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.
More cutting and placing. I call it sewing by the “seat of my pants”. No pattern!
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.
I find if I stretch the binding as I sew it, the armholes don’t bulge at all.
…and now for the fun part!!!!
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!
19 thoughts on “Laurel’s Reader ReFash”
Jillian: keep up with the blog. I am in awe of how well you can adapt clothes to your style and to really flatter your body type. This long, long, cold winter will stop eventually and we will all get our groove back.
same here only last two, but great refashion. Great work Douglas , woooooof
No pics for me either, except the first one of Douglas.
Dougie, I think you were all paws on this post. The pictures just aren’t loading 🙁
I really like this refash – very simple, classy casual, and very “beachy”. I did something similar with two golf shirts, and I get loads of compliments on the dress.
One more thing……DOUGLAS!! HOW CUUUUUTE!
P.S. – I’m not seeing all the pictures, either.
Glad to see a Canadian refashion, especially from my home Saskatchewan!!
We do have limited thrifty thrifting,mostly value village and Salvation Army.
However, it just makes us more resourceful! Hope to see more from Canada ,go you Canadian refashionistas, go!!
No photos for me either just puppy and the last one of the orange dress.
What I want to know is, did she go for some of that liver and onions advertised behind her after posing for this pic?
I know its difficult to blog withouit fingers. even though we can’t see the step by step photos we still get the general idea. The alturnative would be no refashion post untill Jillian comes home and that’s too long to wait.
Thanks for sharing a refash from someone from my own home province! Like the others said the photos didn’t load. Thanks for taking control of the blog while your Mama’s away.
Tell the Dude to stop interrupting you because the pics are not loading….lol…great job Dougie.…you deserve a huge treat fromJillian when she comes back…not only for leaving u home but for leaving you with some dude that tries to read to you……while yuou are doing something extremely important….oh… you keep up the amazing work and Jillian will be jealous….
I can’t see most of the pictures either 🙁
Yes, want to see the photos please!! The end result looks great – I want to see the process!
WOW!!! Excellent job!!
Dougie, you’re doing a great job….But we can’t see the lovely before photos…Can you reload them for us doll?
whoops, Dougie-the only photos we see are the final two of the finished refashion.
Nope, pics not showing up for me either 🙁
Dougie – you’ve been doing a great job but pics in this one just ain’t loading! Keep up the good work fur ball!
the same thing here ; not all pics are visible…but many hugs for Dougie.