Thank you, Amy Smith for sewing along with us in the Faux Fur and the Small to Large challenges.
“For the faux fur challenge, I spotted an awesome vest, dress and trousers that I have used to make a new funky dress. I used the front panel of the trousers and their fabulous pin tuck to create new self drafted side panels for the dress. I then used the waist band of the trousers and so be of the faux fur to create the short sleeves for the dress. A fur trim along the base of the dress added a little bit of length as well as complimenting the faux leather and patterned fabric of the dress. I kept the featured metal zip at the back.”
I loved the shape I was able to give the original dress by creating the side panels, even if it was one of my biggest challenges as I needed to create the pattern for the side panels myself.”
“Here is my entry for the sew along challenge this week. A pair of children’s leggings that have become the sleeves for a top for my daughter. They were the perfect size for the Elliedactyl 5k top, and the waistband was used to make the neck band! I particularly love the black stripes down the sides of the arms!”
From Georgia O’Keefe to Frida Kahlo to the runways of Ralph Lauren to Coach and Brock Collection. Southwest styles have been making a comeback. As usual, the Refashion Runway challenge is wide open to interpretation and I can’t wait for you to see what the designers have created for you this week. You never know what to expect on Refashion Runway. 🙂
Then scroll to the poll at the bottom of the post to vote for your favorite designer. As most of you know, this season you can vote once every 24 hours so you can vote for more than one favorite or vote for your favorite more than once. 🙂
The Southwest theme was a nice mental escape from the winter but don’t be fooled by the sunny pics, its freezing out here. I decided to make a cotton summer dress that I always wanted but could not find in a store, so thanks Beth! I finally have my dress:) I found some white clothes made from similar shades of cotton ( who knew it would be challenging to match whites) I chose a high-low style to take out the bulk from the ruffles, which I made from the skirt fabric. I used elastic for the shoulder and sleeves. I made new sleeves out of the shirt fabric because the old sleeves were too narrow to use. And..it wouldn’t be a complete SW outfit without boots! I had a pair of boots that were too big for my calves but I saw their potential. After the calves were reshaped they were bejeweled, voila! the boots are now cute and wearable.
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SOUTHWEST. That’s it. Just southwest! Hmmm, southwest USA, southwest France, southwest Africa, southwest Asia??? It could be southwest-anywhere-in-the-world!
I chose USA southwest influences for my entry this week. I’ve always been drawn to the classic styling of Ralph Lauren’s western fashions so I started there and went over the top embellishing with lace, leather and rhinestones…inspired by Balmain, Marchesa and Alexander McQueen.
The showpiece of my entry is a tweed and faux leather jacket. Using the tweed jacket for texture, I deconstructed a champagne faux leather jacket and a bronze faux leather pillow. Lace pieces were harvested from tiered lace miniskirts. The faux leather scrollwork is embellished with amber rhinestones. In the over-the-top styling, there are double collars and double lapels, all accented with a variety of laces.
The lace blouse is a restyle using the sparkling lace from a strapless dress combined with lace from my collection for the sleeves. I upcycled a separating zipper for an on-trend front closure.
When thrifting, I found a damaged and too small lace skirt. By cutting out the damaged area, I used some of that lace to enlarge the waist and hipline. Using more of the tiered lace miniskirt, I replaced the damaged skirt section. Since the original lining was too small, I used a full-size bed sheet (lots of fabric!) in a champagne color as a replacement lining.
The finishing touch was to embellish my hat with rhinestones, feathers and buttons. And add the perfectly perfect thrifted belt!
Note: some of the items in the before photograph were not used. They have been marked out with a yellow X.
Okay, so I just want to know, who hid all the southwestern clothing????? Aztec prints where are you? Was there a raid at the thrift stores? Is there a ban in my area on Southwestern looks? Apparently, I’lll have to create my own Southwestern look! Time to go shopping in my closet. Oh, I can use that tie dye scarf. It has the perfect colors. I can also use my old black lace cover up. Then there’s a shawl my friend Pam gave me. I can use the fringe from the shawl! Hey, and I have a brown cami. It’s amazing how my closet had all I needed.
