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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:

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4. White Keds go Golden:

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3. Tote Bag Goes Botanical:

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2. You Can Never Go Wrong With Crochet Lace:

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And the 1st place goes to,

of course,

The Vintage Coat

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I hope you enjoyed refashions on BeingZhenya.com 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!

Xo,

Z

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,

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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!

Z

Refashioned Vintage Coat

I have been Facebooking and Instagramming about this refashion all week long. And last night I finally finished it! So here it is, my $1.50 vintage coat refashion! As some of you may remember I got this coat at Arc Value Village right before Halloween off of a Halloween rack!

But enough about the coat, let’s see the refashion:

If you take a closer look you can see that there is a button missing, and when you take an even closer look, you’ll see that the buttons are loose…

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I started off by decorating the pockets:

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All of the appliques were finished on the machine, but hand sewn to the coat!

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Then I moved on to redesigning the collar. I started off by just making triangles to go over the ends. I had to trace the shape using saran wrap:

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Then I changed up the belt loops. The new one is on the left, old on the right!

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After showing it off to my husband, he suggested I change the collar and design an applique that would go all around. I traced the collar applique on paper, made sure it fit the original collar properly:

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Then came the most challenging part (at least for me) – altering/shortening the coat! I was even considering taking it in to get done professionally, but then I thought that since I’ve already put in so much work and effort and love into this project, I simply cannot fail! So I did it:

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I ran a zigzag stich along the bottom so that it wouldn’t fray, then pinned it up, and hand sewed it on. I know there is so much hand sewing in this project, and trust me my fingers are bruised and the skin is peeling, but it was so worth it!

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So here it is, my finished coat!

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Have an amazing weekend everyone! I know I will, in my new coat :)

Zhenya

Maternity Dress Refashion

And no I am not pregnant! This was a freecycled dress that I was originally going to toss, but then I looked at it, and felt bad for it, and since we all saw this today on Facebook, and it’s all true, here is today’s refashion!

Here is the dress:

Adding insult to injury, the straps were originally tied together with a hair tie (? seriously ?)

But it’s a maternity dress alright! See?

I cut off the straps, and the top part, above the folds:

Took it in the back:

Rearranged the straps:

And …

Much better! I was also excited to find a use for that belt I thrifted at the Goodwill outlet!

Also – this is a no sewing machine tutorial! I did it all by hand!

Have a good day! Happy Hump Day!

Xo,

Z

Got Elastic? Easy Dress to Skirt DIY

We all have that dress, the one tucked all the way in the back of the closet, the one we don’t wear anymore, because well let’s all say it – it’s embarrassing!

Well, my dress made me look like I was 5! Seriously! Here is proof!

It’s not that bad lying flat on the floor though :) But those sleeves are simply killing me! I can’t believe I bought this back in the day, and more over, wore it to my senior thesis presentation in college :/ What was I thinking?!

But when I was going through my closet this past weekend, I decided it was time to do something about this dress! And yes, when you look at it, it makes perfect sense to turn it into a skirt!

I also added little ribbon loops on the sides to run my skinny belt through:

And ta-da (well not really, I still need an elastic to run through the top) But I was so excited to share this post with you, because I think this is by far one of the best “saves” that I did!

I just can’t get over this pattern! Never will! Have an awesome day everyone!

xo,

Z

Quick Pants to Skirt DIY

Today’s post is a quick pants to skirt transformation. I showed you the polka dot madness that was happening in my refashion pile last week, so today I am going to share the quick and easy way of turning a pair of pants into a skirt.

I started off with what I like to call an awkward pair of pants. If I were to be super lazy about this refashion, I would’ve kept them as PJ’s – yes they were that comfy!

What you then want to do is chop off the legs:

And because this skirt would’ve been way too short if I didn’t add on to the length, I cut out strips of fabric from one of the pant legs, added a wide thick ribbon…

Pinned and sewed it all to the edge of the skirt, and ended up with this:

Now all I need to do is wear it somewhere :)

Hope you all had a good weekend! I went wake boarding for the first time, loved it :)

Xo,

Z

Easy Sewing: Pastel Lace Dress

Happy Monday everyone! Today’s post is all about sewing! And lace! What can be better than that? It was all a result of me having too much coffee and not blogging for a while.

