Now that I'm getting the hang of the sewing machine, I can finally attack my hoard of thrift store clothes that I've stashed for the past few years! I wish I'd been smart enough to take before pics, but I've been too excited to get going.... plus not really wanting to take pics of myself in ugly, unflattering clothing, you know?
First up this dress--used to be a floor length shapeless sack about 10 sizes too big for me. But I loved the fabric, red paisley stretch knit, in fact I have wanted a red paisley dress for years! I cut the body and sleeves up to resize it, sewed the red cuffs to make the sleeves fit my long stick arms, and added the sash. (cuff and sash are simply the reverse side of the fabric.)
I've got extra fabric too, because it was so big!
Close-up of pretty paisley:
This dress was reconned from a giant sweatshirt. The fabric is a stretch velour with a tiny houndstooth pattern. For the light gray fabric I used the reverse side. (the long-sleeved shirt underneath--also a thrift store find--is not part of the dress)
I think it's a little short (...do you?), but because I mucked up by making the waistband too wide at first (it looked weird), I don't have enough fabric left to add more at the bottom. I plan to add some kind of black or gray trim at when I find something suitable.
It was easy to see the potential for awesome when I found this dress, formerly a batwinged shapeless sack of a sweater dress. All I had to do was cut off the sleeves, sew up the sides, and hem it several inches shorter. And I love the cowl neck. (again, I'm wearing a long-sleeved shirt underneath)
And I've saved the best for last. Little boy's long-sleeve shirt, too short for me (obviously
) but oddly enough, too wide for me... I knew I had to wear it. So I sewed up the sides, cropped the sleeves in half, added the black fabric to make it fit me, and now I have this:
which I looove! And I had the Spider-man theme running through my head the whole time I was making this (the Moxy Fruvous version, if you happen to know it.) I kept singing it to the cats.
and I want to wear it everyday! I'm in such denial about my true age
I also have a Batman and a Wolverine shirt to be reconned (I am just such a nerd.)
thanks for looking!!