Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Kasia skirt number two…


I should really make use of the iron more before I take photos! And I know we all say this, but it honestly looks much better on. I’m just camera shy.

This is the Burdastyle Kasia skirt I started an age ago, made from some of the fabric from these curtains I found in a charity shop for £6. I made Burdastyle’s Coffee Date Dress from the same fabric ages ago and decided to try and use it all up. That £6 is stretching far and I’ve got loads of the fabric left. Matching hat? Scarf? Coat? :) Maybe not, the look might be not so much Scarlett as the Von Trapp family.


This is my second Kasia, but I don’t think I’ll make any more. I just about managed the waistband first time round (but I was so involved in getting it right, it didn’t actually fit and was too big), but this time I lost my mojo and botched it together (but it fits). It’s an arse. Consider that a warning chaps! It’s probably easier to just do it the way you think it ought to go together. You’ll probably be right, it’s just the instructions that are confusing.

More info and chattiness on my blog, Wipster.


Friday, November 5, 2010

Sewing For Baby

I finally got around to taking some pictures of some of my baby sewing.

I made onesies, using McCall's 6103, out of some old t-shirts and a baby blanket.

This was an old long sleeved T that Rick gave me a while ago. The patch on the arm is actually the tag from the inside of the shirt. I used leftover bits from another t-shirt for the binding.

I highly recommend buying elastics online. You can find a great selection of styles and colors, and it's much cheaper than buying it in a brick and mortar store.

This, and the next two tops, are just peasant style tops that I made using my own pattern. This blue and white fabric was a vintage thrift store find. The pants are made out of old T-shirt sleeves.

I tie-dyed this fabric myself.

This adorable zebra fabric was in a huge box that I got from a friend of a friend. Gotta love free fabric.

I used this tutorial for the kimono top. The pants are made from old sweater sleeves.

I used this tutorial for the little dress. The orange fabric came from an old maternity top, and the flower from a vintage sheet.

I made these leg warmers out of some clearance bin knee socks from Target.

I a car seat canopy using this tutorial. I bought this Alexander Henry fabric about 2 years ago. I bought a bunch because I loved it and it was on sale. I still have a ton left. The yellow fabric was in the same box of free fabric that the zebra fabric came from.

The diaper bag was made using Ikea fabric for the exterior, and an old sheet for the interior. The zipper is a vintage thrift store find. I used this tutorial.

Hope you like,


Monday, November 1, 2010

Elizabeth Bennet, Zombie Hunter

For Halloween this year I decided to be Elizabeth Bennet, as a Zombie Hunter form the book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  I made the dress out of an old bed sheet, and I really like the way it turned out!  I have more information on how the dress was made, and more pictures on my blog Farah Makes Stuff.

Thanks for looking!

Thrifty man’s shirt refashion with a mini tutorial

I made this cute shirt-for-that-meeting-with-HR-I-have-next-week…IMG_9916

…from this big old man’s shirt.


If you’d like to see how I did it pop by my blog, Wipster and say hello!


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Mummy Me!

We kicked off Halloween this past weekend with Zoo Boo. Our local wildlife zoo decorates the zoo for Halloween for 1 day and all ticket proceeds go to feed the animals through out the winter. I made my costume out of a tea stained sheet, a cream colored table cloth, 2 t-shirts from the husband, and a pair of Ralph Lauren white corduroy pants found at the thrift store!
Zoo Boo 2010
Because I utilized my stash, total cost was under $5!  That's nothing to moan about =:} It took 2-3 days for strip ripping and finally sewing.  I wasted some time figuring out strip placement so they looked more like bandages and not ruffles.  I do believe I'll add a few to tie the top tighter round my middle but other wise I'm happy.  It comes off in 3 pieces, hat, top and pants.
Zoo Boo 2010
Quite comfortable really, with room for a warmer layer of clothing underneath, just like this Mummy likes it.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Daughter's Halloween costume--done!

We went to Scotland over the summer, and saw a parade with a lot of pipe bands, and this seemed like a doable costume to plan for this Halloween. The kilt and blouse she already had; the vest and hat are mine; we bought the socks and shoes. I made the bagpipes, the sporran (little pouch in front of the kilt), and the tabs on the socks. The pipes are made to be fitted around an alto recorder, so she can still "play" the recorder in its disguised form. Pipes and sporran are made from an old scrap of herringbone wool, a cut-up black t-shirt, wooden dowels, a crocheted belt, an old pin, and some craft felt. Still need to make a strap so she doesn't actually have to hold the thing constantly while partying in costume. ;)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Real Refashions!

Here are a couple of tops that I made for my youngest
Refashion for Lily This was a xl ladies sweatshirt I found at the thrift store.

Refashion for LilyThis was a polar fleece top found at that same thrift store.  The bird was cut free hand from the same pink as the top above and the button is vintage from my stash.

Pattern info is on my blog :)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Thrifted sundress to skirt…

Sorry for the poor before photos, I took them late last night when I decided to start this project!


I got this dress from a jumble sale on Wednesday, it was 20p (!) in fact everything was 20 or 30p but by the time we got there (approx 15-20 minutes after the doors opened) it was a scrum with ladies elbowing each other out of the way for the chance of a bargain. I got a few things, but I saw some beautiful fabric disappearing into people’s carrier bags *sigh*…

Anyway, I like the fabric but the dress is totally not me – it also felt a bit maternity with that not-quite empire line and huge bump-framing bow in the front.

So I decided to take the top off and make a skirt out of the rest.


