Upcycled back button blouse

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My sister bought the blouse on the left above from a retro warehouse sale of second hand clothing. She didn’t try it on at the time. When trying it on later, she found that the fit was unusual and generally unflattering so didn’t end up wearing it much at all. It sat in her wardrobe for a while until I saw it. I liked the fabric print and saw the potential for an upcycling project.

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Korea fabric haul part 1: a tie and a top

When I went to Korea in September last year I bought fabric from the Dongdaemun Shopping Complex. I bought a couple of meters of various polyblend fabrics (in 4 different prints) and a couple of meters of navy blue hanbok silk.

I have not yet used all of the fabric I bought, but do have plans in the works. So far, I have completed two projects!

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First up, I made a tie for my dad’s birthday present using the hanbok silk. This was my second time sewing a tie. Last time I made a skinny tie, but this time I made a regular tie. Both style of tie will use the same pattern, but when you get to the final stage of folding the sides to the centre, for a regular tie you do not need to fold it in as much as for a skinny tie.

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Noelle bralette bikini top

Happy New Year, dear readers!

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This was my last sewing project of 2016! A bikini top using Madalynne’s free Noelle halter bra pattern. I’ve had this pattern downloaded for a while but never had the time or fabric to make it. I was browsing through other bloggers’ versions of the Noelle, and was inspired to make it a bikini top. I had some lycra that was intended for another project that I didn’t get around to doing and I was expecting hot swimming weather in the upcoming Summer holidays, it was a sign that the time to make the Noelle was now. Continue reading “Noelle bralette bikini top”

Two-piece ball dress: up-cycled midi skirt & cropped top.

The day after my last dentistry rural placement was our Graduation Ball. I wanted to sew my own dress for the ball which meant I had to complete it weeks before (rather than days before like my last gown :P) as I wouldn’t have my sewing machine in rural SA.

I knew I wanted a two-piece outfit with a midi skirt. After looking on Pinterest for inspiration I came to the decision to sew a box pleat midi skirt and tulip open back cropped top.

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I found the fabric for the skirt at my local Salvos op-shop. I think it was a table cloth or bed spread/throw? It was a heavyweight white fabric with a raised woven design of flowers and leaves. (I don’t have a ‘before’ picture of the skirt fabric as I was in a hurry to finish the outfit) The top was made from double face satin from Spotlight in an ivory/pale pink shade. Continue reading “Two-piece ball dress: up-cycled midi skirt & cropped top.”

Velvet half circle skirt

Hello readers! It has been a long time between posts. The last couple of months I have been busy with my final exam and assessments. Just under a month now until I will be a qualified dentist! I was finally able to use my sewing machine guilt free, just last week, and have started on a few projects. In the meantime, today I am posting up a past project.

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You may recall seeing this skirt in my first project post, paired in an outfit with the upcycled wrap crop top! The fabric was bought from my local op-shop. It was my first time using velvet fabric and I learned a couple of lessons from this project.

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Sewing for travel: makeup bag and earphone case.

I recently went on a trip to Korea! It was my first time travelling there and thankfully I had my friend Rachel with me as a wonderful guide and translator. If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen that I went to Dongdaemun Shopping Complex to buy fabric! The shopping complex is huge with 4 buildings of 6-7 storeys, full of wholesale fabrics and other sewing notions. I bought lots of fabric which you will see on this blog in posts to come!

But in the meantime this post is about some previous sewing projects of mine that I have found useful while travelling overseas.

First up is a makeup bag.

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I received some fat quarters as a gift for Christmas in a selection of beautiful Indigenous prints. A fat quarter is fabric that comes pre-cut usually measuring 46×56 cm – 1/4 of a yard of fabric. Because of their size, they are good for small projects like purses, pencil cases, cushions or bags or can be sewn together to make a quilt.

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Upcycled convertible ball gown

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After watching this video by April/Coolirpa (one of my sewing and upcycling idols), where April takes two dresses from the thrift store and converts them into a new formal ball gown, I was inspired to upcycle/sew my own ball gown for my annual dental student association Grand Dental Ball.

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