Giraffe Top Refashion

Hello hello!

I haven’t done a refashion in quiet some time. A long time. I’m working on it, okay?

Giraffe top

I’ve had a small pile of items sitting on my desk that I have intended on refashioning for a few months. I actually picked up this giraffe dress in the fall sometime… maybe even the late summer. When I first bought it, I didn’t have plans of refashioning it at all, but the more I looked at it, the less I liked the weird scribbly part at the bottom.
before

The fit was fine, and I was really into the giraffe print at the top, so I eventually decided to just be rid of the part of the pattern I wasn’t too keen on, and turned this dress into a top. This is a first for me. I am a huge dress fan, and normally would never choose to ruin a dress, but those scribbles…. I couldn’t deal with it.

I gave this dress a huge chop, and the new top a hem. Super simple.

after

Now there’s only the nice giraffe print left! Of course it’s mid winter and freezing cold here in Cincinnati… so this won’t be out for a few more months… unless I’m lucky.

I hope everyone is enjoying their 2015!

-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

Chiffon Polka Dots

Hello!

I have a new upcycle today! It was a simple one, but I love the results!

polka dot ciffon top

I found this shirt at my favorite Cincinnati thrift store a bit ago (along with some other things you will see on here shortly!) I do believe I’ve mentioned my love for chiffon on here before… but in case you missed it, I LOVE chiffon! Well now that that’s out in the open, I’ll get on with it!

before

This top really didn’t need much. I already liked it, except for one thing: the sleeves. I hated the weird elastic part that tightened the ends of the sleeves to my arms. So, for this upcycle I simply trimmed off the said elastic part of the sleeves and hemmed it all up. I also took in the sides a tad. It was so easy. I almost feel like I’m cheating you all for not having done something more impressive… but I love this top!

after

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

ps: Follow me on Instagram if you’re into that sort of thing!

-The Whale

Ombre Top Upcycle

Hello, Everyone!
ombre top
I have a new upcycle today! I had bought this men’s button up at Goodwill a bit ago. It didn’t really take long for me to decide what I wanted to do with it.

Shirtbefore

It was obviously huge one me (an XLL) but I loved to fabric and the buttons! I know I always cut off sleeves… but I did that again, and took in the sides enough to fit me. I also cut off a lot of length in the front, but left the back the original length. I like that look and its been popular lately. I still felt that this top needed something different, so I decided to try and go for an ombre dye! I picked out a pale pink and used this tutorial to accomplish what I wanted!
ombre top after
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I really like it!

What are your thoughts on the ombre look?

-The Whale