Friday, August 17, 2012

Sewn From Scratch #1

Hello! I want to  share this with you finally. For those of you who follow me on FB or Twitter, you may have seen little sneak peeks of this dress, but I wanted to provide a more descriptive post. So, I made this baby from scratch and I actually love it! To make it, I used Simplicity pattern 2209. It was pretty easy to use. I did have to make some adjustments to the pattern because I have a short torso.The fabric I used was a printed linen from JOAnn Fabrics that I bought about a year ago. The print is fresh and fun. And the blue is so vibrant. I think it's my favorite dress in my closet right now. And I made it! I really hope to enhance my sewing skills and take on more Sewn from Scratch projects. So look out for them! No worries to you refashion lovers. More refashions to come as well! Take Care. -C.C.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

ReFashion #12

A few months ago I found this beautiful linen Brooks Brothers dress from Goodwill for about $5. I'm not sure how old it is, but I found it timeless so I had to own it. I knew that I didn't want to alter the dress too much because of it's quality and almost perfect fit. I decided on bringing the hem up a few inches, removing the shoulder pads, and removing the belt loops since they didn't hit me at my natural waist. I had some fun with the after photos and played around with a scarf I made. Hope you like! -C.C.



Thursday, November 24, 2011

BurdaStyle Featured Member Yall!

Happy Turkey Day! I hope right about now everyone is chowing down on their Thanksgiving feast. I sure am. I just wanted to share with you all the Featured Member article about me on Burda. I feel so honored to be recognized in this way. I'm taking a break from my sewing projects, but all of the praise & encouragement and I get from others makes me want to get right back to it asap! Peace & Love! -C.C. 

Saturday, October 1, 2011


Okay so October is among us! For me, October marks the true beginning of Fall. It's when I start craving pumpkin spice lattes and pulling out my cool weather clothes. I also start asking myself what I'll be for Halloween, one of my all time favorite holidays. I'll never be too old for Halloween! It's so much fun! As children the appeal is the mound of candy you get to gorge on for a month a two. As an adult, the appeal is in the costumes parties. Aren't they the best? I still don't know what I'll be this year, but with my new found sewing skills I can definitely be more creative with my costume. To save money, I was thinking about refashioning a children's costume. I saw some really cute ones at Target the other day. I'll keep you all posted! To close, I want to leave you all with some Halloween pictures of friends & family. Enjoy! -C.C. 

My ninja little brother and Pocahontas
A repeat offender and a lil devil
Freddy Krueger and Granny
My gorgeous friends! My homemade Marge costume was such a hit that year!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

ReFashion #11

My sleeping pattern's been way off lately. I've been up til 3-4am sewing and surfing the net. While up late last night morning, I made this dress from a thrifted pleated skirt using a great tutorial I found on Welcome to the Good Life. It was so easy! I highly recommend it! I'm very happy with how it turned out. The print is very Burberryesque and it'll transition well into Fall which is all about plaids and grid lines. Alright I really need to get some beauty rest. G'nite! -C.C. 

Pleated Skirt, $4, Goodwill




Monday, August 22, 2011

Antique Furniture ReFashion

Sorry I disappeared! All last week I was devoting most of my time and energy to fixing up a piece of furniture and expanding my refashioning skills into the home decor realm. It's an antique dresser with mirror that was listed on Craigs List by a family that was moving to Boston and wanting it off of their hands. They were selling it for a measly $25. I just couldn't resist! It was a perfect fit for my mom's guest room and was sturdy, unlike the rickety furniture you find nowadays. At first it was white and a lil beat up in some places, but I had a feeling that with all of the HGTV I watch I could spruce it up in no time. I started by cleaning the whole surface of the dresser and then sanding everything down. I primed it with some primer spray paint I had from a previous project. Then I painted it with two coats of green latex paint in a high gloss finish, leaving the trim unpainted. After that dried, I painted the trim with an acrylic gold paint. Lastly I put three coats of polycrylic on the top surface to prevent damage. I don't have any before pics because I excitedly jumped into the project and forgot to take some, but I do have a few pics that I took during the process. Til next time! -C.C.

The dresser painted green after sanding and priming

The attachable mirror primed

The final product

Gold trim detail

Friday, August 12, 2011

ReFashion #10

Happy Friday! Today I would like to show you how I refashioned the adorable flower printed skirt I wore in my last post. It wasn't influenced by a trend, but I still think it's super cute! 

Printed Skirt, Goodwill, $6

I started off with this thrifted oversize skirt...

...that I was drawn to because of the pretty flower print.

I used one of my favorite Forever21 skirts as a template for my new skirt.

This skirt has four equivalent panels. 

I measured each side of the panel...

...& transferred the measurement onto some large newsprint. Newspaper works just as well. 

Then I cut my thrifted skirt down one seam... get this. 

I cut off the elastic band...

& then I had a large flat piece of fabric to work with. 

Using the pattern, I cut 4 panels from the fabric & made sure to leave a 5/8 inch seam allowance. 

Here are the four panels. 

I don't have pictures for the rest of the procedure, so I'll just describe what I did: 

I sewed the panels together except for one side seam where a zipper would be inserted. I added some interfacing to the top 2 inches of the skirt and enclosed it in fabric so there would be a stable, defined waistband. The Forever21 skirt has some pleating at the waist, so I added some similar pleats. Lastly, I inserted an invisible zipper at the side seam and finished off the hem. I know this is an extensive refashion. I suppose the reason I get a lil carried away is because I want to transform garments so that ppl will never guess it was thrifted. Have a great weekend everyone! -C.C.