Monday, May 21, 2012

How to Refashion a Maxi Dress in to a One Shoulder Top

I like the after much more

Today’s Maxi dress refashion is number 2 on my list. You can see my list of Maxi dresses that need to be refashion in this post. I cleverly named it Maxi Dress Fix you can check that out if you like.

This is how my dress looked before
So this dress has a little story behind it. I saw it a few years ago on the clearance rack at Wal-Mart for only 3$. It was way to big for me at the time, so I snatched it up with big plans for the fabric, I was going to make it something way cooler. However it slowly worked its way to the very far back of my very deep closet. 

Then last year when I was pregnant and nesting cleaning out my closet in the middle of the night.(I was looking for something that would fit, anything) Then lo and behold; the 3 dollar Maxi...and IT FIT! I was so excited, it was a perfect fit, not to mention very comfy. I wore it the whole 3rd trimester. 

Now the dress is bit stretched out in the bust and it is not flattering on me at all. You know what that means...Time to chop it up!

Enough of the chitchat! Lets get going!

I am going to show you how to make a maxi dress into a one shoulder top. It is very easy and fast, with very little sewing. So let's get started with Maxi dress #2. Step 1 Get your supply's together You will need a maxi dress that has a smocked top Scissors
and either Needle and thread or sewing machine Step 2
Chop the bottom of the dress off! In order to measure it right you need to first lay the dress out. Next use a top that you like the length to measure with. Lay the top on the dress. Line the bottom of the top up with the bottom of the smocked portion of your dress. (I found this very hard to describe, so look at the photo below for better directions)
Cut the bottom of the dress of(we will use that later)

Step 3
Try on the dress, upside down(with the smocking around your waist). Then pull up one side to make a shoulder and pin it. I made mine about 5 inches, but you can make your sleeve as long or short as you like. See the photo below, that is the small part you will have to sew.
The top of the dress will now be the waist of the one shoulder shirt.
Step 4 Sew that short straight line. My dress did not need a hem, depending on the fabric of your dress you may choose or need to hem the whole thing.
Well that is it, your all done!  I told you it was easy to make your old maxi into a new top!
So what do you think of my new top, do you love it?  I sure do!   
Can you believe that this cute little was an old maxi dress?
Here is a little Before and After shot so you can see how much it changed and because I am so happy with how this one worked out!

I hope you found this tutorial on how to upcyle a dress easy.  If you have any questions on it just message me, I am glad to help.
I would love to see how your maxi turns out, please send me a picture!  

Thank you so much for looking, let me know what you think.

I am linking up at The grant life

Friday, May 18, 2012

How to Refashion a Maxi Dress

The Easy way to Refashion a Maxi Dress

How to refashion a maxi dress so you can get more more out of it, is what we are talking about today. I am in the process of working on a whole "maxi" dress series. Because you can do so to give new life to these dresses. 
This is a no-sew maxi dress refashion

Yesterday I posted all about my Maxi Dress issues and my mission to refashion them.  If you want to see all of them you can look at yesterday's post called Maxi Dress Fix.  So today I refashioned number one on my list of dresses to fix, as promised.  I am going to show you how I did it, in case you also have a bunch of out dated Maxi dresses that also need a face lift.

Step 1
Get your supply's
Maxi Dress
Some pins and chalk will help

Step 2
Fold the side seams together, then lay the skirt down.  Then pin the bottom together to keep it lined up well. Next make one long diagonal cut.  If you need to use chalk to help you can... as you see from the photos I changed my mind regarding my chalk line.
One diagonal cut from front to back
Step 3
I had a left over strap that I removed from my project last week.  I just laced the strap trough a hole that was in the top of the dress.  It was part of the design, you can see in the photo below.  Then I just tied it around my neck.  If your dress does not have a weird hole like mine did, you will have to attach the new straps with needle and thread.

See how I was able to add the neck strap without having to sew
Step 4
I used the remaining part of the skirt that I cut away as a head band.  I thought it might help cover the spots that I am now balding, I don't know if it helped.  I have this new theory I try and use ALL my scraps.  No scrap left behind!

