Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Show-and-tell Tuesday: Refashioning!

Inspired by all the clever craftiness over at Wardrobe Refashion, I had some fun making these two ridiculously easy little things. And I'm delighted with how they turned out.

Here's how a thrift-store pair of jeans (with worn knees) turned out after I sliced it right under the zipper and attached a skirt with a happy fish print from my stash.

And once I saw this tutorial that linked off of one of the refashioner's posts, I could hardly wait to cut into an old gingham seersucker shirt. Here's how it turned out:

The back of the shirt becomes the front of the dress. I got ambitious and ripped out the tuck where the shirt back joins to the back yoke, then gathered it for a softer look. Unfortunately, I stitched some pretty serious tucks into the seam in the process of re-attaching. But rather than re-do the whole business, I put some little buttons over the tucks and it almost looks like I planned it that way...

The best part is the back of the dress, made from the front of the shirt.

I guess I could have re-attached the pocket and Izod label somewhere, but I didn't bother.

This was so easy to make! Next time I think I'll make the ruffled shoulder straps a little narrower, as these look a bit wing-like to me, but I'm definitely going to make more of these dresses, and the little skirts, too.


Pieces said...

Ack! I completely forgot that it was Show-and-Tell Tuesday!! And I posted today too. See what vacation does to me? I don't even know what day it is!

The skirt and the dress are so cute! I love the back of the dress and the buttons look great on the front.

maureen said...

love that little dress!

ruth said...

They are really cute, and so clever! Do you have to know how to sew clothes in order to refashion garments?

Wool Winder said...

I love these!

Candy said...

AAAAHHH!!! I've GOT to do this! Anne, I LOVE all of this. I just told J that we're never getting rid of his old dress shirts again. LOl! And, I've found 2 Hawaiian print dresses in my old stuff (can't fit my big toe in them now) that will become a cute dress ONE day....whenever that may be. Keep up the GREAT work!

Stephanie said...

That skirt came out SO CUTE!!