Thursday, October 27, 2011

REDO #37 MAUVE BLOUSE & #38 DRESS PANTS

Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 5:08pm

My computer was OUT for a few days :( Its dreadful when it happens because a lot is stored on it and everything is done online. Thanks to our great friend P, who ALWAYS comes to the rescue(standing ovation), fixed it. AGAIN.

So, I am finally able to post my redo for the week. YAY!

I got this blouse from my mom who thrifted it recently, but was too big. I really think, she thought I wasn't going to like it or wear it.
Did that make sense? lol
She was totally surprised and impressed by the changes, when she came to church with us this Sunday!
 And the 2nd item I worked on was thrifted years ago. I've worn the pants as is but they always fit awkwardly. I could never "win" with these pants. They were made with an abundance of room in the hip area and pretty narrow on the waist. When I was slimmer they would sit nicely on my hips....but I had empty saddle bags LOL :/
 Now and then when I've filled in the "bags" the waist  has been too snug, ok tight. haha. EEEEK, muffin top on ANYONE ( I've seen tiny girls w/ muffin tops) is yucky.

1. BLOUSE- Mom thrifted
2.PANTS- Previously thrifted


MAUVE BLOUSE
1.BEFORE: Blouse given to me by my mom but too big.

Friday, October 21, 2011

REDO# 36- GREEN SWEATER VEST

Friday, October 21, 2011 at 11:51am

I'm super late in posting but I've been SO busy with Red Ribbon Week prep, lots of little ones, errands, kids, homework....you get it. Due to that craziness I only had enough energy to redo 1 item.

 I got this vest 2 weeks ago at the thrift store. I LOVE the color so much and was excited to own something in this shade. It was a pretty easy redo, it just needed some taking in and removal of the sweater fuzzies. Dreaded fuzzies!



SWEATER VEST $1.50


GREEN SWEATER VEST
BEFORE: Too big & noticeable fuzzies.


FUZZIES


I turned inside out and sewed an inch from each side.


I then trimmed
I cut the excess in half for making some flowers. I used 3 halves. Played with the strips until I got what I wanted then sewed them and finally onto the vest. I don't have a photo but I also used my scissors which are pretty sharp, to "scrape" the fuzzies off. Worked pretty good.
GREEN SWEATER VEST
OPTION 1


OPTION 2


OPTION 3


GREEN SWEATER VEST
AFTER: I wore with previously thrifted black top, Old Navy clearance skirt ($3.50) in mauve?  I DID say recently, that I was adding some unexpected to the mix lol & my black boots. Black earrings and my go to ring- the green one. Thanks to my Aunt N for blessing me with her old fave's :)


FLOWERS: I chose option 3. What would you have chosen?


SIDE. Totally easy redo, thank you Jesus, I needed a break!


Monday, October 10, 2011

REDO # 35 PINK & GREEN STRIPED SWEATER

Monday, October 10, 2011 at 12:00am

This weekend I also worked on one of my favorite sweaters I thrifted years ago. I hadn't worn it since early spring because I got clorox on the sleeve :/. I  still couldn't part with it! It had been hanging in my closet, kind of forgotten, it was time to give it new purpose.


2. SWEATER: Thrifted.....


PINK AND GREEN REDO
BEFORE: My sweater! Love the unexpected colors together.


SLEEVE: :( Clorox on the upper part and lower.


Since the sweater had been worn over the last few years, it had the fuzzy look sweaters get. I removed the tags and was going to work with it inside out.


I cut lots off of sleeve. I don't have a photo for it but I also cut a stripe from the sleeve, stretched it out and knotted and twisted it into flowers to sew onto the front.


While inside out, I pinned the sleeve and was going to sew into place but leave the raw edge exposed.


The exposed edge/seam curls over nicely covering the new stitch.


I then removed the buttons from the sweater, flipped them over too to use the opposite side (top"old" button, bottom,"new" buttons) and sewed onto the new side.


PINK AND GREEN REDO
AFTER: I wore with white tank, my REALLY old thrifted skirt I bought BEFORE my kids were born, my newly thrifted Hillard & Hanson sandals barely worn, $3.50!!!! 
I wore small gold hoops, 2 gold necklaces and my big green ring. I LOVE the different patterns! I'm working on the mixing while matching thing and hopefully including a little of the unexpected for fun. I really like how the inside of the sweater now the outside had exposed threads all along the seams and button area.