This weeks look is more than Southwestern. I’ve added a twist of boho to it. The scarf became the skirt. The black lace cover up was cut up and used for the lace on the bottom of the skirt. The fringe was removed from the shawl and used on the skirt. Next I sewed trim and turquoise beads onto the cami. I used broken pieces of jewelry for the focal point. The black beaded flower was actually from my old worn out shoes. I just couldn’t throw them away. The flowers, that is, not the shoes. So I cut the flowers off and saved them. I was so glad I did. I sewed the jewelry and the flower together and what a surprise, upcycling magic happened!!!
Next, we have the turquoise belt. It was originally a hat band that I had made maybe 10 years ago. Yep, I had saved that too. It worked perfect as the belt.
Finally, onto the hat. I tied a piece of crocheted trim around it. The trim was cut off of a crocheted vest. The beaded hat band was made from discarded beads found at the Cancer Society Thrift shop.
Yep, and there you have it. My unique, one of a kind, Southwestern Boho Mama look. This look should be easy for you to recreate. You could even start with a long skirt and cut it off. Hey, I should have done that! Oh well, next time. Thanks for reading and voting. It’s been a lot of fun sharing my ideas with you. Thank you, to all of my friends who take the time to vote. It really means a lot to me. And a big thanks to Lori and Kenny Park for the cowboy hat!!
In the beginning, a knit scarf, shawl and black lace cover up will come together to create a Southwestern look.
Cutting up the lace cover up.
Cutting up the lace cover up.
My homemade pattern was a little to large for the amount of fabric available from the scarf. Hey, but that’s how things roll when you upcycle.
I added black trim and beading to the top to give it a Southwestern Boho look. I also switched out tops. I didn’t care for the black one in the previous picture.
Discarded jewelry and a beaded bow, from my old shoes, come together to form a focal point for the top.
I was inspired by the colors of the Southwest and decided to natural dye old white cotton T-shirts abandoned by my son when he flew the coup.
The T-shirts were washed, scoured and prepped for dyeing with tannin & mordant baths before natural dyeing.
The plant & tree derived dyes I used were – quebracho rojo, madder roots, cutch, fustic, pomegranate, kamala, indigo and logwood. I also used cochineal that yields a pink. Cochineal is an insect found in the SW area of the US & Mexico. It feeds on the pads of prickly pear cacti.
The jacket was machine stitched with seam allowances visible on the outside. Parallel whipstitching held the seams open.
The underside of the jacket. The parallel whipstitch is attractive from both sides. An added bonus when there is no lining!
Details: t-shirt fringe and hand beaded trim.
I was inspired by my fellow refashionista, Rose, to do a bit of painting on my thrift store boots.
By far, this was my favorite challenge! I was able to incorporate all the techniques I love to do . . . natural dyeing, sewing and decorative hand stitching.
This round was a little more challenging than the rest, because I literally live as far away from the Southwest as you can get in this country lol. Due to that, there is not a lot of Southwest style clothing or prints here.
However, I did have this super cute dress I bought at a really great price last year, so I decided to just go ahead and use it for this challenge.
I opted to go less “southwest style” and focus more on the “southwest print” because (as mentioned above) I’m in the Northeast and we don’t dress in the Southwestern styles; I wanted the garment to be wearable here.
For this bodysuit romper I cut the dress down the side seams and cut the shorts from that fabric. Then I took the sleeveless shirt and cut the bottom 5-6″ off of that and adjusted the size to take it down to a small. After forming the shorts, I attached the shirt top.
I took the lace from the shoulders of the dress and made belt loops, then took the remaining fabric from the dress and made a long belt that could tied on the hip (you may be noticing I’m quite a fan of belts!).
Originally I had planned a loose flowy romper, but in the end decided to go with a fitted bodysuit style, so it can be worn under oversized cardigans or even a summer vests with ease. I adore the look!
When I think of Southwest I think of cowboys or ranchers. Then I got to thinking about Southwest fashion. These cowboys need rugged durable clothing for their tough work outside in the elements. With that being said I thought to myself why can’t I mix rugged with feminine style? I found this perfect suede dress, crocheted skirt and sweater dress as my materials!
Daytime in the desert can be sweltering heat but the nighttime temperatures drop drastically. This is why I featured a long sweater in my Southwest refashion.
