Monday, September 2, 2013

Tutorial Tuesday: Dashiki Refashion


Back in July, I collaborated with House of Estrela, an amazing refashion blog, and shared this refashioned dashiki over at her place. 

Here, I will share the tutorial in it's entirety including a couple of extra shots. As is custom with my summer projects, my sons are in the photos. Although it is more difficult to create in the summer, this time does allow me to include them in the show and tell process. It's all good and it's all me baby!


You start by taking a v-neck shirt that fits you well


I love the dashiki because of the power it emits. I bought my dashiki back in 1998 in a flea market in North Carolina while visiting my sister. I was newly married,  had no children and was continuing to explore my cultural and political identity. I did feel quite empowered in it and wore it often until it got too small for me and tore.


Here's the tear, boo hoo. 


I cut the entire design off of the body of the dashiki. This is what I was left with. 


I pinned it onto the front of the t-shirt first for proper placement.


Then I continued pinning on the dress form. Don't look at the background. The house gets messy during the summer, don't judge! lol

Here's a back view with backpack just thrown in the back ground. Yup, it was the beginning of summer. 




This is how it came out. I love it!
Here comes one of the kiddos 

 "Stay Strong Mother!" I first heard this from Liela Joy Marie Fuller; author of Life's Reflection. I interviewed her here.


 And here's the other kiddo. Not so little anymore, he is going to pass me soon. 
  We had such a great summer. My little one spends more time in summer school than this one, so we got to have alone time and bond. I love him so much. 


Back view

What summer projects did you accomplish? How did you work with the kids during the summer?

27 comments:

  1. I love your updated version of the dashiki. As for projects over the summer - I did none. I think I needed a break because I couldn't bring myself to sew, knit, etc. Only cooking and reading kept my interest. I'm ready to get into harness again now that it is September.

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    1. Thank you Annabelloiuise! That's what summer is for; to relax and do othr things to relax. Looking forward to your Fall projects.

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  2. Love this. You are very talented and creative.

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    1. Thank you so much Miz Kp! I appreciate your encouragement!

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  3. What a great refashion - and as always , wonderful photos too! Thanks for sharing!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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    1. Jill! Thank you! and thank you for the opportunity to link up! I continue to love your blog!

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  4. Wow that was a super cool tutorial, loving the DIY

    x
    Liz
    Indulgera Blog

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    1. Thank you Indulgera! Yu are one fabulous mama!

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  5. This is an amazing idea!
    xx Belinda

    www.fringe-buttercup.blogspot.de

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    1. Thank you Belinda! Just saw your blog and love it! I also studied art history!

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  6. Wow I love it! What a great way to spice up your plain shirt.
    Dropping by from That's My Style Link Party.
    xx Del

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    1. Thank you Del Rain! I so appreciate the kind words. Oh, and cool nail polish!

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  7. This is such a great DIY :)

    Hunter
    www.preponabudget.com

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  8. Beautiful piece and a great way to reuse it! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Angela! I am glad you liked it!

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    1. Thank you Agy! I love it too and wear it a lot!

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  10. I love it! It came out gorgeous and I think that the design is actually enhanced on the black background. :) Lisa

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    1. I agree Lisa! I love the black background! Thank you for your kind words.

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  11. Love this shirt refashion!! I'm glad you linked up at Take it on Tuesday. Pinned this.

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  12. Thank you Betsy! I appreciate the opportunity to link up!

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  13. Another great refashion! So pretty!

    Thanks for linking up to last weeks "That's My Style" link party. I'm happy to report you will be featured tomorrow! :D

    Hope to see you again at this weeks party.

    Karla @ www.MySerendipitousLife.com

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    1. Karla! How exciting!!!! Thank you so much. I so appreciate all your great feedback.<3

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  14. Beautifül refashion T-shirt. Thanks for sharing! Now I know what to do with my
    old T-shirts from Bali.

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    1. You're welcome Perlenmeer! Wow, t-shirts from Bali! I would love to see those! Please let me know how they turn out.

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  15. I love your version of the dashiki. That look different with other. Nice work
    IBESTBUYSELL

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