Today we have Tessie Fay in the house! Tessie has a bright, happy blog full of great DIYs. I loved her family Halloween costumes HERE, her wrapping station HERE, and these pretty, pretty fabric frames HERE. Welcome Tessie!
Hi Everyone! My name is Tessie and I blog over at tessiefay.com. I love to sew, diy, and create beautiful spaces for my home. I have been a fan of Cheri's blog for a long time and I am thrilled to be part of the refashionista series this year! (Don't tell anyone, but this is actually my first guest post ever.)
Like many great refashions in the past, I started my journey at Goodwill. I found two pieces that were great quality, but needed some tweaking.
The first was a beautiful pink cashmere sweater for $3. I added a little lace for a feminine touch. Easy Peasy!
The second piece was a strapless dress that I turned into a simple skirt with a ruffle trim.
And here are the two lovely pieces together...
For the sweater I simply pinned lace trim around the neckline and arms.
Then I slowly sewed it down using a straight stitch. Just beware that adding the lace will prevent the neck hole from stretching :) Luckily, my sweater still fit just fine.
For the skirt, I first unpicked and removed the zipper, then cut the skirt and bodice apart.
Next, I finished off the top edge of the skirt by turning it down 1/4 inch, then turning it down again and sewing.
My fabric had a nice stretch to it, so I used a zig-zag stitch to allow it to stretch.
At this point I was going to reinsert the zipper, but then realized that I could just sew up the back seam since my fabric was nice and stretchy.
The skirt was a little big, so I took the back seam in about two inches and cut off the extra material.
I then finished the raw edge with a closed overlock stitch and pressed the seam to one side.
And it looked like this.
The hem was a little long and I wanted to add a little detail so I cut off 2 1/2 inches and added a premade ruffle trim to the bottom.
Ahhh.... much better. (Aren't those shoes fabulous!? They are my all time favorite pair!)
And that was it. A pretty simple refashion and a new outfit for about 12 dollars.
Thanks Tessie! I love the lace on that sweater and those shoes ARE fabulous. You can all check out more great projects at Tessie's blog HERE.