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Day 7- Quick Fix for a Ripped Tunic

Guys, I’m the worst!  Except not, but I am posting this a day late (super lame, sorry).  Life just got away from me yesterday and next thing I knew the day was over and I had nothing to refashion!  I went by my favorite thrifty stores this morning and found this awesome tunic for $1!

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But alas, there was a reason it was only a dollar…

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There were holes all through the bottom portion along the front and back seams.  NOOOOOOOOOO.  So I made a rash decision to just chop it off…

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Do I love it… no.  Do I like it… eh.  Do I look like I’m about to step on my scissors… boy howdy do I ever.  Maybe I’ll have to come back to this lovely shirt and find another way to spruce it up… maybe take the trim from the bottom and use it along the hem?  Who knows!

Well, I know I’ve had fun working on this refashion extravaganza over the last week and I want to give a shoutout to Jennifer for joining me on this challenge!  Go check out her blog for some awesome (and often more practical) refashions.  I love her recent t-shirt fix!  If you want to check out any of the other refashions from this week just click on the picture of it below and you can relive the craziness with me!  I’ll be out of the loop for the next week, because I have my Master’s defense, a job interview, and I really want to get some sleep. 🙂  Have a lovely day everyone, tell someone you love them today!

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Day 6- Wannabe Chambray Shirt

Hey guys, you ready for something besides a dress?  Yep, I know, it’s gonna be craaazy!  I found this floral button up for $1 on clearance from a local consignment store.

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What can I say, it was a crazy pants kinda day.  First things first, I took my handy dandy seam ripper and removed the breast pocket.

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Boom, pocketless shirt.

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Next, I brought out some old friends, RIT dye Navy and Evening Blue.  I filled the washing machine with the hottest setting of water and about 1/6 of each bottle (all that I had left in each bottle).    IMG_1041

It looks a little bit scary, but I promise I’ve used RIT many times, I’ve never had problems with dye running or staining the machine.  If you’re going to use RIT, use the hottest setting for the best dye absorption and cold water to seal the color in during the rinse.

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After letting the shirt dry I brought the sides and sleeves in ~1 inch on each side.  And voila!

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Bonus: I think this turned out with a similar feel as a chambray shirt and I’ve been wanting one for awhile.   So, what will tomorrow bring?  It’s been a great week of refashions (if you’re just joining I’m on day 6 of a 7 day refashion challenge), don’t forget if you’ve been participating leave a comment and I’ll link you into my final post tomorrow!

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Day 5- Little Black Dress

It’s been another late night and long day, but I am so excited to share tonight’s refashion with you!  It started out feeling thrilled in a little black dress I snagged on clearance in a local consignment store.

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I’m in need of something business professional for my thesis defense next week and I think this dress will do the trick!  First, I removed the brass buttons (I’ll be saving those for a future project).

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Next, I removed the sleeves and brought the lining up to adjust the fit.  I brought the waist in slightly and took out seams along the hips as much as the seams would allow.

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Finally, I brought the sleeves in and cleaned up all the remaining seams.

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And then I was just feeling a little Audrey Hepburn, what do ya think?

IMG_1029I was in sore need of a little black dress and I think this will be the perfect thing for my thesis defense next week!  I also have an interview so this might be the dress that helps me finish my graduate degree and get a job!  Do you think one dress can be that lucky?  I sure hope so!  This challenge has been fun and a great distraction during a stressful week.  I have something simple planned tomorrow, but it’ll be fun to see how it turns out! Two days left… happy sewing everyone!  IMG_1030

Day 3- Mom Jeans

Welcome back lovely humans!  Do you know what today is? It’s March 1.  And according to my bestie and college roommate Julia, that means it’s socially acceptable to lay outside and tan (unfortunately the weather hasn’t caught up with us yet).  To celebrate this wondrous occasion I decided to work on a piece for my summer wardrobe!

