Anthropologie Style Refashion: The Cassia Scoopneck DIY

Anthropologie Style Refashion: The Cassia Scoopneck DIY | happy together
One of my most favorite sewing projects are refashions. It’s fun to just sit down and alter something already made. It doesn’t usually take as long compared to making an item from scratch and it’s satisfying to add a little more “you” to clothing. We all know how much I adore Anthropologie, so I went there for inspiration first. I found the Cassia Scoopneck and decided it would be fun to replicate in my own way. I mainly focused on the back, but there are a few other details you could add to a shirt to look even more like theirs (like the ruched sleeves and the added lace details to the front bottom corner).

Anthropologie Style Refashion: The Cassia Scoopneck DIY | happy together
I originally had a shirt that looked more like the Anthro one. It was dark blue with small white stripes. Unfortunately I went to cut it and accidentally cut the front instead of the back! That made me so sad. That shirt will be made into something else though. I tried to find a shirt thrifting, with no luck, but came across this cute boat neck striped shirt at Walmart. They had it with mustard yellow stripes as well. My friend also gave meĀ  a perfect vintage curtain for the back and I used buttons, knit fabric, and lace from my stash. This shirt would have cost me nothing at all if it wasn’t for my accident, but it ended up costing me $7.44 to make versus the $68 the Anthro one costs.

Anthropologie Style Refashion: The Cassia Scoopneck DIY | happy together
You can see the before and after of the shirt above. Just little details that take this shirt to a whole new level. This is what you will need to made your own refashion:

  • Knit shirt of choice
  • Lace fabric
  • Lining fabric (I just used a knit fabric so I wouldn’t have to sew a bottom seam and it wouldn’t unravel)
  • Lace trim of choice
  • 5 buttons
  • Small piece of ribbon for button loop (or can make a loop simply from embroidery thread)
  • Pins
  • Needle for hand sewing
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Appropriate sewing needle (for knit fabric) and sewing machine with notions
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Optional: Ruler or Measuring tape

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A Floral Penelope Peplum

A Floral Penelope Peplum | happy together
The other day I had to run into Hancock Fabrics real quick and this beautiful floral fabric caught my eye. After walking around to get what I wanted, I decided to splurge a little and buy some to make something for me. It’s a very sturdy fabric with good stretch and would be fabulous for pants or a dress, but I really wanted a top. I looked through my piles and chose to use the Penelope Peplum pattern here. I have made a shirt with it before and decided this fabric had enough stretch in it to be used.

A Floral Penelope Peplum | happy together A Floral Penelope Top | happy together
I made a few little changes to the pattern like the keyhole back and the way I finished the neckline in general. I also added two layers for the bottom instead of just one. I had to go and alter the pattern for the bottom layer of floral fabric because the original circle bottom was too much. It stuck out a lot because the drape on it isn’t the best. But, I’m happy with how it turned out. As usual, the more I sew for myself, the more I figure out how to tweak things to fit me the best. That’s one of the great things about sewing for yourself. You can learn to make things fit you how you like them. Oh, and that beautiful lavender color fabric was another find at Hancocks. It doesn’t really fray a lot, so I left the edges raw. Now that fabric is super flowy and has a wonderful drape.

A Floral Penelope Peplum | happy together
For these pictures, I found a great tutorial for doing this dutch braid here. I need to practice it a bit, but I learned a new braiding technique. Have you sewn anything for yourself lately? I’m looking for some new patterns to try out.

-Jess

Updating Old Patterns

As You Like It Dress | happy together
At times I totally feel like just throwing in the towel and just walking away from all this blog stuff. But, every single time, I get renewed in my love and passion for all of this and continue on. I usually pay myself no mind when at the low points because I know my feelings will change. That is why it’s good to not just live off your emotions. Emotions can be fickle. They can change quickly. They are good and need to be paid attention too, but it’s important to determine if it’s just a passing emotion or a sign to really make a change. If you noticed, I had not kept up my patterns in the shop the past few months. I didn’t really know where to go with them. Plus, if you also can tell, there are a ton more indie pattern makers out there now as opposed to when I first started. And they have much more technical skills then I. But I decided that I wasn’t quite ready to put those patterns away quite yet. And I have a few ideas that have been in my head for a while for some new patterns. So this fall/winter I am going to update my patterns. There are a few things I want to change after making them so many times. This was one I have been playing around with, the As You Like It Dress/Top Pattern (can you believe how little Miss J was in those pics?! Now it’s her little sister at the same size). I want to make the finishing touches as professional as possible so for anyone who makes these to sell can feel fully confident in their product. I also am making some for an event I will be selling handmade items at in December, so I want to feel that way too. And there are a few tweaks to the back and front length I want to officially change for a better fit.