So this is how it turned out! What do you think? I think I will get much more use out of it now.
My new dress
If the headband is not for you, or maybe your dress wont let you easily add a neck strap, cause I know how much the thread and needle can suck.  Then I came up with a second option for you.  In this option I did not add the neck strap and I used the cut away portion as a little shoulder shawl.  I like this option also.

Well what do you think?  I think it both ways of wearing the new dress both turned out great! I like it so much more now.  I think I will be able to wear it more now, because it looks less formal. I hope you enjoyed this refashion, please let me know what you think.  I hope you will give this maxi dress refashion a try on one of your outdated dresses.  Send me a picture of what you come up with.

Maxi Dress Fix

Count them 1,2,3 yes 3 black maxi dresses
Do you have a closet full of maxi dresses that have over stayed their welcome?  I do, and the time has come the time is now! it's time that I am going to do something about it. 

Look at all my black maxi dresses! I have to say that none look particularly  good on me at this stage in my postpartum body journey. So let’s get to work! I am going to do three separate refashions on these three dresses.

This is dress number 1
Dress number 1 I got this for a wedding when I was pregnant 

In the interest of keeping things simple I am going to start with number one.
Ok are you ready? Ok next post will be dress #1 I hope you like what I have planed.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

DIY Butterfly Stamp

How to make a stamp out of empty T.P. rolls

DIY butterfly stamps from upcycled tp rolls

This is how it will stamp

I have a project I am working on, that you will soon see, and I needed a stamp for it.  Well since the project is all about T.P. rolls, they were the first thing that came to mind.  That is how I came up with this cute little stamp.  

It is so easy to make, just fallow along with my quick tutorial on how to make your own butterfly stamp and you will have one in no time.  So you can stamp your house up like I did.  I hope you enjoy my tutorial .
I just needed to add a few more pictures of my butterfly stamp because I love it
Well I really do love how my little stamp works and how easy and free it is.  So I am going to show you how I made it.  It is VERY easy and perfect for a beginner.  If you make it now, then when you do next weeks project you will be all set. Ok then, let's get started!

Step 1
Get all the supplies together
1.An empty toilet paper or paper towel roll
3.Small paint brush(Q-tip could work)

Pinch and then fold the T.P. Roll.  Shown in the photo below.
That is it! You have made the stamp

 Step 3
 Dip your new stamp in your paint
Dip in the paint of your choice

Step 4
Stamp one direction then turn the stamp, and stamp the other direction.  This will create the effect of a "pair" of wings.
See where I'm going with this?
Step 5
Now is the fun part. Use the paint brush to add a body and any other embellishment you would like.
Just paint a line down the middle for the body
I added some little dots, with my left hand
If I could do it with my left hand while taking photos with my right, then you can make them look amazing
So that is it! That is how you make a fast and easy butterfly stamp out of an empty toilet paper or paper towel roll. You could use fabric paint and spruce up an old shirt or just add a little butterfly to you kids lunch bag.

Well what do you think?  I hope you will give it a try.  Let me know if you do, I would love to see how your butterfly stamps made out of T.P. rolls turns out.

I love to party! So I am linking up at a few fun party's, check them out.

Pomp party at
Weekend Wrap Up Party at tatertots and jello

Monday, May 14, 2012

Smock top into a asymmetrical hem maternity skirt

Smock top into asymmetrical maternity skirt

Day 6: Upcycle a smock top into a skirt with a asymmetrical hem

How to upcycle a smock top into a maternity skirt

 works great as a maternity skirt or postpartum skirt 

Asymmetrical hem skirt refashioned from a smock top
When I saw this at the thrift store I automatically knew what I wanted to do with it.  I was shopping with one of my good friends.  She was not impressed with this top at all, even for $1.  I said “It’s for the blog, I am going to refashion it"  She said “It looks like it’s for a little girl”  I said I am not going to leave it like this…. It's for the blog.  “She said I don’t like it.”  I gave up
Top that looks like its for a little girl

This is the inspiration I had in my head when I got the $1 top at the Goodwill.  The inspiration is a fancy $228 anthropologie skirt called The Corvida skirt. 
Corvida Skirt
Anthropologie $228 Skirt the Corvida Skirt my insperation
  My final product turned out to be very loosely inspired by this.  However I think if I had been working with a longer top or even a Maxi dress to start with I could have made something that more closely resembled my inspiration. time, but hey I spend $1 on a smock top that "looks like it was made for a little girl” and I got a skirt I quite like

Ok so lets get started on a fun asymmetrical hem skirt that will work as a maternity or postpartum  skirt 

Step 1
Supply list
1.You will need a double layered smock top (a double layered smock maxi dress could also work)
Now that is a nice short supply list, right?

