I love sewing. I love going to thrift stores. Throw in a field trip to peruse the remnant bin at my local fabric store and here’s what you get!
It all started with this pin I found on Pinterest. I picked up a good quality white shirt at the Goodwill, got a remnant of purple cotton broadcloth from my local fabric store and put them together. This dress is soooo comfortable and easy to wear, and really easy to make – I was smitten by the up-cycle / re-fashion bug!
After seeing how easy it was to make the dress above, I was inspired. So next I thrifted a short sleeve white shirt and pulled out a beautiful piece of silk / cotton I had in my stash. It was also a remnant, not even 0.5 metres, but just enough to gather a little strip and turn the shirt into a peplum top.
This Saturday I made shirt re-fashion # 3. I found a really well made Banana Republic shirt at the Sally Ann for $5. It is pastel pink and very well tailored. I combined it with a textured white cotton remnant found at Fabricland and poof! Instant summer dress! (the belt is borrowed from another dress, the shoes are J Crew (thrifted- thank you to who ever gave them up!))
Well, ok – not poof – it took a couple of hours to put it together and I even inserted a zipper into the side seam because I was worried it would be difficult to get on and off. Turns out I didn’t need to, the buttons and a little bit of positive ease at the waist give me enough room. I also cut the sleeves to make it short sleeved and cooler for summer.
I have already bought shirt # 4 from the Sally Ann ( white linen with 3/4 sleeves) and have plans to make the next one into a maxi dress with a chiffon skirt. The re-fashion possibilities are endless – a sleeveless shirt would look good for a summer dress or a plaid shirt with lace skirt for fall. How about a combining a thrifted leather or suede skirt with a beautiful shirt? What about a beautiful patterned silk shirt with plain skirt? The skirt can also be changed, pleated not gathered, or a-line with a front kick pleat, or…. ok – step away from the shirt rack, Michelle…
Spring better hurry up – I’ve got a new dress to wear!!!!