As You Like It Dress | happy together
I love this little pattern and I am so glad I made it. I have made so many for my girls and want to be able to share it still.

As You Like It Dress | happy together
My daughters are my inspiration for pretty much all of this. It was the birth of my first daughter that really inspired me to start down this creative path. It completely changed my life.

As You Like It Dress | happy together
We never know how our paths will turn out, but it’s important to just keep on trying sometimes. Even if it’s just one day at a time.

-Jess

Shorts pattern from here.

Fox fabric and coordinating pattern is the Les Amis Collection from Patty Sloniger. Black/white top fabric from JoAnns.

Fox Fabric Nightgowns

Fox Fabric Nightgowns | happy together
Last week I received this soft and cozy flannel fox fabric c/o Organic Cotton Plus. When I saw it I knew it had to be some sort of pajamas for the girls. I originally thought of doing just pants, then tried to do some sort of night gown version of Simplicity 1574, which turned into this. I still used that pattern for the basic pieces, but I heavily altered it as can tell.

Fox Fabric Nightgowns | happy together
Miss J wanted the gold foxes, which fortunately Miss E was okay with. (ps they have it in blue too!)

Fox Fabric Nightgowns | happy together
I created a one piece front from the pattern and enlarged the neck line so their heads would be able to fit through. I used bias tape on the necklines and on the bottom of miss E’s night gown. I just serged miss J’s hemline to try a different way to finish it. Then for the sleeves I just rolled them up instead of under for a cuffed look.

Fox Fabric Nightgowns | happy together
When miss J first saw hers it didn’t have a bow and she said it just looked like a dress not a night gown. Little did she know I was going to add a dainty little bow that is characteristic of many nightgowns. It takes it to that level you know? The bottom hem also scoops up on the sides like some gowns do.

Fox Fabric Nightgowns | happy together
Fox Fabric Nightgowns | happy together
Fox Fabric Nightgowns | happy together
The fit was spot on and these girls have a new nightgown which was much needed. Thank you Organic Cotton Plus for the fabric! You can find them on facebook, twitter, and google + as well. Are any of you working on winter wardrobes for your little ones right now?

Jess

10 on 10

10 on 10 | happy together We are over here still living it up summer style, well except for the school part. Lots of water time and inside time to escape the heat. -Miss J has been enjoying taking care of her pet she got on her birthday. In fact, he just changed shells today and she was so excited! It will be so fun one day when we can get her a pet that gives more interaction. Her principal told me her prayer request every day is that she can get all these different kinds of animals for Christmas. lol. It will be interesting to see where this love of hers takes her as she grows older. -I , on the other hand, have been fixing up things around the house and finishing projects so I can enjoy them as we finish out our time here in Louisiana. I recently worked on two art walls in our living room and added a pineapple painting of my own to it. -My friend asked me to join her in a booth at a craft show type event later this fall, so I have also been slowing going through my stash and creating some things for it. I told my husband that I want to move with as little as possible this time. So stash busting is a big goal of mine. -Even though it’s fall season, I haven’t really had the urge to do much baking with it being so hot, but I did finally make these cookies that I pinned forever ago. They are so yum!

10 on 10 | happy together -My hubby has been gone quite a bit lately for trainings and such. Fortunately we were able to join him at the end of his Houston, TX trip. The girls had a lot of fun swimming, jumping on the beds, and eating yummy foods you can’t find in our small town. -I also worked on this pallet wall, with my wonderful crafter friend Mrs. Karen, for a missions inspired area at our church. I had to document the mess. And of course my little miss E all up in it. -And leave it up to my husband to take the girls on some fun rides.

10 on 10 | happy together -This past week I have worked hard at even more “get it done” lists and put up these outdoor lights that have been sitting in our garage forever. I’m hoping the evenings will start to cool down next month so we can sit out and really enjoy them. -I made another shirt for myself! Here is the sneak peek. Once I get someone to take pics of me in it, I will do a post about it. And that is my 10 on 10 for this month! Please share a link if you do a 10 on 10, a 5 on 5, or something of the sort. I would love to see :)

-Jess