new custom purse for  $16.48!

Ya know what goes well with a new purse? NEW SHOES!!!
I did the same thing to these slip-ons that I got at the same store for $7.48!

I ordered the patches from an online store, and I was ready to beautify my new shoes.

The patches were too big for the front of the shoe, so I CAREFULLY trimmed off some leaves.

Have no fear! I glued the extra leaves to the back of the shoe!

Gluey Glue-ing for shoe-y shoe-ing

I'm ready to wear!

You might have seen this purse already in my previous post....

See you next time!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Quite Possibly My Greatest Challenge!

This beautiful princess dress from the 80's goes well with my messy kitchen.
I bought it for $6.00 at my local thrift store. It is more than I usually spend on something I didn't quite know what to do with, but I bought it anyway.

Bows, lace and blue satin! YES!

I picked apart the entire dress to see if it would inspire me.

That's a whole lotta fabric!

The sleeves themselves could have been another dress! OY!

I have a raglan sleeve t-shirt pattern that inspired me.

With all that sleeve fabric, it wasn't long enough, so I had to add some to the bottom.

I've also had this lion fabric for a while waiting for the perfect project, and this was it!
Can you tell what I'm using it for?

Pin, sew, repeat.

I attached a zipper, some navy knit fabric for the collar, cuffs and hem band. 

This is quite possibly my greatest challenge, and the one thing I'm so proud of myself for!

Lion fabric lining, and a bow topped inside pocket!!!!!!!!

I wore it out to dinner, and to the Speedway with my fam 
to watch a good friend race his car!

Please tell me what you think!
I can't wait to wear it again!

See you next time!