Monthly Archives: June 2013

diy gingham dress refashion

For this week’s Refashion Runway, the theme was copycat refashion and of course I really wanted to join the sew-along (you don’t compete in the Runway, you just sew along to the theme).

At first, I wasn’t sure what the heck I was going to do. Then I saw Amber’s amazing gingham + cherries outfit and was inspired.

foreveramber.co.uk Cherries and Gingham
Cherries and Gingham outfit courtesy of foreveramber.co.uk

I had this gingham dress that I had been holding on to for 10 YEARS. It hadn’t fit me in about 9 years. It was time to let go. When i figured I could make something out of the dress that I could actually wear, I got excited!

BEFORE – see, the dress didn’t even come close to zipping up.

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AFTER – a much better skirt with a cute tie on the side:
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Basically I cut the bodice of the original dress off and created a waist band and enough sash to tie a bow on the side. It’s not a great refashion because it did end up a little bit like franken-skirt, but I love bows + gingham so much that I didn’t mind;)

Not quite as gorgeous and ethereal as Amber’s version but I think I captured the general spirit of it.

What do you think of my gingham dress to skirt copycat refashion?

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Outfit details:
Top: Norma Kamali tie neck blouse, thrifted $3.59
Skirt: refashion by me from old gingham halter top dress that I had for 10 years
Shoes: Melissa + Vivienne Westwood Anglomania lady dragon cherry pumps, gift from hubby
Clutch: LOFT green croc clutch, $1 thrifted

queen of hearts

Rafaella skirt + Karen Kane tank + vintage necklace + Melissa + Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Lady Dragon pump with heart Rafaella skirt + Karen Kane tank + vintage necklace + Melissa + Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Lady Dragon pump with heart Melissa + Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Lady Dragon pump with heart Melissa + Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Lady Dragon pump with heartIt seems that in every post, I’m complaining about the unbearable heat in NC. This one is no different. See how sweaty I am?

Anyway, I wanted to show off my new Melissa + Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Lady Dragon pumps. I recently sold some stuff on ebay so I had money in my PayPal account and when these shoes went on sale, I could NOT resist. They are so very Queen of Hearts and so unique. I’m trying to figure out more ways to wear them.

HAPPY FRIDAY – enjoy your weekend!

Outfit Details:
Skirt: Rafaella navy skirt, thrifted $4.59
Top: Karen Kane tank (cantaloupe color?), thrifted $3.59
Jewelry: Gold earrings, gift from mom + vintage necklace, thrifted $1.99
Shoes: Melissa + Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Lady Dragon pump, YOOX

can’t get enough nautical

More Nautical - striped dress + salmon cardigan + mel for forever21 sandals + nautical charm necklace

More Nautical - striped dress + salmon cardigan + mel for forever21 sandals + nautical charm necklaceNautical again?

I just can’t get enough Nautical! Here I am pairing a sweetheart neckline, nautical striped dress with an old and comfy boyfriend cardigan in bright salmon….and my mel for forever21 sandals (again).

I’d like to procure a horizontally striped circle skirt soon. I love nautical that much!

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Outfit details:
Dress: d.RA Mona Striped Dress, Piperlime clearance [Also worn HERE]
Cardigan: Forever21 pink cardi, old
Sandals: Mel by Melissa for Forever 21, in store $22 (these are sold out online but may be still available in store)
Jewelry: tacky vintage? nautical charm gold necklace, ebay $5

diy denim dress refashion!

I actually had another blog post in mind for today but I am just too excited not to blog about my foray into sewing clothes. I am a sewing beginner for sure, so it came to everyone’s surprise (especially me) how this turned out.

Background story: I bought this horrible muumuu type denim dress at Goodwill last October as part of a Halloween costume (‘Big Love’ was the theme and several female coworkers and I dressed as sister-wives and a male coworker dressed as our ‘husband’…yes, very un-PC). Anyway, I didn’t want to just donate it back to Goodwill thinking that I could reuse the dress somehow. Well, I recently saw THIS refashion and I was just smitten. The gears in my head started turning and I was inspired to take out that muumuu and start sewing.

Here’s what happened…behold the transformation!

transformation diy denim dress refashionVoila!

transformation diy denim dress refashion

Sewing Details:
-the refashioned dress front is actually the old dress’ back. You’ll notice 1 button if you look at the refashioned dress’ back and that’s left over from the front of the muumuu. Because of this, I had to cut out and sew up the side pockets because they were facing the wrong way.
-I didn’t sew in a zipper. The original waist was a little loose so I sewed in 2 strips of thick elastic inside the back of the refashioned dress; you’ll notice a gather in the back
-The original front pockets were sewn together to turn them into a bow! I turned the bow into a pin so it can be worn wherever!
-I used pre-made trim to sew across the sweetheart neckline. I was thinking of also trimming the bottom hem. Not sure yet.
-The halter straps were made from the original sleeves.

Outfit Details:
-Frumpy denim muumuu dress, thrifted $4.59
-Polka dot sash that I used as a belt and as a headband, thrifted $1
-Sole Society suede peeptoe pumps, Sole Society OLD
-Vintage yellow/white beaded necklace, ebay $5
-Bow pin made by me
-Sewing supplies $10
Total: not too shabby!

What do you think, dear readers?!

floral + denim

Rafaella Floral blouse + pink plastic chain necklace + david kah skinnies + mel forever21 jelly sandals Rafaella Floral blouse + pink plastic chain necklace + david kah skinnies + mel forever21 jelly sandals

Yesterday I was in the mood for something easy and breezy. Nothing says easy than a flow-y chiffon blouse – with a summery floral print! One of my favorite ways to wear floral is with denim so pairing this blouse with a pair of skinny jeans was a no-brainer. And also I’m silly, so I took a picture while holding our pet gargoyle.

As for shoes, if you’re wondering (or not at all) why I haven’t been wearing heels lately it’s mainly because I have chronic lower back pain and it’s been worse these past few weeks. Plus the rain isn’t good for heels 🙂

OH and I wanted to tell you all that I have a refashion (taking a piece of clothing and changing it into something else) that I’m currently working on that I think is pretty darn sweet. If you have instagram, follow me to see this sneak-peak – @kittehluvs

Have a GREAT hump-day.

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Outfit Details:
Top: Rafaella chiffon floral blouse, thrifted $3.59
Jeans: David Kahn skinny jeans, ideeli clearance, $30
Shoes: Mel by Melissa for Forever21 Geo Mini-Wedge Sandals in Jelly Bean, forever21 $22
Necklace: Plastic Link necklace, veryjane.com $12