Floral Romper Refashion

Hey there!

I finally have a new refashion post!

romper_cover

So I acquired this romper from my mom’s closet awhile back. She didn’t want it anymore, and I really liked the print, so I snatched it up. At first I had no intentions of refashioning it. I felt it was alright as it was, but after I dug it out this past weekend, I noticed my feelings towards it had changed… thus a refashion was born!

romper_before
I don’t really know why I liked it (for anything other than the pattern) before. I didn’t like the sleeves with the little bows, or the long, flowy shorts that make it almost appear to be a dress. All of this needed to change!

To start off, I shortened the shorts and took in the sides a bit to make them more fitted. After that I removed the sleeves and hemmed them up. I was decently pleased with how all of this went down, but, as usual, I felt it needed an extra dose of personality… this is when the lace pocket was added!

Romper_after

I paired this with a belt to break up the pattern a bit, and some cute little thrifted booties! I then wore this out to an interesting evening with some friends. My friend Calli and I were romper friends!
romper_calli
Such fun!

Doing this refashion kind of got me back into a sewing type mood. I’ve been in a bit of a burn out from it lately, so hopefully this is what I needed to refuel the flame!

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-The Whale

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Is It Warm Yet? (Dress Refashion)

Hello!

New upcycle today!

I’ve had major spring fever lately… looking out my window puts a damper on my day when I see all the snow and ice still out there… will it ever end???
floral dress upcycle
So I’ve had this dress in my ‘to work on’ pile for months now. I knew it would be a simple fix, but it was winter… not much use for dresses like this in the winter… Anyways, I finally decided that I needed something to make me forget about the cold and snow for a minute, so I grabbed this dress out of the pile…

dressbefore

I really enjoyed the fabric pattern, the lace back, and the cute little buttons down the front of this dress… but what I didn’t enjoy was the layered ‘frilly’ look and the length. I’ve never been much of a maxi dress girl.

To make this dress acceptable to me, I simply cut off the bottom ‘frilly layer’ and hemmed it up. I know I’m lazy. I probably could have done a lot more with this, but I found it to be satisfactory, and actually pretty cute!

After:
dress after

Agree???

So that’s my ‘spring please get here now!’ plea to the universe. I have a new dress to wear once it’s warm!

On another note, I finally got my blog all hooked up with a Bloglovin account! So if you enjoy having all of your favorite blogs to read in one place, sign up and follow me! And if you already have Bloglovin… well you’re welcome. Life is easier this way!

-The Whale

Summer Top DIY

Hello hello!

I actually have a DIY for you all today! I don’t often do those… Mostly because I don’t post a lot of things that work well as a DIY.. well except recipes… but you know what I mean!

This DIY is for a really simple (but really cute!) summer top!
Summer Top DIY

You need
I used thelace curtains I thrifted a while back for my fabric, but you can use whatever you like!

One:
measure
First things first, you need to take a few measurements. Measure both around your waist and then from your shoulder to your hips (or however long you want the shirt to be). Add about 15 inches to your waist measurement so the shirt will be loose. Double that amount and measure out a rectangle of your fabric. (Your waist +15 then x2 for one side and then the length of your torso plus a few inches for the other side).
Measurements

Two:
fold
Okay now fold that rectangle in half (hamburger bun style not hot dog style!) and cut it in half.
I guess I could have just told you to cut two rectangles from the beginning… but I feel like this is easier. Less measuring and what not.
two pieces
So now you have two rectangles of fabric!

Three:
pin
Now it’s time to pin the two pieces together. If your fabric has a print on it make sure the printed sides are facing each other. Pin the sides together being sure to leave gaps for arm holes. Then pin the top together just a few inches from the outsides. Make sure to try it on with the pins before you sew!
try it on

Four:
sew together
Sewing time! If you have a machine, stitch the sides together making sure to leave the arm holes open so you don’t have to rip out the stitches… (I definitely didn’t have this problem…) Then stitch the few inches you pinned at the top. If you don’t have a machine then this part isn’t much fun… just hand sew it all. That takes a long time, but don’t fret, it can be done!

