Reduce, Reuse, Recycle … Refashion? (and my #mmmay15)

In preparing for Me-Made-May’15, I discovered a few things when cleaning up my closet a few weeks ago.  Such as:

  • I still have the shoes that I wore to my wedding almost 27 years ago in a box in my closet.  I find that amazing for some reason.  I put them back safely.
  • I have clothes hanging in my closet that I don’t wear, good clothes – slightly used, but good.  Those have already been taken to my local charity/second-hand shop.
  • I also have a few dresses hanging in my closest that I don’t wear, but can’t part with, not many, just a few.  I have to do something with them.
  • And lastly, I have a few skirts that I cannot wear because I don’t have tops to match. After some thought, I decided that all it would take is sewing up a few simple tops in solid colours – a black, a red, and maybe a blue too.

I have decided to remedy the last two by altering the dresses into tops that I would wear and digging in my fabric stash and sewing up some tops to fill in the gaps in my wardrobe.

This is one of the dresses I made but didn’t really care for.  I always loved the cotton flowery print, but the fabric was light weight – good for a top, bad for a dress.

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So I chopped and sewed and moved the lace up to the neckline and now I have a top that I will wear.

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This is one of the other dresses.  This print I love even more, but again the cotton was too light weight for a dress – better suited for a top.imageMore chopping and sewing and moving of lace – this time to the sleeves – and again I have a top that I will wear.

imageI am thinking about changing another dress into a top, but that is still in the thinking stages and I might not have the right fabric in my stash to do so anyway.  We shall see…

I did manage to find the right colours I needed – black, red and blue – in my stash.  They are leftover from other projects (I can’t even remember which ones).

I also found the right patterns to use.  McCalls M6563 view A, for my black knit top.  It only needs a small amount of fabric and I only have a small amount of fabric.  I also don’t have a top with a cowl neck yet!

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For my red top, I am going to use McCalls M7093, view A.  It’s another top that needs little fabric and it helps that it is made up of small pieces, easier to squeeze them on here and there on my leftover red knit fabric.  I didn’t actually buy the pattern to make view A, but rather one of the other views with the lovely colour blocking – maybe next time.  I figure I might be able to go wild with the topstitching on this view though! 🙂  I just saw on Elle Gee Makes‘ blog she has just sewed up view B and it’s lovely!

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The blue fabric I haven’t decided on yet, but I’ll let you know how my tops turn out when done.

Just to finish off, here is a Gallery of my first week or so of Me-Made-May’15.  I like putting them on Pinterest, but I will pop them in here too.  I’m not kidding when I say I wear nothing but yoga pants & tops and jeans when I’m not at work – I wore them 3 days in a row last week!  #mmmay15

So when you sew up something you don’t care for – do you take the time to “redo” it?  or is it just off to the charity/second-hand shop for someone else to enjoy?

Happy Sewing!

43 thoughts on “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle … Refashion? (and my #mmmay15)

  1. Great idea to turn your dresses into tops. I love to refashion and unloved clothes need to be very unloved to go to the charity shop. I can’t bear to give something I’ve made away, it feels like a massive waste of time! But then if the alternative is leaving it hanging in your wardrobe, that doesn’t make a lot of sense… Whoops.

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  2. Nice refashioning. The tops are really nice and definitely better to have something that you wear. I wish that I was that organised. My things to redo just sit in a pile in the studio gathering dust. Thanks for sharing the two patterns above. I have been looking for something like M6563 for ages.

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  3. Lovely work ~ well done you!
    I’ve been doing the same thing with my closet. Although it doesn’t run to 27-year old shoes, there’s probably fabric in the stash that’s almost that. 😄
    Happy Mother’s Day!
    del

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  4. Congratulations on getting sorted out! I did mine last year and it sort of cleared my mind. I passed lots of clothes on to the charity shop, including my frock at the start of my blog. I really regret parting with it, and was tempted to go buy it back!!

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  5. Rose says:

    You always amaze me. I never had the patience to take something apart and refashion it, it was hard enough to pick apart a seam that just didn’t hang right. Just a heads up, I am looking at patterns to find “the” dress for my son’s wedding and getting quite excited about going fabric shopping with you and your amazing eye.

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  6. I love re-fashioning, so satisfying. Your dress to tops are a great idea. And me made may has already shown up the need for some solid colours for me too, such a useful excersise.

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  7. ellegeemakes says:

    What a timely post as I just spent the day tearing apart a couple of dresses I made last year and haven’t worn. I’m chopping them up to remake into tops as you’ve done so beautifully with yours. You and are on the same wavelength :). I hope my remake efforts turn out as lovely as yours! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  8. jvandervlugt says:

    You’re re-inventing your wardrobe. Too cool! Plus, you love doing it. It’s a win-win. Happy Mother’s Day.

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  9. I too still have my wedding shoes in a box at the bottom of my wardrobe. Its been 12 years last Monday. Keep saying i’m going to gem them up but haven’t as yet. Want to dye them 1st.
    Love your tops. Great refashioning.x

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  10. Great job with the refashioning. I cleaned out a lot of clothes this spring, but still have a lot of dresses which may not get much wear. You’ve inspired me to relook at them as potential tops.

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  11. Great refashions! Love the “new” tops, and can’t wait to see how you make up the two patterns listed. I’ve made few enough things that I don’t have a lot to pour over for do-overs, but I do have a nearly-finished dress (that was too ambitious for my skill level and for which I selected a very unsuitable fabric) from 2 years ago that I’d like to go back to and salvage for a skirt or top…eventually!

    And hey, I still have my wedding shoes, too!! Crazier still: I wear them from time to time. Granted, they’re bright blue plaid flats with a pointed toe, but I can brag about still getting mileage out of my wedding shoes without being a liar! 😉

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