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!