Upcycled Fabrics · Completed Projects

Colourful Clothing Refashion Projects

Another thing I like to do is refashion clothing.  If you’ve followed me for awhile, you will know that I shop in thrift stores for clothing.  I can’t remember the last time I used retail for my clothing needs (except socks and underwear, though I am very slowly trying to change that.  Oh, and shoes.  I’ve recently discovered that I need quality shoes, not previously worn by others.  Yikes.).

The first photo is a black linen dress that was too long.  I chopped off the length and split the side seams.  To those seams, I added rectangular blue linen (from another thrifted linen dress) panels and adjusted them to fit me.  And of course you can see my beloved colourful flowers, in crochet, attached to the front of the dress!  To the bottom I attached a strip of crocheted shells onto a series of blanket stitch on the hem.  I love wearing this with a black long-sleeve t-shirt and leggings, plus my new, flowery Mary Jane shoes! refashion black linen dress applique crochet flowers

refashion black linen dress applique crochet flowers

flowery Alegria Paloma Paisley Party Mary Jane shoes
flowery Alegria Paloma Paisley Party Mary Jane shoes

I discovered that I could cut a circle or partial circle from fabric, attach it to something else, and the result is a flowy attachment that isn’t all gathered and bunched up.  So I chopped the bottom edge off a t-shirt, and cut a half circle (and a smaller concentric half circle) from a vintage sheet.  I sewed the sides of the half-circle (I think that would be the cut radii), sewed the longer rounded edge into a hem, and attached the whole thing to the t-shirt.  I did the same process to make bell sleeves.  Voila!

refashion t-shirt to blue floral tunic dress bell sleeves
refashion t-shirt to blue floral tunic dress bell sleeves

For this next pink and black dress, I did somewhat the same thing.  Instead of cutting circles, though, I cut off the top of a really long skirt and attached that to the t-shirt.  I was able to use the top of the long skirt to make bell sleeves.  The skirt already had embroidery on it, but I added some pink embroidery to tie it to the shirt.  I then added curvy lines of blackish silvery beading to the t-shirt to tie that to the skirt!  These two dresses are also fun to wear with leggings and fun shoes.

refashion pink t-shirt black skirt tunic bell sleeves silver beading
refashion pink t-shirt black skirt tunic bell sleeves silver beading

Plain linen pants found at Value Village got spruced up with couched embroidery!  I lay orange yarn along the side seam, and embroidered a design over it with green and purple embroidery thread.

refashion linen pants embroidered couched yarn on side seam
refashion linen pants embroidered couched yarn on side seam

This is a stretchy black wool skirt I’ve had for awhile.  I crocheted a row of purple shells and attached it to the bottom.  ALSO fun to wear with funky shoes…can you tell I LOVE my new shoes?!?!?  Plus they are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn.

wool skirt refashion with crocheted purple bottom trim
wool skirt refashion with crocheted purple bottom trim

I’ve had this beautiful red wool sweater for awhile, too.  It has raised red embroidery in shapes of flower bunches (though I know they look like birds here).  I decided to outline these shapes in green crewel wool using a chain stitch.  I also added a small green bead to the middle of each shape.

red wool sweater refashion green embroidery around raised shapes
red wool sweater refashion green embroidery around raised shapes

I have more refashion projects on my table; you can be sure I will post them here when I finish them!

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