My first Instructable

It happened! I finally made my way over, and created my very first Instructable!

If you are here from there: Welcome!

I am so excited about it. I just entered it into the DIY dress contest that is going on. Here are a few photos of what I made.

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Many of you have asked how I refashion. Now you can find out! Head over to Instructables, and make one for yourself.

Novelista Pattern Hack: Upcycled bed sheets into retro dress

Upcycled Bed Sheets into this retro styled dress

A friend of mine, whose 100 year old Grandmother just recently passed, gave me a whole trash bag full of her old sheets, knowing that I would do something with them. And of course I did! I upcycled bed sheets into something my teen would wear.

Upcycled Bed Sheets into this retro styled dress

Upcycled Bed Sheets

I started with the tried and true Novelista pattern *affiliate link* (like I have used here) and went with 3/4 length sleeves. I cut it off a little above the waist, and added a horizontal-stripe band for visual interest. And for the circle skirt portion of the dress, I used By Hand London’s circle skirt calulator. It worked perfectly!

  Upcycled Bed Sheets into this retro styled dress

 I had some piping that someone had given me, from their couch. I thought it was chunky enough to make an impact. And instead of buttons, I used snaps!

Upcycled Bed Sheets into this retro styled dress

She is wearing her trusty crinoline *affiliate link* (LOVE this thing) to give it that extra pouf!

Upcycled Bed Sheets into this retro styled dress

I will be entering this is a Trashion Show in April! This is one out of THREE outfits I am making for this show. I think I have officially lost my marbles. Yup. Gone.

Upcycled Bed Sheets into this retro styled dress

BTW, when did my little girl start looking all grown up? Cheese Louise.

This is one of my favorite things to do! Turning trash into treasure is so much fun.

What have YOU upcycled today?

Using up what is there and upcycling pants

When I organized my sewing closet the other day, I came across a HUGE pile of clothing in there, meant for refashioning. Honestly, it made me feel sad to look at that stuff sitting there, not being used, and I really didn’t want it to go back in the closet. SO, I took it out, plopped it down on my sewing table, and made decisions whether or not to keep each garment. I even took it one step further by deciding right there and then what the ones I kept would be made into.

Then I made them into things!

Most of them, I just need to make simple adjustments so that Falafel could wear them. I cut a lace dress and made a cute skirt, in minutes. One of The Bee’s old shirts, actually fit Falafel as a dress without any alterations.

The one I am sharing today was also super easy, and only really took about 10 minutes to make. It started with a pair of fantastic yoga pants made from organic hemp and cotton that someone gifted me. I could not allow myself to get rid of them even though they were FULL of unrepairable crotch holes. And although that fabric is super worn (I wore these all the time), it was too precious a fabric to let go. I mean how often do I get to buy organic hemp/cotton? Uh, never.

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I traced a pair of leggings that fit my girl. Left the existing hem on these pants. I added a yoga band at the top by sewing a few pieces together.

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The seam on the band doesn’t line up with the one on the pants, but I am OK with it due to the trickiness of salvaging fabric when refashioning. C’est la Vie.

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Then she had to try out some yoga poses.

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And made up her own.

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I cannot even tell you just how good it felt to reduce that pile in my closet, and to just stop procrastinating. I know that those kinds of projects usually get pushed until “later” because they are not as glamorous or fun as sewing something new (uh, like bathing suits). But “later” can turn into weeks, months, and years. It feels much better to be rid of that baggage.

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And now she has some very cute yoga pants, amongst other easy-to-wear-and-be-a-nut clothes.

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What have you done today?