Refashioned Neon Jeans & Upcycled Puffy Sleeved Cobalt Blue Blouse

Updated: Aug 17, 2020


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CONTENTS:


Summer Almost Over


Hot Until October 31st?


Adjusting to Seasons As A Fashion Blogger


Getting in Those Bright Color Upcycles & Refashions


Do Your Teeth Hurt Yet?


The Next Blog Post--Another Color Splash (#2)


My 3rd Bright Colored Upcycle--Granny Squares


Now For This NEON Post! (#1)


The Before-s


Final Look!


Next Refashion


Links



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Summer Almost Over


According to retailers, Summer is almost over!


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is being promoted on every fashionista's/style influencer's blog, Pinterest has started pushing the Fall Fashion 'new ideas' I might like, Halloween Stores start popping up, Starbucks announces its selling Pumpkin Spice flavor earlier this year--August 25th!!, my local, charming Apple Hill area (Placerville, California) is promoting apple picking, and Summer clothes are on drastic-markdown.


And receiving my magazines with pumpkins on the cover can't help me to start thinking of the Fall/Autumn we don't really experience here in Sacramento, CA.




Hot Until October 31st?


Yeah, we really don't experience a true Fall/Autumn seasons here. Yes, we lose our leaves. The air changes. Positions of sunrise and sunset change. But aside from this or the retailer cues, there's no break from our high temperatures until usually November.

me, in the late afternoon, 5:30pm


Temperatures in the 100s F/ 37.8 C + will persist definitely through August. We might experience a reprieve of high 90s F/ 35 C+ for September. But our break in temperature won't start low 90's until October. Then in November. we start experiencing the plummet into the 80's leaving to feel like we live in the tundra after having been acclimatized to the Sahara.



Adjusting to Seasons As A Fashion Blogger


I am part of a large sphere of women fashion/style bloggers who live in all parts of the world. In the summer I read about my England ladies wearing a warm sweater and shorts and sandals, while my South African friends wear their winter best, and the Florida friend who regardless of Summer or Winter is always struggling to keep her hair from frizzing from the humidity and her styles fresh because there exists only one season in Florida--sunshine.


And the friend who lives in San Francisco who ephemerally lives in jeans, t-shirt and a blazer of some sort.


And I feel sorry for the ladies who live in the severe winter of the Midwest--because it's hard to see their outfits under extra long puffer jackets and snow boots.


Maybe the Western European and East Coast USA-ers might have it best (FASHION WISE) because they experience 4 seasons evenly.


my mother, Fall/Autumn in September Poland where she resides seasonally



Sacramento--this is me-- experiences high summer heat temperatures for a long time, brief Fall temperatures--2 months?, a mild, mild winter which won't get colder that 32F/0C in the morning/evening for more than 1-2 hours, a 3 month Spring and then we launch right into that heat.


Bill and I are technically in Roseville, CA which is 20 minutes (without traffic) North West of Sacramento, one hour away from the Sierra Mountain/Lake Tahoe, 1.5 hours from Napa Valley (the wine!!), and 2.5 hours from San Francisco, and 3 hours from the first recreational beaches a.k.a laying in the sun.


Crazy thing is, that each of these places--the mountains, the wine country, the City, and the beach are all VERY different seasonally and temperature wise.



Getting in Those Bright Color Upcycles & Refashions


So where does this leave me?


One way I have been able to enjoy the Fall/Autumn, but keeping myself cool and comfortable, is by adjusting the prints and colors of what I wear.


Yes, you will continue to see me in shorts (although this year it's been predominantly dresses) or a skirt, but the colors won't be the colored of inflatable pool toys.


It's a bummer though because I have about 3 more Upcycles and Refashions to do that are either tropical, neon, or bursting with another sprinkled donut/Funfetti color.


But maybe it won't really matter though.


Let's think about this.


Upcycles, Refashions, and DIYs are actually non-colored. What does this mean?


What is being done when Upcycling, Refashioning, and DIY-ing, is changing the silhouette of the 'Before' textile.


Upcycling one changes the end function. Refashioning is keeping the same function but changing the style. And DIY might include a little of both and throw on some decorative elements.


(Click below to take you to the post where I explore these differences.)



So the print does not means anything in doing what I do. Prints and colors are incidental and peripheral.



For example, my last Refashion was inspired by Pool floats--I think you'll be able to see why!


Do Your Teeth Hurt Yet?


Getting back to the point that I am actually coming to as I write this--real time!--is that it won't matter what the color or print of my DIY is. In the Funfetti Birthday Party Dress I made for myself above, the silhouette is simple A-line with a Drop-Waist and ruffled skirt.




The same "After" style dress can be made from a basic tunic but in a wool/wool blend fabric! There's a ton of the 1990's tunic/long shift style dress at the thrift stores to cloth the entire population of California ; )


I promise to revisit this concept for a future post using the same exact Refashion I did for my Birthday Party Dress, but different fabric and results will be the same! Stay Tuned..........



The Next Blog Post--Another Color Splash (#2)


The 2nd colorful post that's coming up around the corner, is an end of August collaboration with a group of super cool Styling Ladies called the "Fabulous 40s".


Collaborations are super fun! One woman suggests a theme for each month, the next one being "Street Style from a Place you would like to Visit". I have chosen the Safari countries of Africa.


If you hop on the South-Bound Scrolling Train, you will see the "BEFORE-s" for this project!


This one will be my most Avant-Garde to date : )


I'll give you a hint: (where's the bright color, you ask?--you'll see!)




My 3rd Bright Colored Upcycle--Granny Squares


Before I abandon bright colors before the Fall, I have to get a Granny Square adventure in here some-where! Can I turn a thrifted crochet blanket into a cute summer top? Hello OxyMoron! Right?



I honestly don't ever completely fail. Failure for me is on a scale from mild to tragic, but always recoverable.



I can always recover in an Upcycle. Like the time the elastic in my shirred waistband unraveled and I needed to add glue to lock the elastic into place! EEEK! I won't be able to sell these pair of pants, but at least I can wear them!



Why the Doom&Gloom before I even start the Granny Squares project?


Because I have to figure out how to lock the yarn in so it won't unravel. I have a few ideas on how to accomplish this, maybe sew fabric on the edges where I want to cut first? Or how about the Aleene's jewelry glue? Heat fusion tape?


Well, I won't know until I start. But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves just yet....We have