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...

...to 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.


Monday, August 8, 2011

Busti-Yay!

Alas! Here is my bustier top ensemble. Recall that the bustier is from my Project #9 post. I've refashioned this thrifted, flower printed skirt to go along with it. More details about the skirt next post. Also, I'm rockin my current fave accessories, Daniela Alessandra friendship bracelets! -C.C. 


Before


Skirt Detail



After

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

ReFashion #9

The Trend: The Bustier



busti-yay!

Blouson Nior Striped Bra Top w/ Lacing, $360



Marcela Quintanilla: [Abraham is upset about Selena's "Top Outfit"] It's a bustier!
Abraham Quintanilla: Bustiquela? Es un bra!
Marcela Quintanilla: I think she looks cute.



I'm obsessed with bustier tops right now! Not only because they are really cute and tend to come in fun prints, but also because they are perfect for summer weather. It's just been so hot in Florida lately that the only way to get real relief from the heat is to wear clothing that closely resembles undergarments. To get the look I refashioned a bustier tank top that's been sitting in my closet with tags still on it for months. It wasn't thrifted, but I only paid $6 for it. Score! It's made of a faux denim knit fabric. 




Bustier Tank Top, Ross, $6



Before



First I cut it down to the length I wanted. 

Then I zig-zag stitched the raw edge

I folded the edge under, pinned it in place, and top-stitched

Here's the result after top-stitching

I purchased this eyelet lace trim ($1) & sewed it along the underside 



After


Voila! An adorable bustier to help beat the heat & look good while doing it. I will be wearing this top in an upcoming outfit post with refashioned bottoms, so stay tuned. -C.C.