This is my third (and brightest!) pair of Chi Town Chinos pants. To say I love this pattern by Alina Design Co would be an understatement! It’s my go-to for a perfect lower waist trouser style pant.Click here if you would like to continue reading
I’ve been wanting to share this refashion for a while but it sat on the back burner and then it was winter and seemed seasonally inappropriate but now spring is upon us so here she is!! Keep reading for more on my process & inspiration for this project.
There is something so special about refashioning a vintage wedding dress. Especially one with personal history. Refashioning my moms wedding dress for my own wedding was such a unique an unforgettable experience. After the wedding I sort of put out into the universe that I would love to do more projects like it. Thats when I got a Facebook message from an old friend who was soon-to-be-married and wanted to wear her grandmothers dress. The dress needed some major updating and alterations for a better fit. Without hesitation I told her I was her gal.
How bad of a host am I to JUST NOW be posting the restyle I received for the Restyling Exchange 2017!? I have to admit it was a bit of poor planning on my part. I was out of town for the reveal weekend and once I missed the posting party I just let it all fall by the wayside. Never the less I am so excited to share this with you. Last week, my restyler Sophie shared her process for restyling this dress for me. Be sure to check it out if you haven’t already. Read on for my take of this fun refashioned vintage dress.
Guys I’m so excited to introduce the oh-so-talented Sophie Hines of Sophie Hines lingerie and the ever so popular Euler Bralette Pattern (I’m seriously dying to make one of those). She was my restyler for the Restyling Exchange 2017 and today she is going to take you behind the scenes and share her prices for restyling my beautiful vintage dress. Next week I will be sharing my take on receiving this lovely dress (and mostly just sharing pictures of me happily dancing around in it). I was going do do a combo post but Sophie’s was so well written and it would have been CRAZY long so lets hear from Sophie first. Keep reading for all the goodness!
Y’all! I am so stinkin’ excited to finally be posting about this project! It’s the first annual RESTYLING EXCHANGE!! (insert fanfare + confetti). Pilar and I have been working on this for a month or so now and the anticipation has been building and the time is finally here to share it with you lovely folks. As you all know I am a huge fan of refashioning, and I also love all the fun instagram parties & hashtag prompts that show up throughout the year.. so I’m super pumped to be starting up this new instagram swap with the lovely Pilar Bear.
This is a great project for all those too-big-for-you sweatshirts you’ve been hoarding. Whether they are from your high school ex or your 80’s memorabilia collection, sometimes you love the design or the sentiment behind a sweatshirt but they are just too frumpy for out-in-public wear. This tutorial will help you turn an oversized sweatshirt into a trendy sweatshirt tee with cuffed sleeves and a high-lo hem.
This is a great project for those keepsake sweaters you have buried deep in your closet. This particular sweater belonged to my late grandfather. I usually just wear it around the house but even still its a little too chunky and I’m constantly fighting with the sleeves. I wanted to do something that would make it a little easier to wear. Read on to see the full steps on how to transform an old cozy vintage sweater to a cropped swingy sweater.
This is another one of those “been meaning to get around to forever” projects. I’ve been trying to make myself tackle one thing from the to mend/alter bin each week. Sometimes its hard to squeeze it in, but I’m making a lot of progress on what was once an overflowing mess and it feels good to get these things back into my wardrobe. This shirt was given to me from our dear friends at Bep restaurant in Brooklyn. I love the cute graphic logo, but the shirt was too big and baggy. So instead of banishing it to the pajama drawer, I whipped it into something I’d wear much more often. Keep reading for the full tutorial on this little peplum tee.
I love a good shirt dress. Let me rephrase that … I am ADDICTED to shirt dresses. I mean, its the dress version of a button down shirt (my other love). Its so easy, just throw it on and go. I got this grey shirt dress a LONG while back from Urban Outfitters. The style was super cute, but I just wasn’t wearing it that much. I was cleaning out my closet and tempted to toss it, but decided to rework it and give it another try. I swear I’ve worn it at least three times since I finished it last week!
Lets talk about why I wanted to change it up. First, the under ams. Y’all know me and my under arm issue. I don’t like anything tight up in my armpits. Sure, tight armholes make for a snugger, more feminine and flattering fit. But form over fashion people – I hate them. Also the length of the sleeves compared to the length of the hem was a conflict for me. The fabric is so light and the hem was so short I wanted to wear it in summer, but no way I’m wearing those sleeves in the heat of a Texas summer. Lastly that dang bubble hem. Am I the only one that hates bubble hems and finds them completely unflattering? This is the second hem I’ve un-bubbled. Besides being unflattering, this particular bubble was really constricting my movement – no squatting, crouching, or running in this baby. Changes needed to be made.
The changes I made were all pretty simple. I removed the sleeves right at the seams and cleaned them up with bias tape. I “un-bubbled” the hem to let it swing freely. Lastly, I added pockets using the fabric from the removed sleeves (gotta use up that scrap waste!) I really love the way it turned out. Its so much more comfortable and much more seasonal. I want to wear it all the time.
Above are the close up details of my clean finished armholes using bias tape and my little patch pockets I added up front. Below you will see a peek at how I fixed the bubble hem. This dress was made with a hem band. To release the bubble I removed the hem band, pulled out all the stitching and pressed the dress straight, measured the new hem, cut a piece from the extra sleeve fabric to extend the hem band, and re-attached the new hem band. I could very easily have just removed the hem band and hemmed the dress but it was already pretty short and I didn’t want to loose any length.
I am so much happier with this dress now. It’s so refreshing to take something that has been gathering dust in your closet and make a few quick changes to make it something you actually wear. I am going to be tackling more quick projects like these so stay tuned!
What about you.. whats in your closet that needs a little gussy-ing up?
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