Monday, March 10, 2014
Refashionista is finally back! It's been too long since my last refashionista post. Not that I haven't made anything, but it's taken me awhile to get things photographed, and I've also been sewing from scratch more these days (those posts are coming as well).
Now, on to this beauty I made several months ago, actually. One of my goals for this school year was to add to my performance wear. I desperately needed a simple, yet dressy concert gown. I made myself a gorgeous, but super fancy concert gown last spring, but I needed something more subtle. What would be better than a classic and elegant long black evening gown.
For this dress I used two old garments from my refashion pile (pictured above). The first a simple black velvet dress that was a couple of sizes too big and an odd length. The second my Mom's old lace blouse she wasn't wearing anymore. The best thing about these two garments was that they were both stretchy, which meant no zippers and an ultra comfy dress. It's like performing in your pj's!
The velvet dress was exactly wide enough to become the skirt part of the new dress. I cut the upper part of the velvet dress off, just below the armholes and attached it to the underlining of the lace blouse.
Then I used the pattern on the lace to cut out a new uneven hem for the blouse. I attached the blouse hem to the velvet skirt with pins and sewed it on by hand adding small seed beads along the way as embellishment. I did the same cut out hem with the sleeves of the dress. I think it gives it so much more sophistication, although it's a very simple modification.
This could be the easiest evening gown ever made. It turned out exactly as I hoped and I've been getting a lot of wear out of it already. A very successful make in my book!
Saturday, March 8, 2014
I was so excited when I found this in my mailbox. The March issue of Reloved magazine, a UK based magazine for all things refashioned, recycled, up-cycled and repurposed. You can imagine me jumping up and down when they contacted me about featuring my buttoned cuff tutorial. And seeing it in the actual magazine, in ink and paper, I couldn't be more giddy!
The magazine is full of great ideas and projects, so if you have the chance, grab a copy and a cup of coffee, and enjoy!
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Hi, friends! Today I have a special treat for you. The days are getting warmer, sunnier and longer, and I'm certainly feeling the urge to hit the refresh button on everything these days. Especially my wardrobe. So, I'd like to welcome Morgan from Gray & Gabbana on P & S today to share her tips and tricks for spring cleaning your closet.
All right fashionistas, it’s my favorite time of year: spring cleaning! Now, cleaning might not exactly get you giddy with excitement, but remember: the more space you create, the more room you have for new clothes. Like those lilac pants I’ve been eyeing....or a new jean jacket...or other goodies for warm weather!
So, where do we start? Well, I actually was really inspired this year by this fun infographic from RedEnvelope, and using that and my own experience, here are my top tips for cleaning out your closet and refreshing your wardrobe for spring:
1. The first step you should do is figure out your time. If you have it, you can attack your closet in an all day process. If you’re squeezing it in, do it section by section, starting with the highest point (top shelves) and working your way down (shoes). This way you can clean the areas as you go. So put in new contact paper and vacuum that carpet!
2. Make room for spring! While there are certainly transitional pieces that work from winter to spring or for any season, why not store some (clearly) winter items. We’re talking the fleece lined snow boots or your down hooded, insulated jacket. Both staples for snow and ice, but not so much for the mid 60s and sun. There’s a lot of wonderful room under your bed, as long as you neatly pack the clothes into flat boxes and store them properly.
3. Donate the goods you’re getting rid of. Just because your favorite jeans are (sadly) too big on you or the arms shrunk in your favorite sweater doesn’t mean that someone else can’t enjoy it. And if you and your friends are similar sizes, have a fun clothing swap!
4. When it comes time for shopping, keep a list going of what you need/want and what you clearly have too much of. This way when you buy new clothes you’ll actually get some use out of them!
5. It’s time to get away from those wire hangers! You know what I mean - the ones you have thousands of because the dry cleaners gave them to you for free. Those are only supposed to be temporary! We take so many other precautions to take care of our clothes: dry cleaning, delicate cycles, hand washing, weather and waterproofing, etc. So get a real hanger! Plus, if you find a slim crystal hanger or hugable hanger it can save you room.
6. I always always always put my clothes in color order. I know it sounds crazy, but first I put all of the shirts, then pants, then dresses, then coats together, and then they get put in a wonderful rainbow. Not only does it make my closet more neat and organized, it also helps streamline my morning as well as show me what colors I’m lacking in my wardrobe (or where I have too much).
7. And my favorite thing to do? After I have my closet neat and ready for the spring and summer months, I put all the hangers in backwards on the rod. Then, after I wear something, I hang it back up normally. This way, when fall comes around and I’m transitioning my clothes again, I can easily see what I haven’t worn since March. If the hanger hasn’t been turned it gets donated. Some of my friends put post its on their tags, but I find that mine always fall off.
