In my last post I talked about repurposing and I’ve done a couple more upcycle projects since then. I had a couple of skirts that I’d been holding on to for repurposing and so I just lined them and made them into simple tote bags. I love how the pockets on one of the skirts are functional for the outside of the bag as well.
I enjoy repurposing…I can’t stand to let a good piece of clothing or fabric go when I could surely see myself using it for “something” even though I may not quite know what! It ends up resulting in a lot of space being taken up by future “projects” lol. I decided I’d to get one done not too long ago with a pair of pinstriped capri’s. I get a lot of hand me downs, and I frequent area yard and garage sales. But these were really cute and sadly, did not fit me. I had high hopes to fit into them one day, but those hopes did not seem to be materializing any time soon (sigh)…so I had been wanting to make a vendor apron for a while. In my recent gift of fabric from my dear Aunt, there was a cute contrasting yellow fabric I thought would match well…so off I went.
It’s a pretty basic vendor apron. I have one large pocket, one smaller side pocket. The larger pocket has an inner zipper pocket for cash or secret stash. And then I added the contrasting pen pocket on the outside. I think it came out okay. It was my first one, and I was pretty much winging it with no pattern, just sewing and cutting and cutting and sewing. But overall, I’m happy with it. Repurposed with a purpose. I love giving new life into something that otherwise may have been wasted. =)
Pink is not usually my thing. But I was given this simple paisley looking print fabric and I had this pink tank top on hand. The goal was to make two dresses this day, but well…yah. Even though it was just a simple tube dress, I was – as usual – just dragging my behind. I don’t know what my problem is lately, seriously! Anyway, the second dress I want to make is out of this awesome stretchy striped fabric, so gotta figure that one out.
Anyhow, as I said, it was all very simple. I love using everything, so I get the long tanks – this way I can make two dresses out of them. I cut the tank top in half. I turn the bottom half around and use that as a tube dress or top, and the top piece as a tank dress or top.
Then it was just a matter of cutting the skirt part, I cut the diagonal cause I like my skirts to flare out a little rather than be fitted and straight at the bottom..(I ended up cutting a deeper diagonal than pictured, I always start off so conservatively lol..such a chicken)
Then it was just finishing the top and bottom hems, and sewing elastic to the top – and attaching it to the cut side of the tube. I then insert elastic into the already hemmed part of the tank. (Turned the bottom of the tank to the top and slid elastic into the original hem and hand sewed the hole closed). Voila!
Now I just have to get to all those projects and ideas I have piled up there on the side. And imagine, those are only the things that didnt fit into my sewing cabinet there! Yikes. Too many ideas and so little time (energy!). Until me and my sewing machine meet again…
Will be posted soon and reclassified into the FOR SALE category once I get my photo shoot done!
I just posted these really cute zipper pouches in the Etsy shop. I honestly just needed to get a couple of small things done, because really, getting small things done helps to motivate for the bigger projects I’ve got on the back burner – don’t you agree? You gotta have the little achievements that help get you stoked to move onward to the big ones. I’ve been putting off a bunch of things, but I’ve really gotta get it together. I’m almost committing myself to a catalog/product photo shoot in June, and I’ve hardly got any “product” to shoot! I’ve got the photog, just still confirming the model. But I thought to myself, if I went so far as to commit the photographer and the model, that would kind of force me to get my $*#$^ together, and at least have a target date. Lol, kind of @ss backwards, but hey, whatever works. It’s been a challenge to say the least getting my head in the game. But it’s getting there!
My sister in law told me about a new site called poshmark, I have yet to check it out, have you all heard of it? Anyhow, she was telling me about these cute Chevron pillows she saw that she liked and the person offered them to her – or whatever it is that they do on poshmark…I guess you can buy and sell items on the site. Anyhow, my dear SIL told me – she was thinking to herself – umn hello – my SIL can make me some of those! Not too long ago I just made some custom pillow covers for a customer and they came out lovely! One was a nice gray Chevron print, and the other was a teal coral print with orange piping. She wasn’t sure about what kind of piping she wanted, but I just threw on the orange and she loved it. I added the hidden zippers for easy removal and cleaning! I wanted to keep them for myself, but alas – I had to give them up. They were nice, like 22 x 22 I think. Sooo comfy!
So I found this super cute surf brand O’Neill dress at a garage sale recently, and there were some flaws in it, but I just loved the print SOOO much, I couldn’t pass it up! I ended up taking it apart and making a simple everyday bag out of it – and it turned out great!
I really wish that I had more fabric of this since it’s so fun, but just posted the bag to the shop. It did have some minor flaws that I couldn’t sew around, but overall, I’m so happy with how it came out!
I’ve recently posted some vintage items for sale in my etsy shop!
It’s funny how I keep thinking I have so many things I want to do, but yet when it comes down to the time to do it, I sit and stare and think and…sit and stare and think, repeat. In the end, nothing gets done, and then I feel guilty at having let precious time pass by without having gotten anything done. I like to tell myself it’s because I have so many ideas that I can’t focus, when really, I think I’m just lazy. If I could just get myself to do more doing, instead of thinking about doing… “I sit and stare at all this fabric and still can’t get motivated to sew something…”
So I had another custom request, from the friend who I made the custom couch cover for. She wanted to cover an ottoman that her dog, Goliath, used as his seat in the house. His seat was covered in a blanket that could easily be removed and washed because on occassion, Goliath had little accidents. Here is his seat before:
So my friend went and picked up a shower curtain in hopes of protecting the ottoman a bit, and she gave it to me and asked for a cover. No problem! I had a little time to measure and sketch and then off i went.
The shower curtain “fabric” wasn’t hard to work with, but not like regular fabric either. Anyway, I just went with a simple square cover design with piping, to match the rest of the living room decor that I helped with.
Because I wasn’t able to fit it on the cushion before finishing and I didn’t want to risk my elastic not fitting well…i opted for a drawstring (ribbon) instead. That way, she could slip the cover on, and tie the ribbon so that it would fit snug onto the cushion.
I was very happy with this piece, AND the best part ~ another happy customer!! Love the pet project since I can’t have a dog =(…my hubby is allergic, boo.
Goliath on his throne…
So, I was recently tasked with refashioning a vintage skirt. She found the skirt at a theater costume sale and loved the look, but it was too full. Not to mention, vintage sizes are sooooo tiny! I swear it said size 6 but it was like a size 0 in today’s sizes.
So she gave me a skirt that she wanted it to be similar to. I simply cut off the waist, because it was too small, but I made sure to keep the zipper because I thought that would still be a good touch. I laied out the model skirt, and cut up the sides. The way the skirt was, I thought it should have some shape, and not just be a straight skirt, so I left some of the sides for swaying – cause what girl doesn’t love when her skirt swishes! And then I simply sewed up the side seams.
I added some elastic to the waist, just in case! And kept the back zipper.
Easy peasy! Simple way to refashion. Happy customer! She wore it a week later with a more fitted top and it looked awesome!!