DIY Sequined Sweatshirt Embellishment

Although it’s taking me longer then originally planned, I’m still going to finish re-vamping the 5 items of clothing in my Value Village Refashion Haul post.

Here is refashion number three!

I’ve seen embellished sweatshirts around and enjoy the glitzy/casual vibe they convey. Comfy and sparkly at the same time, the best of both worlds! This sweatshirt was found in the men’s section of Value Village. Pro tip: look in all sections, even mens and kids. It has obviously shrunk quite a bit, especially in length since the tag reads 2XL, which ended up being perfect since I was looking for an oversized sweatshirt that didn’t resemble a tunic.

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The pink flowers used as embellishment were cut from a piece of sequinned lace I received as a birthday present about 9 years ago. I’ve been holding on to it knowing one day the ideal project would come along. There were three sizes of sequined flowers on the lace so I cut out a selection of each. Since I wanted them to have more dimension I added a black textured fabric underneath. This scrap of black fabric came from the sleeves of a previous refashion.

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I used two rulers to evenly measure the points where I wanted the embellishments positioned on the sweatshirt and marked them with a dot of white chalk. After the arrangement was in place it was time to sew on the flowers. An embroidery hoop made the sewing so much faster and easier. It was quite an enjoyable sewing evening since I was able to wach t.v. at the same time. For more stability I sewed a small piece of non-fusible interfacing on the underside of the sweatshirt where each embellished piece is sewn.

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I’ve put the shirt in the washing machine a few times (hung to dry) and it’s holding up well. Yay! I’m not a big fan of refashioning an item only to make the washing of it more laborious then before. I don’t have many pink or sequinned items in my wardrobe so this is a great addition.

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conclusion:

I give this refashion:

2/5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ for difficulty in construction

4/5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ for wearability

Super Easy T-shirt into Tank Top Refashion

Here is Value Village refashion number 2! This one was sooo easy! It also turned out much better then I thought. I’ve tried to refashion t-shirts in the past and sometimes it ends up looking like a baggy sack, which is great if that’s what you want to wear, I guess. But this t-shirt into halter tank top turned out super-duper. it could even be a no-sew refashion and you’d be done in a minute!

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What I’m Listening to Today… Wild Horses

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My good friend Sam shared this song on my Facebook and said it reminded her of me. After having a listen I’ll take that as a compliment. Thanks for a great song to add to the playlist!

Fringed Blanket into Fall Poncho DIY

It’s finally here, the moment you’ve been waiting for since my last blog post. It’s the first of the Value Village refashions! And lucky for me there’s no snow (yet) so I can still enjoy wearing this poncho without freezing my tush off.

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Value Village Refashion Haul

Just one of the many reasons I heart fall is all the extra thick fashion magazines! They’re a great source of inspiration for refashions to add to my wardrobe and trends to look out for when scouring thrift stores, because as we know many past trends inevitably become in vogue again. On my last trip to Value Village I went prepared with a list and surprisingly crossed off each item! Even though I had a list, an open mind is a must since you never know what will be hanging on the racks. Subconsciously I picked items with a similar color palette, which works out great. The following pieces are numbered from easiest to hardest considering both technical difficulty and  confidence in outcome. I hope you look forward to seeing the results of my refashions in the coming weeks! First up will be…

1. Blanket into poncho

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From Useless to Useful – A Purse Refashion

 

Don’t you hate it when things start to wear out prematurely? Despite my best efforts I was having no luck repairing this grey purse. First the lining started to separate at the bottom seam. I stitched it up, no problem, but then it started coming apart on the side seams! Grrr. Then the zipper broke. After trying a couple quick fixes that didn’t last (I really didn’t want to replace the zipper) enough was enough and I was ready to toss it.

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ABC Bees: An Urban Honey Experience

 

When my pal Jolene invited me to attend an ABC Bees Home2Hive bee tour with her I said yes right away. I love learning about how things are made, especially if they’re pretty much in my own backyard and who doesn’t love honey!?

bee-icon.pngBee Fact: There are three kinds of bees in a hive: Queen, Worker and Drone.

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