Thursday, November 08, 2012


I'm heading to India today.  I'll spend the first week in the state of Haryana, home of Delhi where I will meet new friends and get to know existing ones much better. 

On Sunday I'll travel to Agra where I will get to check off another item on my bucket list, "See the Taj Mahal."  Then Tuesday is Diwali and I am excited to be in India for the celebration!

The second week, I will be traveling with my friends to Rajasthan to visit Jodhpur, Jaipur and Pushkar.  Jodhpur is where we got the name for the classic riding pants.  Jaipur has a step well like the one seen in "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" that I am dying to see and we're going to a camel fair in Pushkar.

I am so excited to experience this country and it's culture. I love the food, the music and the people.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Refashion Alert!

I spent some time in my sewing room today (sweating my butt off).

I made this shirt from a men's shirt and a necktie I picked up at Goodwill, Savers, or Salvation Army (can't remember which).

Loving it! Now I want to make more.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

New Chair

I have been searching Craigslist and eBay for a chair to go in our Living Room that I could reupholster. They were so expensive or the shipping was cost prohibitive.

Then, one day last week, when I was driving to the grocery store, I found this on the side of the road.

Now the search for the perfect fabric is ON!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

You made this from that?

Don't ask me why but when I saw these 1970-esque, red white and blue, granny polyester pants, I had to have them.  I bought them on my inaugural trip to the thrift store back in December.  I knew I wanted to turn them into a shirt but wasn't sure how I was going to do it (or why for that matter LOL).

The first thing I did was open up the waist band and take out the elastic, which I set aside to use in a future project since part of the reason I am doing this is to reduce waste.  Of course, we all know that the main reason I am doing it is to ensure NO ONE will have the same outfits as me.  People can try to come close, but they will never be exact.

Next, I cut the legs off just below the crotch and opened up the seam so I had a tube.  I decided to put it on the dress form and see where it would lead me.  I put it on upside down and it just started to materialize in my head.

This is what I came up with.....

Here is a shot that shows the armhole.  I took the cuffs from the bottom of the legs and sewed the raw edges of the top inside the cuff and extended them over the shoulder area to make a boat neck.  I also took part of the legs and added a band to the bottom to extend the length. I finished the look with a flower  made out of the leftover fabric by sewing a running stitch,  gathering it like you would for a ruffle but then rolled it into a circle and sewed it together.

Viola!!   Here's a close up of the top and the flower.  I can't wait to wear it!!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Perfect Shirt??

What do you do when you know exactly what you want but can't find it?  Make it!

I decided I want to wear the skirt I made at the end of December for a work thing this week, but, I didn't own a shirt to match.  I've really been loving the color mustard lately and the skirt had it in the design.  So, I decided to try to find something at the mall today.  All I could find was this shirt.

They only had it in a 3X but it was on clearance for $4.  In other words, it was singing the "Refashion Me" song.

I took the size down quite a bit.  The I took the scraps from my alterations and added some pleated ruffles to the top.


Here's a close up of the top.  I love it and can't wait to wear it with my skirt and mustard colored tights.

Monday, January 02, 2012

China Shirt Refashion

I bought this shirt/tunic/mumuu/whatever-the-heck-it-is in Beijing when I went to China in April. The colors grabbed me, but once I got home and tried to wear it, I looked ridiculous.  I tried tucking it in and that worked ok, except there as sooo much excess fabric that it made it a pain in the butt when I needed to use the bathroom and needed to tuck it back in several times a day.  Plus, it looked like a huge shirt would look when it was tucked in.....unflattering.

So, it hid in my closet for months until I finally tossed it into my Refashion pile and tackled it today.

A web search turned up this pretty Butterfly Shirt from etsy (link to shop under pic).  It is also a refashion, and fit the vision I had for this shirt from the moment I bought it.

Butterfly Shirt

First I took in the sides a little bit and trimmed off a few inches from the bottom.  Then I cut off the sleeve area turning it into more of a tank top.  I hemmed all of the new edges and the sleeves.  Then I sewed a couple of gathering stitches.  I ruffled the sleeves as I pinned them onto the shoulder area.  Finally, I shirred the bottom using elastic thread.

Let me know what you think!

Skirt Refashion

Once again, I forgot to take a before picture.  Ugh! 

Imagine a very ugly black skirt that fell somewhere between the ankle and the knee with back pockets.  It wasn't very flattering so I never wore it. But for some reason, I held onto it.

My refashions up until now have been on clothes I found at Thrift stores or eBay.  So, it was time to refashion something out of my own closet.

I love it now!  I cut it just above the knee and added the ruffle so it will fall just at or below my knees. It looks exactly how I planned it.

I took the excess fabric I removed and cut it in two.  I then sewed it together so it was twice the old circumference. I hemmed both sides before sewing a gathering stitch and pulling it into a ruffle. Once it was back to the original size it was easily reattached to the bottom of the skirt.  Such an easy update.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Satiny Blouse Refashion

I had a different plan for this shirt when I bought it on eBay.  I found another idea on Pinterest after I got it in the mail.

I keep forgetting to take a before pic on my refashions.  As you can see, I remembered it on this one just after I began cutting. 

 I followed the tutorial on the Viola & Pearl blog.  Excellent instructions.  My shirt came out fabulous. 

I flipped the shirt around so it would button up the back and removed the sleeves.  I made the ruffles from the sleeves.  Rather than serging my edges, I hemmed them.

The pictures are a bit deceiving. It's not as shiny as it looks.  It's a satiny material so the flash was reflected back at me.