Tasseled Khaki Jacket DIY Refashion

I thrifted this jacket back in 2014, and I loved it for chilly summer afternoons in San Francisco. Fast forward to 2018, and I see my poor little jacket all alone in the back of my closet. I've worn it maybe once or twice these past couple of years, so I decided to give it a makeover. I'm currently loving the tassel trend. (Dear fashion, please keep it alive a while longer!) If you've know me for a while, you've probably realized that I love pastel colors, so I was so excited to make pastel colored tassels when I found these threads hiding in my stash.


1. New half circle bell sleeves were added

2. Tassel detail added on front and around new sleeves

3. This jacket was sash-less, so I made a new one that matched the sleeves. 
(I tied it in a bow, for an ultra feminine look!)

I matched my new DIY refashioned tassel jacket with this pastel floral necklace. 
I also loved how well it paired with a skirt (for a more dressed up look) and my favorite jeans (for a more casual look).  I'm all about versatile pieces in my closet!


Anchor Print Faux Wrap Ruffle Skirt

It wouldn't be summer without some beach pictures right? Okay, I didn't take these at the actual beach, but I took them in a beach town, so that counts right? The beach was a few steps away, but it got full of people since I waited too long to take my photos. I didn't really want to be like "oh excuse me, excuse me" around beachgoers trying to have some summer fun, so I opted to take photos around the town instead. 


This summer I really wanted a ruffle wrap skirt. I love wrap skirts that have the ruffle front design. My mom actually got the J.Crew Rugby Knit Wrap Skirt for her birthday and I really wanted to recreate it. Originally I was going to draft a pattern, but pattern drafting brings me little joy, lol. Sewing is my joy, so I searched for a ruffle wrap skirt pattern. I came across the Carmen Flounce Skirt from Designer Stitch and I really loved how it turned out. This is actually a faux wrap skirt, so I added a faux tie belt to make it look like an actual wrap skirt.

I chose standard waistband, shorter length options. For the tie, I self drafted a tie belt that was 43 1/2" x 2 1/4". 


I purchased this anchor print lightweight denim at Joann's. Originally, I was going to use it to make a pleated skirt, but I decided to use it for a nautical themed summer wrap skirt. I found it in the denim section, next to the chambray fabrics. It has a slight stretch and sews up very nicely. I believe it was priced at $19.99 a yard, but it was half off, so it turned out to be $9.99/yard.

Here are some tips and tricks to use when making this skirt.


Cold Shoulder to "Normal" Sleeve Modest Dress Refashion

cold shoulder to modest sleeve refashion before and after

I got this dress last summer when the cold shoulder trend was everywhere and I was in love with the trend. Now, I still enjoy the trend every once in a while, like when I wear this cold shoulder lace dress I refashioned last year. I was definitely more into the cold shoulder trend last summer though.

vintage style modest wrap dress refashion

The cold shoulder opening was too big on this dress and the v-neckline was deeper than I liked. The cold shoulder sleeves had great potential, because they were big and ruffled. When I was playing around, draping the fabric, I fell in love with how the new ruffle sleeve looked like. 


- Too big cold shoulder sleeves turned into new modest ruffle sleeves.

- The v-neckline was brought up by using a sew on snap to hold it in place. (Like these)


DIY Tulle Circle Skirt Tutorial

lavender tulle skirt with unicorns sign

Oh tulle skirts, how I love thee. No matter how I'm feeling, tulle skirts give me so much happiness and make me feel like a princess. In all my years of sewing, I had never made one though. The only time I made one was when I made this Fourth of July dress, 3 years ago. It's incredibly easy to make a tulle circle skirt. The fact that it is a circular piece gives it a beautiful shape and movement.

tulle skirts with sewing supplies

 Seriously, now I want to make one in every color, even though I already have a couple in my closet! I will keep updating this post when I make more tulle circle skirts. :)

tulle circle skirt with ruffle blouse

For my magical 24th birthday this year, I made this lavender tulle skirt to match my unicorn print ruffle blouse. Usually, I hide my elastic waistbands, but this time around I bought this pink glitter elastic, so I wanted to show it off. You can make a waistband if you want your elastic covered, or you can show it if it's glittery or colorful. (or both!) There are many different colored elastics available, and in different sizes. I don't really like wide waistbands, so I chose a 1.5" wide elastic.

