Kaylinn’s Reader ReFash!

When I saw this pic of Kaylinn, I must confess I had my doubts that there was much to be done with her chosen starter piece.  :/





She’s a braver woman than I.  I HATE velour and velvet.  Yes, they look nice (although this shirt is looking a bit scary as-is), but I HATE the texture of them.  I CAN’T STAND to touch them (or cotton balls for that matter).  Does this make me weird?

Anywho, thankfully Kaylinn had no such qualms.  And that’s why she was able to turn that top into an adorable fall frock!


Love it!  Also:  Holla to my fellow asymmetrical hairdo pal!  :)

Love it! Also: Holla to my fellow asymmetrical hairdo pal! :)


And just loooooook at how she did the back!


Front shall be back and back shall be front!

Front shall be back and back shall be front!


Awesome job, Kaylinn!




Sloane’s Weddingtastic Reader ReFash!

This week’s Reader ReFash comes from Sloane of Life and Food and Beer in South Florida!  Perhaps it’s because I just got back from a lovely wedding (In Paradise…sigh), but you’re about to see the first Wedding Dress refashion I’ve ever posted here!

Oh…wait.  There was this one.  ;)  You’ll be happy to know Sloane’s story ends a little differently than mine.  ;)

It was always my moms dream for my sister or myself to wear her wedding dress. It was straight from the early 80’s and my sister was smart enough to pass.

She shipped the dress to my after I called complaining about not being able to find a dress I liked. It arrived in a USPS, if it fits it ships box. The dress itself was actually wrapped in a trash bag.

Once the box arrived, I stuck it in my closet without trying it on. After a night of drinking, I came home and decided to try it on. I blame it on of alcohol of course, because as I was standing on the toilet lid, I decided I could work with this.





With the help of a professional seamstress, we redid the yellowing, aged, liner, took off the puffy sleeves and made them into straps, but keep the look of the original dress. My mom wore a hopped skirt under the dress, very southern bell, so we slimmed the base of the dress in as well.

On the day of the wedding, I did a dress reveal with my mom, and as soon as she seen it, she started crying saying “you keep it the same”.

Seeing her so happy, made the 3 months of crying and wishing I had just bought a new dress worth it!

Whoa!  :)

Whoa! :)


Awwww! <3

Awwww! <3


Ahmazing!  And no, Sloane didn’t choose to execute this one herself, but she still earns Mega Awesome Points for seeing the potential in a dress that was once in a garbage bag, not buying new, AND supporting a small local business (her seamstress)!  :)  Well done, M’dear.  You look beautiful!  :)

You can read more about this refashion at Slone’s blog, Life and Food and Beer!

Cheers to the happy couple!




Mai-Linh’s Reader ReFash!

Okay guys…I’ve been a major slacker about sharing Reader ReFashes as of late.


This week’s Reader ReFash comes from Mai-Linh, a devoted thrift store scavenger and upcycler!

Sort of robe-ish, no?

Sort of robe-ish, no?


I picked up the dress at a Goodwill. It had a sort of eccentric-hermit-bathrobe vibe, but the fabric was fabulous….After I chopped off the sleeves, the top needed some reshaping/taking in, and then I hemmed the skirt. 

Look at that robe now!


So fab!

So fab!


Le back!

Le back!


She's ready for her close-up!

She’s ready for her close-up!


Beautiful work, Mai-Linh!


Kasia’s Reader ReFash

Hey.  It's not easy being a dog with a blog!

Hey. It’s not easy being a dog with a blog!

Hi!  This is going to be my last post!  Mom is finally coming back tomorrow!  This guy who’s been taking care of me has been really nice and all, but I miss her and her silly sewing projects and bad music (Who listens to New Wave in 2014?  Just sayin.)

This week’s final Reader ReFash is by Kasia!



I’d like to share my perfect Valentine dress with you.

I adore crushed velvet-especially in black-yet I have never managed to score the perfect crushed velvet dress: fitted at the top and with a full skirt. But I had these two in my wardrobe: number 1 is my (slightly dated and rather unflattering) graduation dress and number 2 is a thrift store find that to me looks more like a tunic and shows far too much cleavage for my liking. So here’s what I did: I picked the little sleeves of no1 and completely deconstructed no2. This left me with what I needed: a straight tube, two sleeves and a full skirt. I attached the sleeves (which cost a lot of patience!). Then I measured where I wanted the waist in my new dress to be, marked it with a safety pin, then pinned the skirt and stitched it. Now I have THE perfect dress! Totally V-day worthy!

Sassy!  Mom would approve!

Sassy! Mom would approve!

This week has been really fun, but I’ve gotta admit…I look forward to just being in Mom’s pics again.  :)


Laurel’s Reader ReFash


Oh hai.

Yep.  It’s still me.  Still Dougie Doug blogging for Jillian as she sits in a tropical paradise sipping fruity cocktails.  Did I mention she’s left me with this weird guy who reads Faulkner and is trying to discuss The Sound and the Fury with me riiiight now?  Dude.  I’m trying to write this blog.  And I also happen to be a dog.  Just sayin.  Mom’s friends are so weird.

Today’s Reader ReFash comes from Laurel in Saskatchewan!

I have been planning this refashion for a long time. My “go to” place for thrift shopping is Value Village here in Saskatchewan. We do not see many deals for a dollar and I am quite envious of your thrifting opportunities. I am a consummate bargain hunter.

So much, in fact, that much to the chagrin of my fellow travelers, my last trip to the Gold Coast involved stopping at several thrift stores along the road between Florida and New Orleans.


I took 19 $1 ties back home in my suitcase. They made beautiful purses. Only the weight restrictions kept me from buying so much more.

I found these two T-shirts at Value Village and I am sorry I don’t have them on in the picture, but my goal was to make them into a dress. I loved the fading colors and the South Seas Vintage Club logo on the striped shirt. I did an intensive search for a complimentary shirt and finally found this Puerto Vallarta orange.


The plan for two shirts simmered in the back of my mind for months until the week before we were leaving for … ironically and oddly …….Puerto Vallarta! I decided I needed a new dress for the trip.


Cut and Cut.




More cutting and placing. I call it sewing by the “seat of my pants”. No pattern!


Pinning. Checking. Repinning.


The top and the bottom.


I added a pocket and my favorite accessory, buttons.

My serger made contrasting edges.

I used your idea from The Jersey Dress from old Ts

…and cut the hem and neckline from the orange shirt to use as edge binding for the armholes and pocket top.


A most excellent idea! Thank you!

I find if I stretch the binding as I sew it, the armholes don’t bulge at all.


Front and back.


…and now for the fun part!!!!




I want to go to here!

I want to go to here!

I really really like this, Laurel!  I especially love the “sewing by the seat of your pants” technique.  Thanks for the shootout to my mom!  When she gets back, I’m going to try to talk her into making a dress like yours!  It’s awesome!