Sunday, May 27, 2012

how to Refashion a Smocked Top into a Draped Back Top

Before and after, not that special.  Wanna see the back?
Ok the back is what makes the top special!  So what do you think!  I took a bunch of after photos:)

Sassy right?
Well then lets get right into it!  If you can't tell I have a thing for clothing items with smocking, I love to buy them to refashion.  They can work for tops, waist bands, headbands and even...yes even a bra in a pinch.

Step one

You need
1. Smock top with a hem
2. Ribbon
4. Safety Pin
3. Necklace(or other fun embellishment)

Step two
Mark with chalk the spots that you want the the ribbon to show. The best way to find the spots is to put the top on and mark it with chalk.
See my two chalk marks on the top I am upcycling into an open back top

Step three
Cut a slit at both the chalk marks.  Then slide your ribbon in one of the slits and pull it all the way around through the new "ribbon casing".  Then when you get back to the start tie it in a knot or stitch them together(after trying it on an making sure the measurement is right).  
Hide this knot in the casing AKA hem. You must try this on, and make sure it works before finishing it off.  Depending on you, your top and your body this might need to be done with elastic, and ribbon.(email me if you need help doing it that way) I only needed ribbon

This is how it should look with just the ribbon added.  You can leave it like this is you want.
Now add the necklace or another fun embellishments you like. Make sure the chain is longer than the ribbon.

TA-DA! This is how the back will look when you are finished!
The back of the refashioned smock top

So what do you think?  This is how it looks from the front! Very slimming for my postpartum belly!

And the back!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Fun in the sun

I am showing this picture of my belly because it is my blog and I can do what I want.  Well kinda.  I wrote up what I thought was a pretty good tutorial yesterday.  Yesterday was also this super cool eclipse.  So I added a bit of personal info in my tutorial.  

It went something like this.  The sun was so cool today  this is a few rad pictures I got.  Fun, now lets go to the tutorial.  Anywho* I wanted to shear that tutorial with another blog on this world wide web and guess what.  That is right! They couldn't care less about my fun in the sun crap and only wanted to see the fancy tutorial.  I guess that makes a lot o  since.

So being that I spent about 4 hours editing the sun pictures I didn't just delete them.  I posted them here.  So if you want to look at the cool solar eclipse, then this is the post for you. enjoy.

The sun made some cool crescent shapes the on the wall then I took some photos of how silly our reflections looked.

Total Solar Eclipse 5-20-12
So we had a little fun with that. It made taking the "refashion" photos a more exciting process than usual. Most of the time the photo sessions is more of an argument session between me and my photographer.
My friend Nicole said " It looked like a Cheshire cat grin in the sky" 
Okay then.



An extremely annoying misuse of the word "anyhow." Generally used by people who think they're being clever.
Anywho, how was your day?

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