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This image came from a magazine somewhere….I totally loved the airy summer feel of this outfit.

This lovely green dress and printed miumiu dress are what I have to work with.

And the end result….stay tuned…….


I made this fabulous ruffle shirt from two t-shirts I got at the 99 Cents Store.  Thanks to Tea Rose Home….here’s her tutorial.

I have to give credit right away to the Selfish Seamstress for this cowl neck top I created from her design.

All of my upcycled creations on this site are from thrift store finds and this one is no different.  Even though I used Selfish’s pattern, I started it off from this white dress I found for a buck!  The bottom of this dress is a slightly different material than the main portion of it.

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And then I printed out the pattern and worked it onto the dress in just the right place.  Resizing it a bit bigger for me. Yeah, cuz Im a bit selfish too!

For the cowl, I used the bottom portion of the dress which was a softer, looser knit than the rest of the dress.  I needed a bottom band and so I had to sew a few pieces together to get one.  I removed the buttons up the front but left the pocket in its original spot.

This is such a comfy top that I made another in a darker color, again from a dress I purchased for a buck!  Thanks Selfish Seamstress!

I call this one a Ki-Miumiu…..Kimono meets Miumiu.

This bright blue miumiu was gorgeous with its bright pink and white flowers.  I loved it all…but it needed an update….er…upcycle!


I used a white t-shirt with a pretty crocheted trim for the bodice of this dress.  The pink t-shirt I used as the middle can barely be seen in this photo but its underneath the blue belt.  Because this piece turned out very asian inspired, it looked like a kimono, I needed and found a wide obi belt tutorial here and created a beautiful obi belt from the fabric in the Tigers in the Grass post.

I found this frumpy, smarmy green dress for a $1.  With its pockets and bow tie neckline, I felt it had potential.

However, I sure wasn’t going to wear it outside like this!

I liked the neckline with its bow but wanted to update it abit.  I hiked up the hem and cut off the arms.  Added a black knit halter with a built in bra.  Pared it with a leather belt and black velvet pumps and found I had a rather Fab dress to go out in.

The thrift stores around here always have boring denim frocks on their racks.  I love denim and wanted to create something lighter for the summer.

I started with this…………and ended with this!

I wanted to make something from these two supersoft sweatshirts that I found, along with this argyled pink and purple tshirt.

I thought the 3 just screamed to go together….forever, or at least until someone else upcycles THIS upcycle!

I cut each in half where I wanted the top and bottom.  Then used the t-shirt as the center belt piece.  It’s all serged together.  It didn’t look quite done until I added in the bias trim and the two crocheted flowers with center buttons in gold.  I think it came out super cute!

Another GIANT miumiu.  This one has an overdone print of tigers in the grass.












This print was seriously busy and overdone, but I liked the idea of tigers on this silky polyester.  The tigers have red eyes and bits of blue strewn amongst the black grass.  Strange bu true!

This time I wanted a blouse with much less of busy-ness and I used the velvet again and some beautiful bright blue from this dress to liven it up.

I took a velvet blouse that I had earlier removed the sleeves from.  Actually I think was a full dress.

I love the split sleeves on this with the blue ties.  I added the blue waist band with a small black/blue flower with a rhinestone center.  The whole thing turned out great for those summer turn to fall days.

I took a motorcycle ride the other day wearing my customized chaps.  I call ’em MeanJeans.  They’re super awesome because they provide some warmth while riding (and protection in case I come off the bike) and they’re VERY UNIQUE.

Here are a couple of pics just in case your interest is picqued.

You can buy them, or others, here if you like them.

…and these which have received ALOT of attention at bike shows!…

I had found another miumiu on the racks but this one was a stunning hot pink…very tropical!  I had to have it!!

In no time at all I refashioned it into this hot little number for a cool summer evening!

There’s nothing quite like taking something drab and making into something unique and useable.  I’m loving the upcycling trend!

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