Now, let's get to making this beautiful tulle skirt!

June Modest Style Diary

blush mesh tunic and mirror sunglasses with palm trees

June has come and gone! It always goes by so fast because it's full of summer fun. This June I celebrated my birthday with my family, went out on a lot of shopping trips, and went camping. Even though I am not an "outdoor-sy" person, I enjoy being out in nature for a few days. 

floral peplum blouse with denim and blue purse

Anyway, here is my June style diary.
I'd like to say that about 90% of the time, I link similar items and not the exact ones in my style diary posts, because I'm not constantly purchasing clothes AND I sew/refashion a big part of what's in my closet. :)


How to Sew a Ruffle Front Blouse with Bell Sleeves

blue striped ruffle blouse summer outfit

Time does fly fast doesn't it? I made this ruffle front blouse for my birthday this year and I promised I would upload a tutorial after the birthday craziness. Since June is always packed with a bunch of summer fun, I'm finally getting around to posting this tutorial. :) I'm a huge fan of ruffles, so when I was trying to figure out what to make with this unicorn fabric, I knew I had to incorporate some ruffles into the design.

unicorn print ruffle blouse close up

This is an easy hack you can use to add a ruffle to the front of any top and some bell sleeves. I made these tops using the top of the Sweetheart Dress, but you can use any top pattern you have available. (I used the top of the Sweetheart Dress because I ran out of tracing paper and couldn't trace my other top patterns, hehe). You can even refashion any top you have using this tutorial, you would just need to open up the side seams.

For the bell sleeves, you can make either ruffle bell sleeves (like the blue striped blouse) or flounce bell sleeves (like the unicorn top). 


Restyling Exchange 2018 // Hooded Cardigan to New Floral Summer Top + What I Received

hooded cardigan to floral summer top before after

I participated in my very first refashion swap this year. I had been wanting to participate in one since last year, and I was very excited when I was invited to the Restyling Exchange. The Restyling Exchange is a "global refashion swap created to promote the use of pre-existing materials in our handmade practices in an effort to reduce waste and raise awareness for sustainable fashion." For more information, click here

Each participant sent out a garment to be refashioned by another restyler. Then, a garment was sent to us to be refashioned. It is such a fun surprise and so exciting to see what others refashioned with your garment. 

restyling exchange floral top

I was sent this hooded cardigan with some gorgeous embroidery. I definitely wanted the embroidery to be a main style element in the refashioned garment, and I wanted to use up as much as I could of it. I laid it out and thought out some ideas, before ultimately deciding that I would make a fun summer top out of the old cardigan. Here is how I cut the pieces and sewed it together.


Unicorn Birthday #OOTD

pose with mini unicorn pinata

I'm now 24! This year I decided to go all out with the unicorns. When I turned 15, my birthday was unicorn themed, so I thought why not again? It's totally acceptable to be 24 and still adore (and wear!) unicorns. I like everything unicorn anyways, because most of the time it's pastel, sparkly, and girly... which are the things I adore! To match my unicorn theme, I made an outfit to match. 

Outfit Details:

Top & Skirt: Made by me, tutorials to come soon
Unicorn headband: Envy Fine Clothing

unicorn ruffle blouse with tulle skirt looking away

I had tons of fun with this photoshoot. While prepping for it, I might've looked a little ridiculous hauling around so much unicorn themed items. Especially the huge unicorn pinata I got. It's literally half my size, haha! Originally I had gotten a mini one for my birthday, but I was browsing the flea market one day and the huge unicorn caught my eye. I just had to get it. :) 


May Modest Style Diary

My birthday month is almost over! I call it my birthday month because my birthday falls on the last day of May, so I tend to celebrate it all month long, hehe. This month was especially exciting because I finally got my braces off! I love my new smile and all the pain and discomfort was totally worth it. I didn't expect to get them off in time for my birthday, so that was a nice surprise.

