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Pinspiration Outfits for Fall

{These were all taken from Pinterest. Each image links back to pin and source, in case you would like to save for yourself.}

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Essentially, I’m loving boots, oversized sweaters, tights, and chunky scarves. Lace and leather. Tulle and plaid. Big knits and always, always floral.

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Did I mention I dyed my hair red?

What I’m wearing
– Merona sweater dress: $8 (online exchange)
– infinity scarf: $0 (self-made from one of Matthew’s old t-shirts)
– leggings: $4 from Body Central (a few years ago)
– boots: $198 from Canvas by Lands’ End (Christmas gift)
– earrings: $5 (fundraiser jewelry sale)

For more Fall/Winter inspiration, check out:

Wearing My Steals #01

I’ve decided to start posting some of my outfits, ones that are primarily made up of thrift scores, super sales, or hand-me-downs, in my continual efforts to encourage you all to try thrifting and buying clearance/sales items before paying full retail price for your clothing.

So, let’s get started, shall we?

P.S. No one gets to make fun of me since this is my first “style” post. I’ll make my disclaimer now: I am in no way to be considered a style/fashion blogger. Just a ridiculously frugal blogger sharing my finds and steals.

Okay, NOW let’s get started…

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Dress: Sammydress $10.32
Peep-toe wedges: thrifted $3.99
Necklace: Caroline G boutique free with promo code
Earrings: LarqueByjason $12.00 with free shipping

Total outfit: $26.31

{refashioned} Refashioned Button-Up Skirt

If you have read the earlier post about my refashioned button-up dress skirt made from one of Matthew’s old button-up shirts, you probably found yourself more confused than inspired. Sorry about that, friends…

But not only is it confusing, it’s not the best way to make this skirt. When I tried actually wearing it out in public I couldn’t muster up the courage to do it because I was worried that one of the buttons would come open and expose, well, you know… So it’s just been stuck in my closet. Which is really sad because I LOVE that refashion. So yesterday morning I ripped out all the seams and started over. This tutorial is oh so much simpler than the one before and a whole lot safer.

After I ripped out all those seams I grabbed another old t-shirt, one that was close to the same width as my skirt.

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Then, made a big chop at the top of the skirt.

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I pinned the right sides of the skirt and t-shirt together and sewed them down.

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After the skirt and t-shirt lining were sewn together, I flipped the right side of the skirt outside and the t-shirt lining inside, and sewed another stitch below top seam to make my drawstring casing.

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Once the casing was made, I cut two small slits in the front of the casing to insert my drawstring (made from the seams under the arms of the original shirt).

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Like I said, much easier to make, much safer to wear. This refashion literally took about 15-20 minutes to make. I’m pretty sure the original post should be titled “How NOT to refashion a button-up dress skirt.”

Here’s a little sneak peek from our Easter weekend festivities so far!

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Happy Easter, friends!!

For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows,and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.

– Isaiah 53:2-5

{Refashion} Button-up Dress Skirt

{This refashion was simplified and can be found here! Continue reading if you want your brain to hurt a little…}

Yes, you read that right. Skirt. Not shirt.

This shirt belonged to my husband waaaay back in the day when we were dating (about 8 years ago). He’s held on to it forever, never really wearing it other than under a brown sweater because of a hole in the top close to the collar. It’s also a little too big. I’ve always loved the color and material. So thoughtful of him to hang on to it for so long just for me to refashion. :)

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First off, I removed the front pocket with that unsightly Duck Head emblem. Any duck emblem should solely belong to Duck Commander now.

Then marked a straight line with my measuring tape from one underarm to the other, making sure it was as straight as possible.

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Big chop!

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I used a skirt that fits me pretty well to measure the width my skirt should be. In order to keep the buttons centered, I divided that number in half and used that number to measure the width from the button hem (I’m not sure what it’s technically called so I’ll just refer to it as the button hem for now) to each side.

For example, the width of my skirt is 16 inches. So I measured 8 inches from the button hem to each side and pinned them down. I also added an extra 1 1/4 inch for a little extra room/hem allotment. You don’t want the buttons to look like they’re about to pop off your skirt.

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Once both sides were pinned down, I sewed them down and tried it on to make sure it fit before chopping off the extra material.

So far, so good!

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After I cut off the extra material, I went over my side seams with a zig-zag stitch to prevent fraying/running. This material did a little of both pretty quickly after being cut.

The material is also a little too thin alone for my liking, so I grabbed an old t-shirt (also one of my hubby’s) to use for an inner lining. This is optional just depending if you feel comfortable with the thickness of your material.

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I needed a little more length than what the body alone provided, so I trimmed off the sleeves and cut off what I needed using the skirt as a rough guide. Notice there’s a little more length at the bottom? I added a little excess on all sides and bottom since the t-shirt material is a little more “stretchy” than my dress shirt material. Lesson learned from an earlier refashion.

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Then, I cut up one side of the t-shirt to lay flat to pin to my skirt. This is a perk to the button-up skirt. You just have to unbutton it and lay it flat on top of the lining, so it’s like you’re just sewing together two big pieces of material. Because, well, you are…

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Once I had my lining laid out flat, I laid my unbuttoned skirt flat wrong-side-up on top of the lining making the hemmed bottom of the t-shirt to line up to the top peak of the shirt (to make sure it doesn’t show) and pinned them together. Then I pinned the sides and the top of the skirt to the lining to keep it from shifting when sewing the tops together. Also notice the extra material on both sides and the top. Taking no chances before cutting and sewing.

