Glitter Top Refashion

I know…it has been months since my last post. Life has been busy and I haven’t had time to do any sewing. One of my sisters moved recently and gave this shirt to me when she was sorting out what to get rid of before packing.

The sleeves were much too long but I knew I had to do something with it. The first thing was to make the sleeve shorter. Here it is with one sleeve still the way it was:


I played around with a few ideas:


But I think I’ll go with this (to hide my not so slim tummy):


I hope to sew it on after Thanksgiving.


Why I Haven’t Been Posting.

I started this blog to show some of the things I have re-made into things I will actually wear instead of sitting around taking up much needed space.

Since I have hit menopause, the weight gain the came with it, I needed to make most things bigger! I tried to lose that tummy fat and it was not working, so making a new wardrobe made sense. There was no way I was buying new ones and I was not going to give up on losing some of that weight.

Well, I am down ten pounds! Still trying to lose at least fifteen more. I want to sew my new wardrobe so much, it’s fun, it’s something new that I think I will be doing from now on. A new hobby!

Posting will be light for a while. Oh well, it has given me time to browse everyone’s sewing blogs, learning new things, and seeing outfits I would like to make down the road, when I finally try my hand on a few patterns.

Gypsy Carved Flowers

My mother saw these flowers and decided she had to try her hand at it:



She didn’t have the right tools and used a small carving knife. If you want to know a bit more about them and how to carve one yourself you can visit this site by Sean Hellman.

This is a new lily in our garden:


And this is the latest article of clothing that I am in the middle of refashioning:


I like it but the top part is too low, the band is a bit snug and I don’t really wear dresses very often. Casual ones would be more my style anyway.

Refashioned Jacket Update

Remember this too short, ugly collar, big buttoned jacket?


You can read about how I took off the collar, the buttons, and shortened the sleeves here.

So far I have sewn the collar onto the bottom of the jacket and hemmed the sleeves.


There was a small problem with the collar not being long enough to go all around the bottom. What to do? Well I took part of the sleeve I had cut off, opened it up and sewed them all together.


Not bad. Still wearable. The front is still pretty blah.

Maybe a collar and buttons?


I don’t mind the buttons but I think the collar makes it look too old for me. I know that I am far from a spring chicken at 45, still, I feel young at heart. Maybe just the buttons?


Use black bias tape around the neckline and throw on a scarf?


I think the scarf wins. I like this!  😉

Any suggestions are welcome.



Refashioned Jacket

I am still playing around with this hand-me-down jacket.


I did not like the collar, the buttons, the arms were much too long and the length of the jacket was too short for my liking.

If you are new to my blog, please note this month is the first time that I have attempted to sew and I have never sewn using a pattern (yet). My focus right now is to get comfortable using a sewing machine while refashioning the bags of clothing given to me from my sisters. (They go through clothes like most people go through a box of tissues!)

The first thing I did was remove the collar in hopes of attaching the to the bottom of the coat. Like this:


Pretty cool!


There was a small problem though:


That’s right, I didn’t have enough to go all around it! What to do now? Well, the arms were too long, I could always use them:

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Obviously the snaps will be taken off. All of this is just stay stitched until I decide what to do. I don’t mind the back being shorter. I could always add some things to pretty it up.

Maybe a collar of some sort?



And something at the back?


I will let it wait a few days and let you know what I come up with. Feel free to hand me any advice.

Needed a Quick Pick-Me-Up

I am still working on the dress but since making all the changes I am in a stage of regret over the changes that I have made. Time to set it aside for a bit and whip up something quick to make my mood a bit lighter.

I never took a before shot of this shirt. All that has been done to it was adding the sheer black frill to the bottom, just to pretty it up a bit.


I like the style of this jacket but never wear it. I think it is the buttons. I am sorting through a stash tonight and hope to find ones that will go with it.

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I don’t know what to do with this jacket at all. I don’t like the collar, or the buttons (which are really snaps inside and the buttons are for looks. The collar can be snapped to stay turned up or unsnapped to lay flat. It is much shorter than one’s I normally wear. A vest, maybe?

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