Showing posts with label Goodwill. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Goodwill. Show all posts

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.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

ReFashion #8


The Trend: Pastels

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Tigerlily Southern Silver Top, $78
Nina Ricci Floral Dress, $675
Juicy Couture Multistriped Cardigan, $240



Hi everyone! Hope you're having a relaxing, carefree Sunday before the work week starts back up again. Today I'd like to share a skirt that was refashioned from a dress. Sadly, I have no before pictures because it was something I started before this blog was created. I'm sorry! Just so you have an idea, the before dress had this pretty pastel print of yellow, pink, purple and teal splashed on both the collared, short-sleeve, button down top and the pleated attached skirt. I decided to create a skirt because I thought the pleats were so gorgeous. To construct it, I detached the skirt and inserted an elastic band at the waist. I know that for my last project I told you that bright colors were in style for spring/summer. Don't fret I didn't lie. This pretty palette is trendy for Fall, so go ahead and start incorporating these soft colors into your wardrobe as the seasons transition. -C.C. 



Pastel Floral Dress, Goodwill, $6




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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

ReFashion #7

The Trend: Brights

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Bright colors popped on the s/s 2011 runway. You can be seen coming from a mile away sporting colors like these. Nothing wrong with that I say. But for those of you that are fearful of looking like a walking highlighter, try wearing a bright statement piece with other nude pieces to tone it down. To represent this trend I found a great Jones New York top in a yellow-orange color (worn backwards in the before pics - woops!). Like my last project, it had shoulder pads that made me feel like a linebacker so I ended up taking them out.  I also chopped off the sleeves and created something like a racerback top. I liked the original shape if the collar, so I kept it. I wore it with a pair of skinny jeans & my fave pair of shoes. Enjoy the rest of your week! -C.C.



Bright Orange Top, Goodwill, $4



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Monday, July 4, 2011

ReFashion #6

The Trend: Bold & Graphic 

bold & graphic

                                      
Ohne Titel dress, $480


Happy 4th of July to all those in the US! I really hope everyone is enjoying their extra long weekend! I'm sorry for the lack of posts lately. I just couldn't decide where I wanted to go with the design of this project, so I left it alone for awhile. It's a very 80's long-sleeved, button-down number equipped with bulky shoulder pads. I was immediately drawn to it because it reminded me of this Versus dress. Similar right? I've noticed this particular color scheme of blues and blacks in bold prints and patterns on the runway. It's edgy and rock & roll to me. I eventually decided to cut out the shoulder pads, chop off the sleeves, bring in the skirt just a tad, and the hem up a few inches. The end product is a edgy little vest dress. I love the double collar and how the slanting lines of the bodice pop against each other, don't you? The fun after shots were taken in front of an old, broken down double decker bus that's parked near a local bowling alley. I hope you enjoy! -C.C. 




Long-Sleeve Shirt Dress, Goodwill, $6


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Also, I wanted to remind you all that ReFashion Statement is on Facebook. There I share previews of my upcoming projects, links to other interesting blogs, DIYs that I enjoy, trend news, and much more. Feel free to stop by to ask questions or leave comments. I truly love being able to interact with my readers in that way.

Friday, June 17, 2011

ReFashion #5



Python is everywhere right now. Burberry is doing it. Roberto Cavalli. Altuzarra. Just pick up a June issue of Vogue and you'll know what I'm talking about. It's not harsh or tacky, but quite toned down and subtle. I happen to love it, so immediately I was on the hunt for anything that resembled a python print at the thrift stores. Eventually, I discovered this burnt orange number with an inner lining that had a snake print. It was much too large at first. Then after much deliberation, I decided to turn it into a tank dress similar to one that I really like by Acne. It has some pleats in the front and a braided back. Without a cinched waist I tend to feel a bit like a blob, so at one point I wore it with a belt. Oh and if you're wondering why it's so smokey in the background of my pics, it's because there are several wildfires burning here in N. Florida and S. Georgia and smoke has filled the air. I thought it had an interesting effect. Hope you like! -C.C.





Printed Dress, Goodwill, $6



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Saturday, June 4, 2011

ReFashion #4

The Trend: Lace Shorts

lacey



I've been dying for a pair of lace shorts. I think the lacey texture adds a little flirt to the spring/summer staple garment. Luckily while browsing through the racks at Goodwill, I found the perfect black lace top to make a pair of my own. I also grabbed a pair of oversize black shorts to be placed underneath the lace. I altered the shorts and removed the back pockets. Then I cut four panels from the lace top, sewed them together, and then sewed them to the shorts. I kept the beautiful scalloped hem that the top originally had. This project took quite long because I had to be extra careful with the delicate lace and I only had a limited supply, but I think it turned out great. Have a great weekend everyone! -C.C.




Lace Top & Black Short, Goodwill, $8


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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

ReFashion #3


The Trend: Gold

gilded





Gucci jumpsuit $1,745
Marc jacobs jacket, $1,700
Gucci sandal, $1,190
Ashish waist skirt, $505
Elie Tahari metallic skirt, $398
Jimmy Choo studded handbag, $595
Gucci gold top, $566



Gold was seen often in Gucci's spring/summer line and the trend continues into fall with Chanel's Pre-Fall line, so I too decided to go for the gold with this next project. I found these oversize, unflattering gold pants (cut off at the knee below) at Goodwill and I turned them into a skirt with a ruffled hem. This one took some time to get just right, but it was well worth the effort because I am in love with it. Also, I wanted to call attention to the earrings that I'm wearing in the last pic. They are hand-made by my good friend Beverly Vergara. She creates and sells beautiful jewelry. Be on the look-out for her Etsy shop Tiernobella which is coming soon or if you have any current inquiries you can click her name to reach her facebook. Have a nice, long Memorial Day weekend everyone! -C.C.



Gold Pants, Goodwill, $6


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Earrings by Beverly Vergara

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

ReFashion #2





I am really proud of this find. These pants are made by Bobbie Brooks, a company that has been making women's apparel since 1939. They fit my waist perfectly, but were too long and wide for my taste so I tapered them some and brought the hem up a few inches. I absolutely adore them now. I decided to wear them with a bright coral top and nude heels. Hope you like! -C.C.



Pleated Navy Pants, Goodwill, $6


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