Hoppy to See You Top

Hey!  Do you remember that time I refashioned this muumuu…

Remember me?

Remember me?

…into this no-sew dress?

You DO at least remember my lurker friend in the background, right?

You DO at least remember my lurker friend in the background, right?

If you don’t remember, it’s okay.  You can revisit it right here.  Although it was just last week, so you really should have a slightly better memory.  ;)

So…now what?  I told you I planned on a re-refashion of this one, and now you get to see it!

To get started, I picked off those sleeves with my seam ripper.



I couldn’t very well leave those raw edges as-is, so I pinned them under, then stitched ’em up!





I knew I needed to resize this one, so on my dress form it went!

Heh...Seems alright.

Heh…Seems alright.

And THIS is when I did something stupid.  I pinned one side and guesstimated that the same amount would come off the other side by just gathering and holding the fabric, rather than pinning the opposite side as well.  My reason for this was that I didn’t want to have to take the time to unpin the opposite side to get the dress off my form and then repin it again.  Lazy. Lazy. Lazy!

I pinned both sides, assuming my dumb guesstimation was correct.

Hey buddy...doncha think you're taking in a bit much there?

Hey buddy…doncha think you’re taking in a bit much there?

Then, I stitched up both sides like a total moron. :/

Gee, Jillian.  Does that really look right to you?

Gee, Jillian. Does that really look right to you?

After cutting off the excess material, I tried my dress on.  And it wouldn’t even fit over my hips!  And all because I didn’t measure properly.  :(  Lesson learned!

Undaunted, I decided to just make this dress a top instead!

LOL...What was I thinking?

LOL…What was I thinking?

I added a hem to that bottom edge…

The final Whirrrrr!

The final Whirrrrr!

After a quick press, I was all done!  :)

It's not a dress, but tops are okay too!

It’s not a dress, but tops are okay too!

My mistake ended up working in my favor, as I ended up spending my day at a friend’s hop farm in the middle of nowhere!

Just follow the dirt road...

Just follow the dirt road…

Are we there yet?

Are we there yet?

Partners in crime!

Partners in crime!

Oh deer.

Oh deer.

Before this trip, I had no idea how hops actually grew…BEHOLD!  :)



Lots 'n lots of hops!

Lots ‘n lots of hops!

Up close & personal!

Up close & personal!

I even helped out by picking a few!

It's dangerous work, folks!

It’s dangerous work, folks!

My lovely lady hops...Check 'em out!

My lovely lady hops…Check ’em out!

Of course, I wasn’t alone in my hop harvesting adventure!  :)

Happy Hop Harvesters!

Happy Hop Harvesters!

A lovely day for a picnic!

A lovely day for a picnic!  :)

So…what did we DO with all of those hops?

Why…we made beer!  :D

This is a beer making thing!

This is a beer making thing!

Brew, baby, brew!

Brew, baby, brew!

The hops are in that white pipe thingy!

The hops are in that white pipe thingy!

As the sky darkened, it was time to head home…

Ah!  Just another evening on the farm!

Ah! Just another evening on the farm!

Such a lovely farm!

Such a lovely farm!

So far I’ve managed to get two refashions out of this $1 muumuu!  I wonder what I can make with that bottom scrap?  :)



P.S.   Don’t forget to enter my Pay it Forward Sewing Machine Giveaway!  Next Monday is coming up faster than you think!

Don't you want me baby?  Don't you want me Oh-oh-oh-oh!

Don’t you want me baby?  Don’t you want me Oh-oh-oh-oh!  ;)

Q&A Monday: A Pay it Forward Sewing Machine Giveaway!

Q:  One of the most frequent questions I get from my readers is, “What sewing machine do you use?”

A:  The kind of machine I sew on is far less interesting a story than how I came across it.  You see, there was a time (not so long ago) when I didn’t sew.  Not only did I not sew, I had no idea how to sew.  I was in a rut, folks.  :/  I needed a creative outlet.  I kept talking about getting a sewing machine and learning how to use it. “Ugh…but it’s too expensive!” and “What if I’m not any good at it?” and “What if I just lose interest?” were my three best excuses for not following through with my dream.

Thankfully, my boyfriend at the time (now good friend and all-around swell guy), Alex got sick and tired of listening to my excuses.  One day, he showed up at the door of my apartment with this:

My faithful companion!  :)

My faithful companion! :)

You’re looking at the Brother XL-3750.  This is the machine I learned to sew on years ago, and the machine I still use to this day.

Sometimes I think about how different my life would be if Alex hadn’t provided the push I needed by giving me such a wonderful present.  This blog might have never happened.  I might not be nearly as happy and fulfilled a person as I am today.

It's me, Alex, and his awesome girlfriend Meghan!  :)

It’s me, Alex, and his awesome girlfriend Meghan! :)

I’ve decided, that much like the plot to a terribly sappy movie…

It’s Time to Pay it Forward!

Haley Joel Osment would dig it!

Haley Joel Osment would dig it!

ReFashionista.net is giving away a brand new Brother XL-3750 to one lucky reader!  :)  It’s a machine that I love and I hope someone else does too!  Even if you already have a machine, why not enter so you can give it away to a friend?