Now, on to May's style diary. When I first started my blog, I used to upload daily style diaries (on days that I actually remembered to take a photo). I am going to start uploading monthly style diaries now, since I don't wear a different outfit every day. (I'm a SAHW and work from home, so most days I spend in my pajamas!) The same or similar items will be linked below each outfit. Okay, now on to May's style diary. :)


An Easy Way to Plan & Organize Outfits On Your Phone

chambray top with blush tulle skirt modest outfit

Do you ever wake up and start getting ready for your day, but you don't know what to wear?
Or do you try to picture outfits together in your head, but the vision doesn't come to life?
Or... do you keep on wearing the same outfit over and over again, because of lack of style inspiration?


I have felt like all of the above. I think we all have at one point. For me, it was whenever I was invited to go out last minute. On such a short notice, I never knew what to wear. I kept trying to picture outfits together in my head or quickly trying everything on and failing, until I discovered a new app called Finery. It's an app created to help you easily and quickly create outfits from clothing you already have in your closet. The app captures your online purchases when you sign up with the email you use for online shopping. (You can also add more than one email!) You can also easily add items that you purchased offline. I'm obsessed now! Finery is an easy way to get creative with what's in your closet, and really think outside the box. Best of all, it's free!

chambray top with blush tulle skirt modest outfit close up


How to Add Sleeves to a Sleeveless Top (or Dress!)

striped t-shirt with floral sleeves

When I first started to refashion garments in my closet, I would add sleeves to my sleeveless tops and dresses. This and lengthening dresses is what I first did when I began to refashion. Even though I've shown the tutorial throughout various posts, I decided to make an "official" tutorial post. 

While I do wear sleeveless tops on occasion, I prefer sleeves, so learning how to make and add sleeves was a must for me!

striped t-shirt with floral sleeves in floral background

Sleeves can be sort of tricky to draft, but this is a simple and easy way to make and sew your own sleeves. This isn't an official sleeve pattern drafting tutorial, but rather a method anyone can easily apply and use. While I was in school, I took pattern drafting classes and I realized I did not like pattern drafting at all, lol! To this day, everything that has to do with patterns is my least favorite part of sewing, such as tracing and cutting out patterns. 

I've used this quick and easy method since 2015, and it's worked for all my tops! :)


DIY Ruffle Bell Sleeve Refashion

Lately, I've been obsessed with ruffled or bell sleeves. I've seen these sleeves being called both ruffled and bell sleeves, so I just included both names in my post. Personally, I use both names interchangeably. I believe the difference is that if the ruffle is longer, the sleeve will be considered a bell sleeve, versus if the ruffle is shorter, it's just called a "ruffled sleeve." BUT, I have also heard of this flounce sleeve being called a bell sleeve. (So many names!) 

For the purpose of these tutorials, this is what I'm calling them:

Ruffle Bell Sleeve: Like the one in this tutorial. This is basically a rectangle that is sewed closed and ruffled up.

Flounce Bell Sleeve: Like the one in this tutorial. This is what I call a circle ruffle. It is literally cut like a mini circle skirt.

If you'd like to add a ruffle or two to your closet, it's really easy to do so. In addition to ruffles, I also love stripes, so I decided to play around with some stripes when I refashioned this ruffle dress. When making these ruffled bell sleeves These sleeves add just the right amount of flair to any outfit, no matter what your style is. :)

If you'd like to add flounces to your sleeves instead, check out this tutorial.


