Refashion fashion

70’s revival that seamed hot when I was in my twenties made me buy this vintage dress years ago at a thrift store.  It seemed to reappear every now and again but I never wore it so this means something’s wrong.  I can’t help it, and my husband keeps telling me I should, but throwing away clothes is against my nature and everything I stand for. This dress is made by someone once, I can tell by the way it was stitched it was not from a retailer and maybe that someone shared the same passion for fabrics and sewing as I do.  It makes me nostalgic but after all these years this piece of clothing will be ‘remade by me’.

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This is what’s left of my seventies dress after cutting and sewing… see the result below!

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I used the basic pencil skirt pattern I made before and just added a waistband, side pockets, a new lining and some pleats at the middle back.

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The paisley woven fabric is amazing, isn’t it?  I love these kind of fabrics!  I did go all the way with this recycling dress, I even reused the old metal zipper for my new pencil skirt and I still had enough leftovers to create a diamante flower belt.  I have this crazy obsession with belts, I wear a different one every day, one more to add to my collection…

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Hello Kitty Cat

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My daughter has a cat project at school and they should bring all sorts of cat related things.  They can even bring their own cat but that’s not an option here, our cat is a little like Garfield, seriously fat but hardly that funny.  I thought a cat mask would be cute and it was actually on my things-to-do-in-this-life-list.  An easy sewing tutorial that will find its way to our beloved costume suitcase.

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Some Cat mask sketches…

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Choosing the right pattern and fabric. (This book with Katharine Hepburn in it was laying around, just thought it would make a nice background)

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The cat mask is made in two separate pieces so I don’t get all confused with the eye cut-out when turning the fabric inside out .  I stuff both pieces and sew them together by hand. Finishing it off with a lace trim and some sequins and finally adding an elastic band to keep it in place.
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And why not make a complete set?

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We have a black and white cat obviously…

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My Kitty Cat pinterest moodboard…

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Refashioned bangles

I’ve been working on several projects the last week and it seems like I’m not getting anything finished.  So while my sewing machine is doing overtime I’m posting something without electricity, just a bit of sewing by hand and using my beloved tube of Pattex.  My bangles are totally ready to get a new skin!

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I measure the total width of fabric I’ll need for covering the bangle.  I’m including 2cm extra for seam allowance.

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I’m cutting a piece of my beautiful Zara scarf.  Don’t worry, I’ll be fixing it as before!

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The fabric is glued onto the bangle at one side with some tape so it doesn’t slip whilst sewing.

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Using small hand stitches I’m covering my bangle hiding the seam allowance at the same time.  When I’m finished sewing I twist the fabric around until the seam is hidden from the inside.  My matching bangle is finished!  Up to the second one…

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A piece of real snakeskin I bought some years ago on a flea market has finally found its purpose.

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I measure the bangle and cut 2 strokes out of the leather not adding any seam allowance.

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Yep, Pattex again!

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I’m pulling the skin around the bangle and leave it to dry.

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I take the second piece and cut the edge following the structure of the skin.

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As I’m sticking on the other piece I try to match the snakeskin pattern as well as possible.

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I cut the loose edge every 1,5cm towards the bangle and smear on some more glue.

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The strokes are pushed tightly against the inside of the bangle on both sides.

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Mixing and matching it with my other bangles…or pumps for that matter…

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