Saturday, 30 August 2014


WOW. It has been forever.

Deal with it!

I've actually had time to finish a couple of other projects, but just haven't gotten around to posting them.

So, for the time being, I would like to share this quick project that I worked on over two days while I was also cleaning/reorganizing the entire house. Yep. Entire. House.

......Joy. :|

So I was on Charity Shop Chic when I read about a little refashioning contest over on sew Amy sew. I looked at the pile of clothes my cousin had given me to do whatever I wanted with, and decided I would give refashioning another whirl.

My cousin had cleaned out her closet and upon hearing I had started to sew, decided to pass the old clothes on to me. Anything I liked, I could keep, hack away at, do whatever with, and anything I didn't would head to the thrift store. Nothing really fit and most of the pieces were dated (hence the reason why they got the closet 'boot'), but I kept a few that were either made out of nice materials or that had a nice design.

So I chose the following dress to refashion. Sorry about the crummy pictures. But you will see that the dress is too big, has an empire waist, some sort of scrunchie, ruffling going on in the bust, and spaghetti straps. A *wee* bit mid ninties:

Yup, that's my sports bra. Also, huge welt= mosquito bite

Channelling my inner refashionista.
As you can see, much potential, but just not working as is.

So I unpicked the bust portion from the waist.
Then I unpicked it from the zipper, and unpicked part of the waistband from the zipper as well. I also unpicked the opposite side seam to get rid of the waist ties. (I love a good waist bow, but I thought this through and to make it really versatile, it would have to be belt-less).

Then I whipstitched along the top of where I wanted the zipper to stop on both sides, and chopped the top off. Finally, I stitched the waistband to the zipper, the side seam together (taking the side in a bit), and then topstitched the top of the waistband together. Pretty simple stuff really.

Now, I gotta tell ya, before I show you the after. I think it is pretty funny when I read other blogs and they write exactly what was on my mind for the week. For instance, after doing my photoshoot while out camping, I had come to a realization about what works for me when taking photos. When I returned home, I found that the same thing was going through the mind of a certain Kalkatroonian.

Now, while I don't think the hubs is going to go onto the ground for our shoots, I did find what works better.

I can't do serious.

I NEEDS the funny. The goofy. The silly.

Serious face kind of looks like, hmmm, how do I say.... not impressed?

Yeah, that's a nice way of saying it.

For instance.

Serious face:
Silly face:
Serious face:
Funny face:
I......I don't know what I'm doing.
Let's be honest here, I feel like an idiot prancing around and taking photos of myself to put on the internet. It seems so.....vapid. The silly helps to make me look less....hmmm....constipated? It helps me to cope with feeling like a moron. So I've learned that silly suits me. And I'm going to stick with it. At the very least, I'm going to smile.

I can't take myself very seriously here folks.

Though there is something to be said about this "looking at the clothing piece" photo:

So, before I leave you with the money shot, I have to say for such a quick project this is already a favourite skirt. Super comfy, a classic silhouette, with a perfect timeless pattern yields a big winner. Huzzah for refashioning!!! Hooray for diverting waste!!!! Yahoo for hugging trees (literally and figuratively)!!

Okay. Ready for it?

Here's the money shot. Enjoy it in all its glory:
Thanks for stopping by!!! :)



  1. That's really cool what you did with that dress.

  2. all that AND adam ant? damn, girl!

    loving the silly, and the refashion... though the zipper unpicking makes me want to CRY.

  3. Thank you!! It really needed it :)

  4. The adam ant is inspired by my obsession with hot fuzz and simon pegg. I usually watch it every couple of months and it has been almost a year since I've last seen it...I'm getting an itch......but trevor might go crazy if I make him watch it one more time. sigh.

    The zipper unpicking really wasn't that bad! Everything, including back stitching was way easier to unpick than I thought it would be. Maybe the dress wasn't really made well?

    Regardless, thank you!

    (Can I stop for just a moment to comment that I have an ear-to-ear smile because OONA commented on my blog? Yes? Moment over, thanks.)