Tag Archives: Slow Fashion

Denim Shirt Dress

I’ve been loving the denim look I’ve been seeing everywhere lately. Last summer I grabbed a few metres of this lightweight and slightly stretchy denim from the remnant bin at Fabricland and held on to it like a small child clings to a blanket. Just kidding! But I did mull it over for awhile. What was I going to make this pretty heathered fabric into? And voila! Denim shirt dress!

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I added a front patch pocket to give it a little detail. There is white top-stitching around the sleeve hem and pocket too. For the hem of the dress I added a little extra weight by doubling up a separate piece of fabric and binding it onto the hem. And then the white top-stitching again.

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I love the simplicity of this dress and I think it can be accessorized in so many different ways! A great belt some days? and maybe some big jewelry?! Yes please.

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I like the versatility of this dress for being wearable in different seasons. It will layer up nicely in the fall with some tights and a cardi.

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Cristy – The Best Wo-Man!

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In today’s world the lines of friendship and gender are no longer firmly drawn. Many women have male best friends and many men have great friends who are women and they want them included in their special day. This was one wedding that proves just that!

Working on Cristy’s tuxedo was so much fun. The girl has so much style and stood up to the challenge of looking fantastic and fashionable in her suit right down to her Jimmy Choos.

For Cristy’s outfit we took the sleeves off of her dress shirt, saving the cuffs for wearing. When she had the jacket on you would never know there were no sleeves underneath.

A few more alterations to the shirt and jacket to make them more flattering and feminine, adding some curve, then we cropped those pants!

The results were awesome!!

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Cathy’s Vintage Wedding Dress

Working with Cathy on her wedding dress was such a pleasure. Cathy wanted to wear her mother’s wedding dress on her big day but needed to give it a bit of a modern twist! What a great idea!

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Here is the before dress. Beautiful lace but the full sleeves and shoulders had to go for Cathy’s vision of what her dress needed to look like!

Here’s Cathy showing her mom the dress! She didn’t even recognize it!

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If you’ve inherited your mom’s or your grandmother’s dress why not consider wearing it on your big day? The possibilities are endless! Having a vintage dress revamped or remade is such a personal and dear way of breathing new life into a family heirloom. It also reduces the number of beautiful gowns going to rags in closets and second-hand stores!

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Catherine’s Wedding Dress

Wedding season is on the horizon! I thought I’d share this dress I made last season!

I had the immense pleasure of creating Catherine’s gorgeous and original wedding gown for her special day in August 2015.

Catherine knew she didn’t want to go through the stress of shopping for and trying to fit the dresses available in the shops and decided that having her dress custom made was the way to go.

She knew the style of dress that she wanted, bringing me a photo of a dress from a magazine that had a unique layered skirt with a pointed hem! So fun!

Every woman knows her body and Catherine was no exception! Together we designed her dress to accentuate the parts of her body she loved and downplay the parts she doesn’t so she could feel her most beautiful on her big day. She even added a little extra bling here and there and a family momento – the butterfly broach at centre waist. So pretty.

Here is her beautiful dress!

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In the Navy – a Wool Coat Redux

There are a lot, I mean a lot of wool coats floating through thrift stores. Beautifully designed garments crafted from gorgeous natural fibres like pure virgin wool, cashmere and angora. It breaks my heart to see them hanging there, abandoned and unwanted just because their shoulders are (way) too wide or the lapel crosses too low. In other words they are really great fabric but totally out of date in style. So this year I decided to do something about it.

A few of these amazing specimens are purchased by crafters and sewers alike to turn into repurposed mittens and needle felted projects or shabby chic decor. Those are all awesome ways to make good use of what’s being wasted. I however have vowed to maintain their intended purpose as wool coats by giving them a make-over. Here is coat numero uno.

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This is the before coat (sorry for the poor photo the light was bad).

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This coat was a no brainer to choose for a re-do. Number one there’s lots of it, it’s a big, long coat and the navy colour of the wool stands out on it’s own. As far as design goes though, I was inspired by the moto style of coat. I liked the off-centre zipper and high collar. I think it is a stylish silhouette.

Another reason I was attracted to this coat is that it had a Toronto Heritage label in it. I’m hoping to repurpose mostly made in Canada garments. After some research I have still come up empty handed on what Toronto Heritage clothing was but I thank them for the coat. If anyone can pass on any info. about this company that would be greatly appreciated.

I reattached the original labels and used the original lining to keep as much authenticity intact. And there you have it!

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Aztec inspired wool jacket

I love it when people donate fabrics and notions and other sewy things to my shop. Sometimes people have ideas for things they would like to have me make and I never see them again or they inevitably change their mind. Such was the case with this red wool and after three years of having it sit on the shelf I decided it was time to put it to good use.

I love this jacket. I love wool.

I was originally inspired by two jackets I have pinned on my Coats, Cover-ups and Jackets board on Pinterest. Actually maybe it’s more of a sweater than a jacket but potato potato. We will go with sweater jacket.

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(Above) I liked the cozy wrappiness of this sweater as well as the geometric pattern and exaggerated shawl collar. (Below) I loved the centred design.

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This is the result of my efforts here! It was a bit of a challenge measuring and cutting the indivdual shapes out of wool for the applique but the result is beautiful.

 

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It’s available on my Etsy store here