Step 2
Remove straps.  The garment I was working with had the straps attached in a very unusual way. This made it easy to remove them.  I just had too cut the plastic things of and then pull the straps off.
After removing the straps I then I had a strapless top to work with.

Separate the two layers from each other.  (we only want to work with the bottom layer)
Fold the garment sideways(so the two side seams are touching rater than the front and back touching.
Then chalk a half circle shape in the bottom layer and cut away(like I have in the Photo)

I got lucky as always and did not have to hem the bottom of this

TA DA now you have a asymmetrical skirt with a very stretchy waist band that is perfect for a maternity belly, or like in my case a postpartum belly that is not quite back into shape.

I just love how it looks and I have to post more photos

I think I forgot to prove that this would work for a maternity skirt. Or perhaps I just can't stop posting pictures because I love this skirt so much
The smock top makes an excellent waist band  for a prego belly
Ok I hope you like!  Very easy to make so please let me know your thoughts on this refashion 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Off the shoulder top tutorial

Off the shoulder top

Day 5:  How to make an off the shoulder top out of an old tee shirt 

This is my off one shoulder top, it is very easy to make
I think this is my favorite refashion I have done so far in my 30 day challenge.  I know it's only day five, but still. I love it because it is so casual and comfortable and only took a few minutes.  I could lounge around all day in my new of the shoulder tee or run too town if I need too.  Ok if you want to make one for yourself then fallow along and you will have one in no time.

This is how my shirt looked when I got it at the thrift store, not very flattering, but oh so soft.
Sorry my photographer was M.I.A

Below is a photo of how it will look when you are done.  You can make the off the shoulder effect as strong as you like.  You can also make the tie with as much flair as you like.

Step 1
Gather the supplies.  You will need.
  1. A shirt you want to refashion
  2. A shirt with a neck that is cut the way you like
  3. A rotary cutter
  4. A scrap of fabric
  5. A safety pin
Step 2
Lay the shirt you wish to refashion down.  Lay the shirt with the neck you like on top.  Then use the rotary cutter to cut the bottom shirt to match. Shown in the photo below.  
*Tip, If you are not sure how much shoulder you would like to show, it is best to cut a little off then, try it on.  You can always cut more away if you want to show more shoulder, but you can't uncut
Step 3
Now cut two little slits in the bottom hem of the shirt.  Cut the holes off to one side, that way your draw string will tie on the side.  Make the slits a little small because they will stretch when you are pulling the string through.  
This is how I cut my two small slits in the shirts hem
Step 4
Now get your long scrap of fabric.  (I used a hem cut off a shirt from a previous refashion that was in a color I liked)  Put a safety pin on one end of the fabric strip.  That way you can easily slide it through the shirt hem, that is now a drawstring casing.
This is how it will look when your fabric is threaded all the way around

TA-DA...This is how it will look when you put it on. 
finished off one shoulder shirt refashioned from a t-shirt 
Thanks for looking at my tutorial on how to refashion a tee shirt into an off the shoulder shirt.  If you have any questions please ask away.  I would love to know what you think, so feel free to let me know.

Thank for looking

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Day 4 No internet

Day 4

No internet

life on the divide often means no internet

I love making wings, I make them for dogs and people

Since a post is very boring with out a photo I included a picture of my Dog Sage in her Halloween Costume I made last year.  Making wings in one of my favorite things to do. If you would be interested in a fairy wing tutorial let me know and I will post one.  They take a long time to make.

Now to the point of today’s post... my internet is not working right. I guess 30 refashions in 30 days was a bit ambitious for me.  Its not that I can’t do it, even with my weird illness and my newborn, I can still do it.  It is the lack of internet connection out here on the divide.  That is what is making things hard.

