Sew and Tell (Part 4)

Today is Part Four of Sew and Tell. Because of the overwhelming response, I’ll be doing a few more weeks of features (rather than my original plan of two), so watch for more posts over the next few weeks!  I so appreciate every one of you sending your projects in, and hope you’ll enjoy checking out everyone else’s projects!

First up is Annie from Adam and Annie. She bought this dress at Plato’s Closet for a steal, then added some length to the hem and took in the sides to make it a perfect fit. She blogged about here (where you can see the before, and a fun remix with another skirt!)

Annie’s second project was this button up refashion. It was an old shirt her mom was about to throw out, but a few seams gave it new life and fits her perfectly! She blogged about it here.
Annie’s third refashion was making these old jeans into skinny jeans. You know how I love to do that! She blogged about it here. Nice job on all three, Annie!

Lauren, from Life in Every Word, made this dress based on a designer dress she found and loved. Such a cool idea, and it turned out great! You can see her blog post about it here.

Lauren’s second project was this pretty breezy elastic waisted skirt. Perfect for a day at the beach! (pretty sure I should make myself some of these since I’ll be spending way more time at the beach these days!)
And Lauren’s third project was this dolman sleeved top. You know I love those too! Great job, Lauren!
Bonnie from Bonnie’s Projects found this chunky sweater at goodwill and refashioned it into a cozy pillow. So fun! She blogged about it here.
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Lindsay, from Domesticated Working Woman, made this cute black and white striped skirt using my pencil skirt tutorial. It turned out so great! She blogged about it here.
And finally, Jacinda, from Yellow Cloth, shared three fun projects. Her first was this darling reversible skirt. She blogged about it with a full tutorial here.
Jacinda’s second project was this pretty maxi skirt with pleats in the front. She has a full tutorial for it here!
And her final project was this tote that she calls the “Slim Satchel.” The fabric is fabulous, and the satchel is so cute — I might be making myself one of these soon! Her tutorial is right here.
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Lots more great refashions and projects! Which one was your favorite this time??


  1. Bonnie says:

    What a fun surprise to be reading this morning and see my own creation! Thanks for the kind words 🙂

  2. These are really so exciting to see/read about. Living on a much tighter budget as a newly wed with a little one in the oven has made me totally rethink my attitude towards sewing, thrifting, and upcycling. Thanks for sharing these and keep them coming! One day I'll be brave enough to share some of my attempts. One day.

  3. Lins says:

    Yay! Thanks for sharing my pencil skirt! I love all these refashions. Sew & Tell have had some awesome tutorials!

  4. Jacinda says:

    Thanks so much, Merrick, for including me in the Sew & Tell. I really appreciate it!

  5. Lauro says:

    Thanks for featuring my projects! it's an honor to be on your blog!

  6. Because of you, I'm getting back into the idea of sewing! (I used to make dresses for my dolls and bears when I was little with a little miniature machine). I'm thinking about using my Christmas money to buy a sewing machine! I can't wait to try some of these tutorials.

  7. Lauro says:

    also, the breezy elastic waisted skirt was SUPER easy. one long rectangle of fabric with an elastic casing, one side seam and it was made with a knit fabric so it doesn't fray. You could whip up one of these in less than 20 minutes.

  8. How easy would it be to refashion maternity clothing? I was just given a few large bags of pants and shirts and most of it is too big. Could I use the same principles for resizing and make it work?

  9. Lindsay says:

    I found your pencil skirt tutorial a few weeks ago and was immediately inspired. I ended up sewing four in an afternoon. Thanks for sharing – love the skirts!

  10. Whitney Bunn says:

    I know this is probably the wrong post to ask this, but I don't know really what else to do… How do you remove ruching from maternity clothes? I am trying out your "two shirts to dress" idea for maternity pictures, and I am not a very experienced sewer. You can email me if you prefer. Whitawhit(at)gmail(dot)com. Thank you!!

  11. As an avid DIY-er it's always great to find other sites with DIY content. Will be looking out for more.
    Greenie Dresses for Less.

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