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Once I sewed the tops together, I unpinned the sides and bottom of the skirt and flipped it right-side-out. Then, I pinned down the sides again to get the right width and trimmed the extra material off and unpinned. This was easier for me because after trimming from the inside you don’t HAVE to sew the sides down if you don’t want to.

I also ran a stitch down the top raw edges of the button hem to keep them from fraying/running.

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I decided it would be easier to put in a drawstring versus sewing darts to take in the top for a for fitted-fit. I’ll probably end up doing it anyway, but did the drawstring for the “quick and easy” tutorial.

I made the casing for my drawstring by adding another stitch below the top hem.

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Remember the top of the shirt I put to the side? Here’s where I used it.

I cut the seams from under both arms and stitched them together at one end to make my drawstring. Color coordinated!

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I inserted my drawstring into the casing, buttoned up the skirt, and voila! My new button-up skirt. My most favorite refashion to-date!

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Hope you enjoy! And please leave me any comments or questions. Seriously, I can make things seem a little more difficult than they should be. The pictures and captions should help. At least, that was my intention.

Oh, and happy Spring Eve!! After almost having my roof blown off yesterday, the whole transition from Winter weather to Spring weather should be over and sunshine should be here to STAY.

Pleat & tee + photo bomb

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How pretty is this look? I knew I had to attempt it, but seeing that I have no pleated skirt in my closet at this time (I’m on a mission to find one, either thrifted or refashioned) I had to make do with one of my favorite skirts. Such a shame, right?

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In keeping with big floral prints for Spring, here’s my attempt:

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Including one of the most precious, in my opinion, photo-bombs ever…

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Fitted t-shirt : Gap
Belt : Old Navy
Skirt : Belk
Brown wedges (not pictured) : Payless Shoes

It made me feel dainty.

I figured out the reasoning behind the need for a pleated skirt… To prevent frumpiness. In several of my photos I ended up looking pregnant again (which I AM NOT). So I may actually end up refashioning this skirt because no matter how I try to wear it, high-waist, mid-waist, or at the hip, I end up looking a little “fuller” and shorter than I actually am. Being petite-sized can be fashionably difficult sometimes.

TGIF, friends!

A little inspiration to kick off your weekend:

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{Refashion} Lengthened Pullover

I have a thing for pullover sweaters. However, finding a feminine pullover in the abyss of bulky, boxy, super cozy pullovers can be difficult.

I stumbled across this lovely at Wet Seal in 2008 and I have been hesitant in letting it go simply because I absolutely love the fit of it. It’s soft and cozy with a nice fitted shape and sweet details. The only flaw… It has shrunken lengthwise over the years.

After seeing a pin on Pinterest showing how to add length to a shirt by adding lace to the bottom, I grabbed up my favorite sweater and one of my favorite thrifted scarves and ran to the sewing machine.

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How did I not think of this before?!

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Okay, I lied. The length wasn’t the only flaw. If you noticed the leftover piece of scarf at the waist of the sweater, that was added as well because the original string was beyond repair. I’m pretty sure I would have added it anyway, though. It looks much prettier.

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Sorry for no photo wearing the sweater. This had to be a super quick refash and post due to my two cranky bears. Plus, I just look terrible.

As always, leave me your questions or comments! Happy Duck Dynasty Season 3 Premiere Day!

{Pinterest DIY} Hand-Me-Down Dress

Confession: I love hand-me-downs.

So when I found this pin on Pinterest for turning a little boy’s button-up shirt into a dress for a baby girl, I was ecstatic seeing that I had a 23-month-old boy and a little baby girl on the way. I wanted to repurpose as much of his baby clothes as I could for her, but seeing that she was a girl and he is a little boy that was going to be a tough challenge.

Until this fabulous lady and her blog found here. (Tips for Dressing a Stylish Baby Girl)

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With a few accessories she was able to turn several baby boy pieces of clothing into pieces for baby girls. WIN!

However, I also received a few (and by few I mean several garbage bags full) of hand-me-downs from Matthew’s cousin Laura, who has a pair of twins (boy and girl) about a year younger than Elisha and a year older than Shiloh and an older daughter who is three. So I was able to repurpose one of Katie’s (the oldest daughter) blouses into a dress for Shiloh as well. SCORE!

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First we started with Katie’s top:

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Under both dresses I layered a short-sleeve white onesie and a pair of white leggings:

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Leggings : Target
Onesie : hand-me-down from Elisha

Of course you can change it up with other colors and patterns; I just tried to keep it simple for the tutorial. Either way, you gotta keep that sweet baby warm.

Add top and accessories, and ta-da!

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Headband : 12-pack ordered from a shop featured on Zulily
Flower : Hobby Lobby
Shoes : BabyGap

Now for Elisha’s button-up:

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Once again, accessorize and ta-da!

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Sweater cardigan : Carter’s
Shoes : Sears
Headband : DIY from an old t-shirt

There are oh so many ways to accessorize and play-up big kid shirts for babies and tots. All you need is to try and try some more!

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{For the DIY for the t-shirt headband, here’s the link}

Hope you enjoyed this super simple way to use hand-me-downs. And please, if you have any ideas of your own, leave feedback for the rest of us to learn about!