Refashion | An Old T-Shirt + Scrap Piece of Fabric

Monday, April 24, 2017

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Giving color and pattern to a solid comfy t-shirt, looks simple enough to me. I had this bright red-orange tee and a remnant of fabric leftover from this wrap and tie pantskirt I made. This fabric piece just goes so well with the shirt. It was meant to be.

First I did was mark how high I wanted the center back. I basically made go to where the front neckline is. Then fold the shirt in half, with side seams meeting in the middle. Create the shape you want for the front and back "v"s. Well I guess the back is more curved than a "v" but you get it. I had the front "v" end right above the belly button.

Once that was cut out (leaving a 1/4" seam allowance) I took my scrap piece of fabric, evened it out and sewed it in half lengthwise. The piece was 37.5" long by 30" wide so 15" when folded in half.

I have a similar shirt that I like the back length of so I used it as a reference. Within this piece of fabric I was able to get both front and back pieces. Starting with the top back curve.

Then the front after the back is all cut out. Make sure the width is the same as where it meets up on the sides. After that I had it flare out some since this fabric doesn't stretch like the t-shirt does.

So the seams on the fabric will end up in the middle and should then be sewed to your t-shirt. I did the front first then the back.

I wanted the front middle corner to line up exactly with the middle seam of the fabric. It was a little tricky but got it eventually.

After the front is attached to the front and the back to back you can serge the raw edges. Then you can attach the sides together and serge those. After all that even out the bottom a bit, get it how you want and hem it.
All done!

Renew & reuse!

Upcycled Cookie Tin Turned Craft Supplies Storage Carrying Case

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Re-use cookie tins by using them as storage bins for art supplies (or any other kinds of craft supplies, like embroidery hoops and thread). The round ones in particular are perfect for holding a round palette! Paint tubes fit, even brushes fit.

Specifically, I use this cookie tin for my watercolor supplies. This colorful artwork by Isabel Alvarez made me want to paint something and I easily took out the supplies I needed. All that was left to get was water. Seriously, the tin becomes a convenient little carrying case.

The tin I used was full of Christmas cookies and had an allover red with snowflakes theme going on. So I spray painted over it, nothing fancy though like I've seen some people do. I just didn't want to see the holiday theme. I spray painted it with the lid on and because of that there is still some of the old design showing when the lid is off. Doesn't bother me too much, it's closed most of the time.

If this cookie tin had been a vintage tin with a lovely vintage design, of course I would've left it alone. Just check out these fabulous upcycled vintage tins...

DIY Project: Ashley's Vintage Tin Candles
Craft Studio Organizer Caddy from Vintage Tin Canisters by Seelamade
Vintage Container Succulent Planters by House by Hoff
Upcycled Vintage Cookie/Candy Tin Bird Feeders by JUNKMARKET Style
Repurposed Vintage Tin Bangle Bracelets by Nostalgic Summer
Cookie Tin to Coffee Bin by Carolyns Homework
"Polly Wants A Margarita" necklace by Emily Hickman, Tin Moon Jewelryworks

Refashion | From Bottom to Top

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
An upcycled peplum button down shirt!

This was a mini skirt I found at a thrift store. It was the embroidered cotton that caught my attention.

I don't really wear short skirts though so I thought I would make this into something I'd use more. The skirt was in excellent used condition and fully lined, giving me a good amount of material to work with.

It wasn't enough material. I had to work in another article of clothing. A blouse, not in exactly the same color but in the same family. The condition of the blouse was okay except for fraying holes around the pockets and armholes. The fabric is beginning to thin...I could see why someone had donated it. It does have darling details on the pockets and collar though. I'll use those too but on something else.

This embroidered cotton blouse is one of my favorites. So I chose to copy it for this upcycle. Beside all the floral and eyelet details, I just love the peplum.

Your existing clothing make the perfect pattern, you already know exactly how it fits. Just give it a seam allowance all around the pieces.



I like to think I made it all work, piecing things together. I also added some cotton lace trim to embellish the top front and a cotton flower trim to the top back. The leftover elastic from the skirt will be used some other time. Is it cheating that I used the whole button plackets, with the buttons already sewed on and everything? Lol.




Mad for Plaid | Upcycled Faux Layered Tunic Top

Monday, January 9, 2017

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How cute is this? Two shirts in one! or so it seems. Perfect for fall/winter! It looks upcycled too but these are not :/ These were selling on Zulily a while back. They caught my attention because they really do look like they could be upcycled. So it prompted me to want to make/upcycle my own. Of course I'm not the first to do this, here's a cute refashion by Chapter 37, where she added the button down's collar too.


One great thing about doing this is it's pretty easy since the main parts are already done for you.


I found this short sleeve knit top at the Goodwill along with the mens plaid button down. I really wanted a long sleeve sweater but didn't find any. This top is nice though, like new but dated so I think adding the plaid definitely spruced it up.

You want to cut however much you want of the bottom end of the plaid button down. Then of the knit top, cut the sides starting 2" down from the underarm. Serge the plaid pieces across the tops. Pin the plaid underneath the knit top, to both front and back.

Top stitch to sew the plaid in place with the knit top. Then serge the sides, front and back.

Next take the plaid shirt remnant use the back or sleeves if they're wide/long enough. This or these will be your side inserts. Make them however wide for whatever amount of volume you want added. Pin them into place, right sides together.

I left the inserts about a quarter inch longer than the side lengths so that when I hemmed it up, it would line up with the already done hem.

So you have it all pinned you sew it up. Make sure the tip of the triangle insert is sealed. VoilĂ , godets! Or really mine turned out looking more like inverted pleats but that's okay.

Lastly, hem the bottoms of the added plaid to align with the already done hem. I also added a second button to the bottom opening of the plaid. I thought it needed it.

It's quite the comfy top!


This is another one I did for my mom. Isn't a lovely marriage? It's basically the same process. Except this one actually has longer sleeves so I was able to add the cuffs.

You cut the bottom of the button down shirt and the sleeve cuffs, leaving about a half inch above the actual cuff. Then serge the raw edges of all pieces.

Then you pin it all in place. The cuffs go inside the sleeve so they fold out, if that makes sense. Sew it all up and your done.

I gave this one a little plaid detail on the top since it has a collar. It helps tie it all together too. So there you have it, a simple refashion, perfectly seasonal. I hope you give it a try!