Friday, January 2, 2015

//Giveaway Closed// 1 Year Blogiversary

Happy 1 year blogiversary to me! To celebrate this most momentous occasion, here are three new refashions and my outfit for today. I started with this top that I'd picked up for free at a community swap.

It had a rip at the neckline, and the top portion was quite worn out. It was also far too small for me, so I cut just below the empire waistline visible in the picture above. This left me with a very wide tube as there was quite a bit of pleating at the front. I finished off the raw edge as you see below, and that was that.

My next piece was this $2 thrifted sweater made of silk and cashmere...oh so cozy! It had wide bell-shaped sleeves, which I am not fond of, but was otherwise a great find.

The ends of the sleeves had this detail that suggested an idea to me, so I got to work. I cut off the ends of the sleeves approximately 6 inches from the ends.

I then grabbed this piece of ribbed knit that I'd removed from a previous refashion. I cut and sewed them to be just slightly smaller than the width of my sleeve ends.

My next step was to slide one inside each sleeve, right sides together, and sew along the raw edges first with a straight stitch (stretching it slightly as I went), then finish off the edges with a zigzag to keep it from unraveling.

Now I can wear these boot cuffs pulled tight or slouched beneath a pair of riding boots. And that little bit of embellishment is just the right touch for a winter's day!

I think they came out rather well...nothing like winter white with a bit of sparkle on a sunny (but cold) day! 


The sweater then only required that I slim out the sleeves and finish off the hems. Now the sleeves are a perfect length just at the elbows. Paired with my new infinity scarf and boot cuffs, I've got a put together but very comfy look for a day of errands and sewing.

The length of the scarf allows for wrapping it twice, if I like, without being too bulky. Which means I can wear this at work as an accessory. Score!


My jeans are thrifted ($4) and my riding boots were purchased a few years ago for $75. Seeing as I'm only wearing them part of the day, my outfit either cost $6 or $81. ;)

Here's a look at the before and after shots:

Want some good news? I'm giving these boot cuffs away along with a couple other goodies to celebrate this first year blogging. Want to enter? Leave a comment here or on my Instagram post indicating you want to be entered! The giveaway ends next Friday at 9 am EST, and a winner will be chosen and posted by noon! (US Residents Only)  Giveaway Closed!!!

Hope you've enjoyed these refashions, and thank you all for following along on this journey with me! Here's to another year...

Happy Refashioning,
Andrea

34 comments:

  1. This is fabulous! You are so talented and creative!

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    1. Thank you Becky :) You are entered if you want!

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    1. Mandy, if you're in the US you're entered! Thanks so much!

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  4. I'm in Canada so don't enter me but I just wanted to say this is fabulous! I'm getting out my sewing machine and going to get my feet wet re-fashioning this year. My new year's res.

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    1. Aww, wish you could enter! But I'm super excited that you've been motivated to try out refashioning :) Please share your projects with me as they come!!!

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  5. Just want you to know I think you're getting better at this with every post! I'm feeling inspired to pull out some of my old thrifted stuff and refashion again.

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    1. Thank you Bethany :) Are you in the US? Then you're entered!

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  6. Love Love Love your blog! I follow it daily and have done a few small refashions of my own thanks to your inspiration! Love to be entered, Live in Alabama!

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    1. Thank you thank you thank you! Do you share your refashions anywhere? I'd love to see them :) You are entered, Brandy!

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    2. I don't share them! When I say small, I mean small!!! I've skinnified wide leg pants, redid a couple of skirts and made a few scarves. I've only done 1 shirt that I added crochet trim to the sleeves/sides to widen. I have a vintage maxi dress that I LOVE but is too small in the rib cage that I've been holding on to hoping to get the courage to try to change. Making that first cut it just so stressful!!!

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    3. Well, whenever you want to share a refashion, shoot me an email and I'll highlight a project by you!

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  7. I'm in Canada, so don't enter me, but I wanted to say how put together you always look, and today is no exception. And all so thrifty!! Love it!

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    1. Thank you as always, Jenny :) I appreciate the encouragement!

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  8. Would love to win these for my daughter!

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    1. Well, let's see if you win! Check back next Friday at noon EST :)

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  9. Love looking at and learning about your remakes!

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    1. Thank you Donna, you're entered! :)

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    2. Donna, you are the giveaway winner, Congratulations!!! Please either leave your email address or email me at anc.bookworm@gmail.com so that I can get your particulars!

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  10. Andrea, I know I've said it before, but I'll say it again-so chic! You make thrifted/reused/upcycled clothes look so beautiful and I also love that the one piece of your outfit that isn't thrifted is well kept. This is the way to tackle the consumption monster! You're a shining example for others. Congrats on one year! (I don't think I could/would use the cuffs, so if I get picked, you can pick another. I just wanted to leave a comment to tell you you look beautiful and to keep it up!)

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    1. You could gift the boot cuffs if you win and like the other goodies :) Up to you! I have to say that I appreciate you so much Terra. You are encouraging and flattering ;) and I thank you for that as well as always sending me refashion ideas!

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    2. Actually, after I wrote that note, I thought of someone who would look gorgeous in them. So, I guess I'll be part of the "competition" ;) My compliments are well deserved. I'm always impressed with your posts-keep 'em coming!

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  11. Nice outfit! Congrats on one year on the blog. You sure have been a busy refashioning bee this year!
    I'm in the US! Enter me, please!

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    1. You are entered!!! And thank you so much :)

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  12. Hi Andrea, I have been a bit quiet commenting due to my facebook and blogging commitments but I am always checking in on your blog and REfash efforts. As you know I love the posts where you share the whole story of your garments, including price. It's great to read all the other comments on this post. Inspirational actually!! You are empowering others which is what is required if our world's rampant consumption of fast fashion is going to be challenged.

    All the very best for 2015 from Karen [Rude Girl] at http://ruderecord.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you Karen, you have been such an encouragement, and I appreciate you. I'll be sharing more of the specifics of my outfits as I hope to post them more often :) I always love to get the down low on other people's finds as well!

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  13. Not in the US, but I love the boot leggings you've made. Enjoy visiting your blog :-)

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  14. Happy One Year Anniversary. Mine is coming up soon too! Great minds across the world had an idea to start blogs, and now we meet online. How cool is that? Loving the boot cuffs. That was definitely an aha moment. Sorry, live in Australia, so can't enter :-( But it doesn't cost anything to be inspired, and you send that whizzing over the internet regularly...thankyou! Many happy refashions to you! xo JJ

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    1. Love the blogging world and all of the lovely people I 'meet' along the way! Thanks JJ :)

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