DIY: The More Feminine Sweatshirt/ Кружевная Толстовка


Hi, everyone! Today I am going to share my sweatshirt refashion. This is a great way to up-cycle your old or stained item of clothing! I started off with a $2.99 sweatshirt from Savers, that I bought back in November. The idea that I was going to use for it, was an idea that failed me back in the summer when I was refashioning a T-shirt. But since I never give up, I decided to try it again! And this time it worked!

The method: simply cut out a piece (any shape and size) anywhere on the sweatshirt and replace it with lace or any other fabric. Since I am lace obsessed, and somehow have lots of it, we are using lace!

You want to start by laying the sweatshirt out flat, and cutting out the material that is to be replaced:

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I was originally going to do a pocket shaped piece, but cut it out too far to the left, so that’s what I replaced it with instead!

Now you are going to cut out a piece of lace to go over this “hole” and don’t forget some pretty trim (all of the lace and trim came from an Old Navy shirt, that I freecycled a while back), and pin it all together:

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Then simply sew it all together using your machine! As you can see some lace is sticking out past the trim. Don’t worry, once everything is sewn together, cut the excess fabric off with your scissors.

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I hope you enjoyed the refashion and the pictures 🙂 And you might have noticed that it’s the same lace I used for my wall art DIY! Don’t forget to check it out, if you haven’t yet!

Have a great weekend everyone!



Всем привет! Сегодня мы будем перешивать толстовку! Таким способом вы сможете с лекгостью обновить потрепанную или испорченную вещь! Эта толстовка стоила всего лишь $2.99 в магазине Savers (наш местный секонд!), и куплена была еще в Ноябре. Задумка для этой переделки была испробована на одной футболке прошлым летом, и провалилась с треском! Но я никогда не сдаюсь, поэтому решила попробовать осуществить ее еще раз – и у меня получилось!

Способ: Вырезаем кусок ткани толстовки (желаемого размера и формы) там, где хотим, и заменяем кружевом или любой другой тканью! У меня небольшой сдвиг на кружево, может потому, что у меня его много? В общем, используем сегодня его!

Начнем с того, что разложим нашу толстовку на плоской поверхности, и вырезаем ту часть, которую планируем заменить.

Изначально, я сделала вырез в форме кармана, но он заходил слишком далеко в лево, и пришлось вырезать такой прямоугольник!

Теперь отрезаем кусок кружева нужного размера, чтобы закрыть нашу “дыру”. Не забудьте добавить красивую тесьму (кружево у меня осталось от старой кофты из Old Navy, которую я когда-то раздобыла благодаря сайту, и прикалываем все на булавки!

Затем мы это все прошиваем на машинке! Сверху на фотографии видно, что кружево выходит за тесьму. Не волнуйтесь, все это подравнивается ножницами, после того, как мы все прострочили.

Я надеюсь вам понравилась эта переделка и фотографии к ней! Возможно вы также заметили, что я использовала это кружево, когда делала эти декоративные панно на стену! Не забудьте кликнуть на этот пост, если вы его еще не видели!

Всем отличных выходных!

Top 5 Refashions of 2012

Let’s face it, I did a lot of refashions, some wearable, some… not so much, but all in all it’s been a great year refashion wise! Let me present you with my favorite refashions! In all honesty, it wasn’t that hard to choose 😉

5. Dress to skirt refashion:


4. White Keds go Golden:


3. Tote Bag Goes Botanical:


2. You Can Never Go Wrong With Crochet Lace:


And the 1st place goes to,

of course,

The Vintage Coat

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I hope you enjoyed refashions on in 2012, 2013 will bring even more refashions, DIYs and fun outfit posts! Don’t forget to subscribe, follow, and like to stay in the loop!



Christmas Tag!

I was tagged to do this Christmas tag by Luchessa! Thank you, dear, for tagging me! Here we go:

1. Which  Holiday do you celebrate? Christmas, and then Russian Christmas (January 7th!), just because one Christmas is never enough! There was also a time in my life when I celebrated both Hanukkah and Christmas!

