A linen upcycle inspired by an “Instant Dress” how-to from Family Circle 1977 magazine cutout. Two panels of rescued linen curtains were naturally dyed and transformed into a dress with T-shaped bodice and handkerchief skirt.
Category: DIY Fashion – Garments
Sep 12, 2018
Inspired by Rei Kawakubo’s take on cage dress trend during Comme des Garçons AW 2008-9 collection, I wanted to create a similar look, albeit with a few twists: delicate lingerie look and color combos inspired by a Alexander McQueen SS 2018 dress. The result is an enchanting cage dress that’s somewhat fragile yet bold, and I styled it with 80s influence of pearls and fingerless gloves.
Sep 7, 2018
Reviewing 7 big challenges I encountered during the process of making a reversible dress with pockets, modeled after a rectangular dress from an old Japanese sewing magazine. From fafafoom.com.
Aug 10, 2018
This three-way apron dress is made with a diagonal striped knit fabric and striped lining that also doubles as accent. It’s versatile and easy to wear in all seasons.
Jul 29, 2018
An old sweatshirt got a style upgrade with layers of knit and chiffon remnants cut into new flounce sleeves. The new sleeves infuse the garment with an understated, casual elegance!
Jul 19, 2018
This shirt dress with bow waist tie is assembled from three men’s shirt pieces. Most of the pieces were leftovers from past sewing projects. Lightweight and versatile, the bow can be tied on the front or back.
Jul 5, 2018
Pieces of pink knit fabric remnants are transformed to a sleepwear set. Smaller scraps are turned into ruffle details on the shirt and shorts. In the end, 99% of the initial remnant are used for this project!
Jun 5, 2018
The striped wrap dress is refashioned from a vintage dress with big button closures. Without its original collar, lapel, and buttons, the refashioned dress has a more modern and chic spring/summer vibe.
May 22, 2018
An already upcycled halter top is once again transformed into embellished halter top with fringe, lace, and sequin trim details. This top is perfect for social gatherings and dance parties!
Jul 21, 2016
Time to catch up with another long overdue DIY project! I had lots of fun upcycling this white shirt with lace ribbons on the bib area. The result is a more refined, yet still minimalist shirt. I LOVE IT!
Jul 19, 2016
Summer DIY project: giving an old white shirt a new life via DIY shibori dyeing project. This time, I used itajime style – square accordion folding technique – and I LOVE the result!
Oct 30, 2015
My first attempt at DIY Leisure Wear involves a dark green high-low rectangle top with box pleat details with matching elastic waist pants, plus a pair of furry slippers. This DIY project marked my first time making pants! Photos by Christian Hadidjaja.
Feb 5, 2015
A refashioning project that’s long overdue, using an old tee and a square-shaped fabric sample. I’m glad I finally got a chance to do this DIY Square on a Tee for spring / summer. It’s a subtle yet very effective use to showcase a pretty fabric / texture on a simple t-shirt!
Sep 17, 2014
Beautifying a hardly worn silk blouse by hand stitching lace appliques (cut out of lace remnants) on it, inspired by a pink dress shirt Carrie Brownstein wore on recent “Late Night” TV appearance.
Aug 20, 2014
Fixing a cute little black dress that’s borderline too short with a DIY dress extension made out of black georgette fabric and attached with hook and eye loop cotton tape.
Apr 2, 2014
I often feel cold when I’m working on my DIY projects, choosing, cutting fabrics, and sewing...
Mar 20, 2014
When we traveled to Peru last year, we bought this gorgeous Peruvian striped textile. It’s...
Feb 28, 2014
On early January 2014, I saw pictures of Stella McCartney dresses with hearts thread embroidery /...
Feb 14, 2014
My first DIY dress ever! It was a rather impulsive decision, and the execution was muddled with detours. It took me 20 hours from sketching to finished garment, but the end result (and learning experience) was SUPER worth it!
Jan 5, 2014
A friend gifted me a black long-sleeve lace dress that was cute but ill-fitting. Refashioning this dress with a black chiffon halter top, the DIY fringed lace dress is now ready to party!
Hi, I’m Mira Musank!
I'm a DIY fashion lover, sustainable style maker, and textile design learner based in San Francisco Bay Area. Creative adventurer since 2007. Find me on Instagram!