Thursday, August 17, 2017

Even more distressed jeans

Here's a tip you probably don't need: Jeans, even with a high elastic fibre content, are not suitable gear for rock wall climbing.  I might have mentioned this once or twice to the family member who thought it was worth a try... Turns out fashion is not more important than function.

This is what happened on the wall:
Spectacular, no? The jumper remained on for the rest of that day, and she moved very carefully. The jeans were already faux-distressed, and so lots of section were already weak and wearing through, but they are also favourites.  So these other jeans (hmm, I see a pattern here) were used for reinforcing.

And now the favourites look like this:

And up close, the mix of faux and real distressing - successful save:

Happy sewing!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Paisley with Purpose - Dress Reworked into Top

reworked paisley top and brooch by karen vallerius

A few years ago I reworked a boring vintage cotton paisley dress into this 1950s style retro top.  I love the colourway of this paisley and like to wear the top with jeans.  Of course, there were a few smaller scraps left over from the project (and of course I cannot throw any textile pieces away!) and this week I made some flower brooches, one of them shown above. 

reworked paisley top and brooch by karen vallerius

More about this project on my blog.

Happy stitching everyone x

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

In The Navy

Hello Refashion Co-op. I put together this navy blue outfit from 2 separate pieces. I just liked how they looked together. The blouse was too big and the sleeves were way too long. The skirt was also too big. I like the full round skirt. The shape felt like the 50's, a little. 

I removed the sleeves and turned the raw edge under and stitched it down. I followed the seam that was already there and stitched over it.

I took a little off each side at the waist. This kept the skirt full but nicely fitted around the waist.

I liked the 50's vibe this outfit had. It was really comfortable in the August heat too. 

That is a BIG cup of beautiful caffeine in my hand.

For more pictures and details go to I Can Work With That.

That boring discoloured cardi - Greenery #3

This is one of those stables, that if I were ever to compose a capsule wardrobe, it would befinitely be part of it. Unfortunately the white had gotten a greyish tint.

I have a solution for that: Green.

Then I did the same as with the skirt from yesterday: Removed the buttons and added new black ones. These facet decoration beads I had had forever, and I am beginning to take a liking to facet buttons/beads/decoration again.
I made them into buttons by sewing them on very loose and making a stem with the thread.

My old favourite is back from near death, alive and kicking.

Blogpost: That boring discoloured cardigan


For my 10 year high school reunion, I thought it would be fun to refashion my old homecoming dress from high school.

I got the inspiration from a magazine at the grocery store.

I took some printed denim and added it onto the top to make sleeves.

Good for another decade!

Come check it out on my blog!