Here’s how to enter:

First, do one of these things:

1.  Like ReFashionista and Share this giveaway with your friends on Facebook!

2.  Follow ReFashionista on Pinterest and Pin this giveaway so your friends can see it too!

3.  Follow ReFashionista on Twitter and Share this giveaway to your fellow tweetlings!

Then (yep…that’s 2 steps!)

Leave a comment on this post.

The random winner will be announced next Monday August, 12.  Everyone is eligible to enter (even those of you who live across the big pond!).  One entry per person.

Good Luck!

Vintage-Patch Giveaway!

Happy Friday, Everybody!  :D  I have a surprise for you…a giveaway!!!! :)

What can you do to fix those holey-kneed pants or holey-elbowed tops?  What if you just want to add a bit of pizzazz to a boring jacket?

The lovely Adelaide of Vintage-Patch has the answer….fabulous iron-on patches from reclaimed vintage fabric!!!!!  :)

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Aren’t these just awesome sauce?  Don’t you want some Vintage-Patches of your very own???

Well…you’re in luck!  I have three sets of these awesome patches…and they’re up for grabs!!!  :)

You know you want 'em!  :)

You know you want ’em! :)

But wait a sec…do they work?  I had to find out!

I had this blah blue blazer…



I dyed it a bit darker with some black dye and took it in a smidge.

But it was still just a boring (only slightly darker) blazer.  :/

 I reached for a couple o’ patches…

Aren't these just so badass???

Aren’t these just so badass???

…and ironed them to the elbows, following the enclosed instructions.

Gee...I hope they work!  :)

Gee…I hope they work! :)

Check out that boring blazer now!  :)

Do you like my fancy new backdrop?

Do you like my fancy new backdrop?

Patchtastic!  :)

Patchtastic! :)

Here’s how to earn entries in  the Vintage-Patch Giveaway:

1.  Like them on Facebook

2.  Leave a Comment on the Vintage-Patch Facebook Page

3.  Leave a comment on this post, along with your email address, so I can contact you if you’re one of the lucky ones!

The 3 lucky winners will be announced next Friday, January 25.  :)  I’ll ship them to you for free, no matter what country you happen to live in.  :)

Such pretty patches!  :)

Such pretty patches! :)

Good luck, and Cheers!

The Winners of this Giveaway have been chosen & notified.  But don’t fret — there are more giveaways in store!  :)

Day 57: Aloha Bolero & A Nana Giveaway!

Aloha from South Carolina! :)


I have to say, I love Hawaiian printed stuff.  Shirts, Dresses, Bags, whatever…I dig it.  It makes me feel like I’m miles away, sipping on an exotic beverage with an umbrella in it.  :)

Sadly, this top is just too big, and not something I would ever wear, except maybe as a swimsuit coverup.  I decided to make it a bit more practical.



See where I’m going here?

I finished all of my raw edges, starting with the bottom.

Stitchin' that new hem!

Then, I finished the sides!

Pin & Sew!

I pressed my new hems, and was all done!

Love those Kimono Sleeves!

Check out that wingspan!


Now for the exciting part, dear reader!  I have a fun Friday giveaway!  :)

If you live in Columbia, SC you probably know about  Nana by Sally handmade handbags.  Each one is made by the delightful Sally Peek in her home studio.  No two Nana bags are the same.

I’m happy to say I own a couple of Nana Bags, and they are my favorites!  :)  They’re ridiculously well-made and sturdy, and (best part) they’re completely unique!  :)

I’m so happy to be able to offer you a Nana Giveaway, courtesy of Sally.

The giveaway is for a “Sylvia” Clutch (pictured below). This is a suuuuper-cute and very popular style.  They are sold for $80.

Hi. My name is Sylvia. :)

How to Enter:

1. Leave a comment below
2. Become a blog follower of ReFashionista
2. Follow Nana by Sally on  facebook and leave a comment
3. Follow ReFashionista on facebook and leave a comment
4. Follow ReFashionista on twitter and retweet the giveaway

Each activity above counts for one entry into the giveaway. Please leave a comment here (below) when you do any one of the above, along with a way of contacting you.

National and international readers are all welcome to participate in the giveaway, which closes Friday, September 2nd 2011, the winner to be drawn at random.

Good luck! ;)


A Most Destructive Giveaway

Happy Hump Day, everybody!  Don’t be glum…I have a giveaway for ya!

They could both be yours!

One lucky reader could win the whimsical wristlet I refashioned last week, as well as a journal…but not just any journal!  It is filled with instructions, such as “Scribble wildly, violently, with reckless abandon.”, “Hang the journal in a public place.  Invite people to draw here.”, and “Lose this page (Throw it out.  Accept the loss).”  Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith encourages journalers to engage in destructive acts-poking holes through pages, adding photos and defacing them, painting with coffee, and more-in order to experience the true creative process.

When I started refashioning clothes, the most difficult part was the first cut.  The act of physically cutting into a garment felt weird and unnatural.  Nevermind that the garment in question cost me a measly dollar.  That first actual snip felt wildly subversive.  This book invites (actually demands) you to be subversive, and to eventually, as the title implies, wreck it.  See the similarities?

Enough jibbajabba.  So, you’re aching to win the journal and the awesome wristlet??? Just leave a comment on the ReFashionista facebook page, and you’ll be in the running!  I’ll randomly choose a winner Friday at 5pm.  :)