First off, I had this shirt.
I got it from the Salvation Army in high school, but hadn't worn it in years. I thought it could become a much more attractive shirt if I took it in and shortened the sleeves, BUT I made a few mistakes and ended up with this:
Obviously, I now have a super cool vest. One that will probably become a beloved addition to the dress up box, as soon as we get ourselves one of those.
Next, I had these shorts:
My mother-in-law gave them to me, because she is a very thoughtful lady. But they had no butt pockets and made me feel sort of frumpy, so I couldn't see myself wearing them very often. Since they are such a pretty blue, though, I didn't want to waste them.
Et voila, I turned them into a skirt!
I embroidered a pretty yellow border around the hem, just to jazz them up a little.
Attempt number the second at refashioning turned out much better than the first. This is probably because after the first flop I payed WAY more attention to the measure-twice-cut-once rule. It is deceptively important.