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Painted Shoes, Old Fashioned Underwear, And A Split Skirt


Hello all! Today I have THREE refashions for you! That’s right 3! Check out these shoes I scored for $5:

Beautiful!
Beautiful!
A closer look...
A closer look…

What’s wrong with these shoes, you say? What the heck are you thinking, you say? Wellll I’m thinking…spray paint! That’s right. Spray paint! More on that later…

Next up…

Hmmm...
Hmmm…

I liked this maxi but it was a bit long and frumpy. There was another  dress but…well I have either misplaced the before pic or never took it. Either way it’s gone. 😦 Ugh I hate it when that happens! Sorry guys. I will describe it for you though. It was a soft, yellow, sleeveless dress. I think. I kind of think it might have been a nightgown but…Anyway it was pretty. The bodice was…erm…a bit tight for me so I cut it off and made a skirt. But wait a min!

Insert inspiration:

Ahh terrible photo I know...
Ahh terrible photo I know…

This, my friends, is a picture of Melinda Gordon (Jennifer Love Hewitt) in Ghost Whisperer. I could not for the life of me find a better picture of this dress! I know it’s been awhile since Ghost Whisperer aired but the one thing I remember about that show is that the wardrobe was amazing! This dress inspired me to try it for myself.

As you can see, she is wearing a rather long, light blue, feminine dress that splits up the middle. Underneath are bloomers! What? Who wears those anymore? Melinda does! 😉 And look at those vintage shoes! LOVE them.

So the first thing I did was spray paint my shoes to white. I used regular spray paint which might have been a bad idea. I will find out and let you know. First you have to stuff the shoes with some sort of paper. Newspaper works best but all I had was some Christmas wrapping paper that worked just fine. Then just spray paint. It took about 3 coats to cover.

Then I made my bloomers. Remember the dress that I forgot to snap a before pic of? Well here’s the skirt part:

Yep it has pockets...
Yep it has pockets…

I used a pair of jeans to mark for the crotch. Then snipped:

Do you see it?!!
Do you see it?!!

Then I sewed all of the raw edges and added elastic to the waist. Done!

Next I disconnected the top from the other dress and created a skirt. I then cut it straight up the middle and surged the raw edges.

Put it all together and you have:

Awesome!
Awesome!
Oh my stars, she's showing her Bloomers!
Oh my stars, she’s showing her Bloomers!

And the shoes:

YES!
YES!

I am in love with this one!  A new twist to an old fashioned pair of underwear! 😉

 

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Skirt Purse


Here comes another refash!

Cute print yes?
Cute print yes?

So I found this cutie pie skirt at Maranatha Thrift Store in Milledgeville a couple of weeks ago for $1. Being a modest gal I noticed right away that it was too short and so put it back. But then I got to thinking…”What if I made this into a purse?” How cute would that be?

It has a liner too!
It has a liner too!

This one was super easy. All I did was sew the bottom with right sides facing together then the lining together. But what about straps?

La Belt
La Belt

I took the buckles off and then hand sewed my new straps to the sides of my new purse.  That’s all folks!

I love!
I love!

I could have put a button on it to close it or a snap or a zipper but…I’m lazy so I didn’t. Go make one!

 

The Vintage Hipster


Merry Christmas week all! This time of year just makes me happy. The sights, smells, laughter, anticipation…It’s all so wonderful, wouldn’t you agree? Check out this number:

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I was taken by the pretty vintage top but the bottom? I suppose the colors go fairly well together but the bottom has no shape and the whole thing is just very blah wouldn’t you say?

So I got to work taking the bottom off with my seam ripper.  Also if you will look closely at the above photo you will see that the cuffs of the sleeves have elastic in them. I promptly removed the elastic. This dress is 100% Polyester so it wrinkled badly where I took the elastic out. The first thing I did was  iron them.

No we have spoken before of my long torso and comfort length. This top was wayyyyyy to short! What to do? Well it so happened that I had a black tank top that had been given to me that had a little problem…

Yipes!
Yipes!

Now I know that I could have fixed this little problem pretty easily but why? This tank top fit well but was also too short. I hated wearing it where it might be seen riding up my freakish torso! Hmph! So I chopped the top, just under the straps, off. Then pinned it with right sides together to my new top:

Pin it!
Pin it!

If you are going to try this make sure that you pin the seams of both tops together first. Then pin the rest of it.  Now you are ready to sew.

I have some exciting news for you…Christmas came early for this girl!

EEEEKKKK!!!!
EEEEKKKK!!!!

Yes you are seeing correctly! That is my brand new Serger!!! I have wanted one for a long time and my husband bought it for me for Christmas! Let me tell ya I love it! It makes my work so much prettier and easier to accomplish. Ok back to the refash… So I took my pinned tops and used the Serger to attach. Both fabrics are a bit stretchy so I made sure to stretch it slightly so that the finished product would gather a bit at the waist. Then I used a rolled hem with my new baby to finish the raw edges of the sleeves:

Check that out!I love this!! So pretty. Ok here is the finished project:

Me likes.
Me likes.