2. What are you doing for the holidays this year? Going to Wisconsin! Enough said!

3. What’s your favorite holiday drink? Anything caffeinated with peppermint in it, preferably from Starbucks 😉


4. Candy Cane or Gingerbread men? I was going to say neither, but definitely Gingerbread men as I think more about the question. They are easier to chew 🙂

5. What’s your favorite Holiday/Christmas song? At work – All I want for Christmas is my 2 front teeth!

But the one that really get’s me in the spirit of Christmas is – Oh Come all Ye Faithful

6. What’s the weirdest gift you’ve ever received? Someone once gave Sam and me a Christmas ornament that said “Our First Christmas 2010”, we got married in 2011, and the people who gave it to us came to our wedding! So I think it was a re-gift.



7. Have you ever made a snowman? Yes, many times! I think growing up in Russia it’s a winter MUST! I also made a miniature one last year for a girl I used to babysit!

8. What is your favorite winter fragrance? Definitely Miss Dior


9. What is at the top of your list this Christmas? Sewing books I posted about a couple days ago!

10. What is most important to you about holidays? Spending DRAMA-FREE time with my family!

I am going to tag all of you my lovely readers to answer all of the questions, and I’d really like to tag the following bloggers:








And once again, please feel free to do the tag and link your post in the comments below!

Happy “End of the World” Friday!








Sewing Books I Can’t Put Down

… but I have to return to the Library!

Today’s post is going to be about new sewing books that I’ve discovered for myself over the past couple of weeks! And I am going to immediately tell you, that I am in love, and some of those books, are making me think “Why didn’t I think of that earlier?” type of thoughts!

The first one is “DIY COUTURE” by Rosie Martin,

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My favorite part about that book is the fact that you don’t need any sewing patterns to make anything! The measurements are extremely easy, or you end up tracing the items of clothing you already have. So far I’ve only made a cape following the step-by-step instructions, but there is more in the making! And the best part is – there is more to that than just a book, there is a blog!

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The next book is STYLISH DRESS BOOK wear with freedom by Yoshiko Tsukiori,


And I literally want to make every single dress from this book, because they are that amazing! But it’s definitely for advanced seamstresses, unlike the first book I mentioned! I have already been scouting thrift stores for fabrics to use in order to make these dresses. I don’t know what it is about her patterns, but the simple lines and the choice of fabrics really attracts me to her books!

So these are the only two that I am really enjoying right now! What sewing books do you like?

Happy Wednesday!


OOTD: I Can’t get enough of you… coat

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It’s been less than a day since I finished refashioning my vintage coat, and I already had to wear it! I kept finding excuses to leave the house, and go for a walk, or to the local thrift store (which Sam and I went to and I can’t can’t wait to show you my finds, one of which has already been transformed into something AMAZING!)

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I also couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to wear my $1.50 vintage Christian Dior skirt!

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My boots are Mexx (bought them ages ago in Russia! I wonder whether that brand still exists?!)

The scarf was thrifted as well, cost me only $3, and came from a small store I used to basically “live in” when I was an Au Pair on the UWS in Manhattan!

And the bag is COACH, thrifted, of course!

It’s going to be an awesome week on my blog, with a sewing project, thrift haul and some refashions coming up!

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

I know I did!


PS. I am wearing this coat to work tomorrow 🙂

Vintage Romper Refashion

Yay! DIY Friday is back. Or refashion Friday. Or Friday posts in general! I’ve been actually pretty good at posting on a regular basis this week! I’ll try to keep ’em posts coming. Especially now that my blog has a Facebook page! I tend to feel like this more and more often:

But on with the refashion! I got this vintage romper off of over the summer, and have been wanting to make it into something more wearable ever since!

I mean how hideous is this piece? But I loved the fabric, the pattern, you know how I am!

So I cut of the shoulder pads, cut off the legs, and then made a high-low hem line. I kind of had to, because of the fact that there used to be pants and a crotch seam:

Next step was hemming it, then cutting the sleeves to make them shorter, and hemming them as well!

I also had to go over some of the seams, because they were going apart:

Stay tuned for the Outfit post featuring this piece! But here is what it looks like on the hanger:

I am washing it right now, according to the label instructions:

Don’t you also love how the makers of this dress were undecided about the size?! Is it a Medium or a Large? Well, it fits me! That’s all I care about!

