January 28, 2011

Refashion Friday - Sweater Snowman

My sister and  I wanted some wintery decorations for a party so we made this cute little guy out of the sleeve from a huge old sweater.

We followed this tutorial from Crafts and Sutch. For the hat, we used the sleeve from another sweater. We simply cut the bottom of the sleeve off, tied a piece of yarn around it and turned it right side out. Then I made a little pom pom for the top!

This is an easy, almost no-sew project that can be completed in a short amount of time. 

January 27, 2011

Lovely Paper Doilies

In the past I strongly disliked anything lacy or ruffly, but now I do like lace and ruffles when they are used with taste and in small amounts. These simple paper doilies that Lora Jean shows how to make are so pretty. I have enjoyed making a few.

January 25, 2011


Don't you just love cardigans? 

I would like to make this cardigan from No Big Dill.

I also like these from Anthropologie. 

 I might try making a pattern that combines the styles of all three.

January 21, 2011

Refashion Friday - Skirt to Tank Top

I usually have a hard time finding tank tops at the store because the necklines are so low, so I made my own.
I used my t-shirt pattern and hemmed the armholes instead of adding sleeves.

I started with this very unflattering knit pencil skirt:

And used the fabric for my tank top:

I used the fabric from the elastic waist casing for the neckband. Now I have a nice piece of elastic left over. Hey, maybe I can use it for another skirt! I see another Refashion Friday idea coming...;) Have a great day!

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January 14, 2011

Refashion Friday - New Blog Feature

I have recently discovered that I love to refashion clothing into new and improved items that I will actually wear. And I have an enormous tub full of clothes patiently awaiting their makeover. So I am going to attempt to do one refashion a week, and on Friday show y'all what I have done, and maybe even include a tutorial now and then! I might not be able to do this every Friday, but I will as often as I can.

Today I am going to show y'all how I turned a shirt into a skirt. 

With the shirring around the middle, this shirt was too small to wear as a shirt, but it fit as a skirt waistband.

 First, I cut off the bodice.

Then I cut 5" off the bottom of the skirt.

I wanted to put a green ruched (gathered on both sides) panel in between the plaid, so I made a tier that was one and a half times as long as the bottom of the plaid piece. I basted the green tier on top and bottom, gathered it up and sewed it between the plaid pieces.

 I love it!

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