DIY Flounce Bell Sleeves (Circle Ruffles)

blush and floral flounce top with floral tree background
I absolutely love bell sleeves! I love them because they add a lovely feminine touch to any garment. When I first started to sew bell sleeves, I would make them by gathering a strip of fabric like in this tutorial. This time around, I decided to do something different and make flounces, or circle ruffles, instead. I love the look of flounces because they flow so elegantly. Flounce bell sleeves are essentially mini circle skirts that are attached to your sleeves.

blush top with floral flounces and velvet circle skirt

I started off with this darling blush top with a small shoulder ruffle. For the flounce bell sleeves, I used a gorgeous double brush poly from Sincerely Rylee Fabrics. By creating mini circle skirts for your sleeves, you achieve this gorgeous flounce. I paired my new top with a circle skirt for ultimate twirl and drape. :) 


How to Hem a Circle Skirt Using a Serger

modest crushed velvet circle skirt

Oh, circle skirts! They're so easy to make since they're essentially only one piece. The most dreaded part of a circle skirt is the hemming. The fabric slips, it's hard to pin a circular shape, and it's never-ending pinning because a circle piece is so large. The first time I hemmed a circle skirt, I used bias binding. The end result was very pretty and clean, but I don't always have coordinating bias binding available. 

There's a quick and easy way to hem a circle skirt using a serger.


Leopard Print x Velvet Joggers

leopard print joggers cardigan cozy outfit

Happy March! 
It's currently pouring outside and it's cloudy. But, with each passing day, it's a day closer to spring. So for now, I'll just brace this rainy season and stay cuddled up inside with these cozy fleece joggers. I combined leopard print fleece and crushed velvet to make these ultimate comfy joggers. This was my first time sewing up some joggers and I can't wait to sew more!

Plus, I created the comfiest and coziest outfit with the help of these leopard print joggers. Who says you can't look stylish, comfortable, and modest... all at once? :)


Strapless Cocktail Dress to Tulle Skirt Refashion

I am the biggest girly girl and I absolutely adore tulle skirts. My closet is full of them! I really loved the bottom of this strapless cocktail dress, so naturally it was going to become a skirt. This was actually so easy and I love my new tulle skirt!

black top with tulle skirt outfit

Since this dress originally did not have a zipper and was stretchy, I did not put a zipper in my new skirt. Instead, I used the waistband from the Sweetheart Dress circle skirt hack from Patterns for Pirates. And since I am still currently obsessed with velvet, I used crushed velvet in mushroom, from Mily Mae Fabrics.


Refashioned Combat Boots Using Floral Embroidered Patches

floral embroidered patch combat boots before and after image

This was the first time that I refashioned shoes! I would usually steer clear of shoes, because I felt refashioning them was too difficult. I can wrestle with multiple layers of tulle and slippery chiffon, but I was intimidated by shoes, hehe. I got these pink combat boots a couple of years ago, and while I still love them, I felt they needed a little revamp. 

embroidered combat boots back view

Lately, I've really been loving the embroidered floral trend. I bought these patches back in December and used them to make this refashioned top. I had originally bought the patches to refashion these boots, but like I mentioned before, I was still intimidated by the thought of refashioning shoes. 


Ruffle Shoulder Sweater Refashion // How to Sew Shoulder Ruffles

sew much love mary ruffle shoulder sweater refashion before and after image

I'm a huge fan of ruffles. They're just so feminine and they can instantly change up the style of any garment. This ruffle shoulder sweater started off as a grey sweater with a weird fit in the sleeve area. The shoulder area got overstretched somehow and the sleeves fit at a weird length between 3/4 sleeve and long sleeve.

modest outfit featuring refashioned ruffle sweater laughter pose

I had some leftover grey sweater knit from when I made my Fall 2017 Capsule Collection, and I thought it was the perfect match for this refashion.

This tutorial can be used to add ruffles to any top, sweater, even dress you may have in your closet. 
The possibilities are endless! You don't even have to change the sleeves like I did in this refashion. I only did that because the sleeves didn't fit me.

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