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. =)
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!
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!!