+ - - - - - - DIY men’s top to bell sleeve button up refashion

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Here’s a cute way to repurpose a men’s top by simply taking it in and adding some fun bell sleeves!
-Take a men’s top and lay your top over it. Cut off the shirt’s arms and the bottom.
-Cut out the top how you want it to fit, including the armholes by using your shirt as a guide. Always cut a little bigger because you can always take it in later
-Sew up the side seams and serge or zigzag stitch the edge to prevent fraying. try it on and make sure everything fits correctly.
-Try on the sleeve and mark just above the elbow. Then mark how much you will need to take it in.
-Cut the sleeve just above the elbow and sew along the marking to take it in and serge.
-Curve the top of the sleeve to mimic this shape, if you need help then grab one of your shirts and mimic the sleeve curve from it.
-Take the bottom that you cut off or grab supplement fabric and cut it into an aline shape, I had to use 3 pieces taken from the bottom of the men’s shirt and and the ends of the sleeves. Once you have sewn it up into an a-line shape, then round the bottom of the bell. serge the sides.
-Flip the sleeve right side out and slide the inside out bell over the sleeve, pin and sew. Then serge.
-Flip the shirt inside out, and pull the right side out sleeve into the armhole opening. Pin, sew and serge.
-Hem the bottom of the bell sleeve by sewing under 1/8” twice and sew. Then Hem the bottom of the shirt 1/4” then a 1/2”.
-Iron all the seams flat
-If you need the collar to be tighter then snip as much as you need taken in, centered just between the collar band and the yoke. Take in the inside at the yoke tapper from the entire size of the cut down a few inches or more. Then take in the collar and collar band on the backside as much as the width of the cut. Serge off the extra material. Then sew the collar band back to the yoke. Sew down the back of the collar to the bottom of the collar band of the top of the yoke to make sure to conceal the serged collar edge.

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+ - - - - - - DIY Ruffle Wrap Skirt Refashion

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top:hm // shoes: target // sunglasses: old navy
Here is a fun Ruffle skirt refashion to make your wardrobe more fun and flirty for this upcoming season. All you need is a skirt or dress that fits you well or is just a little big and some extra supplement fabric.

Instructions:
1. Grab a dress or skirt that either fits or is too big.
2. Cut The top of the dress off and make sure to leave the zipper intact leave about an inch or so of the zipper, for the waist band, and a half inch of fabric on the sides. Add some pins to the top of the zipper for the zipper pull doesn’t come off.
3. Cut the skirt open in the front, preferably on the side. Try on the skirt see in a wrap position if you can and see how much needs to be taken in or how much fabric needs to be added. If you’re taking it in, take it in at the darts and seams evenly. Just make sure the zipper stays where it should like center back or side. If the skirt doesn’t wrap around enough, just add fabric to the under part but taking some from the extra material.
4.Now that you have a wrap skirt you must cut mark and cut it into a curve like so.
5. Take the extra fabric on the bottom of the skirt or from extra material and cut it 3 inches wide and the length of your waist plus inch. Then fold the edges in 1/2” and then fold it in half and iron. You can also add interfacing to stiffen the waistband.
6.Then pin the waistband to the extra material next to the zipper top and around the top of the skirt. Topstitch the waistband down around the zipper and around the top of this skirt. Make sure to fold and stick the top of the zipper inside the waistband. Also, fold under the wrap skirt edge at the top to conceal the raw edge.
7. Now cut 3 or 4 circles for flounce or ruffle. make each circle have a diameter or 4.5” and the width of the ruffle is 4.5 inches. Once cut and stretched out the flounce length will be around 14 or 15”. Make as many circles that will equal the length of the bottom of the skirt edge.
9. Sew all the ruffles together. Then hem the outer edge under 1/4” as well as the ends. You can zig zap stitch the edge before this is you want to prevent fraying but I just made sure to sew it very close and added fray check.
10. Then pin the inner edge of the ruffle to the skirt right sides together. Sew and surge any raw edges.
11.Topstitch down the ruffle in place if you want. But i just ironed it flat.

