Ultra Hideous Ultrasuede: REHASHED

Hi everyone! I just thought I would talk about some of the refashions I have done lately. These 2 dresses are from the same estate as the pink one from 2 posts back, the one with the cute little lace collar. This woman sure did have a thing for ultrasuede!! I don’t blame her, either! I love the stuff. It’s warm and fuzzy, just like I was inside after I refashioned these 2!

The first one is a lovely rust colored one. I loved the fit and the sleeves, it was just sort of boring and I hated the length. So… I took it up several inches and added a cute lace trim down both sides of the button panel, all the way down. That is all this dress needed and I absolutely love how it turned out! It did turn out a little shorter than I meant it to be, but I still like it.


The next one needed a bit more help. While it basically fit me, the sleeves were way too long and the length was just as awkward as it’s sister dresses. What I did to this one first was to take several inches off the length. Then I took the sleeve length up also, giving it sort of a bell sleeve. Then I made a really long sash out of the scrap at the bottom, to tie around my waist for some definition. That part might look like the easiest part, but let me tell you it wasn’t!! It took forever. But it was worth it because I am crazy about this dress now!


There is just one more dress in this family of ultrasuede goodness, it is a medium blue one with great buttons! Although I’m not sure I will keep those buttons. Actually, I’m not sure at all what I’m going to do with that one!!

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Crazy Choir Girl Dress: REHASHED

Hi everyone! Sorry it took me so long to post this one… When I found this dress in a thrift store, I immediately fell in love with that collar and the flowy black fabric. However, one collar was enough and since there were 2, one of them had to go!

First I took the bottom layer of collar off with my pinking shears. Then I took the dress in at the sides and took up the length and now I have a completely different dress!


Actually I don’t have it though…this one sold quick! I will post another recent refashion later this week so stay tuned!

I have been hoarding vintage coats to bring with me to the Fleattitude Vintage Market happening on November 15, it is a HUGE vintage market down at the Utah State Fair Park. I’m so excited!!! Now that market season is over, I really only have this market and one other coming up in December. I’m both sad and glad, markets are a lot of work and I have been so busy all Summer, never having a Sunday off. This weekend we are taking a much needed trip to Lava Hot Springs, Idaho. If you are local and have never been, I would definitely recommend it for a quick and relaxing getaway. I’ll talk more about Lava Hot Springs and post pics next week.

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A Couple of Disaster Dresses: REHASHED

When I found this dress for a ridiculous price at a thrift store recently, I immediately loved the peach color and the print. It has a really cute print with a pretty blue and red, I immediately saw it in my head with my brown suede boots! There was plenty of material to work with, so I snagged it up and got to work!


What I did to this one was simple. I shortened the sleeves but kept them kind of long and fluttery. Then I took the length up, way up, and then made a sash out of the leftover fabric. I kept it large, so that it would fit a wide range of sizes. I know it’s short, but it would also look cute as a tunic over jeans, don’t you think?


The next dress was pretty simple as well. I loved the color and the fabric, it is that kind of “fuzzy” polyester, perfect for those colder months. I hated the sleeves though, and the length, and that weird elastic thing at the waist. This dress even has pockets, score!!


First I chopped off those sleeves and made them shorter. Then I did the same with the length, as I like so say, “shorter is sweeter!”. Being a short person, it always makes me feel taller to show some leg 🙂 Then I picked out that elastic that was at the waistline, it wasn’t necessary and I knew it would look much better without it! The last thing I did was to add this cute crocheted lace collar that I had in my stash, I knew it would be the perfect finish to this feminine dress! And there you go!




I love how both of these dresses turned out! I’ve been really busy getting ready for some big markets I have coming up. The first one is 3 Dotters Vintage Market in Pleasant Grove, at the old rec center.


I have been saving all of my rehashed creations to bring with me to this market, so come and say hi! I have lots more, I’ll add them here later.

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Mixed Up Maxi Dress: REHASHED

When I found this 1970s maxi dress in a thrift store, I instantly loved that yoke! So adorable! I hated the sleeves though, I don’t know what the original creator of this dress was thinking!


