The Queue Jumper! A Refashioning project!

Hello on this fine Sunday!

The weather was fine here with a bit of cloud. The sun filtered through the clouds; the fresh air filled my lungs and I felt refreshed and exhilarated. We spent most of the day outdoors. My hubby ( now promoted to Blog Manager) took the opportunity to take pictures of my 2 tops made from an old dress.

One of the 2 times (and the last time) I wore this dress was for my little sister’s graduation 4.5 years ago. My second baby is only 6 months in this picture – now I cant even lift him.

I bought this stunning dress  8 years ago but only wore twice! It cost me £79 which at the time was a lot of money for me (it still is). But that print! I loved and still love the print!

After reading the brilliant book by Marie Kondo on the magic of tidying up, I have been slowly going through my clothes and came across the dress. It sparked joy so I decided to reuse the fabric. The fabric is cotton jersey which is so soft and comfortable on the skin.

Two tops emerged – a halter neck top showing loads of shoulder cleaveage and a springy high low peplum full of moxie.

High low peplum. Spring has sprung!
My phone is an integral part of my life so its great that this top has pockets. Still need to hem 😉

The process involved Googling “making a peplum” which led me to this tutorial on Youtube that does freehand patterns. Once I started cutting it was done in two shakes of a lambs tail. I drafted the little cap sleeves. For this refashion I just went with the flow trying hard not to overthink and be precious about the fabric.

The verdict –  Not bad at all. I love these tops! They will be worn a lot more than the dress.

Have you refashioned anything recently? Know any refashioning resources, share in comments below please. I have some more voluminous clothes earmarked for refashioning 😉

Here are some outakes of me having a ball. Most of the blog pictures are stiff (self conscious). These are a little more reflective of my energetic self! And an outtake of my 3 littlest ones who truly believe the sun shines out of my bum 🙂

peplum collage
Merry go rounds with No. 3 and playing tag 😉
Winter 2014-15 037
From L-R. Me (Mama), No. 3 and Nos. 4 (squared)

Until next time! Happy sewing everyone!




22 thoughts on “The Queue Jumper! A Refashioning project!

    1. Thanks Kathryn! Yes to think in less than an hour I had 2 garments! Wearable garments! Everyday garments! Yeah I am converted to refashioning definitely!


  1. Wow! Looks fab and I bet you were it loads, not like the twice when it was a dress!
    Lat year I refashioned a maxi dress too. I’d bought it for a wedding and wore it 3 or 4 times. It’s crazy really spending so much! Since I’ve gotten back into sewing I’d never spend that in fabric plus pattern for just one dress! I made mine into a shift dress and only wore it 3 times. Maybe it’s time it was a top and see more daylight!

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    1. The peplum top is in heavy rotation now. The halter neck will probably come into more use in summer. Its crazy right – I would never spend that much now – not even on fabric either!Thank goodness for sewing. Turn it into a top and show it off 😉 Tops get more wear I think.


  2. This is a great post and I need to take note. I also have a worn-once maxi dress that I payed silly money for. I just need to be brave and get my scissors at it!

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    1. Thank you! And seriously go for it! I am kicking myself for not having done this sooner. The print is the major reason I bought the dress but I wasnt getting the pleasure with it tucked away. Now I get to enjoy it more than twice a week! The peplum is in heavy rotation 😉


    1. I also used to buy stuff from charity shops for refasshioning! Its a fun thing to do and much cheaper than buying fabric lols. I am sure when you get round to it you will be making some marvelous refashions😃


  3. Those tops you made are super cute! Your refashions turned out perfect and it’s great that you’ll get more wear with them. It looks like you had a lot of fun playing outside! 🙂

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