Why, oh why, do I do this every winter?
Those snacks and treats that I would NEVER pay any attention to, much less have a relationship with in the summer keep finding their way into my life and into my mouth this time of year. French fries, donuts, and yes, even large quantities of cheese puffs seem harmless to me when it’s cold and dreary outside.
Until one day, my little “I Can Eat Anything I Want” fantasy turns into a “Getting Dressed in the Morning” nightmare. As one outfit after another is rejected and thrown on the floor and the pile becomes bigger and bigger, I wonder who’s body has taken me hostage. Each outfit is abandoned as it literally stretches the limits of appropriate work wear and my options become very limited.
That’s when I reach for those boxy shirts and sweaters.
Although they may be comfortable and hide a multitude of sins, let’s face it, for some of us– they do nothing for our well fed figures. But if you combine two boxy shirts you can create an entirely new look. By adding a little elastic to the waistline, you can create a shirt/sweater combo that is both comfortable and has a more flattering silhouette.
So set down that bag of cheese puffs and wear off a few calories by clicking here to see the entire tutorial: 🙂
To wear off even more calories and for your chance to win a copy of my new book, The Refashion Handbook, just leave a comment and pin the tutorial to one of your Pinterest boards. I’ll announce the winner next week.
The winner from last week’s Sweater Slipper post is…
Tamara Greetham Krick!
Congratulations and please send your address to me at email@example.com so I can send it out to you.
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I love this idea! I plan to make the upper portion longer (due to my short waist-itis) and use a old lace table cloth for the bottom. Ciao Wanda
Thank you, Wanda. I love the idea of using a lace tablecloth for the bottom. Thanks for sharing!
Hooo I love this. Thank you, thank you.
What a great idea! You are so creative. Now I’m off to the thrift store to do some shopping. Thanks for the inspiration.
Thank you, Terri! I hope you find just the right combo at the thrift shop. Have fun.
This is a very clever idea, Beth. I love your description of WHY it needs to be done. It would be nice to see this dress on a model…especially one of MY body type 🙂
Thank you, Mother Deer! Now that my fashion photographer is 17 and involved in just about everything, our photo shoots are much less frequent. I guess I might have to go searching for a new photographer.
I need to do this too!
Have fun, Marla!
Love how you find just the right tutorial when I need wardrobe help! I have also overindulged in my favourite winter comfort snacks. 😦
I’m so happy this was a timely post for you, Karen! Have fun!
I love this now I know what to make my daughter for a just because gift…
So so cute… I’m prolly going to make myself one too…
You’ve got one lucky daughter, Niecy!
Love it! Going through my closet ASAP! You are so creative!
Thank you, Joy! Have fun!
Another great idea. I think I have some items already that I can do this with. I’ll be pinning this to do soon. It would even work with some summer weight shirts too. You are always an inspiration.
Thank you for your nice comment, Teri!
This is great! I love this idea. I am going to sign up for your newsletter too! I pinned this too–my friends will be enjoying this idea!
Thanks for pinning, Claudia!!
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Love this! !
Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for the awesome post! 🙂
Good solution to a common problem–food and fit!
You do an awesome job of refashioning clothes and I love your ideas!
Thank you, Debbie! You are very kind.
I love seeing what great new idea you’ve placed in my inbox each week! Another great refashion idea pinned and added to my To Do List! Thanks for a chance to win your wonderful book!
So cute! It would work over leggings, too, if the shirt portion was on the short side. Another great tutorial, Beth!
This is lovely!! What a neat idea! Time to hit the thrift shop!
I loved this one- pinned to my sewing board!
Love this! Pinned to my And Sew On board 🙂
What a cute idea. Pinning it to my fashion board.
I think wintertime snacking gets to all of us! Last night, after a family game night of train dominoes and Phase 10, we found ourselves indulging in Orange Julius’ and salty potato chips. I had to walk away from the table just to quit eating the chips! What a cute way to win the war on this yearly dilemma!
What a cute sweater/blouse! I love how you did it and makes perfectly
I love this, I’m going to check out some clothes I have packed up to go to good will and see what I come up with. Thanks for sharing. I commented and shared over at eHow.
Your ideas are just what I need! The slippers are getting made first, I think, then the dress/shirt refashion for a tunic. Keep the good stuff coming…Thanks
This is such a clever idea. Who would think a shirt could become a skirt! I pinned your tutorial.
Thanks for the giveaway.
You are so sweet to have another give away. Please count me in…
Hope you have a nice Valentines Day!
Love your whole website, as well as the scenery – I used to live in the Tri-Cities, now I’m an East Tennessee transplant 🙂 Miss it back there!
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Looks like an anthropology hack