Confessions of a Refashionista: Life on the Zig Zag is a collection of 50 DIY fashion projects. It’s brainchild and self-published book by Sheri Pavlovic from Mensch T’s and the blog Awesomesauce. She’s pulled some of her most popular DIYs from her blog and added some new projects to the mix, and put them into the more permanent and more portable form of a book. The wirebound book is much easier to tote into my sewing room than my laptop!
The 50 projects include 18 tops, 11 bottoms (skirts, pants, or shorts), 5 dresses, 4 coatlets, 14 accessories, and a duct tape dress form. You can make all of them (except the dress form) by refashioning garments you can find in your closet or at the thrift store.
Projects require only basic sewing skills and are forgiving of mistakes. Her writing style is laid back, so it feels more like you’re reading a project journal and not a set of instructions that you must follow to a tee. Refashioning is by nature a creative, more spontaneous way of sewing. Like most refashion projects, there’s a lot of wiggle room with measurements. The shirt you start with might not be the same size as the one she uses, or you may be needing to end up with a different size scarf than the one she makes.
Check out the little wristlet purse I made from a necktie! I used the directions for her Vintage Necktie Wristlet.
I love how the graphic floral print of the necktie works on the wristlet! I made mine taller and skinnier than the one in the book because I wanted it to fit my smartphone. Now that I’ve got a little wristlet to carry my phone around, I may be better able to keep up with it.
Some of my favorite projects include:
Sweet Sleeves – A basic, boxy tee gets a little flirty when you give it a wider neck and peek-a-boo sleeves. You’ll use bits of fabric trimmed from the hem to make the ties at the bottom of the sleeves, so there’s no extra fabric needed.
The winner will be announced December 12, 2012.
By Anne Weaver
- Tutorial: Size a man’s tie down to fit a little boy
- Free pattern: Tea Roses A-line dress for toddler girls
- Tutorial: Duct tape dress form
- Review: New Dress a Day by Marisa Lynch
- Tutorial: Make your dress form shaped like you