Making a Pair of Earrings from Extra Beads

Jewelry and I get along pretty well, and I especially like necklace and earring sets.  I am not a big fan of bracelets or rings, though, because they bother my hands during the day.  (It's REALLY annoying to hear the clack-clack when I am typing!)  So I try to figure out ways to make sets even if I don't have a set, like this lone necklace.

Jewelry and I get along pretty well, and I especially like necklace and earring sets.  I am not a big fan of bracelets or rings, though, because they bother my hands during the day.  (It’s REALLY annoying to hear the clack-clack when I am typing!)  So I try to figure …

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Refashioning a Dress Into a Peasant Shirt

So I read that red was supposed to be a hot color (pardon the pun!) for the summer.  I picked this up at the Salvation Army thinking to be in style, but I hate maxi dresses.  (I look like a drowned rat in them!)  Time for some restyling.

So I read that red was supposed to be a hot color (pardon the pun!) for the summer.  I picked this up at the Salvation Army thinking to be in style, but I hate maxi dresses.  (I look like a drowned rat in them!)  Time for some restyling. I was …

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Refashioning a Skirt from a Dress, Part II

I got out my skirt today that I upcycled a while ago, and I decided that I hated the hem.  So today, I'm going to refashion my refashion.  It's not going to make it look significantly different, but it is going to help the waist.  I'm going to teach you how to make a nice waistband, since I messed this one up so badly. Remember this skirt?

I got out my skirt today that I upcycled a while ago, and I decided that I hated the hem.  So today, I’m going to refashion my refashion.  It’s not going to make it look significantly different, but it is going to help the waist.  I’m going to teach you how to make a nice waistband, since I messed this one up so badly. Remember this skirt?

Refashioning a skirt from a dress #upcycle #refashion #sewing http://www.upcycledfashionista.com

Well, the skirt has side ruffles in it, which completely messed up my hemming.  See my bad job at sewing? 🙂

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Refashioning a Dip Dyed Dress

I found this great dress at the Salvation Army and it was only $3. It was also brand new, with the tags, which said it was a bridal dress.  I'm not so sure any bride would wear it ... as it was definitely see through as well.  Almost looked like a nightgown actually.  But with a few refashions, it will be a daytime dress!

I found this great dress at the Salvation Army and it was only $3. It was also brand new, with the tags, which said it was a bridal dress.  I’m not so sure any bride would wear it … as it was definitely see through as well.  Almost looked like …

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Refashioning a Skirt from a Shirt

My niece Courtney gave me this fabulous idea on Pinterest.  I hunted around the Goodwill until I found the perfect shirt.  So today, we're going to refashion this one into a skirt.  As soon as you figure out how wonderfully easy, and how wonderfully sexy the result is, I bet you'll make a dozen of them.

My niece Courtney gave me this fabulous idea on Pinterest.  I hunted around the Goodwill until I found the perfect shirt.  So today, we’re going to refashion this one into a skirt.  As soon as you figure out how wonderfully easy, and how wonderfully sexy the result is, I bet …

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Refashioning a Skirt from a Dress

This dress was one of dresses from my mother.  I really loved it but I have such a hard time wearing anything that I can't wear a bra with.  I realize that there are strapless bras ... but those suck.  So it's time for a refashion!

This dress was one of dresses from my mother.  I really loved it but I have such a hard time wearing anything that I can’t wear a bra with.  I realize that there are strapless bras … but those suck.  So it’s time for a refashion! See the beadwork on …

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Remaking a Long Sleeved Knit Top

I found this knit top during one of my thrifting store scouts.  I love the kind of pleated detail in the front, but the top itself was too big and I wanted a summer top, not a winter top.  So I decided to make it exactly what I wanted. :) If you don't have a sewing form, have a partner help you out.Since the sleeves weren't tooooooo large, I used the line at the seam as a cutting point to cut off the sleeves.Sewing the sleeves up.Following the pins, I sewed up the sides.Make sure the seams at the underarms will stay put.