Also it was made of a thick polyester, which even in Winter is not ok in my book! I thought this would be so much cuter as a mini, with boots! So…I got to work! First thing I did was to take off those sleeves. Easy peasy. Then I took off a huge amount of the length and that is all!



This one had attached waist ties at the side that reach around and tie in the back, so there was no need to take it in. Also taking things in makes them harder to let go so I’m trying not to do that! I took this with me to the Fall Vintage Market at Unhinged the next day and it sold quickly. I actually don’t really like to use the word “refashion”, but that is the word that most people recognize which is really the only reason I use it at all. I like to use the word “rehashed” because it more accurately describes what I am doing, here is the definition given by thefreedictionary.com: Rehash- To bring forth again in another form without significant alteration. I’m not really trying to “modernize” anything, or to make it unrecognizable. I am only making a few simple changes that make a garment more wearable. My rehashed pieces will still always look very vintage. Here are some new rehashed pieces that I am currently working on…


Stay tuned to see what becomes of these vintage could-be’s! And you just TRY to smile pretty or keep a straight face while wearing something like this!

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Frumpy Plaid Dress: REHASHED

I think I went about 2 weeks without refashioning anything, the stuff I was finding was just too good!! That was until I spotted this little number in a thrift store last week…


When I saw it I knew it would be perfect for a refashion. In fact, it was begging me. The first thing I did was to take it in at the sides. I wanted it to be big enough to fit a wide variety of sizes, but not so big that it wouldn’t have any shape on a smaller gal. Then I removed the sleeves and finished them off with a bias tape. Next, I took off about 8 inches from the bottom and gave it a new hemline. Lastly, I made a sash from the bottom scrap for waist cinching. Then I gave it a good press and there you go!



I love how this one turned out! I know I can’t keep them all though, and it seems like I sell out of my refashioned stuff first so it’s hard to keep enough stock. I actually got to wear this once before I sold it though, I wore it to the Fall Vintage Market at Unhinged in Provo this past weekend. Unhinged is actually the boutique that I used to have my little mini shop in. This was such a fun market! Here are some pictures of my space…





This sweet gal is a repeat customer, I was so happy to see her walk in! She has been coming to the outdoor markets, I haven’t been bringing my coats yet because it has still been so hot outside. This coat fit her like a glove, like it was meant to be hers. It made her so happy too, that is my favorite part about the markets, getting to see my customers find that one piece that makes them smile!

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I must say I am getting a little burned out on outdoor markets for this season though, it has just been so hot!! Then last Sunday it rained the whole day, boo! It gave me a chance to get out of my booth though and chat it up with some of the other vendors which is something I don’t often get a chance to do. I have some great indoor Fall markets coming up, I’ll be at 3 Dotters Vintage Market in Pleasant Grove on October 11, and hopefully I’ll also be at Fleattitude at the SLC Fairgrounds on November 15 (still waiting to hear back). There is something so amazing about the markets and being surrounded by people who are passionate about the same things I am and who love what they do! It is so inspiring. I’m planning on refashioning this week so stay tuned…

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Maternity Dress: REHASHED

When I saw this dress in a thrift store, I immediately loved the soft cotton fabric and the print. Believe it or not, I even loved that collar. And the front yoke, so cute!


However, when I looked at the tag and saw that it was actually a maternity dress, I left it on the rack and kept hunting. But the dress kept calling out to me, “Wait! Just because I am a maternity dress doesn’t mean I can’t be cute! I don’t even really look like a maternity dress! Come back!!” So I decided to get the dress, who cares if it’s a maternity dress!

Since I knew I was leaving the collar as it was, all I did to this dress was to take off about 8 inches and hem, and remove the sleeves and finish them off. That is all. And now, I absolutely LOOOOVE what I am left with! This dress is special. I love it!



I love that I can make just simple changes and turn a garment into something completely different. Even though that collar is still there, it looks like a completely different dress.


I’ve been really busy this week trying to get things listed in my Etsy shop. I woke up this morning and it was chilly outside, that inspired me to shoot some sweaters and get those listed. I’m so excited for sweater weather! Jackets…tights…leggings…aaaahhhh!