 

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top:hm // shoes: target // sunglasses: old navy
Here is a fun Ruffle skirt refashion to make your wardrobe more fun and flirty for this upcoming season. All you need is a skirt or dress that fits you well or is just a little big and some extra supplement fabric.
1. Grab a dress or skirt that either fits or is too big.
2. Cut The top of the dress off and make sure to leave the zipper intact leave about an inch or so of the zipper, for the waist band, and a half inch of fabric on the sides. Add some pins to the top of the zipper for the zipper pull doesn’t come off.
3. Cut the skirt open in the front, preferably on the side. Try on the skirt see in a wrap position if you can and see how much needs to be taken in or how much fabric needs to be added. If you’re taking it in, take it in at the darts and seams evenly. Just make sure the zipper stays where it should like center back or side. If the skirt doesn’t wrap around enough, just add fabric to the under part but taking some from the extra material.
4.Now that you have a wrap skirt you must cut mark and cut it into a curve like so.
5. Take the extra fabric on the bottom of the skirt or from extra material and cut it 3 inches wide and the length of your waist plus inch. Then fold the edges in 1/2” and then fold it in half and iron. You can also add interfacing to stiffen the waistband.
6.Then pin the waistband to the extra material next to the zipper top and around the top of the skirt. Topstitch the waistband down around the zipper and around the top of this skirt. Make sure to fold and stick the top of the zipper inside the waistband. Also, fold under the wrap skirt edge at the top to conceal the raw edge.
7. Now cut 3 or 4 circles for flounce or ruffle. make each circle have a diameter or 4.5” and the width of the ruffle is 4.5 inches. Once cut and stretched out the flounce length will be around 14 or 15”. Make as many circles that will equal the length of the bottom of the skirt edge.
9. Sew all the ruffles together. Then hem the outer edge under 1/4” as well as the ends. You can zig zap stitch the edge before this is you want to prevent fraying but I just made sure to sew it very close and added fray check.
10. Then pin the inner edge of the ruffle to the skirt right sides together. Sew and surge any raw edges.
11.Topstitch down the ruffle in place if you want. But i just ironed it flat.

+ - - - - - - DIY 5 minute lace top

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Here’s a super easy Lace top that you can make in 5 minutes. Literally you can make it any length and you can make it tighter or looser! If you want to make the DIY lace pleat skirt click HERE!

Instructions:
1. Grab a yard of lace and Boxy top. Using your shirt as a guide, cut the lace front and back piece out – always cut it a little bigger just in case.
2.Sew up shoulders and side seams
3.Snip armpit area
4.Cut out lace edge neckline, sleeve, and bottom

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+ - - - - - - DIY split sleeve with bow detail top refashion (+cute open back!)

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pants: gap//shoes: sam edelman(old)//sunglasses:rayban
Heres a fun blouse with split sleeves and bow details…and bonus….open back! I loved how this turned out…just may have shortened the bows a little bit.

-Grab a dress that has a lot of material or about a yard and half of fabric.
-Cut the dress’s bottom from the top.
-Lay the top out onto the bottom of the dress dress lining it up with the original bottom hem, If your dress has a button front or a center seam in the back, then lay the top down the center. Otherwise, lay it where you can salvage as much fabric as possible, then cut it out.
-Sew up the shoulder seams and the side seams.
-Grab a top that has long sleeves and lay it out on some of the remaining fabric. Trace around the sleeve making an A-line shape for a peasant looking sleeve. Make sure to cut a front and back piece, instead of one big one.
-Sew up the shorter side of the sleeve’s front and back together and serge or sig zag stitch. Then serge or zig zag stitch the 2 long edges separately.
-sew the top 2 inches and the bottom 2 inches of the sleeve’s long sides. Sew the serged edges once or twice under. This will end up looking like a topstitch.
-Grab more fabric and cut out a 8 – 3″ by 15” strips these will become the bows. I ended up making mine longer later because I liked bigger bows.
-Fold up each strip in half and sew the edge and one end. Flip them right side out and iron.
-Sew 2 of the strips together to make a long strip for the cuff.
-Pin and sew where you want the non cuff strips to be. I put them just above my elbow.
-You can sew under the edge of the bow before you attach it if you want to hide the serged edge.
-Serge the bottom of the sleeves
-Measure and mark your wrist around the center seam of the cuff and add a half inch to both sides.
-Pin the center of the cuff to the center under seam of the sleeve. Pin the wrist markings close to the other sleeve seam.
-gather the sleeve end into the cuff as you sew.
-Top stitch the serged edge back under into the sleeve.
-turn the sleeve right side out and slide it into armhole of the top which is inside out. Pin and sew. I also\ gathered a little near the top of the sleeve near shoulder seam.
-If you have button up back or open back then sew it closed here if you want.
– Hem the neckline by folding the neckline under 1/4” twice and sewing near the outside edge but do not stretch as you sew because you don’t the hem to roll out.

