Monday, June 30, 2014

Pick My Pockets

Bonnie, the lovely lady who gave me a box-o-clothes to refashion, gave me this hoodie.
I loved it, but the pockets were placed in an awkward spot.
They drew attention to the "girls" .
I had to do something about that.

So, I decided to remove the pockets altogether.
Carefully Pick it! 

There they are!

Now it's great for summer rain, and doesn't draw attention to ...ahem...anything else.
Refashioning doesn't always require sewing. This one was quick and easy!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Bonnie Bag

This Lovely lady Bonnie gave me a box full of clothes to remake, or refashion into whatever my heart desired. I found this shirt/jacket in there, and fell in love with the print.
Jacket or a shirt?

Beautiful print! Thick linen material.

It had these nice deep pockets on the front. This sparked an idea. so I started my research.....
I think a bag in in order. so I searched a few free patterns on the web, and made my own bag pattern.

This is what I came up with.

First of come the sleeves. I used a seam ripper to gently pick them off.
(I saved the sleeves.)

Then I folded the shirt in half with the buttons down the front on the fold.
I put my pattern on top and cut.

Snip! I realized then and there that the negative space was similar to the shape I cut out! 

I trimmed up the second shape. It was just a little bit smaller, but that will work to my advantage!

this is what it looked like opened up. You will have 4 pieces like this.

I sewed them both up inside out, and  then turned them right side out.

Close up of the pocket, that started it all.....

I stuck the small one inside the larger one, sewed the handles together, 
and sewed the to bags together on the seams.

Voila! A bag!!!! ( And a Diva!)

It turned out to be an amazing hippie type bag with 3 sections and two outside pockets!
The front buttons go up the handle!!!


Friday, June 20, 2014

Maxi Dot to the Max Dress

Maxi dresses are in, right? Well, not lookin' like this one. I scored it for a whopping $1.23. I could see the potential.

The arm holes were so big, I had to take off quite a bit of fabric. I put it on and safety pinned where I wanted the new seam.

The dress also had these weird little ties.
Off with them!


I took in the sides, and that was it! 

Much better!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Zero Waste Floral Dress Refashion!

OK, do you remember the refashion I created with the pool cover up? Refresh your memory HERE

 The one where I chopped off the bottom? Well, I didn't just throw away the bottom part! NO SIR! 

I took half of the bottom scrap, sewed it up the side longways, (so I had a big tube), the I sewed the ends together, annnnddd....
TA DA!!!!
 I'm not done yet people!
I took the other half of the scrap( It was a big dress) and made a super cute asymmetrical hem, tuinc-y top for my kid!!!

There ya have it, a no waste refashion!


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Shoulder Pad Spectacular PART 2

So many shoulder little time! Introducing Shoulder pad Spectacular take two!!!!
 Please leave a comment if you can think of something else I can make with this plethora of pads.

In my attempt to refashion my entire wardrobe, why not trickle down into the animal kingdom?
I decided to make some handy dandy cat toys. Yes, cat toys from shoulder pads!
I took said shoulder pad, folded it in half to create a triangle of sorts, and sewed up the length of  one side.
                                                                        Like this.

Then I flipped it right side out to hide the seam.
....and it looked like this.

I then, filled up the open end with some catnip,

 stuck a piece of ribbon sticking out, and sewed it all up in there. I even drew a little ear, eye ball dot, and whiskers with a sharpie. 

My cat Kevin LOVES his new toy!
Hi Kev!

But I didn't stop there. I decided to spread the wealth. I made a bunch of these padded mice, and My daughter and I hit the streets...
(Those are Kevin's feet, not a rabbit's.)

.........well we went  to Tails, animal shelter that is! My kid, Olivia had such a great time giving these new toys to needy kitties!

Great day helping at the shelter!!!

Go make some cat toys!
Remember: leave me a comment if you can think of something else to make with these pads! Thanks!!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Shoulder pad Spectacular!

My grandmother gave me a bag of old shoulder pads from the 70's, and 80's. The larger the pads got, the closer to the 80's I knew I was getting. I didn't want to throw them out, so I did some research.  Fellow blogger at had a whole post on what she did with shoulder pads.
I was inspired by her, and I wanted to try to create some of the projects she created.
Big Pads!

My hubby is the chef of the family, and has burned his hand more times than my 4 year old can count. (She can count to 39 by the way) so I sewed one of the larger pads down the long side, and turned it inside out. It was like a really skinny pocket. But it fit perfectly on the handles of the pots and pans.
                                                              Yay! no more burns!

My sunglasses from my Prada refashion broke! I sad. You can check out that post HERE
I'm not very gentle with my sunglasses, but I learned my lesson.

 I will have to thrift some new ones to replace those red puppies. I vowed to NOT let that happen again, so I took two of the big red pads, I mean HUGE...80's I'm sure. I sewed them together, trimmed the extra fabric, and flipped it inside out! It is a perfect pouch to keep my other pair of sunnies safe and sound.

There ya go! Two cool things you can do with old shoulder pads!

P.S. Huge shout out to my Mother-in-Law Colette! She hooked me up with all the colors of the rainbow in thread and a sweet vintage sewing box! now I don't have to sew everything with white thread!!!