Throwback Thursday – Beachwear Refashion

Before and after refashion pic

Before and After
Throwback Thursday Refashion

4-H Fashion Show 1991

Who’s that girl?

Can you say Throwback Thursday?

Yep, that’s  me at 12 years old, at my first 4-H fashion show…yep, fashion show.

I came upon this picture the other day while going through an old box of keepsakes.

Here’s an old pattern that looks like the one I might’ve used… Continue reading

Easter Dress Refashion

I know I haven’t posted in a while.

I had a busy weekend celebrating my 10 year wedding anniversary with the hubs!  My parents took the kiddies for a few days and the fella and I celebrated with STEAK!  Yummy!  We also watched a couple of movies and went out to eat at my favorite burger joint.  Hey, we don’t get out much, so we figured we’d take advantage of the free child-care. Ha!


Anyway, back to the refashion.

So a while ago, while shopping at Mel Trotter (a local thrift store), I found this for a mere 49 cents…


Hmm, looks like an outdated Easter dress to me. But hey, for only .49 I figured it would be the perfect candidate for my first refashion. I mean, if I completely mess it up I’m not out much!

First, I got out the seam-ripper and got busy picking off that flower…


Since I had my seam-ripper handy, I then used it to take out the drapey thing off the top…


With all that extra drapey material, I can probably make a scarf out of it (2 refashions for the price of one… woot woot!)

So the next thing I did was hack off some of that length…


Length hacked!

Then it needed to be sewn along the bottom raw edge…

Stitchin' away!

Stitchin’ away!

I made sure to do a basting stitch so that I could gather the bottom a little bit.
Then I tucked it under and pinned it to the inside waist seam…



I was going for a peplum look.
So after getting it all pinned, I stitched in the ditch to hide the stitches. If you want a better explanation of this technique, here’s a great post via Diana’s Sewing Lessons.

You can see that the needle stays in the “ditch” (or seam), so the new stitches stay hidden.

Once it was all stitched in place, there was only one thing left to do…

Does this look familiar?

Does this look familiar?

It’s the flower I removed earlier. I thought I would sew a safety pin on it, so that it wasn’t permanently attached.

So that’s it! The peplum wasn’t as poufy as I had hoped, so I added a belt and clipped the flower pin on, and voila`!

All done!

All done!

If you need a reminder; here is a different view of the before…

Ready to frolic in my frock.

Ready to frolic in my frock.

Which look did you prefer? The before or the after?

I hope you all had fun reading about my refashion.
Stay tuned to see what I’ll be up to next!


How to Make an Infinity Scarf in Less Than 30 Minutes

Hey everybody! Good day from Michigan, where we finally have some snow : )

I have loved making infinity scarves ever since I learned how to make them from the Cottage Home.

They’re quick and easy to make…my favorite kind of project…and they look great : )

Here’s how to make one in seven easy steps.

STEP ONE: Pick your fabric. Below is a picture of four fabrics I purchased specifically for scarves, ultimately deciding to go with the vintage-y rose material for today’s scarf, (it matched my outfit).

ooh pretty!

ooh pretty!

STEP TWO: Measure the fabric. Now the blog that I learned how to make these from says to cut 2 rectangles 12″ x 60″. Continue reading

No Sew Refashion – Nifty Knee Patches

Hey hey ya’all, I’m back!  Did ya’ miss me?  😉

I was doing some laundry today and noticed these…



Here’s a closer view:


A hole! EEK!


And another hole!

Well what to do? I don’t want to throw out two otherwise perfectly good pair of jeans!

And then it hit me…can you say Pinterest? I remembered seeing a pin for cute monster patches made from felt. I figured, “hey I can do that!”

So I got busy and grabbed my stash of felt. Continue reading

My New Year’s Resolution

Hi, my name is Jen!

This year, one of my many New Year’s resolutions is to start a blog…and here it is!

The reason I want to start a blog is to document my attempt at becoming a domestic goddess, whilst dealing with the reality that I’m far from it!

Martha Stewart I may not be, but I enjoy cooking, baking, crafting, refashioning, homeschooling my 3 awesome kids and spending hours looking for inspiration on Pinterest (which is where most of my blog ideas will undoubtedly come from).

If you are reading my blog I want to say, “Thank you!” My hope is that you enjoy reading my mad ramblings and cool tutorials, and I always welcome your comments.

Jen 🙂

Question: What are your New Year’s resolutions?

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