I came across this glorious muumuu at goodwill and knew it needed to be mine - but I am ashamed to admit that it has been sitting in my "refashion" bin (actually, I must also confess that I have like 3 large rubbermaid totes of stuff to refashion...ahem), for more than three years. I know I wasn't pregnant with Hazel yet, so it's been a LONG time coming. I figured it had been waiting long enough to shine, and I thought it would be the perfect candidate for a (faux) wrap dress! It is so hard to express how flowy this thing is...I honestly don't know who would own such a luxuriously flowy muumuu with a zipper...if you have any ideas send them my way, haha I'm all ears. I have done my best to portray the dress as genuinely as possible...as viewed below:
You're welcome, by the way, that this picture exists and I'm sharing it with you, hahaha. Anyways... I thought it would be fun to do a refashion for my Easter dress, and after polling followers on instagram, this dress was the winner! It was a fun one to work on because there is just SO much material to work with! I made this dress with an extra flowy skirt and there's still at least a yard left. Here are the steps I followed to make it wearable in public! lol.
My mom thinks the world's gone crazy, but scrunchies are back from the 80's! Not fortunate enough to live in the 80s, I'm grateful I get to enjoy them now, haha! Plus, I think they're cuter now, so we can all celebrate that;) I decided I needed a cute little pile of scrunchies to adorn lazy ponies and mom buns, so I whipped up some bow scrunchies in just a couple minutes! Seriously, (besides being adorable,) they are so easy to sew with beginning sewing skills, only use a small amount of fabric, and can be made from pretty much any scraps you have! My favorite kind of project.
PLUS! This tutorial can also be split up to make two EXTRA projects. Plain scrunchies (because sometimes you might not want a bow) and plain hair bows (because sometimes you might not want a scrunchie)! The plain bow can be tied onto pretty much anything - hair tie, baby headband, clip, etc!
My husband and I are book hoarders - there, I said it. On the scale of things-to-hoard, though, I feel like books is at the top of the "socially acceptable" section. Needless to say, Hazel has a lot of books. I'm not even ashamed! But, her bookcase drives me nuts because the books are always sliding around since I don't want to put heavy, not-baby-friendly bookends in her room! I did a quick search on pinterest for some baby-safe book end ideas and there were surprisingly few options - and none that fit the cuteness bill for me! So, I decided to design an easily adaptable animal bookend that can definitely be played with! No sharp edges, and it is only a teeny bit heavy, so even falling on a little one won't cause any major strife.
Here's my tutorial for the unicorn version - Just change up the ears and the face to make a multitude of different animals! I've included pictures of the cat and bunny versions I made at the end as well.
Even though I’m not very tall (5’4”), I find myself lengthening quite a few skirts and dresses! I’m sure everyone has heard of lengthening a dress or skirt by just slapping a strip of fabric on the bottom, and done! This can be a totally great option, depending on the style of skirt, or type of fabric, etc. But I have a few tips on lengthening your dresses to make the extra length look less obvious, and like a cohesive part of the garment!
I got this dress, new with tags, at a thrift store for $1 (AH!) when I was pregnant, just knowing it would fit once the bump was gone. Well, I tried to wear it to a funeral a few months ago and it wasn't long enough, had a skirt shape I didn't love once it was on, and the sleeves weren't my favorite length or shape. In it went to the refashion pile (by "pile", I mean 2 rubbermaid totes of clothing to refashion...I need more hours in the day! ha...), and I just recently pulled it out and gave it a new life!
One of my favorite things to do with old graphic tees or shirts with fun patterns I’m through with is turn them into baby clothes! Specifically, SUPER quick and easy rompers! The style (long or short pants and sleeves) depends on the size of your shirt and the size of your child! An extra small baby can have pretty much any style of romper from any adult shirt, and an extra large shirt can make a romper for pretty much any size of kid! All you really need is a shirt and a sewing machine!
My main issue with loving plants is that I am a notorious plant murderer. I can’t keep plants alive, no matter what! I recently made this trio of immortal cacti and succulents (a moon cactus, small round cactus, and a common succulent) for a gift, and they were a huge hit! Maybe once Christmas stress is over, I’ll have time to make myself a set...we’ll see;) This is a surprisingly simple project, and would make a wonderful Christmas gift (or birthday, Mother's Day, Father's Day....you get the picture!) I will say that having some experience with sewing or embroidery would make this project a little easier, but it is definitely doable for beginners!
Dresses have always been some of my favorite things to refashion - they usually can go from outdated or oversized (often both..) to adorable and fitting perfectly with a few well-placed cuts and seams! I'm no expert seamstress, either. I just dabble along, and sometimes magic happens! Beginning sewing is usually all it takes. Dabble with me!
I bought this dress a couple weeks ago at Deseret Industries for $4! I liked it because it was oversized (extra fabric to work with!), and woven in between the black and white gingham pattern are rainbow threads (except you can't tell in pictures. boo.). It makes the dress so exciting! Also, I really needed/need more nursing-friendly dresses for church...sometimes I'm not in the mood
Hey there! My name is Kirstie. I'm here to jot down what it's like for us to make our way in the world - having fun on a budget, refashioning and DIY-ing our hearts out, pursuing business ventures, and raising a sweet babe in this crazy world. Join me for a slightly haphazard journaling of my little family and our pursuits and adventures!