I suppose I should be thankful for any internet at all, considering most cell phones don’t work at my house. I have internet most of the time, but it goes out A LOT, I am talking weekly.  Sometimes multiples days a week, sometimes even all week! Okay so maybe I don't have internet most of the time.

So I did not publish my refashion yesterday because of my internet or lack there of.  But rest assured my friends and followers, I have been re-fashioning and re-styling and re-doing things. I will publish them as internet allows.  I hope you enjoy my new creations.  

For now I will just use another picture of some wings I made to spice up the look of this post.  Let me know if any interest in a fairy wing tutorial 

One more photo of my wings because I am so proud of them.

I made these for the family of a baby who passed away

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Refashion a shirt into vest

  How to make a easy no-sew vest out of any shirt

My New dip dyed vest refashioned from a shirt
This is my fancy before and after photo!  I made it with picMonkey.  I love PicMonkey so far!(A funny side note, Anonymous left me a comment saying this was a badly placed add.  I had to laugh because this is not an add, just my opinion.  PicMonkey has no idea that my little blog even exists.  I just love them and like to spread the word, Maybe I should publish the comment? what do you all think?)

Before and after shirt to vest refashion

This is the shirt I started with, it was a thrift store special.  I liked because of the dip dye effect.  I used my vest "formula" on this shirt to make it a fun ombre vest.  So fallow along and you can make one too! 
 I have a method I always use to refashion shirts into vests.  It will always work.  It can make any shirt into the perfect drapey vest. (Well so far it has always worked).

 I came up with this vest "method" by dissecting a favorite vest of mine.  Then using it as a template.  I used the template a few times and on a few different style shirts and realized it always works.  I like how it works the most on V-neck shirts.

So now I want to share my t-shirt to vest method with you. So you can make yourself a simple no-sew drapey vest.

I am sure I am not the inventor of this method.  It is so simple that I am sure a lot of people use it.  The original vest I used to make the pattern was a brand named Poetry. So lets get started!

Step one
Remove sleeves, bottom hem and cut down the middle.  
This shirt has some ugly studs on it, so I also removed them.  I was not sure how I was going to handle this because I don't usually have to remove more than the selves and bottom hem.
When removing the weird fake studs I was surprised with black fabric.

I was surprised when I removed the ugly studs that the fabric under them was good looking.  In this close up picture  you can see how it looked when I removed the studs.
I liked the raw edge that was left after removing the studs.

Step 2
I like to make my vests a racer back, I feel it is more flattering.  So I use a racer back  that fits well as a guide.(my old vest)  Lay the guide top over the one you want to cut, then trace with chalk.

 I cut only one side away with my rotary cutter. Then I use the cut out scrap portion as a stencil for the other side.(this helps make sure the two sides are the same.  After cutting away both arm holes you should have a racer back.

See how I cut from the top seam to the bottom making a "c" shape

Step 3
After the arms holes are cut into a racer back.  Then fold the vest long ways.  Use the seams from the old shirt to line everything up.

My dog selfishly got hair all over

Then chalk the bottom with a nice curve to show off the bum bum.(this is my favorite part of making the vest.  You can  go as dramatic as you want with this cut, making the back as short as you want.   I used my favorite vest to help guide me.  Then cut along the chalk line with your rotary cutter.

I love the look this cut gives.  It makes the back of the vest shorter and the front longer and drapey

TA-DA there you have it! A very easy and fast no-sew vest.  I love how this one turned out.  I hope you like it and I hope you will give this a try.

DIY dip dye vest

 I really loved the raw edges that were left after I removed the studs, so I just left it.

Raw edges left after removing the studds

In this picture you can see well how the back looks after I made the half circle cut.

Well I hope you liked my second refashion in my 30 day challenge.

I hope you will try to make one of these because they are so easy and fun and always turn out well.  If you do please send me a picture and let me know how it turned out!

I am liking up at hope studios

This post turned out to be my ver first feature! I was featured over at the Refashion files, an awesome new blog.  I am so excited Yay me!