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17 January 2010

Made Over Clothes

I've always been fascinated by social history. It intrigues me how ingenious women have been over time. Remember a time when nothing was wasted?

A ladies thrift store silk skirt in the most beautiful colors:

I cut open the skirt to make one large piece of fabric to make a new(?) dress and reused the skirt's lining to line the dress:


The skirt had been pleated originally, so I left in the pleats and used that portion of fabric around the neckline for interest.
If you look closely at the bottom hem, you can see how the silk pulled when I put it through the sewing machine. I wouldn't refashion such thin silk again, but I feel good about the overall result.

Tell me, what are you refashioning lately?

21 comments:

Elizabeth B said...

Oh wow, this is gorgeous. Well done!

Attilio said...

i totally agree with not wasting and not throwing anything out, be it food, clothes, furniture...
my mum had a wardrobe clearout, so i am turning big tops/sweaters/scarves into dresses/skirts/tops for my 1yr old.(all thanks to all the blogs i've been looking at - including yours, so a big thanks!)
so i SHOULD be at my sewing machine!!
goodnight at its 11pm here!
becky

CupCakeCutie said...

Love the idea. The dress is so pretty. Haven't refashioned much yet but I plan to.

Mauri said...

I am refashioning some jeans and old t-shirts into maternity pants for my growing belly. Way better than paying $50 for maternity pants that I won't be wearing ever again after this baby is born!

Posie Patchwork said...

Basically the whole reason i became a patchwork quilter!! I hate waste & my mother & grandmother all made our clothes, i just think it's something that flowed into me too. Love the little touches in the dress & key hole, adorable!! Love Posie

The Cottage Mama said...

Oh my gosh - this is GORGEOUS!! Great job - I love re-purposed clothes!!

Lindsay

Mama Lusco said...

The dress is adorable! I'm into recycling Ts into kids dresses and hoodies; I've been using Lil Blue Boo's Sienna and Hoodie patterns for this purpose and love them!

Melissa said...

It looks beautiful! I am refashioning some linen pants of my husbands into purses for my little ones as well as cloth napkins. He loved the pants but they got an irreparable hole in an inconvenient place! What a better way to "honor" his pants than keep them in the family longer!

Mid-Craft Crisis said...

I love how clever it is to refashion something. That looks beautiful. I am still finding my way on the clothing front... My sewing projects haven't ventured into clothes too much, I have repurposed clothes not refashioned. Getting there. Great blog. Can't wait to try making your castle...

Machelle said...

I am HUGE fan of refashioning.........in fact I cannot follow a pattern at all....EEK!!

I think this dress is absolutely stunning and the original skirt was a very serious find. I am so going shopping tomorrow to see what I can score.
So glad I found this blog. Definitely a fan!!

the cat whisperer said...

Ok, you are some kind of sewing little superhero or something. What a beautiful refashion! I never would have thought of that (are those pleats on the original skirt?), but it just looks lovely. She is so lucky to have such a fancy, creative little mama like you :)

Sewing-Chick said...

Beautiful! Why couldn't my son be a girl?! Boy clothes just can't be that cute :)

Resweater said...

That is the most beautiful little dress! Little V is adorable in it too :)

Sally said...

That is such a lovely dress. I adore the colours and swirl of the fabric pattern - so beautiful for a child's dress. I adore your work & feel inspired to hit the op. shop soon!!!

方便 said...

生活總是起起伏伏,心情要保持快樂才好哦!!..................................................

Kellyann said...

This lurker just has to comment.....how clever, leaving the pleats! Beautiful. I have a thrift silk skirt that has just found it's second life :) Thanks for sharing!

Cathy said...

I'm in awe. You are a sewing GENIUS!

Pacokeco said...

Unique and gorgeous! The colouring suits V to a T! I especially love the first photo of her - she looks like a Kewpie doll!

clementineshoes said...

Absoultely beautiful! Great re-use. Hope she has somewhere special to wear it to!
As much as I love the idea of refashioning, I don't do it very often, mostly because I find it hard to come by great materials. The second hand shops here aren't as good as the ones in North America, and I don't have the patience to scour the racks for good things. I do from time to time reconstruct my own clothes though.

Umma crafty squirrel said...

That dress is so beautiful, I wouldn't have imagined a dress being made from that skirt and totally didn't notice the pull until you said something. I'm not refashioning anything atm maybe in the next week or so.

briannanichols said...

Hi there. I absolutely love your blog and check in regularly for some creative inspiration. I love vintage prints, and recently found a cute vintage apron that I would love to repurpose into a dress or some article of clothing for my little girl. She's only 5 months old, but I was thinking something for next summer when she's mobile would be cute. Anyhow, I think that this idea would probably work,or your men's dress shirt idea, but I can't figure out what to do with the rather large pockets on the front of the apron. They'd probably be too large for a little-kin. Just wondering if you have done any repurposing with vintage aprons? They're always so cute and sweet, especially with details like ric rac and such. Ooh, I'm getting excited to try this. Keep up the good work and thanks for taking the time to share with us.

Brianna from Missouri (US)

brianna nichols at hot mail dot com