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Refashioning a White Button Front Shirt with a Ruffled White Eyelet Collar

Here's a refashion that I just performed over the weekend. Since we had high heat warnings, I felt the need to create something. A white button front shirt is one of those "basics" that I've been told that every woman "needs" in her wardrobe. I have had this button front shirt in my wardrobe for a little while now (a gift from Mom a couple years ago), and I thought it needed a little "tweak".

So, when I saw this top for $1.50 at the local Goodwill, I knew what to do. I loved the eyelet collar, but I was not a fan of it being sleeveless or thin fabric. I felt no guilt about cutting this sucka apart.

First, I took my handy seam ripper and removed that frumpy "boob pocket". Seriously, guys.... WHY give women shirt pockets like this???? They are NOT flattering or useful!!!!

I used the seam ripper and removed the entire collar and button front eyelet ruffles going down the front of the top. It is a nice, romantic, softening detail to a crisp,…

Crochet and Vintage Gauze Restyled and Upcycled Top

I found this sad cream colored top at a Goodwill by the Pound store. It was looking a little rough, but had potential. This is the front of the top.

This is the back. Really cute. 

I inherited this dress from my mom, when she passed last year. I really like the lightness, but it's really long and had some stains.

I cut the bottom tier off. You can see the lining left behind here.

I gathered that bottom tier and pinned it to the crochet part of the top.

I hand-sewed that bottom tier to that crocheted upper part. Then, I took out a roll of Stitch Witchery, and used it on the inside, between the lower tier and the crocheted part (the hem/ seam allowance area).

Then I used the iron-on seam tape on top of the frayable part of the inside gathered seams.

Here I am, modeling the finished product. It's perfectly light and floaty. It's great for summer.

Annual Earth Day at ACUA Atlantic County Utilities Authority April 2016

The family and I went to the Atlantic County Utilities Authority's Annual Earth Day Festival Sunday (4/24). The weather was beautiful, and they had lots of things to see and do. They had exhibits, vendors, tours and activities... indoors and outdoors.
One vendor who was selling soap and lotions that had goats' milk as an ingredient. Here's one of the goats. She was a couple of months old, and was wearing a dress.

I got to network with a really talented and cool artist, William Clark, of Futuristic Sculpture. He loves making sculpture out of "old junk", I admire the way his mind works. His twitter handle is @4Miracleman. The pieces below were really evocative, showing movement, attention to detail, and a sense of humor.

We saw more goats....

We saw a Screech Owl.....

And..... a Barred Owl....

They came to the Earth Day event with Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge. I want to go there sometime!