I cut the sweater dress open in the front. I also changed the black buttons into big silver ones. (Nothing says Southwest to me like Silver and of course Turquoise)
For the back of my sweater, I added a panel of the crocheted skirt and the decorative embroidered part of an old shirt I had laying around (The embroidery reminded me of a Southwest type of pattern).
I removed the 2 pockets from the front of the dress. I originally wanted to cut the bottom hem of the dress to make it fringed, but that would have made the dress indecently too short!
Another thing that makes me think of the southwest is Navajo drawings. I found this adorable lizard picture online, which I cut out and make it a stencil. I pulled out my trusty fabric paints and went to town!
After my painted lizard dried I added a few more details. I changed the neckline into a v-neck and added a piece of the crocheted fabric into the V. Then I used the bottom hem of the crocheted skirt and added it to the bottom of my dress (Not fringe but it does add the feminine touch that I wanted).
*The dress without the sweater*
*Mr. Lizard was ready for his close-up*
*Made this necklace out of stuff I already had in my stash. I finally found a use for my buffalo nickel button!*
*The silver buttons I added. (The turquoise ring was my great grandmothers)*
When hearing the word “Southwest”, first things that come to mind are, turquoise, fringe, cowboy, Wild West, tribal/native, wool Navajo blankets…but I’m not one to go with the first thought…
Taking you back to the influences of the 60’s and 70’s of Southwest Airlines flight attendants uniforms, that were so beautiful and flattering. After talking with some PSA employees this week, they feel the same way, It was classy and beautiful.
I found a suit the perfect shade of burnt orange and a pink dress shirt for the coat and dress for the flight attendant uniform. I dyed the men’s shirt the shade of pink I wanted, and made the hat box from the burnt orange dress with white buttons.
I used batting from the couch from a previous challenge for the hat box, and also skirting from the couch for the hat. It’s the couch that keeps on giving. The zipper in the back of the dress came from one of the wedding dresses I used in last weeks challenge.
The front center and back of dress is from the dress shirt that I dyed, the sleeves and sides of dress as well as the jacket is made from the Suit jacket and skirt.
I redesigned the jacket to meet the SW design and added Shorts that I made from the lining to go in under dress. Every single scrap piece of fabric was used…I even joined a few pieces to be able to make the hat. I’m dangerous with a can of spray paint…I just think it can bring life to something bland…so I sprayed the boots and purse to match the colors of the dress. I absolutely love how everything turned out.
Refashioning to me is taking something that is discarded or nor longer useful to someone and making it into something you love wither or not it’s recognizable as the old item or not, it’s no longer something unwanted…
I would also like to thank a few people for the Small to Large Challenge idea. Before Season Five started, I asked people to send me challenge ideas and several people suggested Small to Large. I’d like to send each of them one of my Refashion Handbooks.
Deanna from Wedding Dress Blue, Rosylass, Darcy, and Holly Young please send your address to email@example.com and I’ll send one out to you ASAP.
The last few weeks, several of the designers left the competition on their own free will so it made it much easier to say good-bye. But today, it makes me so sad to announce the two designers that we have to say good-bye to this week. I’m going to miss Diane Sladowski and Rose Henegar so much. Diane’s use of denim is so inspirational and Rose’s wonderful narratives and creative use of textiles made me smile every time I opened an email from her.
I have truly enjoyed getting to know them both.
Because everyone is a winner on Refashion Runway, they will both be receiving a JoAnn’s gift card for all of their hard work.
Before we say good-bye though, let’s see what they created for the Southwest Challenge.
South West…a.k.a.: Where the Wild Things Are
Over the course of the past six weeks my mind has ventured forward to the
South West. I envisioned the use of Steampunk accessories, of making new
from not always gently used denim, and fiber in all of it’s many forms.
My muse for this challenge is the woman/icon Georgia O’Keefe. I absolutely
LOVE her bold beautiful floral paintings. Her poppy is one of my all-time
favorites. But, the woman would wander off into the desert and schlepp back
the bleached bones of a cow, a wild steer, or the entire rib cage of who
knows what dead beast. Those are the paintings that I chose to replicate.
My stash of denim is a bottomless tote of parts. Many of the legs came in
to play, as well as pockets only and decorative pocket flaps. The vultures
had previously picked over a dark wash jacket, leaving behind this collar
and the peplum portion. The print pair of Capri pants never were cute, but
in small increments I rather like the splash of color.
