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!





Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday Sew-Day: Lace and Flowers

In preparation for last week's Thrift Style Thursday, I was pulling out all the orange and yellow in my closet when I came across this guy - yet another lacy summer top I will probably never wear since I refuse to wear layers in the Texas heat.

Lace & Flowers Tank Top - BeforeLace & Flowers Tank Top - Before

It came from a clothes swap last year, and upon further inspection, had a bit of damage to the lace anyway. The tag was missing, but it feels like it could be 100% cotton. Now what could I pair with this coral lace to make a single-layer summer garment?

Lace & Flowers Tank Top - Before

Oh, I know! How about this little, gauzy cotton, floral dress I thrifted for our Hawaii trip a couple years ago. One of the little plastic rings on the back of the straps broke while we were on vacation, and I had to MacGyver it with a knitting stitch marker from my notions bag. Also, the elastic back panel was beginning to lose its elasticity. With its splashes of coral in the floral pattern, this dress seemed the perfect candidate for my coral lace tank refashion.

Lace & Flowers Tank Top - BeforeLace & Flowers Tank Top - Before

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thrift Style Thursday: Sunshine on My Shoulders

It's finally stopped raining in Texas! Things are beginning to dry out a bit, at least around these parts. So Beth's sun-inspired challenge this week was quite well-timed. She asked us to don our best yellow and orange outfits to celebrate the sunshine!

Thrift Style Thursday: Sunshine on My Shoulders

Thrift Style Thursday: Sunshine on My Shoulders

I don't have much yellow clothing, but I do have tons of orange! I seem to have developed a thing for brightly-colored pants this year, and these orange skinnies are the latest acquisition.

Thrift Style Thursday: Sunshine on My Shoulders

Thrift Style Thursday: Sunshine on My Shoulders

To tone down the neon pants, I decided to go a little more neutral on top. Hints of orange and yellow in this paisley patterned t-shirt tie things together nicely though.

Thrift Style Thursday: Sunshine on My Shoulders

Thrift Style Thursday: Sunshine on My Shoulders

And since I'm lacking in yellow garments, I thought I'd pull out all the yellow accessories I could find.

Thrift Style Thursday: Sunshine on My Shoulders

Thrift Style Thursday: Sunshine on My Shoulders
Shirt: clothes swap // Pants: $7 Goodwill // Sandals: $5 Yerdle // Wilson's Leather bag: $5 Yerdle // 
Bangle: $3 Target clearance // Yellow rose earrings: Etsy // Ring: $4 Yerdle // Prescription sunnies: $25 Zenni


Do you think the other Thrift Style Thursday ladies are also enjoying sunshine to go with their yellow and orange outfits? 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, June 21, 2015

Sunday Sew-Day: Father's Day

In honor of today's holiday, I thought I would do a little refashion using a men's dress shirt, specifically, this blue gingham Van Heusen shirt that I got for free in a box of someone else's garage sale leftovers. It had a few very faint stains down the button band, so I knew I wanted to turn it around and put them in a less obvious spot.

Gingham and Lace Blouse - BeforeGingham and Lace Blouse - Before

I also knew I didn't want this to be just another men's shirt refashion. So I grabbed this lace tee, another shining example of a previous refashion that turned out to be less than practical. I just don't like to layer in warm weather. But just look at that lace!

Gingham and Lace Blouse - BeforeGingham and Lace Blouse - Before

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Thrift Style Thursday: Pretty in Pink

This is my week to host Thrift Style Thursday, and I thought I'd ask all the TST ladies to feature one of my favorite colors to wear - pink!


I was never hugely fond of the color as a child. It was girly, and I was not. I liked blues and greens.


One day though, several years ago, I wore a pink sweater to work and received an inordinate number of compliments on it.


Being the skeptic I am, I decided to try an experiment. So I thrifted a second bright pink garment and wore it a few weeks later. Again, tons of compliments.


After the third or fourth repetition I was convinced it wasn't just a coincidence. Apparently, pink suits me.


And thus my love of the color pink developed. I mean, who doesn't like to wear things that draw compliments, right?


Through refashioning, the number of pink garments in my wardrobe has grown substantially. In fact, the pink pants above are the only thing pictured here in its original form.


And knitting hasn't hurt either!


So clearly, I lean toward the bright and bold pinks, but what's your favorite? Rose, fuchsia, carnation, raspberry, champagne, cotton candy, watermelon...

I can't wait to see what hues each of the Thrift Style Thursday ladies chose for today! 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!





Apologies for the flashback episode this week, but Tropical Storm Bill made outdoor photography totally impossible.