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Monday, October 24, 2016

#8 September Back to School: Wood Look Buttons Upgrade a Basic Top

*I pledge not to buy any new RTW or thrifted for my after retirement "Back to School" wardrobe.
*I pledge to shop from my closet.

Rust stripe shirt from the closet. It needed an upgrade to make it to the “back to school wardrobe.”

•   Removed the cheap plastic buttons.
•   Upgraded with wood look buttons from the stash. Love these!!! And I have more!!!

•    Such a simple change! This is a cotton / spandex blend,, super comfortable.
Now, ready to wear with jeans, denim skirts, almost anything.

Like changing jewelry can upgrade our look, changing buttons can upgrade a garment.

New buttons.
Worn with a denim skirt.

AFTER: Will be very versatile
with denims, khakis.
Love these thick wood look buttons.

They look hand-carved.
Each button is different.


Nothing Special

Plastic needed an upgrade.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

This was a request from a friend. She wanted a simple split open front for this dress so she could wear it with leather pants instead of leggings. If only everything was this easy!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

How To Paint Minnie Mouse Costume Shoes

Hi all,

Hope you are not sick of Minnie Mouse stuff cuz I have simple shoe painting project to share this week. All it takes is a pair of plain shoes, some yellow paint, red paint, red bows and some polycrylic finish.

You can find more details here.

Cindy @ Upcycled Design Lab

Polyester Red

This new school year has really thrown me off track and I haven't been sewing much.  Earlier this week, I pulled out this dress, for the 27th time and decided to make a few alterations so I could wear it.   I took in a few inches under the arms on both sides, and then cut a few inches off of this red dress to make it shorter. It was an awkward mid-shin length.  I cut off about 5 inches and all of a sudden it became mid-thigh length.  It's a little shorter than I intended.  (Why does that always happen? I guess I don't have a good sense of my body mass.) 

Anyway, I wore it with black leggings and boots, and it was more like a long shirt/ tunic. I love the color and it has some interesting texture on the fabric.  It feels a little funny, which is why I hesitated 26 times in doing anything with it. But it was so easy to sew! The dress is 94% polyester and 6% something else.    Polyester is my new favorite fabric to sew, and with a tank top under, leggings under and a black cardigan over, none of the fabric touched my skin.  Here's to getting back into sewing with an easy refashion!

Thanks for reading,
Love, Amy Jo @ The Little Moments

Friday, October 21, 2016

From jeans to quilt

Were you as in awe of all the creations for this year's Refashioner's Jeans challenge?  I was so inspired that I just had to join it.  I started with jeans, but not just any.  For years I'd been saving my boys jeans as they grew up or out of them.  Usually they had holes in the knees so couldn't be passed on to a younger brother.  I don't have a before photo, but I'm pretty sure you've all seen jeans with holes in the knees!  So I created a quilt for my oldest son from all his old, holey jeans.
It could very well be my favorite of all the things I've ever refashioned!  To see lots of process photos and all the details, visit me here at Skirt Fixation.