Opting to Refashion

Opting to Refashion

lacesweatshirt1Option 1:  Spend over $140 on this cute gray sweatshirt.

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Option 2: Buy the less-expensive version at Nordstrom for $50.

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Option 3: Make your own sweatshirt for less than $5.

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Something told me you would choose option 3 🙂

When I bought this sweatshirt for less than $1.50 at the Tanger Outlets, I knew that I would personalize it before I wore it.  It took about a week for me to decide exactly what I wanted to do, but the project itself only took a short part of my morning.

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After washing and drying the sweatshirt, I cut a piece of lace (leftover from making this purse) large enough to cover the entire front of my sweatshirt.

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Then, I pinned the lace to my sweatshirt.  I cut off excess fabric and folded the edge of the lace under itself so that the sweatshirt would look more finished.

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Using a straight stitch, I attached the lace to the sweatshirt.

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Before long, my frugal sweatshirt was ready to be worn.

A Refashioned Refashion

A Refashioned Refashion

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Last year, I made this sweatshirt to wear on blustery days at work.

After sewing around the logo, I was all set!

Since I no longer work at the daycare, I have no need for a “Salem Kids” sweatshirt.  However, this sweatshirt became my favorite thing to wear last winter.  It was extremely comfy and casual–I just could not give it up!  Rather than throwing a perfectly good shirt in the trash, I decided to refashion this refashion.

I chose an old sleep shirt that had already been cut apart for various other projects, and removed the pocket from the front.

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Next, I used a seam ripper to remove the work logo from my sweatshirt.

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I pinned the pocket onto the sweatshirt, and used a straight stitch to secure it.

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Voila!  My sweatshirt is ready for many more frigid days.

Top Ten Tuesday: Thrifty Favorites

Top Ten Tuesday: Thrifty Favorites

As you probably know by now, I love thrift shopping.  Last time I went to a mall, I honestly left angry because there was no fun in looking at racks of the same shirt over and over and over again.  Almost all of my favorite articles of clothing have come from Goodwill, Megathrift, or another second-hand shop.  Below are my top ten favorite thrift finds.

Top Ten Favorite Pieces from A Thrift Store

1. Twenty-one embroidered tunic

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2. Converse All-stars (glitter added)

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3. J. Crew Rain boots

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4. Merona khakis

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5. Vera Bradley belt

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6. Faded Glory bermuda shorts

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7. Cato crossbody purse

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8. Jessica Howard dress

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9.  Ann Taylor houndstooth pencil skirt

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10. Abercrombie and Fitch sweater

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Back to Dorm Life

Back to Dorm Life

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School is officially back in session, and I am nervously facing the new semester with the daunting privilege of being an RA.  I hope to use the position to grow closer to the Lord and point others to Him.  I am definitely anxious to see what God has planned for the semester, and I know that it will be a growing experience for me.  I am going to be super busy working at the daycare, attending classes, and being and RA–God is going to stretch me for sure!

Welcome back to the dorms, back to microwaving meals, back to school outfits, and back to college.  Good luck this semester!

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Microwave “Baked” Apples

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole apple, cored and chopped
  • cinnamon to taste

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl
  • Microwave 2 minutes
  • Let cool
  • Eat and enjoy!
  • bakedapple1What are you looking forward to most this semester?  What changes seem most daunting?
Sentimental Refashion

Sentimental Refashion

You know that one piece of clothing that you hold on to simply because you’ve had it forever?  I have a lot of those.  Rather than let those unworn garments hang uselessly in your closet, turn them into something useful.

I bought this jean skirt at a consignment shop the summer before seventh grade (don’t be surprised that I remember that; I can tell you the origin of every thread I own).  I proudly wore it the first day of school with a green, heart-covered shirt and pink plaid flats.  I felt trendy in that outfit, and I remember the following conversation with two high school girls.

Girl one:  I like your shoes.

Girl two:  I like your shirt.

Girl one:  We just like your whole outfit!

My year was made.  Here I was, lowly seventh grader, and high schoolers liked my clothes.  Success.

