Here’s a fun one.  Years ago a good family friend of ours cleaned out her closets and gave us bunches and bunches of her old clothing.  For years we used them as playclothes, but a few weeks ago I came across this dress and wondered if it would actually fit, and miracle of miracles, it did.  I left the dress as it was, updated the shrug/jacket and slapped on a ribbon from another dress. Free Easter ensemble? I think yes.  (I think I’m going to go clean that mirror now, that is gross.)

Here’s a fun one.  Years ago a good family friend of ours cleaned out her closets and gave us bunches and bunches of her old clothing.  For years we used them as playclothes, but a few weeks ago I came across this dress and wondered if it would actually fit, and miracle of miracles, it did.  I left the dress as it was, updated the shrug/jacket and slapped on a ribbon from another dress. Free Easter ensemble? I think yes.  (I think I’m going to go clean that mirror now, that is gross.)

I’M BACK!!!  I know, I know.  It’s been sooooo long.  I’ve been working and studying and not at all motivated to sew.  Now that I’ve dipped my toe in the water though, I’m hoping to jump back in.  

I chose this vintage 80s (?) blouse because I thought the print was lovely and modern…and then when I finished it I styled it 50s, because of course.  

The damages:

Blouse: thrifted, $1.50

Skirt: thrifted, $2.50

Scarf (as headwrap): thrifted, $1

Clutch: passed down from my grandma

Shoes: Payless, $20

I bought this gorgeous vintage cashmere and fur coat at a thrift store closing sale at the end of the summer, but this is the first time I’ve worn it.  That’s due in part to it being forgotten at the back of my closet for a few months, and also because it’s not the kind of coat you wear with just anything ifyaknowwhaddamean?  (Note: I’m not a fan of the modern fur industry, but I don’t have a problem with vintage furs.)

Cashmere/fur coat: $8

Dress (as skirt): Thrifted, after store credit $6

Sweater: Thrifted $2.50

Shoes: Maurice’s $10

Tights: Who knows?

Total damages: $26.50

In order to make up for my prolonged absence, I’m posting a terrible quality picture of myself.  But really, I know it’s been a while.  About a month ago I started a new job, and for the last two weeks I’ve been on vacation with my family in Florida (which was lovely, by the way) which has thrown my DIY projects to the bottom of my to-do list.  Now that I’m back, though, I’m super excited to start this year off with a whole pile of lovely projects!
Outfit Deets:
Dress: thrifted (this is a lovely Florida find.  I can tell the dress is handmade.), $10
Sweater: $12, DownEast Basic
Belt: $1, Rue 21
Shoes: $15, Chelsea Crew via Ideeli.  
Total damages: $38 

In order to make up for my prolonged absence, I’m posting a terrible quality picture of myself.  But really, I know it’s been a while.  About a month ago I started a new job, and for the last two weeks I’ve been on vacation with my family in Florida (which was lovely, by the way) which has thrown my DIY projects to the bottom of my to-do list.  Now that I’m back, though, I’m super excited to start this year off with a whole pile of lovely projects!

Outfit Deets:

Dress: thrifted (this is a lovely Florida find.  I can tell the dress is handmade.), $10

Sweater: $12, DownEast Basic

Belt: $1, Rue 21

Shoes: $15, Chelsea Crew via Ideeli.  

Total damages: $38 

I’m thinking about adding outfit posts of clothes that focus on non-refashioned, thrifted clothes, because you might not know this, but making clothes all the time is exhausting.  And not really sustainable.  While this DEFINITELY does not mean that I won’t be making more clothing, it does mean that those posts probably won’t be as frequent.  Feedback in the form of messages, reblogs, or asks would be  AWESOME.  
Dress: Thrifted, $4.
Sweater: Anthro label via DownEast Basics, $6.
Scarf as belt: Thrifted (by my mom, actually), $1.
Shoes: Chelsea Crew via Ideeli, $15. 
Bun: Courtesy of my unwashed hair
Total damages: $26.

I’m thinking about adding outfit posts of clothes that focus on non-refashioned, thrifted clothes, because you might not know this, but making clothes all the time is exhausting.  And not really sustainable.  While this DEFINITELY does not mean that I won’t be making more clothing, it does mean that those posts probably won’t be as frequent.  Feedback in the form of messages, reblogs, or asks would be  AWESOME.  

Dress: Thrifted, $4.

Sweater: Anthro label via DownEast Basics, $6.

Scarf as belt: Thrifted (by my mom, actually), $1.

Shoes: Chelsea Crew via Ideeli, $15. 

Bun: Courtesy of my unwashed hair

Total damages: $26.

Alrighty guys, sorry for the unintended break. I’ve been having some more technical problems, but hopefully I’ll get those sorted tomorrow and have some new content up in the next day or so. I have a project that I finished almost a week ago that I’M super excited about, as well as another dress in the works and several more projects still just percolating in my brain. Stay tuned!

This is the other costume I made.  My 13-year-old sister begged me for a month to make her a medieval-type dress for her birthday.  After repeatedly telling her that I had neither the skills nor the money for that much fabric, my mom had the idea of buying an old formal and transforming it.  Add to that formal a couple window hangings and some trim we had on hand and voila, a medievalish/elvish dress. 
Thrifted dress: $7
Thrifted curtains: $2

This is the other costume I made.  My 13-year-old sister begged me for a month to make her a medieval-type dress for her birthday.  After repeatedly telling her that I had neither the skills nor the money for that much fabric, my mom had the idea of buying an old formal and transforming it.  Add to that formal a couple window hangings and some trim we had on hand and voila, a medievalish/elvish dress. 

Thrifted dress: $7

Thrifted curtains: $2