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Polyester Nightmare: REHASHED

This dress was just screaming to be refashioned when I found it at an estate sale! The top was a thick, itchy polyester and the fact that it had a high collar and long sleeves made it totally unwearable! What I did like about it was the skirt, the psychedelic print and those colors were to die for! Also it was a light knit material, not polyester.


My first thought was to just make it a maxi skirt by adding elastic to the top. But…I have been seeing the caftan style dress everywhere lately and have been wanting to try it on something. So I decided to be a little more creative this time! There wasn’t enough material to make it a long caftan, but that’s ok.

The first thing I did was to remove the bodice from the skirt and take out the zipper. Then I stitched it up the back where the zipper had been. Next I held it up to decide how long I wanted it and cut the extra fabric off the top. Then I stitched the top closed all the way across. Next I created a neck hole in the top. Then I unpicked the side seams to make holes from the top to just below the armpit. Then I hemmed up all the raw edges and… there you go!


The dress actually came with the waist tie which came in handy for cinching the waist, and I didn’t have to make it myself!


This one was lots of fun to make, I love it so much I think I actually might keep it! Maybe I’ll sell it next year…

This dress was so easy I had lots of time left for thrifting! Yay!!

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Wide Leg Pants: REHASHED

These pants are great! Yeah right, maybe for Halloween…or the St. Patrick’s Day Parade! I loved the high waist, the little green polka dots and the set in creases in the front, but the thick polyester was waaay too much. So I got to work, doin’ what I do!


(Ugh, I really need to work on my posture!) This one was way too simple, I simply cut them off into shorts and hemmed them up nice. Now they are a cute pair of high waisted shorts that will surely be a favorite of mine. I wore these to the flea market on Sunday, I did get a little sweaty in the thick polyester but not too bad. Some girl even tried to buy them right off my booty! Ha!

Working for myself has been so fun! Sometimes it’s hard to balance home and work, my kids are definitely taking advantage of having me home! The flea markets are keeping me busy, I just found out yesterday that I have been accepted as a vendor at the Vintage Whites Market that will take place March 13-14, 2015! This is a huge market, I’m so excited! This Sunday I’ll be at the Wheeler Farm Farmer’s Market, this week I’m working on some new rehashed pieces to bring with me.

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So… I usually don’t refashion 90’s stuff but this dress was just too cute to pass up! Since I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s, I still have a hard time considering anything from those eras “vintage”, it just makes me feel old! This dress was screaming at me though, “Make me pretty!”

I loved the lace collar, the nice black material and the tiny white polka dots. By now you have figured out that I have a thing for tiny polka dots. The only thing I did to this dress was to remove those fluttery sleeves, and take about 12 inches off the bottom. It was an easy fix, and now this dress is so much more wearable.


It’s a good thing this one is too big for me, otherwise I’d be keeping it for sure! I’ll be taking this with me to the flea market on Sunday, if you are in Utah you should come see me at the Urban Flea from 9-2. There are tons of vintage vendors there, it really is an awesome market!

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Red Polka Dot Dress: REHASHED

I made a new friend! Her name is Mary, she is a professional organizer who brings me mounds of vintage clothes to go through. She brought be a few bags the other day and when I saw this little number I knew I could save it!

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I loved the fabric, it was a light cottony red fabric with little black polka dots. I also loved the fact that it had pockets, and the elastic waist with that cute little bow made this dress on it’s way to being fabulous. The first thing I did was to cut away that mandarin collar and create a new, scooped neckline. Then I made the sleeves shorter and gave it a shorter hemline. I had planned to create a cuffed sleeve for this one, but it was giving me trouble and after I hemmed the sleeves I really liked them just the way they were!

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I really love how this dress turned out! I hope Mary will continue to bring me more awesome pieces to rehash. She is a sweet lady! I will be taking this one with me to the Urban Flea Market this Sunday, I’ll be there from 9-3. There were a few other items she brought me that I will be working on, and some others that I will bring with me to the flea market. So…

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