Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Wardrobe Refashion: Brown Dress to Kimono Wrap Top

Hi Folks! So here's another refashion; big brown dress + coral infinity scarf = kimono wrap tunic. 

 All photos were taken by my older son. 

I bought this dress at a thrift shop and knew right away it was too big and would redesign it. I was actually hoping the reconstruction would translate into another dress but I didn't have enough fabric. 

I also had this coral infinity scarf which, by itself, was fine but I decided to use it to break up the brown color and add interest to the dress. It was also long and wide enough that I could fold over the neckline and not work to hard to create clean edges. It didn't work as good as I thought it would, though. 

All in all, I liked the way it came out. The only thing I would change would be to line, or double the fabric, on the ties. The edges are not finished and this presents a problem if I don't tuck them in on the torso portion where the ties fold over.  

Front and back 

Okay, I'll take off the glasses! 

Here I am in my best cat walk face, lol. 

I actually wore it to a friend's house yesterday.  

Que piensas? What do you think? 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Men's Shirt Refashion

Here's my latest refashion! The challenge? How to refashion hubby's shirt into something cute, wearable for work and play. 
I endeavored to make the original shirt even more un- appealing with my glasses, hunched-over stance, top bun, and crazy smirk. Did it work? 

This time I did not draft the pattern but got a little help from this baby, McCall's 6605. I have had this one in my stash for a while and I thought it would be great for this project. 

I had enough shirt material to possibly use for the entire project but since I love color blocking, I added this black cotton for the effect. 

A couple of more points to share: The material for the tie portion was taken from the sleeves and I simple transferred the buttons from the original shirt onto this shirt. Also, it's important to note that the sizing for the pattern was a little off. I cut the pattern at the smallest size and still had to take the final version in at the side seams immensely to look like this. I also cut a lot off from the sleeves. It's a already a loose-fitting shirt, I needed next to no sleeves so it didn't overpower me. 

I love the results! I can wear it to work with dressier pants or dress it down with jeans, as seen here. Hubby has since donated a couple more so I'll be figuring out what to do with them in the coming weeks. 

 By the way, all photos were taken by my older son :)