New baby girl - 4 1/2 months old
Older baby girl - 3 years old
New home - 3 months old
Sprinklers - 1 day old (but 2 1/2 months in coming.....)
Jewelry Making setup - not quite done!
New crafty itch - refashioning!
So my first post back is a short update on me, and a longer post on refashioning old clothes into new clothes! I was inspired by this gal's blog: The Refashionista: I'll Change the Way You Think About Fashion. After paging through her blog and seeing the many cute outfits she'd made, I couldn't help but try myself. I also have a thrift-store-shopping itch that I haven't gotten to scratch, so hopefully more refashions are coming in the future! My closet is slim pickin's right now for refashions as I haven't dropped all the baby weight yet.....
My first refashion was this skirt:
The 1st Victim: A long, outdated skirt
There is nothing wrong with this skirt - there are no holes, no stains, to tears. But I haven't worn it in 12 years! I still liked the print, and I had only worn it a handful of times, so I had trouble getting rid of it. But I don't generally wear long skirts. It's too cold in the winter months and too much fabric in the summer months! Especially this skirt, because it requires a slip under it because it is VERY see-through.....Plus I wanted a skirt that I could wear now, and this one didn't fit again yet (see above - post baby weight not all gone!).
So I cut it in half! The bottom half I remade into a simple skirt with an elastic waistband for myself. I figure this way it will fit me through the weight loss months, and I can remake it smaller with a fitted waistband later if I so choose.
My new skirt - ready to wear or be remade!
New skirt with attached slip (or layer #2)
I still had the top half and I hate to waste if I can help it. I could have refinished the bottom hem as is and kept it as a short skirt with a smaller waist size, but decided to give my 3 year old a new dress instead! We have never had matching outfits before, but it sounded fun and cute so off I went!
Top of old skirt remade into a dress for my daughter!
Next I took my scraps and stitched the open seams closed, so I had 2 tubes of fabric to use as shoulder straps. My girl tried the dress back on, and I pinned the straps in place and sewed as close to the seam of the old waistband as possible, and again on top of the band.
The old skirt closure is the new dress closure - quick and easy!
My daughter in her new dress!
I didn't take any during photos, as I was so excited to just get back to creating something! Hopefully next time I won't be in such a rush and I can add more step by step photos and detail shots.
I look forward to posting more often and sharing more than just jewelry designs in the future. With a new home to decorate, there should be all sorts of fun crafting and decorating ideas coming this way!