Sunday, July 26, 2015

Refashion Runway Sew-Along: Floral and Geometric/Stripes

This weekend kicks off the third season of Refashion Runway, hosted by the Renegade Seamstress! The challenge this week was floral and geometric/stripes, which is a fantastic combination for those of us who are only beginning to dabble in pattern mixing. To see what the contestants came up with and vote for your favorite, go check out Beth's post.

Having had so much fun as a contestant two years ago, I thought it might be fun to sew along with the weekly themes for this season on my own, but with the added challenge of attempting to do so from my current, recently-scaled-back refashion stash, without buying anything new. The only striped thing I had on hand was this t-shirt, which I already refashioned once but never really wore as much as I thought I would. Luckily, I also had a floral dress that would coordinate beautifully. The bright, summery flowers and the bright, summery stripes seemed to cry out to be combined, am I right?

Floral and Stripes Dress - BeforeFloral and Stripes Dress - Before

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thrift Style Thursday: Seeing Spots

I'm sure you'll be shocked, but the polka dot theme this week? Yeah, that was my idea. As you may have noticed, I've got a thing for polka dots.

Thrift Style Thursday: Seeing Spots

And that ain't even the half of it!

Thrift Style Thursday: Seeing Spots

Thrift Style Thursday: Seeing Spots

I have a plan, you see. Soon, I will control the world's supply of polka dots...

Thrift Style Thursday: Seeing Spots

Thrift Style Thursday: Seeing Spots

...and thereby, I will control the world! Muahahahahahahahaha!!!

Thrift Style Thursday: Seeing Spots

Thrift Style Thursday: Seeing Spots
LOFT blouse: $6 thrifted // Aeropostale skirt: $5 thrifted and refashioned // Sandals: $5 Yerdle
Fossil bag: $20 thrifted // Necklace: inherited from Granma // Bracelets: $1 thrifted


Do you think there are any polka dots left for the other Thrift Style Thursday ladies? Click their pics below to go see their blogs, or the TST logo in the center will take you to our Facebook page. And don't forget our newest member, Alison!





Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sunday Sew-Day: Beating the Heat

As August approaches, it's been getting hotter and hotter here (though not as bad a summer as it could be). Still, now is the time of year when I avoid the sun like a red-headed vampire. When I give serious thought to shaving my head. When I try to wear as little clothing as public decency allows. In pursuit of the latter, I decided to make over this XL dress from my heavier days.

Teal and Mint Summer Dress - BeforeTeal and Mint Summer Dress - Before

My plan was to salvage the skirt portion and attach it to a new top. Enter this plain ol' Nautica tee I thrifted years ago and hardly ever wear.

Teal and Mint Summer Dress - Before

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thrift Style Thursday: Summer Nights

Kristi asked us this week what we would wear to go out on a summer night, whether it's date night, girls night, or what have you.

Thrift Style Thursday: Summer Nights

I must confess, The Dude and I don't go out very often, and when we do, it's more likely a pub than a fancy little French place. So we keep it pretty casual.

Thrift Style Thursday: Summer Nights

Thrift Style Thursday: Summer Nights

And Girls Night usually consists of an evening at the local Starbucks with good friends and good yarn, knitting and chatting until the barista kicks us out at closing time, rather than partying at a club until the wee hours.

Thrift Style Thursday: Summer Nights

Thrift Style Thursday: Summer Nights
Top: clothes swap // Cami: $1 thrifted // Pants: $10 thrifted // Sandals: $5 Yerdle // Fossil bag: hand-me-down from a friend // Earrings: Etsy


I wonder how dolled up the other Thrift Style Thursday ladies get for a night out... Click their pics below to go see their blogs, or the TST logo in the center will take you to our Facebook page. And don't forget our newest member, Alison!





Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sunday Sew-Day: Orange You Glad

I was headed to a friend's birthday dinner tonight and couldn't decide what to wear. This friend is positively obsessed with the color orange (yes, even more than I am), so I decided to make over this orange and pink flowered dress from the most recent clothes swap. I originally thought this would only need a couple tweaks, but then I noticed a grease stain right between the boobs. It's difficult to photograph, but trust me, it's there.

Orange You Glad Dress - BeforeOrange You Glad Dress - Before

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Sunday Sew-Day: Americana

I thought I might carry the Fourth of July theme into my sewing this weekend, using an old pair of jeans from my heavier days, the remnant of lace from this refashion, a bit of red satin, and a damaged purse.

Americana Bag - Before

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Thrift Style Thursday: America, the Beautiful

It should come as no surprise that this week's challenge, courtesy of Megan, is a red, white, and blue patriotic theme is honor of Independence Day here in the USA, or for those of you north of the 49th parallel, red and white for Canada Day!

Thrift Style Thursday: America, the Beautiful

Thrift Style Thursday: America, the Beautiful

I don't normally go all-out for the Fourth of July. I like to keep it fairly simply with a red shirt and blue jeans, or something like that. I also don't normally go political on this blog, but in case you hadn't heard, the US Supreme Court got something very right last week - nationwide marriage equality! Now everyone can marry whomever they love, regardless of gender!

Thrift Style Thursday: America, the Beautiful

Thrift Style Thursday: America, the Beautiful

So to celebrate, I busted out the red, white, and blue clothing, patriotic Converse sneakers, coordinating earrings, and even wore three rings stacked up for a big, blingy effect!

Thrift Style Thursday: America, the Beautiful

Thrift Style Thursday: America, the Beautiful
Top: $14 thrifted // Pants: $5 thrifted // Shoes: $2 Yerdle // Bag: clothes swap // Bracelet: $1 thrifted // Necklace: me-made // Earrings: me-made and $5-10 Etsy // Rings: $5 thrifted and $10-15 Etsy


How do you think the other Thrift Style Thursday ladies are celebrating their national holiday? Click their pics below to go see their blogs, or the TST logo in the center will take you to our Facebook page.

And don't forget our newest member, Alison!