Congrats to Jillian!

One of my favorite bloggers, Jillian Owens, The Refashionista, has been written up in her local news magazine, Columbia Metro. Her daily blog gives wonderful details on taking a not so spectacular item of clothing and making it her own. I wish I had half of her ambition!

Hats off to Jillian!



A Corset For Us Country Gals

When my husband, Phil, caught a pair of perfectly good jeans on the fence while doing a repair ripping them right alongside the zipper, I decided to make good use of them.

I went to one of my favorite free pattern sites (free is good, right?) M-Sewing and downloaded this pattern. Again, no before picture since I made this a while back, long before the dreaded computer crash. But then we all know what our husband’s bluejeans look like, right?

As for the refashioning process, I simply used the jeans as though they were fabric, placing the pattern pieces strategically along the pants.

I love this top. It’s fitted and fun and corset-y without being frilly and formal. I can wear it around the farm or even horseback riding comfortably.

It was pretty easy to fit this pattern onto useable parts of the jeans since there was only the one tear and the pattern is made up of several panels. The zipper and pockets were added to my stash “just in case” I might need them “someday”. I also had some mattress ticking lying around and used that to make bias binding and the front plackets for the project.

I’m pretty happy with how this turned out, but I do have some ideas on how to “tweak” it. I’m going to adjust the front to under lap a bit rather than just meeting in the middle. The loops for the laces came from a drawstring I removed from a skirt I’m going to refashion “someday”. Some leather lacing to pull it together and it’s done. Of course, I misplaced that leather lace when I put the summer clothes away last fall, so for this picture I stole a shoelace.

What I love about that free pattern website is the patterns are easy to download and the instructions are very easy to follow. A pattern’s difficulty is also posted right at the top of the description page. I have several favorites I plan to make “someday”…

First I have to figure out just when the heck is “someday” anyway?

Easy Peasy

This past week, my favorite thrift store, 4 N.I.N.E., has been holding a buy one get one sale on all clothing. They are overstuffed with clothing there.  That’s where I got the $1 a bag treasure.

I bought a few items for myself and for refashioning. Here’s a “tunic” I got for refashioning.  I love the embroidery.


My first thought was to lace paint the embroidery and insertion lace.  After making an inquiry on Refashion Co-op, I decided to dye the entire top first. So I got out my bottle of Teal Rit Dye (I prefer liquid dye since you can limit the amount you use).

The tunic took the dye incredibly well, but the embroidery didn’t.  I guess I won’t be using dye to paint the embroidery, but maybe fabric paint. I’m still mulling that over.

Another suggestion from Refashion Co-op was to remove the “skirt thingy” from the bottom. I liked that idea too. I used one of my handy seam rippers (I have several; they disappear), and first removed the elastic at the waistband, then the entire “skirt thingy” and lining.

I was left with these pieces. I’ll save these for another project “someday”.


The end product? Viola!

Okay, it’s not the end. I still have to hem it (need hem tape, it’s a bit short) and I’m still contemplating fabric paint on the embroidery to jazz it up a bit. But by golly, I’m happy with it so far.