One of my favorite items to refashion is a button up shirt. There’s a lot of fabric to use; there’s cuffs, button plackets, a pocket, and a collar. My husband is often getting rid of a button up shirt, and they are so fun to refashion. I came up with a really cute summer wrap shirt with this shirt refashion tutorial so you can sew your own!Button Up Shirt Refashion Tutorial // heatherhandmade.com

My husband wore this shirt a lot until he got a hole in the elbow.

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Last week some sewing friends and I were part of a fashion show at UQSM sponsored by Cotton + Steel. We each picked some fabric from the new Cotton + Steel Amalfi line and made some handmade clothing. It was so fun to see everyone’s unique taste and style shine through. Cotton + Steel Outfit: Willamette Shirt and Tierras Woven Joggers // heatherhandmade.com

I often preach about sewing solid items to make your wardrobe go farther. I took this into account when I was planning this outfit.

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One of my favorite items of clothing to refashion is tee shirts. There are so many to be found at thrift shops and closets. Men’s tee shirts get a soft, worn-out look after being worn, and they get so comfortable.

I wanted to created a simple tee refashion tutorial that totally changes the look. This tee refashion tutorial brings the shoulders in and makes the length and sleeves more flattering.

Watch the video at the end to help you make your own refashioned tee.

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Summer is coming! Are you ready to sew a swimsuit?

I remember taking a swimsuit sewing class in college, and I was completely amazed at how easy it was to sew a swimsuit and how little fabric it required. It was one of my very favorite classes. It helped that I got to take it with my sister, but after that class I wanted to sew ALL the swimsuits. I have sewn plenty of swimsuits,

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While trying to make my handmade wardrobe in the past, I always tried to make something fast to get the satisfaction of wearing it. But I never planned well, and either didn’t like wearing the item or I didn’t have anything to wear with the item. I made lots of mistakes and tried too many colors and too many styles. I kept trying to get the best wardrobe, but I didn’t really know what I wanted that wardrobe to be.

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Pencil skirts are my very favorite skirts to wear. I love that it works fitted or loose tops, it’s cool for hot days, and it’s harder for kids or wind to lift up. A knit pencil skirt is a really simple shape and with this free pencil skirt pattern, it’s really simple to sew because there’s no hem to sew! You can sew yourself a custom fit pencil skirt in all your favorite colors and prints! 

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If I were a dress, then this is the dress I would be. I love a dress with a simple silhouette but a dress that unique details paired with great fabric. I made the Fringe Dress pattern with Liberty London fabric, and it’s everything I want in a dress. This dress has been a long time coming since I’ve been planning it for more than six months. I haven’t explored my style in dresses as much as I have in casual clothing,

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