Conscious fabric shopping and sustainable sewing – Refashion duvet cover to a blouse

Who does not like making something that’s seems a bit more sustainable  by doing some conscious fabric shopping, buying second hand, and then refashioning in stead of making from scratch. I know I do.

I have a favourite thrift shop – and its called AVV! I have been coming there since I was a teenager and for a few lucky months I even worked in their communications department. That was an awesome and dangerous place, and I shopped a lot of materials for refashioning.

I was visiting there with a friend not too long ago and we shared a sack. A small sack filled with clothes is approximately 10 pounds, and a large one is 17 pounds. Cheap and good.

We both got clothes that are ready to wear. I got some pink faux leather from a vest. Lots of dresses to alter a bit. T.shirts to print on. Really just good stuff.

This is me being excited for all the good bargains (and meeting one of my old colleagues..)

I often buy nice duvet covers from AVV since they are awesome to sew from. So many meters of material and often in cool or retro prints. Last year I made me and the girls the matching polkadot dresses out of a duvet cover. A boil wash and then it´s fabric good to use.

And zippers! Cool retro zippers.

This year I have made Roxie a sweet blouse in the ruffled style that I can see I have made quite a few of this Summer. She really likes it – and obviously likes the modelling too. I am so lucky that they help me show off what I have made of handmade clothes.

The last scarf refashioning for a while – I promise

Hello again from the sewing blog. This is my final scarf refashioning for a while, I think. Because wow, there has been many. At least it will be the last summer scarf refashioning. But I am sure I will come up with some wintery ones for the cold weather.

It is very simple. A lovely light and printed tube scarf. A neck opening cut, folded back and stitched on.

Openings for the arms in the side – and then just ready to wear. The light fabric falls and flows so nicely.

Comfy and casual, but because of the bold print still quite a handmade statement wear.

Better than throwing away clothes you don’t use anymore is to make something new out of them, and with this came another upcycled sustainable dress. If you want to make your own clothes, this is a great way to start. It really does not take very much, it is an easy way to sew for less, not costing a lot in fabric, and the outcome is so cool.

This one will be saved for next years Summer for sure.

Sew a sew-easy kimono

The weather is still kinda warm here in Denmark, super hot lately actually, and so there is still use for the Summer clothes once in a while.

I have made this Kimono from a scarf, and it is a really easy and cool thing to make. There are so many tutorials out there for it.

This one is from a lace version of the kimono, also very awesome A beautiful messl and really easy to work from. I would recommend this as a starter sewing project if you are new to making your own clothes. It is simple and gives you something that is lovely and versatile to wear. If you make it from an old scarf it is also very much a piece of conscious apparel.. I love to refashion and not just throw away. So get your creative stitches going and be sure to make this before the rays of sunshine are gone. Or choose a thicker quality of fabric and make it for the cold weather coming.

If you want more ideas for refashioning scarves into handmade dresses from my blog please look here and here.

Happy making!


Refashion a Summer kids dress

This is actually a project from last year – and so looking at the photos I can´t stop thinking how little Roxie looks.. She has grown like crazy this year.

This dress is super easy – made from two tops. One vest that Roxie had worn that had gotten a bit too short, and a top that I had bought for myself in the kids section at H&M. But it never really fitted me. Probably because it was from the kids section..

I cut the bottom of one of them and the top off the other and simply stitched them together while gathering the bottom part to make a bit of ruffles. A super quick make.

The old denim jacket that never dies

Gifted zipper in the post.

I have already shown you some of the things I have made from my lovely Stoffstil present. The sweet little haberdashery elves that work there (in my imagination they are super cute) also heard that the zipper on my denim jacket broke and sent me a new one. Pink, gold and pure cool.

The denim jacket I have is an old thrifted one from back in the day when I just started trifting with my very cool cousin in the 90´s. yikes. That was when it was not normal to go through the thrift shop bins, it smells nicer in the shops now than it did then – but my cousin was awesomely cool so she let me know it was fine. That means the jacket is at least 25 years old cause that’s when I got it, but looking at it, I would say its from the 70´s.

I am never getting rid of it. The wash, the cut and the softness of the denim makes me forever hang on to it.

But the zipper was broken.

Fixing it was easy. Just took it out with the seam ripper and put the new one in. the girls said I should put in on the front, so you could see all the cute pink and gold tape, but I did put it in just like the old one was in stead.

I did not get it quite even on both sides, so I can´t show you a picture of that, ha ha. Perhaps I will one day get annoyed, take it out and put it back in, but who am I kidding, I will probably keep it like this for the next 25 years.

And then here are just some very cute pictures of me and me girls. All in thrifted denim jackets. And attitudes that are all homemade.

I can´t believe it´s more scarf DIY!

When is she gonna stop it with the scarves?! Never!

My last post about the scarf refashioning got a lot of really nice comments on a Danish facebook page about minimalism and sustainability. That made me very happy.

I have continued in the scarf department since then. I was fortunate enough to get a scarf refashioning DIY in a Danish magazine Hendes Verden  – yay, that is me on the front page.

And I just cannot stop with the scarf refashioning. There is so much you can do with them. And usually the fabric is really soft and the prints or weaves are awesome.

I had two partisan scarves in my stash from a trip to the very best thrift shop AVV and even though one was pink and one was red I was sure they could look great together.

And so they do!

Top part is made cutting from a boxy top I had. Bottom is made freehand just cutting a skirt shape with the size of fabric available.

Then they were sewn together. Bottom part wider than the top part, so I made a few ruffles along the way.

The bottom and the sleeve openings were really easy, cause I did nothing to them, haha. They already had finished edges I could use.

The neck opening was finished with a white satin bias tape. Looks really nice and an easy way to do it.

Another lovely and flowy dress made with two thrifted scarves that cost almost nothing.

Scarf refashioning bonanza!

I am lucky enough to have another submission in the Simply Sewing magazine issue no. 58.

It is a refashioning DIY of one of the many scarves I had at home into a cute tube dress – perfect for the beach.

I still have quite a lot of those scarves, they are often in the thrift shop I go to, and lovely patterns and prints are just too hard to resist for me.

Recently I saw one of my friends and she was wearing an awesome tier dress in a beautiful floaty fabric. It was out of my price range, and I thought I could do something like it with my many scarves. And thus the tiered dress factory began.

I love the dresses and will live in them this summer. I also made some for the girls.

Some of them are in two layers because the fabric is too see-through, and with some of them I have made an inner layer from – guess what – more scarf fabric!

The scarves are different in sizes, so some of them have been cut a bit imaginatively, and off course they could be made even longer for a full length version. Each tier has to be wider than the previous, so there is enough to gather from – so there is lots of width and floatiness.

I made a pattern from a wide too for the top bit and the sleeves. The neckline is finished with bias tape in contrasting colours. Sleeves are made differently according to how much scarf fabric was available.

The layers coming were just made from the fabric that (kinda) matched and fitted in width.

I also made one short top – that works well too.

I love the boheme look, the pattern mis-matchiness, and that I could use some of the many scarves I had in store for some dresses that have already been named favourites in the wardrobe for summer. Refashioning is one of my favourite things to do – to be both sustainable not throwing clothes away and use creativity to make something great.

Here I have used my pattern for a dress in a very light fabric on sale at Stoffstil. It is very sheer but with bike shorts underneath it´s fine. And super airy and light for this hot weather.

I hope this will inspire you to make something awesome. Happy making!