Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Winter to Summer Refashion!
~ Cute Striped Gray Ruffle Tank ~
I had this large striped knit shirt from H&M, I loved the fabric but not the shirt itself. I needed a cute ruffle tanktop perfect for hot Arizona! So I turned it into this...
First I cut off the sleeves, created a new neckline and brought in the sides with my serger for a nice fit.
I cut the sleeves into long strips to create ruffles, and found some cool vintage nautical silver buttons to add to the flower center. To one side of the shirt I added some elastic on the inside to create a nice gather and asymmetrical bottom hem.
All done, took an old winter shirt to create a fun summer tank top!
Friday, May 7, 2010
~ Ellie's Pretty Purple Summer Dress ~
I wanted to make a cool, flowing summer dress for my little sweetheart. I found this fabric at goodwill, it is very lightweight and soft! This dress was a simple variation of the "pillowcase" dress, the straps tie at each shoulder.
I love this girl, she just makes me smile!! :)
The tuxedo front was created by making ruffles with a few rows of elastic thread from the extra fabric, the complimentary patterned fabric center and three little buttons for decoration.
A girl knows that no outfit is complete without accessories! This flower clip was made from the same purple fabric, from cutting about 8 circles and folding & sewing them to form a flower. The center is a different fabric and has 3 little beads, very fun & easy to create to make your outfit complete. :)
The bottom has a 3 inch border of the same fabic that I made the ties and tuxedo front from, to give a little contrast to the light purple dress.
There you have it, the whole thing maybe cost me 4 dollars, about an hour, and she now has a pretty purple summers dress.... perfect for running and playing all while feeling like a little princess! :)
Saturday, May 1, 2010
the disappearance of the sun
below the western horizon...
This dress was an upcycle, I found this beautiful Sunset t-shirt & old sundress in a bag of clothes from a friend that was destined for Goodwill. I loved the colors together, the ocean blue combined with the sunset rays.... just like watching the sunset over the ocean.
I removed the sleeves and part of the back of the t-shirt and added ruffled straps.
An elastic waist and drawstring made from part of the leftover t-shirt.
The perfect comfortable summer dress.. kinda bummed I have to give it back!
I went to some garagesales this morning and found this awesome clothing display rack! Only $8, perfect for storing & displaying my newest creations! Now if I can just find a dress form for sewing.. my future craft/sewing room will be ready to go!! :)