2015-07-30

Refashion Month with Just Another Project


Kelly from Just Another Project, is my guest blogger today. Her blog is the last new to me blog for the series. It was nice to discover what she writes about, which is a bit of everything, things she does with her kids, sewing, food, just random stuff from her daily life, and I also discovered her fun Kelly Designs pattern shop. Kelly has refahioned a complete outfit for herself. Sometimes I am told, it is easy for me to refashion because I do it for my kids, or myself (I'm small), and here she proves that adults can refashion a smaller piece into a bigger one too, just using a bit of creativity. 


Hi! I'm Kelly from Just Another Project, where I blog about much anything.  I'm excited to join in Refashion Month!  I discovered the joy of refashioning last fall when I was making my self some maternity shirts, and have mostly just upcycled some of my husband's shirts into clothes for my boys.  This spring, my husband and I did a much-needed purging of our wardrobes. I've been having fun going through the cast-offs and repurposing them, mostly downsizing t-shirts to fit my sons. I decided to make myself an upcycled outfit and this is what I came up with.   I started with my old denim skirt and a t-shirt of my husband's.
This skirt was a favorite of mine in high school and college.


I bought it over 15 years ago it has seen a lot of wear. However, after a 9.5 pound Baby Boy #2 it no longer fits around my hips.  I really am kind of clueless about current fashion trends but I doubt this skirt is currently in style. So, after accepting the fact I was never going to fit into it again (I'll be honest, that took a couple weeks), I took some scissors to it.
This was a fairly simple refashion.  I could have kept it long, but decided to go for a different look.  First I cut off some length.

Then I cut the front and back apart at the side seams.

After do some measuring and calculating I drafted the triangular piece that I inserted in the sides. I added to the top to form a waist band and the bottom for the hem. The panel that I inserted I the sides is a layer of lace backed with some unbleached muslin, both from large scraps in my stash.

I sewed in the panels between the front and back of the skirt, folded over the top to match the waist band, and hemmed the bottom.


I had originally planned on putting lace around the bottom, but I am not an overly feminine person, and my husband and I agreed that that would just be way too much lace for me.  
The shirt started as one of my husband's t-shirts that had shrunk after going through the wash. 


To make the shirt I used the Laced Ladies Top pattern from Koerb Brothers Stitch Designs. I easily fit a size small on the men's medium t-shirt. The lace was not an upcycle; I purchased it from Hancock Fabric for this project.

I made coordinating headband with some fabric scraps and fold over elastic from this skirt, and of course added boots.  My son thought I needed a flower for my photo shoot.

A big thanks to Magda for putting together Refashion Month!  I've had fun seeing everyone's refashions and I hope you have too!


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