PINK AND GREEN REDOPINK AND GREEN REDO
CLOSE UP: New flower & buttons


Sleeve & Side


Outfit #2 After church wore with my khaki pants, thrifted and hemmed long ago. They were a lighter shade of green.
9 MORE makeup REDO's


REDO # 34 LITTLE GIRL'S SHIRT

 Monday, October 10, 2011 at 12:00am

School 2011 Fall pics are here tomorrow(Monday) and my kids are probably not as excited as I am lol

I had thrifted tons of clothes for my kids before school started, finding great stuff, including my daughter's long sleeve plaid shirt. Unfortunately it's too big to wear as is. Normally I'd wait for her to grow into it but  I worked on it so that she could it wear for picture day. The great thing is that when she DOES grow, it will STILL fit her!


1. DAUGHTER'S SHIRT: Thrifted....don't remember price


LITTLE GIRLS BLOUSE REDO
 BEFORE:shirt was probably 2 sizes too big! On the left side you can the inside straps that hold the rolled sleeve.


Left pocket was coming undone at the bottom.


I cut a lot of the sleeve off and left it until later.


I then used leftover fabric from my skirt REDO #29 and cut 2 small identical pieces.


I folded in half at first but then refolded it into 3rds so the raw sides wouldn't be visible.


I pinned each strip around the waist area of the shirt because I was going to make belt loops. The stripes on the shirt made it easier to position.


I hand sewed with black thread.


I also used the hem of my old shirt from REDO #30 as a belt. I trimmed all the uneven areas.

 POCKET: I could have easily sewn the open spot on the pocket but that was too boring/easy. So I unstitched it completely, which gave me the pocket & flap to work with.


LITTLE GIRL BLOUSE REDO
I used both the flap and pocket to make these little flowers. I have no technique, I just twisted, folded and worked with it until I got what looked like flowers. I then sewed them up before adding to the shirt.


I finally sewed the sleeve but only stitched small areas under pit and outer sides of center crease.


LITTLE GIRL BLOUSE REDO
AFTER:


CLOSE UP: I'll take a picture of her in it later and post it too.

LITTLE GIRL BLOUSE REDO
AFTER: My baby girl all TOO happy to model for her mom :) She totally posed on her own lol She's my cutie pie #2


Monday, October 3, 2011

REDO'S #32 ROCKER SHIRT & #33 GREY SKIRT

Monday, October 3, 2011 at 9:18pm

The 2nd and 3rd REDO's this weekend are a skirt I bought in August from Old Navy with the Navy Bucks and off of the clearance rack.  And a white T-shirt my previous student J.H. gave me.

2. Old Navy Skirt- $3.50+tx
3. Men's Hanes T-shirt- $0 from J.H.

BEFORE: Skirt 1 size too big which would be an easy fix. Since it was shorter than my other skirts I also wanted to reduce the amount of fabric so there were NO Marilyn Monroe incidents on windy days :/


This was the easiest/quickest redo of the week! I turned in inside out and began stitching from the waist all the way down. The end! I didn't cut the extra off, I just left it. Just cuz.


 BEFORE: Men's Hanes T.

ROCKER SHIRT REDO
 My son M's faded Tshirt, #2


I cut the collar of the shirt.


 I cut the sleeves.



 I turned inside out and kinda winged it. I took in about 1/2 inch from both sides ad cut. I HAD tried it on before so I knew not to take too much off. I ironed new seams when I was all done.

With the extra sleeve pieces, I took the left narrow seam(top) and lined it up with the center fold (bottom) almost like the opening of an envelope.

   I then stacked the sides 2x like an accordion and pinned down the best I could. It was pretty thick.

OPTION 1: "envelope" opening facing collar or.....


OPTION 2: "envelope" opening facing sleeve
ROCKER SHIRT REDO
FUN PART! I then took M's Tshirt and cut out the guitarist. I couldn't let this Tshirt go to waste, I liked it too much! I pinned the front and back together, around and in the picture 1st so that I'd have no movement, using the top piece for the front and possibly its "shadow" for the back of the white tshirt.


I then separated the pieces and used white thread for the stitching. I did this slowly so that I wouldn't mess up especially around the curvy sides. I got lazy and left the "shadow" off.


REDOS, HANES SHIRT REDO, ROCKER SHIRT
AFTER: I wore with a Jade colored tank underneath, the grey skirt I fixed, my reversible vest (redo #6), black calf boots, a green necklace not that closely matched & pewter hoops.


ROCKER SHIRT REDO
CLOSE UP:


SLEEVES- I went with option 2


SIDE


SKIRT


REDOS, HANES TSHIRT REDO, ROCKER SHIRT
OUTFIT 2- Jeans, no necklace, swapped hoops out for my Jade colored earrings that Miss C.C. -J's mom made! And my grey flats. 

I was on my way to the MEN OF THE HOUSE (our men's group) pre dinner prep/set up and needed something comfy. A friend and I + my kiddos were headed to the movies after. COURAGEOUS was FANTASTIC!!! 10 MORE makeup REDO's!