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Refashioning Thrift Store Finds

Today’s post is about recycling/refashinoing a Thrift Store T-Shirt.  I found this shirt about 2 weeks ago at one of my local thrift stores. It’s a size XL I think but I fell in LOVE with the pattern and just KNEW i could do something with it!! This shirt only cost me 3.00!!!!!!!  What a steal!! I think the shirt was beautiful before I decided to cut it up, it would have been cute with a belt, Oh well though! lol.  On to the photos…

I used MCCALLS Pattern M6791 ! I was going to freestyle the dress with no pattern, but since it’s sooo cold here in Atlanta, I really wanted sleeves.  As a new sewer, drafting sleeves is not something thats easy for me.  I attempted once and it didn’t come out so well. I understand them a LOT more now, and I think I will tackle them one day down the line with NO pattern!!

Any who, I only used the front piece and the sleeve.  I cut the front piece a little below the waist and I plan to use this as a base for all of my dresses since I can always change up the neckline easily.


Oh, Also by the way, I add interfacing to all of my patterns that I plan to reuse A LOT!!!  This makes them super duper sturdy.  I know you can retrace them onto sturdier paper , but that takes wayyy to much time to me, and this is so much neater and QUICK lol.

To make this dress I simply placed my pattern onto my t-shirt and I added length and added my hip measurements then cut out the dress.  I used scrap leather that I had lying around for the sleeves.

This was my end result 🙂

Please let me know if you would like a video tutorial 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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I think this is my very first year being interested in “Leather” of any kind! Of course I have to take baby steps and sliiiiiiiddddeee into it with FAUX leather versus the real thing (Some of which costs upwards of 200.00 per yard YIKES!)

I decided to make a dramatic high low faux leather skirt as my first project in the Leather World.

This skirt was so simple to make! I am definitely going to create a tutorial for this skirt. You do not have to make one quite as diva and dramatic as mine. I think a shorter more conservative version would be lovely for an everyday look or night out!

Oh oh oh,  let me first show you my inspiration.  Did I Nail It or did I Nail It?  Lol.  This is one of my first “remakes” that I was completely happy with.  I did my own thing and added pleats but the inspiration is still there.  Check it out..