This afternoon started out like this:

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Something I never thought I’d purchase was a pair of mom jeans for a dollar from a local consignment store.  (I tucked my shirt for a little extra pizzazz and entertainment). Obviously these puppies are not going to be worn like this, but I am so sad to admit they are stinkin’ comfortable!

First, I took off enough length to put them on and adjust the cuffs to where I would ultimately stitch them in place.  I’d recommend leaving yourself extra like this:

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Try them on and then cut more.  You can always cut more later (I did!).  Another trick is to cut one leg and lay it on top of the second.  This way you can cut them evenly and you’ll avoid uneven legs!

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Next, they got rolled and stitched to keep the hem from unrolling during wear.

IMG_0914I think they are really cute and simple at this point, but I wanted to add something special.  I used a coupon from Joann’s (never buy anything there full-price, there are always a million coupons online!) and purchased a yard and a half of lace trim. I cut two pieces and pinned them to the cuffs.

IMG_0916I lined up the top of the trim with the stitch on the cuff to hide the thread.  The lace flared out at the bottom slightly more than I had originally anticipated so I ran a second stitch along the bottom of the cuff securing the lace down. Finally I cut the second layer of lace from the trim (it was just too long for my taste.) Here’s a comparison:

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A tip when you’re sewing lace to cuffs: make sure to leave yourself slack in the lace and use a wide stitch.  My first cuff I used a very short stitch and there was no give in the cuff when I tried them on.  I had to rip the stitches and reattach the lace so I could still stretch and be comfortable!  And here’s my best hipster impression (I’m not sure why, it’s late, just roll with me here)!

IMG_1008Do hipsters make peace signs or is that just stuck in the 70’s?  Anywho, that’s how I’m celebrating what Julia and I like to pretend to think is the beginning of warm weather.  Hopefully this cold snap figures itself out, because I’m craving sweet tea and laying out in the grass reading a book (that doesn’t have anything to do with school).  Also a shout out to Jennifer who is participating in this week long extravaganza!  She did an adorable job adding paws and cat ears to a sweatshirt (here’s a sneak peak):

Go check out the rest of her post here!  Happy sewing everyone, I’ll see you tomorrow!

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Day 2- Maternity Jumper to Maxi Dress

Welcome to Day 2 of my 7 day (I-need-to-get-off-my-butt) challenge.

Let’s just bask in this together for a second, shall we?

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Thursday I found another glorious homemade item!  I LOVE the fabric, but the over sized jumper is not doing much for me. I’m thinking in a past life this must have been a maternity jumper, because the middle is quite roomy.

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First, I used my handy, dandy seam ripper to open up the inseam.

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I wanted to tackle the extra width next so brought the outer seams in about an inch and a half on each side from armpit to waist.  While checking the fit I realized if I flipped the front and back I would have a nice high neck and low scoop back so I switched my focus onto how I could convert the pant legs into the skirt of a dress.  I cut the back open,

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And removed the darts from the original front side of the dress.  The pleats were causing the back of the dress to billow so by removing them I was going for a smoother finish.

Darts before…

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Darts after! (I very unceremoniously tore the darts out. If I had been patient I would have walked across the room and used my seam ripper).

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I cleaned up the rough edge and brought the fabric together to the original width. Next, a few things happened that were not documented well (apologies).  I turned the front inseam into a slit by only sewing the upper half closed and leaving about a foot and a half slit for movement.

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I also made a seam down the centerback making a single seam from the top of the dress along the back inseam. Finally, I removed some length so I wouldn’t have a train.

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And here she is! (I just realized I call clothes “she”, is that weird?)


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I’m not sure about the length, but I figured it was fun to try something long for once.  You may be seeing this one make a reappearance in the future to lose some length for summer!  How are my fellow challenge participants doing?  I had a few people ask if they can participate if they can’t commit to a week. Answer: Of course!  It’s all about making a goal and sticking to it.  Happy sewing everyone, I’ll see you tomorrow!

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