Monday, December 7, 2009

My first re-fashion

OOTD Sat Dec 5 2009



Outfit Details:

cardigan - J.Crew, top - Old Navy, skirt - DIY (re-fashioned from a tee), shoes - Steve Madden

A few months ago, I came across the Wardrobe Re-fashion community. And while I lack the drive to give up new clothes completely for 2/4/6 months in order to join their pledge, I'm still very much intrigued with the idea of re-fashioning outdated or ill-fitting items to give them a new life.

My Dad has been cleaning out his basement and dropped off a bag of my old clothes last week. Much of the stuff are clothes I used to wear in high school (circa late 80s/early 90s) and had been sitting forgotten in plastic bins in his basement. On Friday night, I decided to sort through them. While some of them were just horrible (oversize sweaters and grunge floral dresses that are indecently short), I did find a few simple tops classic enough to wear even now. I also found this burgundy oversize tee which caught my eye. I held it up, and it instantly whispered "skirt" to me.

An hour later, three feet of elastic, a few snips of the scissors and a jaunt through my sewing machine created this skirt. Considering that I was just winging it (no pattern), I am really happy with how it turned out.

Of course, I had to wear it the next day to dinner at the in-laws. My sister-in-law liked it so much that she asked if I could make her one. While I don't have any more oversize tees in my closet to re-fashion, I will be scouring the clearance racks at Old Navy and Walmart to create a few more for me and her. And come to think of it, my Dad's got a few more bins of my old clothing sitting in his basement.

9 comments:

orchidsinbuttonholes said...

I love this idea, and I love how it turned out! I never would have guessed that it once was an oversized, unworn tee! The pockets are perfect, and I love how you've styled it with the navy cardigan.

May Kasahara said...

I can't believe that skirt was a TEE! WTF OMG!

I love it - you did an amazing job.

ps. check out ALL the cremesheens at MAC - I swear I never tried the formula before but it is AMAZING. best texture.

La Historiadora de Moda said...

A friend of mine did the 4 month challenge, but she is far more skilled with crafting than I. Plus, I don't own my own sewing machine. I love the idea, though. You did a fantastic job with your refashioning! I love a skirt with pockets!

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Fell 4 Fashion said...

This is GENIUS!! Love it and it turned out so well!

Jesspgh said...

I love that skirt and I especially love that you made it! You are so talented!

Elaine said...

I LOVE the toned-down colors here. And I'm still amazed that you made the skirt. It looks EXACTLY like AA!


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Fell 4 Fashion said...

Ok, me again :) I'm dying to make one of these. How did you do it?? Tutorial please????? :)

overcaffeinated said...

Danielle, of course I can post a tutorial. I'll try to get something up in the next couple days.

sasyone said...

That skirt you made from a tee is fantastic! So clever. I would love to see a tutorial too!

Carole
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