How to Sew In-Seam Pockets

In-seam pockets are sewn right into the side seams of a dress or skirt and are practically invisible when done well.

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There’s nothing like a handy pocket on your favourite dress and these are seriously some of the easiest pockets to make. Great to add in when you’re refashioning too. You don’t even have to use matching fabric. Just as long as your fabric choice is lightweight (to avoid adding bulk) and complimenting in colours (in case it peeks out a little). Continue reading

Refashion: Floral Dress

I loved this dress as soon as I saw it and, let’s be honest, it’s tough to say no to a free matching belt.

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After attempting to sell this “vintage dress” on Trade Me without success, I decided to jump right in with a refashion instead. Definite potential here.

Process of a dress refashion |

The skirt had so much fabric to it! After unpicking the pleats, I must have cut away about half the skirt width before gathering and reattaching the skirt again. Continue reading

Refashion Runway – season two

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Season two of Refashion Runway has just started over at Renegade Seamstress. I’m so excited and will be watching with much anticipation. I haven’t heard of any of the chosen contestants ┬ábefore, so I can’t wait to explore their blogs and see what they come up with.

There are six challenges this time too, so the fun (and no doubt, pressure and nerves for the contestants) will last even longer this time!

Life has gone a bit crazy in the Offsquare household lately, but I hope to be sewing again real soon. I have a refashion project I can’t wait start!

Refashion: Polkadot Blazer

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Sometimes a refashion just jumps out at me and this polkadot number was one such occasion. I do love those refashions, but to be honest, it’s not always that easy.

Do you see the potential too?

At the moment, it’s got huge shoulder pads and a button that draws the eye straight to the belly button. “Hey guys! Like my big, freakishly white outie?!”. Then there’s that bizarre fake shirt attached to it at the front. Yuck. Continue reading

Why I Buy Secondhand

Call me sentimental, but this one dollar thrifted find is more than just an apron to me. It tells a story. It comes to me preloaded with history.

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The worn fabric feels soft in my fingers and I admire the worn floral fabric. It’s starting to go thread bare on the right hand side, directly in the place your hand naturally falls on your thigh when you want to dry or clean your hands. Continue reading

Refashion: Summer Dress

It’s the last week of Refashion Runway! I hope you’re not tired of me talking about it yet, but we’re almost done. A winner is due to be crowned next week!

I haven’t made it through this round, but pop on over for a refashion feast anyway and vote for your favourite! refashioned this ugly wonder into a stunning summer dress. She does tons of inspiring refashions!So, this last challenge is themed “summer dress”. While it is winter here, I’m still really excited about this one. I found this “vintage” doozy a month or so back and knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. Continue reading