So originally I was going to make this a top but it turned into a cute little dress. Adding the leggings and boots just set it off. Vintage with a touch of modern day hipster.

Picture Perfect


Happy December! I love this time of year don’t you?

A few months back while shopping at my new favorite thrift store Sanford And Sons, I picked up this Gem for $2:

HMPH
HMPH

The dress looks black in the picture but it’a actually a deep Hunter green. Which means Christmas to me. It’s also a stretchy velvet which very comfortable and just pretty. A couple of things confused me about this one though…Why would a winter dress have short sleeves? Why is there slit in the front?

What the?
What the?

Anyway on to the transformation! First I did some snipping using a top I already had as a guide:

I like the length
I like the length
Chop chop!
Chop chop!

Then took a look. It was cold the day I refashioned this one. Very cold. That inspired me to add sleeves to this one. I have to say…I am scared of sleeves! Have you ever tried to cut one out and attach it? It’s not shaped like you would think.

Doesn't look like a sleeve does it?
Doesn’t look like a sleeve does it?

Yea so me being me I decided to take some of the bottom scrap and just add it to the sleeve that was already there. It turned out pretty well don’t ya think?

 

I love!
I love!

This cute top was picture perfect for our small trip to Atlanta to get our pictures taken by my lovely sister-in-love Jessica Blackwood. Here are some of the shots:

Cute!
Cute!
And everybody say...AWWWW
And everybody say…AWWWW

Then it was off to help my other sister-in-love get ready for the new baby to come in January by cooking up some yummy freezer meals!

Whew hoo first two!
Whew hoo first two!

brit sha2

What you see is Brittany stirring her spaghetti sauce, us and our finished product, and 15 meals out of 8 recipes not counting the left overs that some of these recipes will yield! Check out the full experience on Brittany’s blog  Here.  Have a lovely day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Vest Thing


Nope I couldn’t come up with a better name for it. :/

So I found this one at Sanford and Sons. Check it out:

EEk!!
EEk!!

Yikes! Wow! OMG! Ick! All of those describe this one quite well dontcha think? I actually liked the print of this thing. You see that right? Okay, okay just wait a sec.

This one didn’t need a lot of work done to it, believe it or not. All I did was remove the sleeves, ugly buttons, (one was missing anyway) sew up the raw edges, and…

Better yes?
Better yes?

This is a fun new vest thing! If you can come up with a more creative title please feel free to! Ha. Have a great day all!

 

 

 

Simply Lace


So…my Thrifting Buddy, (A.K.A Mom) and I found a new thrift store in Macon! It’s called Sanford And Sons and they are located on Eisenhower PKWY in the Farmer’s Market. I am in love! I have to tell ya though that their prices can be a bit tricky. Watch closely. Some of their things are way over priced. But so far their clothes are cheaper than Goodwill!

My Thrifting Buddy!
My Thrifting Buddy!
What have we gotten ourselves into?
What have we gotten ourselves into?

WE got there and started to work. Let me tell ya…I left with so many potential outfits that I didn’t know where to start! I sat there staring at my finds and this one stood out…

Mother of the Bride anyone?
Mother of the Bride anyone?

Yipes right? Well not so fast people. Hold your judgement in check! This one has…potential…right? Yup read on!

First I detached the top from the bottom using my trusty seam ripper.

Trusty Seam Ripper
Trusty Seam Ripper

I thought about leaving it like it was, but there was a problem. I am sorry that I didn’t take a picture. The bottom of the top was too short. I do not like showing my belly at all. This sucker showed my belly. I like for my tops to fall below my waist a bit. So I took some of the lining from the bottom of the skirt to add to the bottom of my new top.

Skirt bottom
Skirt bottom

Since I cut it from the bottom it already had a hem. Smart right? Yup. Anyway I simply attached it to the bottom of my new top.

Inside
Inside
Outside
Outside

I pressed my seams opened so they would lay better and here is the final result:

A lovely new top!
A lovely new top! (Excuse the blurry photo please. :/ )

As you can see the new little band at the bottom falls right where my comfort zone is. I am super excited about this one!

Hawaiian Muu Muu


Good Saturday evening all! Another refash coming your way! This one I got at the Maranatha Mission Thrift Store for $2.

Boo!
Boo!

I love this color and print but as you can see it’s rather large, long, and not meant to be worn in it’s current condition. I mean seriously. Why were Muu Muu’s even invented? They are a fashion disaster in my opinion. No one looks good in them! Sorry folks it’s the hard truth right there.  Oh well here goes.

First look at the sleeves in the above picture. Cute right? I even like the shape of the neck line. So guess what? I kept them! All I did to this one is chop the length off and hem the raw edges. If you can sew a hem, you can do this refash!

Hello cute tunic!
Hello cute tunic!

I love it! It was still large and me being lazy I just threw on a belt. Easy one folks.  Go refashion something and when you do, email it to me and you might get picked to be on my blog! 1, 2, 3 GO!