Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Sew-Day: Plaid-Back Tee

This shirt came from last autumn's clothes swap. It'a little too snug, leading to gaping buttons at the bust.

Plaid-Back Tee - BeforePlaid-Back Tee - Before

I also had this plain tank top from my heavier days. It just happens to be the exact same purple hue as the purple in the plaid shirt.

Plaid-Back Tee - Before

Thursday, July 17, 2014

DIY Cargo Skirt

If you're visiting from House of Estrela, welcome! Thanks for stopping by! If you enjoy this project, feel free to browse all of my refashions by clicking "Refashions" at the top of the page.

These pants are weird. They're too casual to be called slacks, and too dressy to look right with a t-shirt. They not blue, but they're not quite grey either. And to top it all off, they make my butt look awful (which I will not be sharing with the interwebs, thankyouverymuch). Since I bought them a couple years ago from the clearance rack at Target, I've worn them maybe half a dozen times.

Cargo Skirt - Before

As I was trying to decide how to improve them, all I could think was cargo pants. If only they had some extra pockets, then that murky blue-grey color would actually seem more appropriate. Obviously, I couldn't make matching pockets without losing some length, so I figured why not lose a lot of length? A cargo skirt would be perfect for summer!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Sew-Day: Too Much of a Good Thing

I love pink. I love polka dots. I love a bargain. And at $1.50, this pink polka dotted shirt was definitely a bargain. It fit great too, but whether I rolled up the sleeves or left them down, I just wasn't loving this top.

Pink Polka Dot TopPink Polka Dot Top

It felt a little overwhelming. I decided all it really needed was to be a little less. Less pink. Fewer polka dots.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tribal to the Max[i]

You didn't think I was just going to use the back panel of that tribal dress and toss the rest, did you? Oh no, folks, that's just not how I roll.

Black Pencil Skirt - Before

While perusing Pinterest for ideas on how to use this fabric, two potential projects kept popping up. One was a print-back-solid-front tank, like the one I showed you on Sunday. The other was a cascading chiffon maxi dress topped with a funky tribal print. I didn't have any chiffon, but I did have this too-large jersey maxi dress.

Tribal Maxi Dress - Before

Looks like it fits okay, right? Trust me...

Tribal Maxi Dress - Before doesn't. The last time I wore it, I spent the whole day tugging it upward to maintain decency. Not good. So it went in the refashion pile, and now it's time for an upgrade!

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Sunday Sew-Day: Going Tribal

You've been waiting for this. Now you get to see what I did with that lovely tribal print fabric leftover from this black pencil skirt refashion.

Black Pencil Skirt - Before & After

I've seen numerous tanks and tees recently that pair a printed back with a solid front, so I decided to give it a go myself. I grabbed this lovely t-shirt from my refash stash to supplement the tribal print. This was a standard unisex tee from a craft store purchased for, as you may have guessed, a bachelorette party. We all decorated t-shirts with iron-on letters before going out on the town to celebrate our friend's upcoming nuptials.

Tribal Tank - Before

Having not worn this tee a single time since that night (gee, I wonder why), I think it's time to cut it up and turn it into something new!

Friday, July 04, 2014

Thrift Score: Red, White, & Blue Jeans

Happy Fourth of July to everyone in the States! We're warming up the grill for lunch and gearing up for fireworks this evening. But first, let's check out the wardrobe for the day, shall we?

Here's another top I snagged at Buffalo Exchange a few weeks back. Its red and white floral print is just darling, and at an original price of $68 from Anthropologie, so I didn't feel too bad spending $14 on it (way more than I would usually pay for a thrifted top, but still).

Red & White & Blue JeansRed, White, Blue Jeans

We've also got my $10 J.Crew toothpick jeans and a pair of $5 bronze wedge sandals (my new favorite shoes!), both from Goodwill.

Red, White, & Blue JeansRed, White, & Blue Jeans

Now bring on the barbecue!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Preparatory Patriotism

With Independence Day coming up this Friday in the USA, I felt like going a little patriotic this week with some red, white, and blue. Well, just white and blue for now, and we'll throw in some red accessories. I grabbed this navy and white polka dotted skirt at the thrift store last month for $2 because, you know, polka dots.

Navy Polka Dot Top - Before

Although it may appear as those I am wearing a skirt that is too large for me, I am actually holding in front of myself a skirt that is too small for me. But with those pleats, I had no doubt there would be plenty of fabric to make something cute.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Basic Black

You've actually gotten a sneak peak of today's refashion, though you may not realize it. Let's see if you can figure it out, eh? Here's the before:

Black Pencil Skirt - BeforeBlack Pencil Skirt - Before

Not looking familiar? How about now?

Black Pencil Skirt - Before

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sunday Sew-Day: Send in the Clowns

Sorry for the delay. Rain and/or cloud cover the past couple days has made it difficult to get good photos of this weekend's project. I eventually gave up and took pics inside sans natural light. On the bright side, I got a new gadget - a remote control for my camera! I'm terribly excited about it.

I picked up this blouse at Buffalo Exchange recently, at the same time as last week's thrift score. It was also $4 on the clearance rack.

Circus Blouse Refashion - BeforeCircus Blouse Refashion - Before

As disturbing as I find clowns to be, I was strangely drawn to this print with its creepy clowns, juggling ballerinas, unicycling jesters, and prancing ponies.

Circus Blouse Refashion - Before

Thursday, June 19, 2014

eShakti Coupon Code & Thursday Thrift Score

First off, I must beg your forgiveness. When I posted about my new eShakti dress a couple weeks ago, I failed to mention the most important part. You see, this morning I found an email from in my spam folder from eShakti's media relations manager... from two weeks ago. How it got in my spam folder, I do not know, but inside I found something special, folks. Something just for you.

It's 10% off at eShakti!

Just use the coupon code "KNITES" at checkout. It's valid until July 3, 2014

Please note:
Code has to be entered in the ‘promotional code’ box. It is not case-sensitive. This discount code is not applicable on clearance/sale, gift cards and overstock categories. Not applicable on previous purchases.

And now, since I seem to have inadvertently begun a series of blouse refashions, I may as well follow suit with this week's thrift score.

I went to Buffalo Exchange a couple weeks ago with a friend. It's one of my favorite places to find gently used, recent trends at better-than-retail-but-not-quite-as-good-as-Goodwill prices. This time, I got pretty lucky too. I found this brand new blouse, with the original tags still attached, for just $4 on the clearance rack.

Green Floral Blouse

The back is super low-cut (or as low as possible without showing my bra) and has buttons all the way down.

Green Floral Blouse

And the collar is totally cute too, right?

Green Floral Blouse

For work, I threw on my white cardigan (thrifted) and some purple flats (Target clearance). Tada!

Green Floral Blouse