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+ - - - - - - DIY denim grommet lace-up dress refashion

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Spice up any simple denim dress by adding a split neck with grommet lace-up detail….especially fun when its refashioned from an oversized outdated number! And bonus, for me, hammering in the grommet was a bit therapeutic.
shoes/sunglasses: target

Instructions:
1.First, grab an oversized dress and a shift or boxy dress you love the fit of. Then fold both in half and lay the shift dress on top. I made sure the bottoms of the dresses lined up so I didn’t have to hem the bottom and I could keep that factory made denim hem.
2.Mark and cut out the shift dress shape leaving extra room for error and for a more boxier look.
3.Sew front and back’s sides and the shoulders together. Then serge using a serger or a zig zag stitch to prevent fraying.
4.Try the dress on and mark the neckline as well as how long you want the slip to be.
5.Mark the center front of the dress to the length of the slit or split and cut down that line.
6.grab a big remnant piece left over from cutting out the dress and pin it on the outside of the dress. Sew close around the split. Other fabric here would work fine too.
7.cut through that new piece down the center between the slit again and cut into the corners.
8.flip that piece inside the dress and sew around the edge of the newly lined split.
9.place the grommets around near the split to measure and mark where the next sew line will go as well as sew down more of that inside fabric.
10.cut out the extra material around from the second sewn line from the split.
11.hem the neckline by either doing the easy thing by doing a rolled hem which is folding it under 1/4” twice and sewing or you can do my preferred method which is sewing in a neckline facing. I’ve mad a video tutorial for this in the past and you can find a link to it in the description below.
12.For the sleeve you can either do a rolled hem like the neckline or you can you can fray check the edge, then cuff them and tack them into place.
13.You will not see the neckline or the sleeves done here as I start the grommet process, but I did sew the neckline and sleeves before I actually put the grommets in. Space out the grommets evenly and mark where the holes will be.
12.cut out the holes with your scissors and poke the grommets through two double check
13.Next you’ll need a hard surface like concrete, a grommet or eyelet kit from a craft or tool store, fray check, and hammer!
14.Slide the little metal anvil piece underneath with no fabric under it, then place the bottom grommet piece on that and slid it through the hole of the front of the dress, here you can fray check your fabric just in case. then place the little washer, points facing down, toward the grommet and place the little tool or setter into the center of the hole of the grommet and washer.
15.Hit it with a hammer till it is secure.
16.Lace up the grommets with a shoelace or other type of ribbon or string.

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+ - - - - - - DIY ruffle bell sleeve top refashion from men’s dress shirt

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Pants: gap//top:self-made refashioned//shoes: enzo
For some reason, I’m a bit addicted to ruffle and bell sleeves. I have a hard time convincing myself to not make one every time. Literally almost made one 10 times this month. Made a little easier with sleeves just incorporated into the top.

Supplies: oversized button up (used hub’s too big dress shirt), top you like the fit of, scissors, sewing machine, pins, thread

Instructions:
1.Grab an oversized button up top and cut off the arms, the collar and the yoke in the back to flatten the box pleat, and seam rip the pocket off.
2.Lay a top down the center and cut around one half including the sleeve, folding it over and cutting the other side.
3.Sew the front and back shoulder and the sides together. Serge or zig zag stitch to prevent fraying.
4.Try the top on and make any adjustments, mark and cut where you want the neckline to be.
5.Cut on one sleeve into 2 rectangles at least 5 or more inches wide and 10 to 20 inches long once sewn together into a tube, the longer it is the more gathered and full it will look. Mine were about 15 inches long and 5 inches wide.
7.Sew the rectangles into a tube, then sew a basting stitch along one side.
8.gather the basting stitch to fit the sleeve opening. Repeat with the other sleeve.
9.Turn the shirt right side out and pull the sleeve end into the ruffle opening, pinning right sides together
10.Sew them together.
11.Hem the bell sleeve with a rolled hem by sewing 1/4” twice
12. sew the neckline under with the same rolled hem as the sleeve. Try to be careful here to not stretch or pull too much because it can look warped or roll forward.
13.Hem the bottom if you need.
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I wore this out on my date last Friday, and danny (his idea! wha? Not usually his thing) wanted to take some pics while we were there. We ate at Sundance which is my favorite place. This was post garlic fries, hamburger and fried brussel sprouts.

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