Trim on the upper coat is a crocheted addition of baby yarn called
Pipsqueak. It reminds me of the fleecy lining of a coat my dad wore when I
was quite young. The hats I made to mimic the look of Georgia’s usual
attire, as well as the medicine bag that I wet felted and beaded, then
adorned with a compass face. Lastly, I made a pair of boot covers. The
intention was to keep the rattlesnakes from climbing up my pant legs when I
go out to the prairie to rustle me up some grubs. Uh, I mean vittles.
See you when the cows come home…now, get along, little doggies!
For the Southwest Challenge I started with a few pair of jeans and a bin of scraps
from other projects. I had a hard time creating the Southwest pattern on the back
until I found one for quilting on Pinterest. (I have a Refashion Runway board
here: http://www.pinterest.com/recycledseams/refashion-runway-season-five/ if you’d like to
see my inspiration for all the Challenges.)
My week was super busy and I didn’t
finish until almost 9:30 pm so I only took photos on Betty, my mannequin. More info
and photos will be posted on my blog www.thoughtsfromaseamstress.com.
This week the challenge is Small to Large. One of the things I love about this competition is the surprise each time I open my email and see how each of these talented women interpret the challenge and what they create each week. I hope you love surprises as much as I do…
The first thing I thought when I saw the title of this challenge was that I needed to take something small and resize it to fit someone larger. But I immediately discarded that idea because I always like to do something surprising and unexpected.
So after some thought I decided to take something tiny and make it life-size. Side-note, I asked Beth how much creative license I could take in interpreting the challenge and she said it was open to my creative ideas.
I found two wedding dresses in a thrift store that I thought had a lot of character and could reinvented as something stunning. I wanted to do something bold so I first dyed the fabric red. I had to touch it up a bit for it to become the shade of red that I had envisioned. Then I created two evening gowns, one tiny and another life size.
I’m really excited about how these turned out, I hope you like them.
My small-to-large concept was to use children’s clothing to make adult wear. I found a little girl’s dress that was made from beautiful tulle with iron-on type black velvet designs on it. Because the dress was so small, I had limited fabric and had to get really creative, but to my surprise, I was able to make the whole dress from that single dress. Luckily, the dress had 2 layers of tulle and and some lining. I used almost every square inch of the dress. First, I deconstructed the dress. I used the existing bodice parts as a base for mine. I added the lining fabric to the side seams to make it larger and covered it with tulle like the rest of the top. I also made the shoulder straps out of tulle. For the bottom, I took out the waist gathering and made two A-line skirts. I stacked them to create a longer/ slimmer silhouette. I made a base layer from the lining because the overlay is sheer. I added some design elements to the skirt for fun. It was a lot more work than I thought it would be but I am happy with the final result..
For this “Small to Large” challenge I decided to take something short and make it long.
I had come across this cropped jean jacket while shopping for round two challenge and I knew this would be the perfect piece.
I cut the trim and collar off of the jacket (it was all one piece) and cut the collar off of the rest of the trim. I ripped the seams on the jeans and then cut them into five 12″ high pieces; front right, front left, back right, back center, and back left. I attached all of the bottom panels and then sewed them to the denim jacket. I then took the waistband from the jeans and attached it to the collar to make a trim and then reattached the collar and the trim to the jacket. I took the remaining portion of the denim jacket trim and sewed it to the bottom.
While I was planning the jacket I thought it would be nice to add another piece to wear underneath the jacket, so I decided to take a shirt and lengthen it into a dress. My favorite part of this piece is that my son actually picked the two shirts and they ended up matching perfectly to the colors in the floral print denim!
For this dress I took the sleeves off both shirts, but kept the collars in tact. I sewed the armholes closed on the sweater, forming an a-line skirt. I then cut the bottom portion off of the shirt and replaced it with the sweater. I took the bottom portion of the shirt and made the knotted belt for the dress.
This weeks challenge is “Small to Large”
So many possibilities! I settled on vintage linen pieces combined to make a larger piece – a Haori-style jacket.
The two main base pieces were a linen tablecloth with fading embroidery and a large strip of a cutter quilt (too damaged in parts to be useable as a whole quilt.)