I found this knit top during one of my thrifting store scouts.  I love the kind of pleated detail in the front, but the top itself was too big and I wanted a summer top, not a winter top.  So I decided to make it exactly what I wanted. 🙂 …

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Refashion a Vest Into a Feminine Ruffle Shirt

Salvation Army had its annual 50% off day and that's the perfect day to pick up some great finds for your refashion collection!  But I find that most people don't head to the new section -- anything with a tag still on it is marked up about 40% more than the used stuff.  At 50% off, though, it makes it worth it.  This vest is one of the things I found and today, I'm going to remake it into something better.

Salvation Army had its annual 50% off day and that’s the perfect day to pick up some great finds for your refashion collection!  But I find that most people don’t head to the new section — anything with a tag still on it is marked up about 40% more than …

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Remaking a Ill-Fitted Dress Into Something Sexy

My daughter bought this fashion-woe.  It was one of those really nice dresses that looked smashing on the rack, but was ill-fitted and ugly once you look in the mirror.  Have you ever made one of those clothing mistakes?  *Raises hand up high!* She came to me to fix it for her, and after a lot of mulling around, I decided to chop at it.  Last week I showed you how to refashion a cute striped shirt longer by adding some lace.  This week, we are going to use that same lace and remake this outfit, too.

My daughter bought this fashion-woe.  It was one of those really nice dresses that looked smashing on the rack, but was ill-fitted and ugly once you look in the mirror.  Have you ever made one of those clothing mistakes?  *Raises hand up high!* She came to me to fix it for …

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Small Changes to a Shirt Make It Even Better

I got this shirt from the Salvation Army.  There isn't anything wrong with it, except I think it's a little too coy for my taste.  I'm not a big fan of the keyhole on the front of the shirt at all.  So today, I am going to show how a small change can make something that you own into a favorite piece.

I got this shirt from the Salvation Army.  There isn’t anything wrong with it, except I think it’s a little too coy for my taste.  I’m not a big fan of the keyhole on the front of the shirt at all.  So today, I am going to show how a …

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Repurposing Fashion Clothing: Upcycling Pants From a Dress

Remember this lovely pile of scrap material from my Shirt from a Dress post two weeks ago?  Well, it's time to put that wonderful fabric to upcycling use.  I'm going to make a pair of flowing, easy lounging pants.  I love pants like what I envisioning.

Remember this lovely pile of scrap material from my Shirt from a Dress post two weeks ago?  Well, it’s time to put that wonderful fabric to upcycling use.  I’m going to make a pair of flowing, easy lounging pants.  I love pants like what I envisioning. Gotta hem the top …

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Remaking a Dress into a Skirt

I found this dress at the Salvation Army the other day.  There doesn't seem to be anything wrong with it, but it was a badly designed dress.  Time to upcycle it into something I can wear: a skirt!  Don't you love it when you can take something that someone else couldn't do anything with, and repurpose it?

I found this dress at the Salvation Army the other day.  There doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with it, but it was a badly designed dress.  Time to upcycle it into something I can wear: a skirt!  Don’t you love it when you can take something that someone else …

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Upcycling a Skirt for St. Patty’s Day by Shortening

I found this skirt at the Salvation Army and it's been hanging around in my closet for a few months.  I love the dyeing, lace and ruffles, but I hate the length.  Here's Lex trying it on.  I'm going to try my hand at upcycling it, so that it is a shorter (mini) skirt instead.  How awesome would that be?

I found this skirt at the Salvation Army and it’s been hanging around in my closet for a few months.  I love the dyeing, lace and ruffles, but I hate the length.  Here’s Lex trying it on.  I’m going to try my hand at upcycling it, so that it is …

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Repurposing Fashion Shirt: Upcycling a Dress, Part I

My friend gave me these three long summery dresses.  I love them, but I also hate dresses.  Actually, I hate skirts too, but dresses even more.  There was a time when all I did was wear dresses like these, so I was pretty stoked to get them.  Until they sat in the back of my closet, for like, years.  Time to remake them into something that I'll wear!

My friend gave me these three long summery dresses.  I love them, but I also hate dresses.  Actually, I hate skirts too, but dresses even more.  There was a time when all I did was wear dresses like these, so I was pretty stoked to get them.  Until they sat …

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