There is a special thrill that those of us who like to upcycle get when we turn something old into something new. I am not sure if it comes from the thrifting aspect of it, browsing through those old clothing racks and coming across a skirt with fabulous material, material that you know you can’t find elsewhere, and imagining what it could be in your head. Or perhaps it’s working with something that already has finished hem lines, as it lends itself to a more perfect ‘store-bought’ look. Or maybe the thrill comes from knowing that you are helping the environment by recycling versus buying new. But more than likely, it just comes from looking at your finished product and knowing that it only cost you a dollar or so to make! Who doesn’t love a good upcycle?!!
For this week’s challenge over at Project Run & Play, I used a couple of old skirts, an old lacey looking curtain, and an old blouse…
I really wanted to come up with a dress utilizing the lace curtain I had found, but the more I worked with it, the more it started to look like a gigantic peach hair net! Not good. Sometimes you have to scrap your original plan, and pull a Tim Gunn…Make it Work! So I ended up pairing the lace down, almost into non-existence, incorporating it into the ruffled bodice of this dress. The main body of the dress is made up of the skirt and it’s lining, with the ruffled bodice containing material from the blouse and curtain as well.
I cinched the top and bottom of the bodice together with elastic, this way it would pull the dress comfortably to the body, and still have a nice shape to the bottom, rather than just belling out directly from the ruffles. It moves and fits great, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how this dress turned out!
After looking at the dress, I knew I wanted to accessorize it with one of those 70’s style feather hair clips. Which turned out to be pretty easy to make…
And finally, to give the look that little something extra, I pulled out a pair of Chloe’s boots from last Winter and went to work with those same feathers and a glue gun!
I was finished with my ruffles and feathers 70’s look!!! Until…
I came across a skirt that I had pulled from that same thrifting shopping trip. And of course, as usual, had to make Madeline something! I just find it so hard to make something for one and not the other!!!
This skirt happened to already have that double layered ruffle running along the bottom, and considering I already had a 70’s theme going, I knew this skirt would make some fabulous bell bottoms.
These pants were quite possibly the easiest to make, taking me all of 20 minutes. As I said before, they already had the ruffled bottom, so all I needed to do was cut out the legs and sew together. I recycled the drawstring at the sides of the elastic waistband and was finished!
I also made some matching barrettes with leftover feathers, and toned them down for my toddler by adding the plastic kid beads to the design.
Of course, trying to get her to sit still for a Photo Shoot…just not going to happen! She has places to go, people to see, and purple plastic shovels to hold! Lol
Shhh….Don’t tell anyone that our look cost less than $5 to make :).
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…