As I sorted through all the small pieces I found those that made the best color combinations, and trimmed the to size.
Sometimes I needed to square the pieces.
The flannel english bulldog is from a pair of Nick and Nora PJs.
One front side is lined linen and the other is quilted.
The sleeves are from embroidered runners and bits of an old pillowcase.
The back is a mix of both linen tablecloth and quilted pieces,. The banded collar is quilted.
was a pleasure to combine all of the smaller pieces into a larger garment!
The whole garment makes me smile. What role will it play in my wardrobe? Probably multiple: #1 super cool bed jacket, #2 playful lunch out with girlfriends, #3 sewing workshop wear… the possibilities are endless. Probably will not work for date night, as my hubby would be likely say, “This makes my teeth itch!”.
Sorry I couldn’t model the main piece of this refashion but it was too
teeny (that’s the point, right?)
I removed the collar, removed the bands around the sleeves and cut it
straight up the middle.
I cut a large section from the patterned shirt and pinned it to the coral
shirt. I used black bias tape in between the 2 layers for extra detail.
This panel wasn’t enough to make my shirt large enough so I repeated this
process and added a panel to the back as well.
I was lucky enough to save the original neckline from the patterned shirt
so I stitched that onto my new shirt to tie it all together.
My fun sequined skirt was just a tad bit snug in the waist but lucky for me
it had an elastic waistband. I unpicked the top seam and added 2 inches to
the original elastic.
Now for my favorite part: pockets! I used a piece of scrap fabric to make 2
squares. I unpicked the side seams of the skirt and stitched the pockets in.
I used 2 small scraps that were leftover from the patterned shirt and
stitched them together to make a large piece, which I wore as a headband!
(small to large)
This time I started with two pink sweatshirts and a chambray shirt.
The zippered hoodie was shrunken and had a small puffy paint logo on the left front
and a large one on the back. The hood and sleeves were way too short and the zipper
was wonky and out of shape. The flowered pullover was too small to put on.
I cut them apart and rearranged the shirts. I used the chambray shirt to cover the
puffy paint, add a flounce and reused the front buttons. The flowered shirt becomes
the hood and lengthens the sleeves and the body. The cut flowers bring it all
together for a much more wearable fun garment!
More photos of my process on my blog www.thoughtsfromaseamstress.com
What we are in life is a sum of our past. Sometimes it is reflected in our
actions, our emotions, or in this case as a compilation of sewing and
wardrobe options from days gone by.
I had a little southern granny who sewed crazy quilting pillow covers. On
close inspection, we recognized the fabrics from grandpa’s p.j.’s and
granny’s house dresses. The colorful assortment was a love story. The
assembly of garments and fabric scraps from quilting and mending all worked
together were made new with gentle hands.
My end result contains a skirt too small, a jacket too tight (but the
colors! Oh my!), jelly roll strips from the making of a wedding quilt…
The blank canvas used was a work vest. Ho hum, it was a boxy denim nothing.
The magic that happened converted these castoffs into a smock that exudes
color and playfulness. And pockets. LOTS of pockets! The sassy belt across
the front houses a pouch made from not one, but two pockets!
So, enjoy our venture into the she shed. I gave it a test drive and was
impressed with the versatility (a place for my hammer, my life savers, my
phone, my pencil…).
I love it! Hope you do too!
