Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Refashioning - Dyeing

One of the simplest ways to refashion fabric items is to dye them - one of my favorite things to do!  These pieces all began as plain white finds from Goodwill.  I forgot to take before pictures - just imagine them white!  I used fiber reactive Procion Dyes (I order them from Dharma Trading Company) and these instructions.

I used Kingfisher Blue for this shirt.  It dyes a nice chambray color - and this shirt has little white dots that didn't pick up the dye as well, so it has some nice contrast.

This is a thicker cotton knit fabric cardigan that I dyed with Plum and then changed the buttons out to my favorite pearl ones.  Oddly enough I end up wearing cardigans more in the summer in Phoenix than the winter!  Most places around here are air conditioned to arctic frigid.

This gorgeous tablecloth was on a $1 close out - granted, it did look pretty plain in white.  I dyed it with a mixture of 3 parts Peach and 1 part Terracotta and did not leave it in the dye for the full amount of time - I just kept an eye on it until it got a little darker than what I wanted.  It has a beautiful handmade look - it's machine made, though!

After a short break from the rainbow washcloths I'm back working on them!  Next week I'll have the second to last one.

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Monday, April 21, 2014

Refashioning - Skirt to Shirt

I spent the weekend working through my pile of clothes I've collected for refashioning/dyeing - my idea of fun!  A really good source of unique fabric is large sized skirts.  This was a size 28 skirt in a gorgeous, soft cotton from India.

I cut it open at the back seam (the only seam, so it gave me a lot of fabric to work with) and then used Butterick 5948 to cut out the pieces for a loose, drapey shirt.

It's so comfortable, it's already one of my new favorite shirts!

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Inspiration - Refashioning Ideas

I'm planning on spending the weekend working on refashioning some of the pile of clothes I've built up over the last few months!  Most of my pieces to rework come from Goodwill - one of my favorite things to do is spend a morning scouring a few of the stores for promising clothing.  If you've been wanting to give it a try, here are a few tutorials to get you started!

I'm always on the lookout for ideas to use with my piles of old denim - I love these cute slippers!  For me, it'd be minus the pink bows, but I'm just pretty much not a bow-type person.  Nancy Minsky's tutorial is on The Guardian website here.

Any thing that adds lace gets my attention!  This refashion starts with a men's t-shirt and recuts it for a better fit.  Melanie's tutorial is here.

And how darling is this!!  Refashioning it from an adult sweater means you can use the original hemline as the dress hemline for a clean looking finish.  Find the tutorial on Make It & Love It.  If you don't have a baby dress to use as a pattern, there are lots of patterns available for knits that would work just as well.

I've seen quite a few skirts made from mens' dress shirts and, meh - haven't been too excited about them.  This one looks nice, though!  And it'd look great made from one of the wild Hawaiian shirts Goodwills here seem to have quite a few of.  Amber of Ruffles and Roses has the tutorial here.

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Old Moon, New Fabric

In case you missed the lunar eclipse Monday night/Tuesday morning, here's a montage of photos I took over about an hour and a half.  It was gorgeous!  

Luckily I'm currently on Pacific time so I didn't have to stay up all night, but it was late enough I was groggy all day.  So today I'm working on what I'd planned to yesterday!  I found this gorgeous Elizabeth's Studio print at my favorite quilting store .... I'm definitely making placemats from some of it.  If your fabric store doesn't carry it, Amazon has a few yards in blue and multi here.

And I couldn't resist getting these two packs of 5x5 batik prints.  These I have no idea yet what I'll do with them!  I've tried to put a moratorium on that type of purchase, but these were too good to resist ... so today's job is to do some designing.

Happy Creating!  Deborah