Saturday, September 25, 2010

Funky Revamped Skirt

Here is another Wardrobe Refashion I crafted using a pair of old jeans.  I was going for a funky & comfy is the "before" shot...

I turned the jeans inside out, cut up along the inseam & cut to the length I wanted.

Then I picked out some hot pink cheetah fabric to "fill in" the gaps in the front & back.  I cut it to size, pinned it in place & did some wild free motion zig zag stitching using pink thread..
You can see the stitching here, along with the black & white zebra ruffle I pinned along the bottom of the skirt.  I wanted mine to be on the wild side so I kept the raw edges frayed, but you can finish the edges for a tidy look.  I also pinned the ruffle with the skirt on top...again, for a wild & frayed look.
Then it was time to sew on the ruffle...I used a zig zag stitch, pulling the pins as I go.
I attached a funky pocket to the side of the skirt, made from a quilted log cabin block that I had in my stash.  Before I stitched it on to the skirt, I did some more wild free motion zig zag plan, just going for it!
Then I added my signature free motion "V" to the back...
...and she's all done!  I now have a funky revamped skirt with a cool little pocket, made especially to fit my cell phone.  =)
Here is the wild free motion zig zag stitching I did on the front and a couple pics of the front & back. 
My next revamp is in the works right features some really fun fabric I scored & another t-shirt.  Can you say comfortably cute!!!  Thanks for stopping by...if you have any questions or comments, I'd love to hear from you.  =)

Happy Revamping!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

"Let's Get It On"...& Revamp this shirt!

I recently shared my pledge to re-fashion my wardrobe in an effort to add some funk to my closet, keep money in my pocket & save the planet!  It's a fun & practical challenge that I am really excited about participating in.  You can read more about the challenge here: Wardrobe Re-Fashion

I had a super soft brown UFC t-shirt I bought way back in August of 2006...UFC 62 - Liddell vs. Sobral.  It's an extra large and is a bit frumpy on me now...time to cut it up & refashion it.

My first step was to find a good fitting shirt that I liked which will be used as my pattern.  It's comfy & flattering...simple too.  =)
I put my UFC shirt on top of my "pattern" shirt, matching up the sleeves & neckline, then using a sliver of rescued bar soap...hey, it's readily available & marks your fabric nicely!

Then I cut the neck off my shirt...once again using the scrap of soap to mark my cut line.

I have to was pretty liberating to grab my scissors & cut up my shirt!  =)

To create that simple little gather at the bust, I stretched & pinned 2 1/2" of elastic, stretched over 4" of fabric...then stitched it on.  

The tricky part is that you have to hold on tight to the elastic while you stretch & sew it.  I found it helpful to crank my presser foot down a few notches.

 This was surprisingly simple with great results.

I should have stopped right here...but I didn't!  I got the bright idea to cut up the back...wanted to try some lacing.  I cut the shirt straight up the middle of the back, then made a "V" shape on top.  I tried it on & pinned it to fit comfortably. 

I liked it so much at this stage, but really wanted to try that new leather cording I just got my hands I punched some holes in it every inch or so on each side...then laced it up.

I wasn't in love with my bra showing through the back...and I sewed it back up!  Much to my dismay, it was now too I'll have to revamp it again.  I think I'll make another t-shirt dress with this shirt...but I'll leave that for another post!  Can't be afraid to just go for it sometimes...lesson learned!  =)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Funky Fresh Custom Wallet

My latest creation is for Shannon...she requested a custom quilted wallet with the following...

  • hot pink
  • zebra
  • flower print
  • lime green
  • some black
  • loves skulls
and here is what I came up with...

Shannon, I hope you love your new custom wallet...I had fun mixing these fabrics together for you! 

--Nani   =)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Pledge

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Back to School Sale!

Mermaid Wallet, originally uploaded by Nonerz.
Are you a Victorious Vixen Facebook fan yet?

Hop on over & "LIKE" it for your "Happy Back-to-School" coupon. $10 off all READY-TO-SHIP wallets in my Etsy shop, ends Saturday, 9/04...just enter "B2S" in the notes at the checkout & I'll send you a $10 refund.

Share with your friends & family...then drop hints on which wallet would make a great gift for you! =)