The back was shirred so I decided to rip the stitches along that not-quite empire line and cut across the middle of the shirring, making that the waist so I wouldn’t lose the casing for the bow/belt and could use the elastic instead of a zip.


You probably can’t see but there are gold holographic sequins on that top, *shudder*


I sewed bright pink bias binding around the top to stabilise it and added a casing to the top of the shirring to hold a wider piece of elastic. I also pulled the shirring tighter by pulling the elastic and tying a knot in it.


I took about 8 inches off the hem, re-hemmed then rethreaded the belt. All in all, it was about an hour’s work and now I have something I’ll actually wear!

For more refashiony goodness, check out my blog wipster :)


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Swap-o-rama-rama Report

So I took my daughter and her girlfriend to the Swap-o-rama-rama in Venice CA last month. Great fun! The girls enjoyed the applique station a lot. Meanwhile, I found some goodies to play with:Sat at a table folding and thinking for a while, then put two items back and cut up the other two. I handsewed the whole thing because sewing machines make me use a lot of rude language :) After I got the body of the garment sewn (just two seams), I sat at the embellishments table and made yo-yos with buttons out of the back of the velour shirt. Then it was ridiculously hot in LA for a week, so I couldn't wear my creation, but today I finally did:
I might play with it some more, but it's wearable now and I like it as a layer.


How is everyone?  It's starting to really feel like fall here, we even gave in and turned out the heat...I hate that bill :)  I only have a couple thing to show you today.  First up is this little gnome top for my youngest


And a pair of wristwarmers I made for a friend...

All the pattern info and stuff is over on my blog :)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

ahoy there me hearties!!!

Hubby hates skull images/drawing/gothic stuff but me love it so much. Skull with red, navy and stripes will instantly bring you to the pirate world, or is it just me because I had too much Captain Feathersword on my daily dose?? :)

Last night I managed to make a pirate tee for my toddler girl (and I think it's wearable for toddler boy too).. I don't know how hubby will react when I put this on his little girl :D

you can see my other adult refashion to toddler clothing here

Monday, September 27, 2010

Scrappy birthday card

Ok, so I know it’s not clothing, but it used to be! I painted and stamped the background with fabric paints then sewed on fabric houses made from my mountain of scraps. I couldn’t resist the button moon (does anyone else remember the cartoon?)

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There are bits of shirts, skirts, and allsorts in there :)


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I bought this kaftan/moo moo for $5 at the oppy. Liked the colours and pattern but all a bit OOTT. so this is what i did to it. I can wear it back to front or front to back. yay, a summer dress. xx kel

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Mittens and a Dress

001I've only finished a couple things to show you this week.  I made Lily a little corduroy dress and other pair of brown leggings (refashioned from an old pair of pants), this time longer (no picture).  I also knitted Trinity another pair of mittens.  All the pattern and yarn info is over on the blog.
Mittens for Trinity

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Hi, my name’s Beccy and I’m a bit new here, but you might have spotted me over on WR or on my blog, Wipster :)

I just wanted to share my two newest handmade things!


The cardigan is the Que Sera pattern from Knitty. It’s taken ages because I got caught up in other projects right in the middle. I like the pattern but I realised late-on that I wouldn’t be able to get the button spacing right so I just added an extra buttonhole when I knitted on the neckband. I think it looks ok? The buttons are some vintage ones I picked up at a jumble sale and the wool is some bluefaced Leicester I hand-dyed with weld an age ago. It’s a little bit itchy, but I’ll get over it because it’s such a pretty pattern!

The skirt was one I’ve had for ages, but it was too big and had a bleach mark on the hem:


To fix it I added two box-pleats, one in the front and one in the back to pull in the waistband. Then I hemmed it shorter to get rid of that nasty red bleach spot.

Hopefully I’ll have time to make lots more things to show you,


This dress was a joint effort by Kate from and me (Kelly)at fluffnnonsense. It was made from this gorgeous green sheet i found at the op shop for $4. It was a king sheet so heaps of fabric left over.........flares?maybe?

I plaited the straps with strips of same fabric and added doilies. The owl is off a T shirt that i wore twice and ripped a hole in.! its lovely to wear with the shirring making it extra comfy.

Monday, September 6, 2010

A Hat and A Skirt

Trinity's winter hat
The hat is for my oldest.  I knitted it using yarn from my stash and the button is from my button book.  The flower I crochet out of the same wool I used for the girls mittens. 
skirt refashion
Trinity's newest refashion is this little jean skirt. I used an old pair of jeans that were starting to get holes in the knees. Really I should have just patched the holes because she doesn't really like the skirt. I think the outfit is too high maintenance for her. She keep having to pull in down and move it around. I was just trying to find a way for her to wear all the damn leggings my MIL buys her. While I love leggings on my youngest I don't like them on Gooey.... I think I might just give up on trying to make them work for her and pack them away or refashion them.

More pictures and pattern and yarn info on my blog. 

Thursday, September 2, 2010

2 items for SSS

A while ago I signed up for Self Stitched September and then kinda didn't do any sewing. This has lead to some panicked sewing and finding of things I've already made. Thought I would show you the 2 items so far.

This skirt started out as a tablecloth which I then tried unsuccessfully to turn into a circle skirt. It sat on the UFO pile for a while and then I got my butt in gear, unpicked it and started again.

This one started as a pseudo smocked dress which was s disaster. Then it became another dress but I cut something terrible wrong so again it was consigned to the UFO pile. Now it's a simple dirndl skirt.