This week we have an unusual challenge of making something bigger. This is something I need to do to all the clothes in my closet! Anyway, I picked a dress to work on that someone gave me a few years back. I called it my Morticia Addams dress. Do you remember that old TV show, The Addams Family? Morticia always had on a super tight dresses that trailed behind her. Now that’s just what this dress did. Either I was going to have to grow Three more feet and loose 20 lbs or fix the dress. My only option was to fix the dress! I felt like a superhero saving this beautiful crocheted garment. Apparently, I now have a new superhero power!!!! Okay, I’m getting distracted girls, on to the dress. This is the kind of dress you don’t cut up and make into a skirt or a top. It’s to beautiful as it is. I had to save it while keeping its beauty intact. First, I knew I had to create more room in the top and change the neckline. I took a chance and slit the top down the center front. It seemed like it was going to unravel! Yes, it was going to unravel. Oh, no, Mr Bill what have I done!! Yep, a total panic moment for me. Luckily, for me, a good zig zag and seam binding did the trick. Yes, it’s stable and it survived. Next, I added lace, trim, flowers and beads to the neckline. I felt the neckline was the focal point of the dress. It needed to be elegant. All of which was achieved with the trims I had purchased from a local organization called, Redding Fashion Alliance. They were selling scraps of lace and fabric to raise money for sewing scholarships. What a great program. After that, I cut off the bottom of the dress. Wow, let me tell you, I can make a whole other dress with that bottom piece. Moving forward I then used part of the bottom piece to make a ruffle. I sewed it on at an angle to create eye appeal. I also had an antique piece of lace that I sewed on over the ruffle. The lace is so beautiful and delicate. Oh and I did tea dye all my laces. I love using Red Rose Tea. It gives things a slight rosy color.
THE DRESS HAS BEEN SAVED! Just think, I almost gave it away.
I hope I have inspired you with me ideas. Hope to see you next week.
I love the color of this wool coat dress a friend gave me a few years ago. It was a bit snug across the back & I didn’t care for the straight silhouette.
By removing the sleeves I gained freedom across the upper back. I used the sleeves to make 5 godets. By adding 3 godets to the back and 2 to the front I was able to achieve the fit & flare volume that I had envisioned.
I wet felted this wool/mohair scarf last year and really didn’t have any coordinates to wear with it.
So I took the leftover wool/mohair roving and needle felted it into the bottom of the vest.
I hand beaded the center front, armholes and collar topstitch lines.
The gold buttons were replaced with beaded round balls that I made from the leftover beads.
RED HOT STATEMENT SUIT
As I think about the challenge for each week, I try to achieve this set of criteria:
Will the finished restyle be something I will be proud to wear? Does it reflect my creativity and personal style?
Does the restyle inspire my followers and those of The Renegade Seamstress?
Are the restyling techniques adaptable for all sewing skill levels?
This week’s challenge…small to large…is something that I do frequently. In my dreams I am a petite size 6; in reality I have a mixed size figure…12ish on top/14+ on the bottom…and I have a slight hip deformity. Enlarging beautiful thrift finds to fit my body is definitely in my skill set.
With the help of a size 6 pleated skirt and a size 4 A-line skirt (for additional fabric), I have enlarged an extremely ill-fitting jacket (ok in the shoulder, way too tight over the tummy/hips, ridiculously long sleeves) and tiny size 6 crepe pants to create a mixed fabric, shades-of-red suit.
Asymmetry is extremely helpful in camouflaging my figure discrepancies. And, I think asymmetrical garments are just more interesting! My restyled, too tight jacket now has plenty of tummy and hip room with the addition of pleated peplums. The tiny crepe pants gained waist and hip ease with pleated side seam insets.
As I prepared my challenge this week, I was thinking about two of my favorite quotes:
“When in Doubt Wear Red” and “People Will Stare. Make it worth their while.”
My entry checked off the criteria for me (creative and reflects my personal style.) I hope you are inspired to find your RED, try some restyling and go out there and turn some heads!
Wondering what to do with all of those old t-shirts hanging around your closets and lurking in your drawers? Before you throw them out or give them away, make some t-shirt yarn.
Then, grab a mesh rug canvas, a latch hook, a cup of your favorite beverage and get set up in front of your favorite tv series. You’re gonna get hooked on rug making when you find out how relaxing it is to create these beautiful no-waste projects. Your friends will be shocked when you tell them that you created this mod, shag rug from old t-shirts.
Click here for the full tutorial on how to make this rug.
Click here for the full tutorial on how to make t-shirt yarn.
Happy Hooking! 😉
PS. If you’re following Refashion Runway Season Five, be sure to click here to check out the newest challenge, Faux Fur, and vote for your favorite designer.
We interrupt Refashion Runway Season Five to bring you this special announcement:
If you been inspired by the creative and talented designers from Refashion Runway and would like to try some refashioning yourself, but you’re not sure where to start, making t-shirt yarn might be just the ticket.
