“At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.”

by tatiana on May 25, 2009

This week’s Upcycle Sundays was inspired by the beautiful, sharp and colorful Frida Kahlo.


I love this woman. You know that question that people always ask at icebreakers? When you have to name the people dead or alive who you’d want to have dinner with? One of my picks would definitely be Frida. Her resilience, tough spirit and talent are absolutely wonderful and empowering.

So! I have this red cotton jersey fabric that has been in my possession for over a year now that I have not used, so I decided to make this dress:


I also had a wrap skirt that I got over a year ago at a clothing swap party. I fell in love with the print, but the skirt was a tad too small, so I thought I’d hang onto it for a project. Today was finally my opportunity to turn this neglected skirt into something shiny and new!

“I’m just keeping you honest, panzon.” – Frida

This dress was pretty time consuming. Cutting the fabric, dyeing my white jersey tan to match the print and look less costumey, gathering the fabric for the peasant skirt look. Oy. It took a while, but I am REALLY happy with the result.


And the pockets are rad. I’m so proud of myself for not screwing them up! Sorry for the iPhone photo, I think I left my camera at work. Anyway, this is the first of many (hopefully) handmade summer dresses! Here’s to the beginning of summer, wonderful weather and a great, relaxing, and productive Memorial Day weekend!


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Marissa May 25, 2009 at 4:56 am

I want one! Chrismukkah? :P


cathizzle May 25, 2009 at 5:01 am

I didn’t know you took a pic with your iphone… i thought it was an old photo from freida’s collection :D


tatiana May 25, 2009 at 5:04 am

Marissa – I’m going to need to start making a list of things I’ll be making you this Chrismukkah! :)

Cathizzle – Why thanks! I’m taking that as a compliment.


margaret May 25, 2009 at 8:51 pm

whoa! big thumbs up!


tatiana May 25, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Thanks doll!


Kate May 26, 2009 at 2:10 am

So so so cute. I love it and your creative re-using!!


tatiana May 26, 2009 at 4:00 pm

Thanks Kate! :)


Traci May 28, 2009 at 3:57 pm

OMG! I totally missed your upcycle! GORGEOUS!! (You and the dress!) I’m so jealous! Ahh… so many upcycle projects floating around my head… oh and one dinosaur shirt… but that’s normal :)


tatiana May 28, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Thanks Traci! SAY WHAT! Yay dinosaurs! Oh man.


Hava June 2, 2009 at 3:23 am

Wowwow. That is such a beautiful dress you made! I want one too!


tatiana June 3, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Thank you Hava! Sounds good!


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