My sister, Kelly, is about to embark on some overseas travel and isn’t one for sticking to the usual tourist traps. She wants to eat with locals, wrangle language barriers and thoroughly explore a rich new culture. Such fun!
Kelly will be in places that dress modestly, which she will need to respect if she doesn’t want to draw gasps of horror everywhere she goes. The dress code essentially boils down to “no shoulders, no knees, and no skin in between”, which sounds simple enough but was proving a challenge for this intrepid explorer.
So Rosie Miller (another sister) and I collaborated to make Kelly a couple of dresses that would keep her feeling fab and cool in the heat. Rosie generously provided some gorgeous cotton fabrics from her stash, while I got sewing.
First up was a Sigma Dress by Papercut Patterns, but altered to a mid-calf length.
It’s the beginning of the first school term here in NZ and with that comes school uniforms. Many colleges (high schools) require girls to wear kilts and sometimes these need alteration.
Kilts come and go from fashion trends too, so of course this tutorial may be handy for refashionistas too.
Hello popular-UK-store-selling-skirts-similar-to-the uniform-I’m-altering! Awkward. Continue reading
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
I’ve spied some stunning maxi skirts on Pinterest lately, so I couldn’t help but whip one up for myself. And by “whip up”, I mean over a couple of weeks with much unpicking and stubborn determination to get it finished.
Top: Rosie Miller // Skirt: self-made // Bag: thrifted // Necklace: Charislee // Shoes: No1 Shoe Warehouse
I took a break from refashioning this week and sewed up a new dress instead.
Dress: self-made // Belt: thrifted $2 // Shoes: No1 Shoe Warehouse // Watch: Storm Continue reading
I walked past this shirt for a few weeks in the op-shop before I gave in and bought it. I’m so pleased I finally did!
The fabric on this shirt is lightweight and will be great in summer. The style wasn’t quite me though and it needed a little tweaking. Continue reading
After a few weeks of wearing my “new” jeans, a metal button suddenly fell off the front!
Luckily I was home at the time so I avoided any awkward moments. Continue reading
Thankfully I saw this photo on Pinterest a while back. My jeans were worn through and the holes were getting bigger by the day. Continue reading
The top on the left had been such a favourite of mine. It flattered, disguised flaws and was gorgeous to wear. It seems I wore it too much though and the fabric began to disintegrate. Farewell dear friend. Continue reading
These were supposed to be simple skirts. They almost were too … until I cut the fabric wrong. It’s not often I have a good meltdown over a sewing project, but this one was special and I so badly wanted it to be perfect. Continue reading