Instead of throwing away all those old, unwanted t-shirts, turn them into yarn. It’s easy, it’s fast, it’s fun and it’s one more way to join the zero-waste movement. Use t-shirt yarn just like you would any other yarn — you can crochet, knit, make rugs, macrame, make pompoms, wall hangings or even make some tassels with it. If you don’t have any old t-shirts at home, check out your local thrift shop — there are mountains of t-shirts hanging around, in every color, just begging to be used and kept out of the landfills.
My thought on faux fur is a little bit goes a long way. This is why I decided
against making a full faux fur dress hahaha! Anyway, scrolling through Pinterest I
saw a jean jacket with faux fur accents(which I fell in love with), which was the
basis of my inspiration for this challenge.
I started with a jean dress that I outgrew and a faux fur stole I scored at the
I cut the dress in half and made a skirt out of the bottom and a cropped jacket out
of the top. I cut apart the stole and used the faux fur to make a new collar and
cuffs for my cropped jacket. Then I cut a long thing piece of fur to hem the bottom
of my jacket. I even had enough fur to accent around the heel of my newly thrifted
I obviously needed a shirt to wear since my dress was now 2 pieces. I had an old
black turtleneck that I removed the sleeves and removed one side seam from the
turtleneck so it was less restricting.
I love how just a little bit of this faux fur makes a big difference when added to
my new outfit!
“This round was equally fun and challenging! Fur is not my favorite material to work
with, but I absolutely adore the finished look, so I was excited to push
myself! I went to the thrift store and couldn’t believe my eyes; they
had 2 wedding dresses! I knew this would be the perfect project for a fur challenge.
It’s winter here, so I thought a fur wedding gown for a winter wedding would be
amazing! I cut the lace trim off the bottom of the skirt, cut a couple of feet
off the train, and completely removed the bodice. I trimmed more off the top of the
dress and adjusted the height in the front, so it would have a more prominent
high-low look. Unfortunately, the local thrift stores didn’t have anything faux
fur, so I then made a new bodice from a fur lapghan (which is usually our movie
blanket, so don’t tell my daughter! lol) and also added fur trim to the skirt
(in place of that lace). I made wide straps from the fur, because I wanted them to
fit scrunched up on the shoulders, but wide enough so they could drape over the top
of the arms as well. I took a portion of the skirt that I had cut off and made a
belt and also took one of the bows from a sleeve and added that to the front center
of the belt. I removed the buttons & placket from one sleeve and added that to
the back bottom of the dress opening. “
Hey everyone! When I went to my local thrift shop I didn’t find a lot of options for faux fur in the clothing section, so I used stuffed animals. I also used a men’s button up that I thrifted and my husbands old jacket that he was planning to get rid of. Since it fit me in the shoulders I used the shirt for the outside as a guide for how I wanted my new jacket to look and used my husbands old jacket for the lining. And the faux fur for the cuffs and collar.
Wow, let me tell you, this challenge was hard. It all started as I was perusing the Goodwill. They hardly had any fake fur. I tried a few other thrift stores and all the fur was either real and STINKY or fake and well I just kept thinking of lice and bed bugs . Oh my what to do, time is running out! As I was distracting myself with cleaning I literally stepped on the answer! There it was the small, fury carpet on the floor. I could totally use that. But wait, the best part is if it does have cooties I know they belong to me!!! Then more good luck came my way as I opened my overstuffed linen closet. There, folded and squished in between a million fury throws was the carpets match. A match made in Heaven! Like chocolate and peanut butter. I squealed with joy!! Off I went full speed ahead with my fury carpet and soft cozy couch throw. The end result was a soft and cozy cootie free cape. Now I have to tell you, my son said it looked like something they would wear on the TV series, Game of Thrones . Well, okay, I can live with that. Just bring me my crown to match my cape. Okay girls I know you all have a lot of throws around the house. Be brave, cut them up, and make yourselves a cape, Oh and feel free to buy yourself a crown. I know I’m going to!!! Hope you’ve enjoyed my upcycling adventure with fur. See you next time.
To begin, I took the coat apart and washed and dried it on high heat which helps make the fur easier to handle.
Then I just let it speak to me and I saw the arms of the coat and immediately thought boots so then everything else just fell into place.
Everything is lined with the lining from the jacket and the clasp on the neck scarf is repurposed from the front of the coat.