Five:
neck line copy
After you’ve sown the top and sides it’s time to cut out the neckline. This is simple. Just cut a swoop from the beginning of each of the seams on the top. Do this on the back too. I made the back swoop a little less though.

Six:
Hem
Now comes the time to hem everything up! Pin and hem the neckline, the sleeve holes, and the bottom. Use either your machine or hand sew! After that you’re all done!

pretty lace shirt
So pretty and so easy! I hope you guys liked this DIY and found it easy to follow!

-The Whale

Denim and Lace: Vest

Hello hello!

This post is a bit late… I know. I’m slacking. Oh well. Its here now!

I have a new upcycle to share! It is probably one of my favorites so far!

deimandlace

I made a vest! That’s a new one for me. Does anyone remember the denim and crochet shirt I did a while back? Well, to make this vest, I used the back from that shirt which I had cut out, as well as some thrifted lace curtains (which I found for $6 unopened not long ago and snagged to use as fabric!)
materials

To construct this vest, I traced the denim part I had onto the lace and then cut that in half to create the two sides of the front of the vest. I then sewed it all together on my trusty sewing machine.

theback
…and a side view:
side

I still felt as though it needed a little something extra… a little more personality. I then decided to add a denim pocket to the front. I had a denim dress in my pile of stuff to work on that had pockets on it, so I simply took one off of the dress and attached it to my vest. Simple. I love when things work out like that…

Yet it still was missing something. I dug around in my random things box for awhile and came across some studs I had pulled off of an old belt I had in high school (I know, don’t judge me…) I decided these were exactly what I was looking for! I attached three to each shoulder and then three to the pocket. Presto.
pocket

studs

I really love this new vest!

-The Whale

Crochet and Denim

Hello, Hello!

I have a new upcycle today! I’m pretty excited about this one! Mostly because it was a lot of work…but also because I’m really pleased with the results!

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I had been on the prowl for a denim shirt in the thrift stores for some time now. I had the idea for this upcycle and so finding the perfect candidate was important. I finally found one I considered worthy a few weeks ago!

Before:
jeanbefore

For this upcycle, I cut out the back of the shirt and used the cut out part as a template to crochet a design. I really wanted it to be somewhat lacy. After I had the crochet part done, I sewed it in the place where the back had been cut out. Done.

After:
denimcroch

I’m really happy with the pattern I chose to go with! I like how its both a bit geometric and lacy! I also am a huge fan of the combination of denim and crochet! I did an upcycle for crochet shorts over the summer and they were a huge hit!

What do you think of the denim/crochet combination? Love? Hate? I’d like to know your opinion!

-The Whale

Something Pretty.

Hello everyone,

I made something pretty. I wanted to share. :]

I had seen a few of these on Pinterest lately. I felt inspired. I crocheted the center part. I’m pretty proud of that. :]

Its been cold and rainy here in Indiana. Crocheting season has thus begun. I’m hoping I”ll soon be able to share more as I would like to move to Cincinnati in the coming months. Also, everyone have a safe Halloween!

-The Whale

Crochet Shorts Upcycle.

Hello all!

So today I have another old jeans upcycle. I have a few pairs of jeans I no longer really wear, so I figured if they will get more use as shorts, why not? For this pair I used an old black pair of jeans and crocheted a boarder around them!

It was really quite simple.

To Begin:

I started with just a simple pair of cut offs.


I then cut triangles into each side.


After that I cut small holes all along the bottom edges where I wanted the crochet boarder. The holes need to be just big enough for the crochet hook.


I then got to crocheting! I did three single crochets into each hole and then chained two between each one. For the triangles I did a series of double crochets.

Results:

The filled in triangles.




I really liked the end product! What do you think? Do you like the crochet/denim combination?

-The Whale