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.
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.
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.
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.
I give this refashion:
2/5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ for difficulty in construction
4/5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ for wearability
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!
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.
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
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.
I’ve wanted a longer menswear vest for awhile, so on a recent trip to Goodwill I dug into the men’s section and found a suit jacket I could refashion into a vest. I chose this jacket because it covered my butt, I liked the fabric and it has a lot of pockets. Who doesn’t love a variety of pockets!
My sister, Halie, is currently part of an exhibition at Untitled Art Society called A Space Ship is Just a Time Machine. The reception was this weekend and she wanted to have an amazing outfit. The pants were already decided on but she wasn’t sure about the top.
Sewing Sister to the rescue! I had seen a photo that week on pinterest I thought would work perfectly with the pants. This pattern drafting was very simple and consists of two squares (for the back and front) and two rectangles (for the sleeves). Happily the muslin looked great.