I made the leather swimsuit from the black leather dress and used the leftover leather to attach the tassels to each piece.
South Lake Tahoe made for a great back drop for this high fashion look.
Greetings from chilly Paris…Paris Michigan that is. I have a theory about
the whole groundhogs and Winter thing: If you hibernate indoors, and don’t
go into the out, there won’t be any chance of seeing your shadow! So, in an
attempt to stay toasty and warm, I bring you
This week’s finds were a bit of a stash-buster. I utilized a few of my
fleece throws that were only gently used as craft show table coverings to
make a cozy pair of lounge pants. The pink jammies were my jumping off
point in patterning the pants. I used scrap from making p.j.’s as Christmas
gifts last year as trim at the waist and cuff.
I wanted the fur to line a hood and slippers. This one yard remnant (@60%
off!) worked like a charm, with some to spare. The blue dress used in the
jacket was a little on the flimsy side, but my stubborn self would not
un-sew the fur once it was contained.
I completed the ensemble by crocheting a pair of slippers, and then lined
them with the same fur.
Ooh la la! Comfy warmth from head to toe!
I thought I would try denim as faux fur this week. It was harder than I expected,
but I think it worked out! I’ve got more photos about how I put it all together in
my blog, thoughtsfromaseamstress.com
As a textile artist and restyle designer, I approach each challenge with the goal of creating artistically refashioned wearable pieces. This week the result is a glistening coat dripping with elegance!
My before items included a girl’s ivory fur jacket, a faux racoon vest, a diy Cruella Deville tote bag, a metallic gold sweater and a basic taupe trench coat. What a crazy collection of findings!
The trench coat was altered to give a fit and flare shape. All fur pieces and the sweater were deconstructed. Then using an unconventional approach, I built the outer coat on top of the shaped trench coat. The undercoat supports the weight of the fur and avoids stretching the sweater.
My coat features seven godets in the skirt, a double collar, fur sleeves and floating back bodice panel and white banding accents.
I started with a classic wool coat with velvet cuffs, pocket covers and collar. I purchased two kinds of faux fur and made removable collars and cuffs. The coat can still be worn without them. I refitted the coat and removed the double breasted front and the former pockets. The pockets were replaced with pleats and the double breasted buttons for an asymmetric look. I also removed the collar, cuffs, and pocket covers. Each fur piece was prepared be removing fur from the seam allowances and undersides were lifted with satin. I also made an additional velvet button from the cuffs that I removed to make the collars pop. The button is interchangeable between the collars with an elastic attachment. The collars and cuffs are attached with elastic and buttons for easy removal.
I love plaid and was excited to find this coat. I thought the black fur complemented the colors. I took apart the coat and reshaped the bodice and took in the sleeves. I did the same with the lining and replaced it. I cut the fur and sewed it on to the coat ( collar and sleeve). I hand sewed the hem. It was a challenge to work with the faux fur but I like how it turned out. I can wear it with a belt to dress it up or casual without.
I had never worked with faux fur before, so felt a bit intimidated. I selected a faux lambs wool coat to transform. It is very well made and was a steal for $35. Vests are more wearable than coats in our temperate northern California climate, so a vest transformation was my plan.
The before pictures were taken in bright sunlight, which makes the “fur” look a completely different color than the after shots. My photographer (husband George) advised open shade for the remainder of photos, right as always – thanks honey.
The coat is a classic shape, with nice in-seam pockets. Liking the simplicity of the cut I decided to maintain the basic silhouette.
I removed the sleeves, removed the shoulder padding, detached the armhole lining, and sculpted out vest shaped armholes. I also tightened the armhole by taking in the side seam and shoulder seams a bit.
After turning under the raw fur edges and stitching them in place by hand I tackled the lining. In order to curve the lining shy of the armhole opening I clipped it all the way around, turned it under, and hand stitched it in place.
I’m loving the result. It is a very wearable vest, much more so than the jacket. Paired with a thrifted linen blouse, thrifted jeans, and gifted earrings it looks great.
I wore my vest over to to the Happy Dragon to show the ladies the transformation (which they loved) and ran into my doppleganger! Marley is an adorable 5 year old Labradoodle from Scotts Valley, CA. His human graciously agreed he could appear here for your viewing pleasure.