Anne’s Dramatically Groovy Reader ReFash

I’m excited to share a Reader ReFash with you that came to me from a kindred spirit named Anne. She teaches Fashion/Design and Speech/Drama at two junior high schools, which I find impressive given my fear of youths. I obviously love fashion, and I less-obviously hold a degree in Theatre (my professional career has been a winding path indeed). Anne recently challenged her students to upcycle a garment of their choosing, and I hope she’ll share some pics with me, as I’d love to see them and feature them here (with their parents’ permission of course).

I won’t lie. I get a little misty-eyed at the thought of an educator teaching kids to think about what they’re wearing, where it came from, and how they can creatively define their own style. This work is important. People like Anne are changing the world and creating a new generation of conscious consumers.

But I’ve said enough. Let’s let Anne take over, shall we?


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Melissa’s Skirt to Capelet Reader ReFash

I’ve been scouring the racks at my favorite thrift stores for a nice warm cape. Since I sometimes wear items with belled sleeves, they don’t always fit very well into my coat sleeves. A cape is a perfect solution!

Sadly, I have had absolutely no luck in finding one. But it looks like my luck has changed, thanks to Melissa over at Trevor Loves Mommy!

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Yes! Yes! Yes!

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Cathi’s Reader ReFash

When we talk about sustainable fashion, versatility comes up again and again. How can we buy less clothing? How can we need less clothing (other than by joining a nudist colony?). One option is to own garments that can can be worn in multiple ways.

That’s just one reason why I dig this refash by Cathi from Scratch and Stitch.

She began with an old flannel that used to belong to her dad.


The original flannel shirt was an XL men’s, so way too big for me. I removed the sleeves and collar; took in the torso; shortened the whole thing; adjusted the shoulders from mens to womens; added some “darts” to the bust; added pockets; and finished with bias tape. It’s my best refashion so far :)

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Mary Poppins: A Reader ReFash

I LOVED seeing your responses to my It’s Curtains for You, Sweetheart post! It was nice to discover I’m not the only person digging in the bins for sweetly cheap fabric!



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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!