My Refashioned Drop Waist Vest Dress

If you follow me on instagram you’ll have already seen my latest retro refashioning victim:

The “before” didn’t have very many fans, fingers crossed that I managed to transform it for the better:

Waddaya think?

Here’s how I quickly created that stylin’ drop waist vest dress:

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Refashioning 101: Sewing Knits

In the 4 short years that I’ve been sewing I’ve learned loads from my thrifted machine, and just like any other relationship I’ve gotten to know its likes and dislikes and have discovered the little tricks needed to encourage it to behave properly and do what I want. However I didn’t always have such a wonderful rapport with my machine. There once was a certain type of fabric that my retro beauty simply would not get along with and tore to bits whenever they were introduced: Knits

Through much trial and error (+ more than a few tantrums & tears) I finally discovered the simple solution to successfully stitching every type of knit fabric with my grumpy old machine! Take a peek at my Refashioning 101: Sewing Knits and see how it’s done!

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How to clean vintage ceramics

As my How To Clean Vintage Enamelware post was so popular I thought I’d go ahead and share my collection of thrifted & inherited ceramics + the groovy cleaning tips from the past to keep it all in top condition!

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Check out my quirky collection & discover how to maintain your own vintage ceramics & porcelain:

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A Quick Refashioned Jumpsuit

I love love love jumpsuits but after my rather epic DIY jumpsuit fail last year I stuck to my thrifting karma to add to my collection.

Until this thrifty online score arrived:

I’m not exactly sure who this was made for but they most certainly had a much shorter torso than I!

After a bit of a think I came up with a quick fix that transformed that too tight crotch hugger into a loose & comfy all-in-one!

Here’s what I did:

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My Lactose & Gluten Free DIY Syrup

Living throughout the world has meant I haven’t always been able to find (or afford!) certain scrumptious luxuries that I took for granted while growing up in Canada so I’ve gotten pretty good at substituting ingredients and creating my own versions of those long remembered favourites.

My most missed flavourful food addition is real Canadian maple syrup. Every country I’ve lived in has had an insanely expensive version of this breakfast necessity but none of them have been even remotely tasty (or Canadian) enough to be worth the crazy prices so I decided to try to make my own:

and had enough success to fool the locals!

Here’s my quick & tasty recipe for perfect pancake syrup:

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The Refashionista Blooper Reel

Not every shot from a DIY video shoot is a success so for my 70th(!) video I’m sharing a few of the less than stellar outtakes from webisodes past – enjoy!

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A Set for Summer (DIY) #ThriftyThursday

Sort through your wardrobe and linen closet and create some fabulous new summer wear with a look back at a few of my most popular warm weather refashions:

Let’s get making…

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How to upsize a blouse

Got a blouse that’s just too tight in the chestal region?

Follow my quick video tutorial to loosen it up & add some funky style!

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The Upcycled Sweater Bag

Everyone has a perfectly functional but less than stellar handbag (or three) lurking at the back of the closet and a sweater or two that just don’t make it into rotation anymore so why not combine them into a stylin’ new accessory?

Raid your wardrobe and follow my quick and easy tute to create your own upcycled sweater bag!

Coordinate it with your DIY refashioned dress and crochet embellished boots!

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My thrifty little DIY guest room

Have a look at how I transformed the awkwardly shaped, incredibly small extra-room-beside-the-stairs into a petite but sweet guest room:

This cramped, L-shaped space was in desperate need of a paint job and new flooring

Take the lickety split tour below and check out the rest of the vintage and handmade decor!

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