Striped Maxi Tank Dress becomes Breton Top is another refashion project. Our eldest daughter bought this Striped Maxi Tank Dress two years ago and never wore it. The price ticket was still on the dress. She asked me if I wanted the dress and I said of course yes although I had not idea what I was going to do with it.
Reuse Recycling Refashions
I love doing refashions. Refashion and upcycling are a great way to repurpose clothes that can be given a new second life. My family and friends are always bringing their discarded clothes to me first before sending them to the charity shop. The Striped Maxi Tank Top Dress was hanging on a clothes hanger for a while waiting for inspiration. I watched a couple of weeks ago Krabbé zoekt Picasso (Krabbé in search of Picasso) on the television. Pablo Picasso is wearing a Breton top in one of the episodes. A Breton top is a classic and timeless sweater. I also see a lot of Breton Tops and striped tops in the shop windows this year so why not use the Striped Maxi Tank Dress to make one.
Liever de Nederlandse versie lezen? Deze staat onder de Engelse versie.
Sewing my own clothes was a decision I made three years ago. I wasn’t happy anymore when I was buying RTW clothes. The fit, the poor make and the quality of the fabrics: it was time for a change. A search on the internet brought me to sewing bloggers from all over the world. The first thing I made is probably this version of the Sorbetto top. This pattern has just been updated and comes with a few more options then the first version.
Makers for Fashion Revolution
Last week In the Folds started Fashion Revolution week. This blogger started an Instagram photo challenge with each day another subject. I decided to take part and use the subjects to show some of my reasons why I sew my own clothes. As seamstress I consider myself as a maker of clothes. I sew my own clothes because I want reliable clothes. Clothes that have a proper fit, buttons that don’t fell off, seams that don’t loosen or zippers that tear while I’m at work.
Nederlande versie lezen? Scroll naar het eind van de Engelse versie.
Oversized Top becomes wearable V-neck Top is a refashion project. This wearable V-neck Top is made of a XL H&M Top. Our eldest daughter gave this top together with some other discarded clothes. I tried it on and really liked the shape of the V-neckline. I decided to use the V-neckline as a starting point for my refashion top. The original top also had a beautiful hem shape that I wanted to use as well.
Oversized Top becomes wearable V-neck Top – the make
A successful executed refashion starts with a sketch. I used my self drafted TNT Top pattern to make this refashion. I unpicked the original top, laid each piece flat on the table and folded the front and back piece double. The first step is making the front and then the back. The back has a pleat and when this was finished I sewed in my usual manner.
Homemade Easter Decorations is a sewing project using leftover fabrics and discarded clothes. I made the last years some Christmas decorations and decided to do the same for Easter. I found a lot of inspirations on Pinterest and decided to make some flowers, a bunny and a fabric egg.
Homemade Easter Decorations – the fabric tulips
Our youngest gave me a couple years back two long glass vases. They are standing a few years on our windowsill. I had already decided that I wanted to make some fabric flowers for them using leftover fabrics. I found some blue fabrics in my leftover stash and used this TNT pattern to make them. All fabrics are a kind of denim so this was a little bit harder to work with then the usual fabric. Two evenings later six tulips were standing in both vases.
Overview 2016 #ninebest2016 – the highlights
Overview 2016 #ninebest2016 is a showcase of my nine best of 2016. On IG you can see a lot of people showing their nine best of 2016. Everyone has his own subject that he or she wants to show. Overview 2016 #ninebest2016 in my case are sometimes based on popularity (likes or re-pins), requests or personal preference. In no particular order they are:
- reaching 200 IG-followers
- request to sew two male Chino trousers
- my participation in the KNIPster 2016 sewing award (Looking Like Audrey Hepburn is my personal favourite)
- sewing ‘zorgenvriendjes’ for UZ-Gent
- these new bought shoes
- Jeanius Denim Softy Pig refashion (> 201 re-pins)
- sewing a T-shirt from leftover fabric inspired by the YSL Mondrian dress
- walking an average of 10.000 steps a day and having unexpected views
- cooking with 5 ingredients
Sewing Happy X-mouse – Christmas decoration
Sewing Happy X-mouse is made for Christmas. I love sewing Christmas decoration. These three dolls are hanging since a few years for our window. Last year I made Chris Moose. A couple of days ago I was looking for inspiration for the Christmas Wreath I had planned to make. Then I came across a mouse dressed for Christmas and as a follow up on the word Chris Moose I found X-mouse a nice and funny idea. I went looking for a pattern that looked a bit like a rag doll.
Jeanius Laptop Cover – the idea
Jeanius Laptop Cover is made for our youngest daughter. She recently bought a new laptop that was a little bit smaller then her previous one. Time for a new laptop cover. I already told in this post that I want to reuse discarded clothes to make the homemade Sinterklaas gifts. I still had some parts left of a jeans that used to be worn by her. After some careful planning I had an idea how to cut it but also how I could use some other parts of the jeans like the coin pocket and belt loops.
Jeanius Refashioners 2016 Airplane – The idea
Jeanius Refashioners 2016 Airplane started when the back pockets of the second discarded jeans were lying on the table. I had some difficulty to threw them away and also what was left of the jeans trying to make the most out of her well beloved jeans. These pockets had a lovely topstitch design. I was wondering if I could use them in a project. A while ago I came across this airplane and I immediately imaged that both pockets would be wonderful to use for the wings. This airplane doesn’t take a lot of fabric to make it. I copied the pattern and start playing with the leftover parts of the jeans to make the airplane.
Jeanius Denim Softy Pig – The start
Jeanius Denim Softy Pig is made of the butt section of the jeans donated by our youngest daughter. She loved this jeans and was sad to let it go. After making the jeanius sewing notions bag the upper part of the jeans was leftover. The only suitable fabric I could use was the butt section. This fabric had become soft and has different shades. I decided to make something for her using elements of this well beloved jeans. This fabric had become soft and has different shades. In this post I also said I wanted to do something with the instant jeans button and the rivets.
Jeanius sewing notions bag – The start
Jeanius sewing notions bag is my third make during Refashioners 2016. A while ago I shared this picture on IG. I use an old cosmetic bag for my sewing notions which I can’t close. So it was time for a new bag. I came across the Sew Together bag, the Bionic Gear Bag Notions Tote and Zippy Fächertasche. Looking further I found this sketch on the internet and I decided to use that.