Thursday, August 17, 2017

Refashion Methods

Hello Refashion Co-op. I love finding great new items to alter and refashion. I loved this dress when I saw it. It was very nicely made and in great shape. I just needed to make it fit my body.

I took the sides in a little so the dress actually fit well. Once I made it more fitted, it was a bit shorter too. 

I read online about using a stapler instead of pins when you are fitting an item on yourself. The staples would hold the garment and would scratch or stab you while you were working with them. 
This didn't work for me. I had a lot of trouble getting the staples through the fabric.

I used traditional, boring pins to fit this dress on myself. I just put it on inside out and pinned away until the dress fit well. 
Did I get stabbed a few times? Yes.

I love this dress. It fits great and it was quick work.

Thanks for reading, for more pictures and details go to I Can Work With That.

Even more distressed jeans

Here's a tip you probably don't need: Jeans, even with a high elastic fibre content, are not suitable gear for rock wall climbing.  I might have mentioned this once or twice to the family member who thought it was worth a try... Turns out fashion is not more important than function.

This is what happened on the wall:
Spectacular, no? The jumper remained on for the rest of that day, and she moved very carefully. The jeans were already faux-distressed, and so lots of section were already weak and wearing through, but they are also favourites.  So these other jeans (hmm, I see a pattern here) were used for reinforcing.

And now the favourites look like this:

And up close, the mix of faux and real distressing - successful save:

Happy sewing!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Paisley with Purpose - Dress Reworked into Top

reworked paisley top and brooch by karen vallerius

A few years ago I reworked a boring vintage cotton paisley dress into this 1950s style retro top.  I love the colourway of this paisley and like to wear the top with jeans.  Of course, there were a few smaller scraps left over from the project (and of course I cannot throw any textile pieces away!) and this week I made some flower brooches, one of them shown above. 

reworked paisley top and brooch by karen vallerius

More about this project on my blog.

Happy stitching everyone x

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

In The Navy

Hello Refashion Co-op. I put together this navy blue outfit from 2 separate pieces. I just liked how they looked together. The blouse was too big and the sleeves were way too long. The skirt was also too big. I like the full round skirt. The shape felt like the 50's, a little. 

I removed the sleeves and turned the raw edge under and stitched it down. I followed the seam that was already there and stitched over it.

I took a little off each side at the waist. This kept the skirt full but nicely fitted around the waist.

I liked the 50's vibe this outfit had. It was really comfortable in the August heat too. 

That is a BIG cup of beautiful caffeine in my hand.

For more pictures and details go to I Can Work With That.

That boring discoloured cardi - Greenery #3

This is one of those stables, that if I were ever to compose a capsule wardrobe, it would befinitely be part of it. Unfortunately the white had gotten a greyish tint.

I have a solution for that: Green.

Then I did the same as with the skirt from yesterday: Removed the buttons and added new black ones. These facet decoration beads I had had forever, and I am beginning to take a liking to facet buttons/beads/decoration again.
I made them into buttons by sewing them on very loose and making a stem with the thread.

My old favourite is back from near death, alive and kicking.

Blogpost: That boring discoloured cardigan