Have a fab weekend everyone!



Small things in life

Hubs and I still don’t know if we are going to move to a new apartment. To be 100% honest, I am too lazy to move, pack, unpack, etc. I will go look at other apartments though…

I still haven’t planted the basil my manager brought me like a month ago! It’s been doing well though. Sometimes I want to find a tin, go get some dirt from the outside and just stick it in there. But then it’s not going to look pretty. So I am going to wait, get a nice plant pot for it, then go get some dirt from the outside, stick the basil in there and hope to make some pesto in the next month or so!


Another thing that I need to figure out is a new hairstylist. I’m sure you remember how excited I was to find Brooke, who did my hair at Sanctuary Salon Spa here in downtown – it was cheap and close to both work and home. Well, unfortunately I had to end this relationship, because the manager was extremely rude to me, accused me of not leaving a tip (which I did), and yes, that’s the end of story… So if you know a good hairstylist in Minneapolis, I am looking for one to do this to my hair:


I will admit, I’ve been kind of burnt out lately, finding excuses not to do my DIY projects, like sleep. I haven’t been working out either, though it is getting a lot nicer and cooler outside, so maybe I’ll start doing that. I know we all go through stages when we are too lazy to do anything. I honestly just want to sit on my couch, and watch hubs play video games :/ I always get more motivated though if I admit something publicly, or through social networks. So hopefully tomorrow I’ll be on that carpet doing sit ups and leg lifts! And working on a fun DIY later on! I even made Sam take me to Michael’s on Sunday just for that!

I hope you are all doing better than me, because being Zhenya isn’t that fun today!



PS. Have you self-actualized yet?

How Small Shoulder Pads Make A Big Difference (When Removed)

Here is the best thing about freecycling clothes – you never know what you are going to get!
I recently ended up with a lot of polka dots items! Here are 3 of them:


I took out little post it notes and wrote how I wanted to refashion those items. One of them being a shirt (that I turn into a blazer in todays post – it was so easy, you are going to fall off your chairs 🙂 )and then the other tfolk polka dots surprises are pants, both of which will get refashioned sometime soon, hopefully this weekend!

The first thing I wanted to do was get rid of the shoulder pads, because they werent rocking my boat!


Then I rolled up the sleeves! Since this is a 100% polyester Chaus top, I can’t imagine anyone wearing this as a shirt! Maybe in the winter, but you would still sweat buckets! The tricky thing with polyester though is that when rolled up it doesn’t necessarily hold the intended shape, so I suggest you make a couple stitches and hold that rolled up fold in place, or you can jut safety pin it, if you are like me 🙂 I told you it was going to be easy! And perfect with skinnies:



Sorry for being MIA – I had training at work – free food and beauty products 🙂 ah – life is good 🙂
Have an awesome weekend everyone!

Sewing a Romper: Part 1

I have been trying to find time to sew a romper all summer, but every time I had a day off I was always doing something else! Well, it’s summer, what did I expect?

But I finally found time yesterday to at least start it, and even though starting was the most difficult part, I could hardly stop when I got into it!

Here are some pictures of my progress so far, as you can tell I got stuck at the collar, but once that’s done I will only have sleeves and buttons left, so it’s not too bad! I have the whole weekend off so I’ll definitely make time for this project and hopefully one of those refashions I’ve been trying to pull off with my husband’s old shirt!






Have a fabulous weekend everyone! Stories from my closet are coming back on Sunday!

Quick Nail Polish Fix for a Top

WHAAAAT? Yes, well here is the story:

This top came from Goodwill outlet and I guess some of the metal decoration pieces fell off in the washer, or maybe were missing from the beginning, I can’t remember:

See, right there?

But hey that’s why I keep a whole box of nail polish handy (well that, and too paint my nails too). So I picked out these 3 colors, which I felt matched this shirt the most:

And started painting:

Once I was all finished, I just let it sit out there and dry:

And I can wear this shirt again. I am sure that I’ll have to do touch ups every once in a while, but hey, that means I can experiment with other colors, as long as there is nail polish!