All of the fabrics that were used in this project came from Steeple People Thrift Store on Lyndale and Franklin! Yay for reusing :)

1. I started off by laying the lace out on the floor.

2. To determine how much fabric to cut off I took one of my maxi skirts out of the closet, and laid it out on top of the fabric. Then I cut off about 2 1/2 widths of the skirt off, and kept the length of the fabric.

3. I also went for a light off white fabric as lining.

4. Then I pinned and sewed the lining to the lace, folding it over, so that I had where to run the elastic through.

5. And that’s that. I apologize again, I really need to bring up my game and post some outfits and how I style my clothes. I am going to work on it in the next couple of weeks!

I hope you all had a great weekend :) I can’t wait to share more of the easy DIYs and other fun Zhenya projects with you this week!

xo,

Z

DIY \Hi-Lo skirt from a Thrifted Vintage Find

A couple weeks ago I found this amazing vintage skirt at the Goodwill outlet:

See it’s all vintage, made in the US too ;)

And it has pockets:

Now here is what I did – I put the skirt on ;) As you can tell it’s kind of an awkward length and a little loose too!

Then I took a bobby pin (don’t judge me –  I’m using whatever is available ;) ) And put it where I wanted the highest hem point of the skirt to be:

Next I Laid it flat and drew a line with some soap – the best fabric marker ever made!

And then took my scissors out and cut the excess fabric off:

Then I tried the skirt on again, just to make sure I was happy with the new length:

Then came the hard part – deciding how to accentuate the inner seam, because it was going to be visible either way. I wanted to do a ribbon hem (I saw one in another refashionista’s blog), but the ribbon I picked was just wrong for it. So I chose some wide bias tape, also vintage (I freecycled that item)- you can tell by the price on the packaging:

And finally I sewed it on, using my sewing machine, then folded it over and stitched it on by hand:

I promise to post an outfit photo sometime soon! I was originally going to wear this to the wedding, but was too lazy to finish it on time :)

Let me know what you think of this refashion,

xo,

Z

Getting rid of armpit stains: White T-shirt Refashion

I know I am not the only one out there who has a trouble with yellow arm pit stains, and soaking in hydrogen peroxide doesn’t always help. And in that case there is only one thing left to do, and that’s to CUT!

I was 100% sure I took a before picture, but that seemed to have miraculously disappeared off of my phone. Anyways I had this H&M t-shirt for a while, and it’s one of those hi-lo hem line shirts that are ridiculously IN right now. But I was always self-concious wearing it, because of the stains. I know they don’t really show in the picture, but they are there! Believe me!

So I had no better option, but to CHOP:

Then sew around:

So that it looked like this:

Add some lace, because we all know that lace, especially when it’s vintage, makes everything look better!

And viola:

Sorry no face today, I have pink eye, and we all know how contagious that is :)

Let me know what you think of the refashion and how do you get rid of yellow armpit stains!

Doodles,

Z

PS. This same refashion is available on the Re-fashion co-op blog page, because I am a refashionista :)

Four are better than two! DIY place mats tutorial

So here is what I do when my husband is not around:

1. Find a DIY project.

2. Turn on some TV show (preferably some comedy)

3. Focus on the project and finish it in one sitting, taking the step-by-step photos for my blog ;)

Friday night we had some friends over for dinner, and my girlfriend Kara said that I need more place mats, because I only had two, so that’s what I decided to work on!

I took one of the place mats that I had (it came from a thrift store, I think I only paid $1 for 2) and traced it:

Then I cut it out, and repeated the process 3 more times. I ended with 4 rectangles:

Hemming was up next:

That’s the long boring part, because you need to do that on all 16 sides of all 4 rectangles, and I actually went with a running stitch after pinning. I just wanted to be real thorough, and not mess up the lines!

Then I ironed everything, paying special attention to the hem.

Then I put the two and two together:

And sewed the sides together:

As you can see I did a double row of stitches, just because the other place mats have them, and I wanted to make the two new ones match, even a little bit :)

And TA-DA – the final product!

The place mats that I made are not as stiff as the other ones, but they are hand-made and I am extremely proud of them. My latest DIY problem has been starting something, and not finishing it, so this is a great mile stone for me – accomplishing something in a matter of hours! I am sure all of you DIYers out there will understand me!

Let me know what you think about my little project! Have a fabulous day you all!

xo,

Z

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