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I couldn’t get rid of that skirt.

I also could no longer wear it.  As a college student, I try to dress a little nicer than a faded, ill-fitting denim skirt and t-shirt.  I like to look professional and put together.  Using an old purse strap and two fabric scraps, I put the unwearable garment to good use and made a simple cross-body tablet carrier.

To start, I turned my skirt inside-out and laid my tablet on it, marking a large rectangle around the tablet.   I then cut out the rectangle, and pinned the fabric scraps into place.

Measure and pin!

I used a simple straight-stitch to attach the fabric to the skirt.  I then sewed all the sides together, and, voila, I was done!

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The front…and the back

 

What garments are you attached to, and how could you re-purpose them?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Autumn Essentials

Top Ten Tuesday: Autumn Essentials

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As the days grow shorter and the air chills, my wardrobe changes drastically.  While I would prefer to wear sleeveless tops and sandals year-round, goose bumps and frozen toes force me to stow away the shorts and extricate the sweaters.  Below are the ten items most used items in my fall ensembles.

 

Ten Fall Wardrobe Staples

1. Long-sleeved oxfords

Although oxfords were traditionally worn by only men, they have become a staple in most women’s wardrobes.  I find them very versatile–they can be worn with jeans, dress pants, skirts, and even dresses.  You can roll up the sleeves or leave them down.

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Pictured: Ralph Lauren, J Crew, American Eagle

2. Boots

Keep those legs warm and dry!

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Pictured: Bamboo

3. Knee-length skirts

If its warm, knee-length skirts can be warn with simple flats.  When the weather grows colder, add tights and boots to the ensemble.

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Pictured: Merona, Gap, Banana Republic, Belk

4. Jeans

Nothing shouts “FALL” louder than jeans and sweaters.

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Pictured: Old Navy, American Eagle, Banana Republic

5. Hoodies

Admit it.  There are days when you just feel like wearing a hoodie and leaving your hair in a ponytail.  Hoodies are also great to carry with you to a bonfire–warm evenings quickly chill when the sun sets!

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Pictured: High school and college team hoodies

6. Cardigans

Outside temperature: 50

Inside Temperature: 72

Solution: a cardigan

Pictured: J Crew (yes, all of them!)
Pictured: J Crew (yes, all of them!)

7. Dress pants

Invest in a classic pair of dress pants for looking professional when it’s cold out. I snagged these at a consignment shop for $3.

pictured: Bass
pictured: Bass

8. Ballet flats

Just like the oxford, flats can be worn with jeans, skirts, dresses, and dress pants.

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Pictured: Refashioned, Unknown, Papaya, No Call, No Call

 

9. Long-sleeved dresses

Pair with tights and boots for chilly Sunday mornings.

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Pictured: LOFT

10. Boat shoes

Boat shoes pair well with jeans and hoodies when you are heading out to a bonfire.

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Pictured: Sperry

 

 

What are your fall wardrobe staples?  Do you ever succumb to wearing hoodies and old jeans on cold days?

Oats and Outfits: Monday {Pure and Purple}

Oats and Outfits: Monday {Pure and Purple}

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I love clothes. I love oatmeal. I love for things to match.

By mixing these loves, I created a personal, weeklong challenge: Oats and Outfits. Everyday, I will post a new oatmeal recipe and a picture of what I wore. Starting with today.

Since it is Monday, I kept it simple on both accounts. For breakfast, I made easy microwave raisin oatmeal (I promise this was planned and not a result of sheer laziness–I wanted to start out with an informal recipe). My outfit consisted of a silver and white Ann Taylor Loft skirt and a purple Banana Republic shirt.

Microwave Raisin Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Directions

  • Chop about half of the raisins so that the juices will be released during cooking. I use scissors to make the cutting easier, but my hands end up very sticky.
  • Combine water, oats, and chopped raisins in a microwave-safe bowl and stir.
  • Microwave on high 2 minutes. You may have to open the microwave occasionally and stir the mixture so that it doesn’t overflow.
  • Let cool, top with remaining raisins, and enjoy!