How To Recycle A White Dress

This is another dress re-make I did a while ago ^_^ Originally I bought this dress at a thrift store for like $8 and I loved it to death because it was super comfy as well as being nice and cool for Summer. Unfortunately there are only so many times you can repare something so when the strap broke for the millionth time  I took it as a sign it was time for a re-make. Then I left it sitting in my sewing pile for 2 years because I’m lazy.

I still love the skirt part, looks especially good with big dramatic heels, so I chopped off the top.

White Dress Recycling Tutorial

Anyway back to the actual sewing part…

I used some eyelet lace to edge the top section on the sides:

White Dress Recycling Tutorial

Then after measuring the length I used the eyelet lace as straps and for the front section edging as well:

White Dress Recycling Tutorial

Taadaa:

White Dress Recycling Tutorial

So that’s it! Another nice comfy dress saved and reworked to something more current-wardrobe friendly ^_^

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And here is what it looks like on. Zombie dress rises from the dead to live again!!

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I haven’t bleached or dyed it yet but once the rain lets up I think that’s my next project ^_^

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Hope you enjoyed the remake ^_^

Upcycled Pink Floral Dress Tutorial

I like re-working things in my wardrobe. I like it a whole lot because in a few hours you can completely change up half of your wardrobe.

So I had two things I didn’t want anymore: a pink striped polo shirt from when I was 15 and a dress my mother bought me that I liked the skirt part but not the top. I don’t think I have before photos of them but oh well!

This is the dress, to get to this point I chopped off the bust and up. It was kind of cream beaded crochet and majorly ugly but the skirt part is cute and floralish:

Pink Dress Recycling Tutorial

How To Turn a Sweater into a Cardigan

So I have this problem a lot… I buy Winter clothes because they’re pretty but  you know, living in Australia and all, I don’t have that much use for them. Winter clothes are just prettier though!

Tutorial- Reshaping a Sweater into a Cardigan

This brings me to my current situation, I bought this jumper when I was 16 and living in North QLD (which for those overseas is ridiculously hot. There are pretty much 2 seasons: Summer and slightly more Summer with rain) and it never really fit in the right way. The neckline was really high and the middle had no shape, the shoulders didn’t sit right and generally it just made me look out of proportion… but the pattern was so pretty! So I’ve lugged this stupid sweater around through 3 cities, 7 houses and various different climates. Now living somewhere it does actually get kind of cold I thought “Hey! I’ll finally get to wear it!”… Then I didn’t. I didn’t wear it once through the whole damn Winter.

This time when I decided to clean out my wardrobe it didn’t make the cut… but somehow I still couldn’t let the damn thing go! So I decided to see if I could alter it and make it wearable XD That’s a long intro for this one tutorial but this is going to be the first in a lot of sewing tutorials as I become more ruthless with my wardrobe!

So this is how it started:

Tutorial- Reshaping a Sweater into a Cardigan

I decided to turn it into a cardigan.

So fold the edge over:

Tutorial- Reshaping a Sweater into a Cardigan

Fold it over again so the raw edge in sandwiched inside:

Tutorial- Reshaping a Sweater into a Cardigan

Thread your needle and using a blanket stitch start going down the seam.

Tutorial- Reshaping a Sweater into a Cardigan

This is the close up on what it should look like:

Tutorial- Reshaping a Sweater into a Cardigan

You could easily run down the seam with a sewing machine but this method (if you’re careful) won’t leave visible stitches on the front of the cardi.

Tutorial- Reshaping a Sweater into a Cardigan

Repeat on the other side and you’re finished!

Tutorial- Reshaping a Sweater into a Cardigan

Now you need some way to close it, you could add a button or ribbons very easily but I decided to leave it as-is and make sweater clips. I’ll show you how to make those tomorrow!

Because I took out a good couple of inches in the middle for the seams it’s now a whole lot more flattering and form fitting. I haven’t decided if I want to do anything else with it yet, I’m thinking it might benefit from some pretty embroidery or possibly some more shaping in the arm area. We’ll see! And if I decide to do it I will definitely post photos!

Tutorial- Reshaping a Sweater into a Cardigan

So there you go, first sewing tutorial in ages. More to come though, I’ll be digging out my sewing machine later this week to do some real work on it and everything XD

DIY Faux Fur Trim For Your Jacket

DIY faux fur trim is a bit of a challenge, hell faux fur anything more often than not just ends in a bit of a mess.

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Going from Brisbane to Melbourne is quite the climate change and I knew that moving here I would need a really good big winter coat. So you know those gigantic Jesus Diamante coats that have ridiculous huge faux fur trim and an even bigger price tag of around $2000? I figured I’d just make one myself ^_^

This is that jacket that I started with… nothing fancy just a plain one from Target. Just make sure it’s a nice cut.

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And I turned it into this:

First let’s talk about the right way and the wrong way to cut faux fur. Some people *cough like the lady at the store where I got the fur cough* just hack away at fur in the direction they’re cutting, this leaves an ugly shelf at the end. This also means you’ll be cleaning freaking fur out of everything you own for the next month.

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What you want to do is mark where you need to cut and brush the pile in opposite directions so you have a clean line in which to cut.

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Then you get a nice full pile over the whole backing AND you have to clean much less.

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So anyway what you need to do is cut a piece for each sleeve cuff and the collar. I just used rectangles that I estimated from the jacket’s measurements.

Now use your over locker/serger to seal the edges of all of the pieces. This will prevent fraying and lock the edges of the pile in.

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This is what you end up with…

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Sew the sleeve parts into tubes….

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My jacket was too thick to sew in my machines so everything from this point is hand stitched. First let’s do the sleeves. With the fur inside out shove the end into the sleeve and make sure it all lines up well.

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Use tacking stitches to hold it in place and then sew it.

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Now turn the fur the right way out and pull it up the sleeve. Turn the ends under and then sew that in place too.

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Make sure it’s all secure then repeat on the other side…

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Now time for the collar! My coat had a really nicely cut collar already so I basically just cut a rectangle of fur, folded it in half and then covered the collar. If your coat has a different collar you will need to modify this step Or just attach this kind of rectangular collar to whatever yours actually has ^_^

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To attach it I sewed one side of the fur to the back of the collar of the jacket, right along the seam that was already there. I then folded the fur around to the other side and sewed it along the seam there as well. This means the collar is fur on both sides.

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I added a small pin so I could close the collar even tighter like a scarf if I wanted to. And you end up with this!

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And being worn…

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I tell you what, this jacket has been a godsend here! It’s so warm and the fur makes it extra comfy and warm 😀

I *LOVE* it

What do you guys think? Have any of you ever tried to DIY faux fur trim for yourselves?

Super Cute T-shirt Surgery Tutorial

A few months ago a reader wrote in and asked me to write a t-shirt surgery tutorial.

If you haven’t head of t-shirt surgery it’s basically when you take a plain old t-shirt and you make it into something cooler and more fashionable. There is a community for it here where you can see some fantastic examples.

So anyway when I got the request I didn’t think it was something I would do because I don’t wear t-shirts often… but it stayed in my mind for ages and I kept thinking about it more and more until I had an idea 😀 When we were in Singapore for the Nuffnang Awards, Nuffnang Australia was lovely enough to give us all shirts. Mine had the slogan “I’m famous (in the blogosphere)” hahaha! I thought it was awesome but they only had large sizes so since then I’ve used it to sleep in… but no more!

Making this…

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From this….

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Into this….

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