Hey everybody! I’m sorry I wasn’t able to get the result post up last weekend. My week kind of exploded and I wasn’t able to get on the internet for a few days. But better late than never, right? So here it is!
And here’s the crafter/project match up:
#9 – Jewelry Hanger – Maria @ Chuy Creativity
Craft #1 – DIY Wooded Mirror – Hannah @ Young & Crafty
Craft #2 – Hobo Bag – Jessica @ The Domestic Fruit Loop
Craft #3 – French Quarter Inspired Entertainment Unit – Lauren @ Lucy Baby Designs
I am so excited to share this project! I am so proud of all the work that went into this piece, and I think SYTYC is the perfect platform to show off this little gem!
I got excited to start working and didn’t really take a proper “before” picture. It used to be a hutch, so there was a cabinet on top with glass doors and 2 drawers that we took out. Once we got into pulling this apart, we realized that half of it was particle board, and half was real wood. We replaced all of the particle board with real wood, and made new faux shutters for doors. We also replaced all of the hardware, added quarter round where the drawers used to be to give that a finished look, and painted and distressed it.
I put a ton of work into this thing only to make it look like I found it abandoned in the street in the French Quarter! I am so thrilled with the end result! The real question is did I fool anyone into thinking that it always looks that nice and organized, and that there are never any Wii games or DVDs stacked on top?
Craft #4 – Boring Menswear to Sophisticated Skirt and Top – Autumn @ It’s Always Autumn
On any visit to the thrift store you’ll find miles of mens’ slacks and button down shirts. Lots of very boring menswear castoffs. For the refashion challenge I wanted to see if I could turn some cheaps duds from the thrift store into a sophisticated, feminine outfit.
I spent $5 on a pair of black slacks, $3 on a cream button-down shirt, $1 on a plain brown belt, and used half of a $2 lace curtain panel – making the entire cost of my new ensemble $10 plus tax.
I started with the top, turning a boring button down into a lacey blouse. I turned it around, putting the buttons down the back, cutting new sides seams and adding bust darts, then covering the entire front with lace. I took off the sleeves and cut new ones, gathering them at the shoulder and elbow to add a bit of fullness for a retro feel. Finally, I used every last scrap of leftover fabric (including the original collar and sleeve cuffs) to make a peter pan collar.
Next came the skirt. I unpicked the inseam of the pants, cut them off just below the knee, then sewed new front and back center seams to create a skirt. Then I tried it on and did some taking in to get a more tailored look, including kick pleats on each side, to reinforce the retro feel.
I just needed a belt to complete the outfit, but all I could find at the thrift store was a plain brown belt. So I pulled out some aqua spray paint, crossed my fingers, and went to town. I used very light coats of spray paint and it worked perfectly! Now I have a completely new outfit, refashioned from something old, for $10.
Craft #5 – Painted Lattice Tank – Ann Marie @ White House Black Shutters
I never change into painting clothes when heading out to start on a project.
Every project I tell myself, “oh this will be quick. You won’t get paint on your ____” (fill in the blank with new flip-flops, freshly painted nails, shirt, or good yoga paints). But it always happens, and now I am stuck with a lot of good painting clothes.
My inspiration for the painted tank was this lattice pattern from an Anthropologie bedding set. I used a whole lot of painter’s tape, fabric paint, a brush, and a makeshift foam stamp to recreate it. Now my tank is swanky with its new print and my paint stain was successfully hidden!
Craft #6 – Chalkboard & Paint Swatch Wall – Kataryna @ Sew Chibi
|such an improvement just taking that lame wallpaper off!|
Craft #7 – Fit to be Tied Skirt – Jamie @ Three Scoops of Love
How do you refashion menswear into a little girl’s style statement? I did it by turning castaway neckties into a twirly skirt for a little lady. I put the word out to family and friends that I was collecting old neckties for a project and I got a great response. I had lots of colors and patterns to choose from. I alternated both ends of the ties for the silky skirt with a comfortable elastic waist.
A few other ties were transformed into a hair clip and a small purse to complete the outfit. For the hair accessory, I opened up some ties and used the fabric to make some yo-yo’s and then stitched a sparkly button on top. The purse was made with the large ends of two ties attached to a metal frame closure. I used the skinny end of a tie for the handle.
This little lady was quite happy with her new feminine twist on menswear!