Hopefully that helped give you some ideas! Enjoy the warm weather and your favorite pair of strappy sandals. And remember, if you have something really cute that doesn’t fit you, you can always send it to me!
Thanks, Morgan, for all the useful tips and tricks! I have a feeling I'm going to be cleaning out my closet this weekend.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Hello, March! The month where you can smell spring in the air and the days are feeling longer. March is always a transitional month for me. Usually we have crazy weather in March. Some days are sunny and nice, and others are windy, even snowy. But my heart longs for those lighter layers, brighter colors and the feeling of summer. That's why I love incorporating summery clothing items into my everyday outfits. They add that little hint of spring to those otherwise still rather wintery days.
I'm so looking forward to more sunny days and warmer temperatures! I can't wait to store all my winter coats away and take out my spring gear. How about you, are you sad to see winter go, or excited for spring?
Jacket - thrifted (originally from Zara)
Knit skirt - refashioned from vintage
Blouse - made by me
Boots - vintage (from Mom)
Belt - thrifted
Necklace - made by me
Sunday, March 2, 2014
A lazy weekend used to be a foreign concept to me. I'd usually use my Friday night to make to-do lists a mile long and then hustle all weekend to get things done. A weekend spent on late mornings, long walks and nights with friends seemed like something I didn't have time for. I felt so guilty taking some time off when I had a million things to do.
Luckily, I've changed a lot. I understand now that a weekend spent doing a million things isn't really well spent. Don't get me wrong, I love checking off things from my to-do list as much as the next perfectionist, but what I've realized is that time spent on nurturing yourself and the relationships most important to you are investments that pay off way more in the long run than any one check on that list.
So, this weekend I invested my time into things that matter. Having a slow morning with my fiance, trying out a new recipe (I finally tried making eggs in a muffin form), taking a long walk, drinking the best coffee latte in town, and watching Eurovision with friends. And sewing, of course!
Yes, I do realize I have a gazillion things I should have done like school work, e-mails and work, but...there's always Monday morning for that, isn't there?
I hope you've had a wonderful weekend, my friends!
Friday, February 28, 2014
I've had the idea of trying to paint a pattern on fabric with textile paint for the longest time, but until now I never really got around to it. But then, on a trip to one of my favorite local crafting supply stores, I noticed this shelf of fabric paints. And among them, a gorgeous golden paint. How could a girl resist? The next thing I knew, the paint was already in my hand at the register. Funny how that happens sometimes, right?
Anyway, I couldn't wait to try it out! I chose to go with a simple background and a simple print. Here's the printing process:
For the fabric I chose a black vintage corduroy from my stash. I loved the idea of having a textured fabric as the background for the print. That way I would end up with two different textures, and that's all the more interesting, I think.
The supplies needed for this project are minimal:
- a pair of scissors
- a dishwashing sponge
- a small plastic container
1. Start by cutting out a circle from the sponge. I used a glass bottom to guide my hand when tracing the circle onto the sponge. Then, use scissors to cut out the circle.
2. Now that you're ready to start printing, pour a little bit of fabric paint into the container. Take your circle sponge, press it into the paint and then onto the fabric. As you can see, not all my circles came out perfectly evenly covered. I noticed that the sponge started to soak in the fabric in some places more than others.
I used a pretty neat layout for my print, but you could use a more random approach, or use different size sponge circles. I can only imagine the cool prints you could make!
3. Once you're done printing, let the fabric dry completely and then iron it through paper (or as instructed on the label of the fabric paint).
That's how my printed fabric turned out. I love it! Seriously, it's a very rewarding process. It's fast and the end result is so cool.
I used my newly printed fabric to make myself this fold-over clutch. I've been dying to sew myself one, but, once again haven't gotten around to it. So, this project was really two long-time crafting ideas in one. I added a small leather loop on both sides of the clutch so I could attach a removable chain strap as well. I've found that as cute and fashionable as clutches are, they can also be a little un-practical at times. So, a removable strap is a must on all my clutches to give them as much use as possible.
I really wanted to do a tutorial on the fold-over clutch as well, but then I did all the sewing steps in the wrong order and I really wouldn't want to teach you how to sew a simple clutch in the most complicated way possible. Luckily, there are others who have done it right, so if you'd like to learn, here's a great tutorial.
Have you tried fabric paints for printing?
Monday, February 24, 2014
Today, 96 years ago, Estonia declared its independence for the first time. Although my homeland is small, it's also very tough, just like the people living here. I think every country has the face of its people. I'm proud to be an Estonian.
To those of you, who don't know anything about Estonia, here's a good start (and then next this).