Hot! G’day From Lake Mendocino

The Facts

Fabric: Cotton/poly blend (upcycled)
Pattern: NewLook 6057
Year: 2011
Notions: thread white bias tape, invisible zipper
Time to complete: off and on after work about 4 hours
First worn: Jan 29 (no sweater necessary!)
Wear again? Yes!
Total price: About $3.00


Inspired by so many upcyclers on the Sew Weekly, I decided to give it a try. I couldn’t resist picking up this colorful Moo-Moo off the fifty cent rack at our local thrift store. I took it a part and was able to squeeze out the pattern pieces for the blouse of NewLook 6057. I really like how the princess seams make for a more fitted look, and the side-zipper makes it easy to put on.

The fifty-cent Moo-Moo, looks comfy, but it soon took on a a more stylish life!

After playing tennis, (my husband plays tennis, while I hit the fabric store) we drove over to Lake Mendocino for photos. He’s getting a little better at taking my picture, however I noticed that my arms are in the same position in almost all the shots. A daughter would have told me to pose in different ways. Oh well, beggars can’t be choosers!

Kangaroos Next 14 km



Barbara is a resident of Northern California. She loves to sew and has pledged not to buy retail clothes for the year of 2012. That means she has to make her own, or buy it at a thrift store. I hope she doesn't spend too much on fabric. When she shops for fabric her eyes light up as she imagines the possibilities! She's like a kid in a candy store.


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  1. The fabric from the mu-mu (or is it moo-moo?) is gorgeous! What a great find and upcycle. It’s very chic and summery.

  2. Great upcycle! The new top looks fantastic! I have this pattern and now I think it needs to move up the queue. Just a thought – to help my fiance and I work on my poses, I actually ripped ads out of catalogs and magazines and then he directs me while looking at the picture. It makes it a lot easier.

    • Oh, that’s so clever. I think I’ll try that. I agree, the pattern is simple but stylish. I’ve made the skirt, which is OK, but I’m not a fan of below the waist skirts. I’d like to try the dress with pockets some day soon.

  3. Hi Barbara, I love the top and how you upcycle it. Beautiful fabric.

  4. What an awesome before and after! Lovely mu-mu fabric. It turned out to be a much more flattering top (and unusually weather appropriate).

  5. Love your top – reckon you’ll have to make some more visits to the 50 cent rail!

  6. Great upcycle – much more flattering. And lovely photos too – nice job both of you

  7. Great (and in my opinion, the only) use of a muumuu! You really transformed it into something stylish! My husband has issues as my photographer, too…I always end up looking awkward in about 90% of my pics. Solution? Take a ton of pics so as to have more to choose from.

  8. Great upcycle – such a bold print looks much better with the contrast black than in its former life as a large shapeless mass. Princess lines are great.

    • Yes I agree, I’m going to keep my eye out for great finds like this. If something doesn’t work out, you haven’t really wasted money, but you’ve gained experience.

  9. I always look forward to your creations. Lovely top! I’m going to look more closely at that pattern now.

  10. Wow, I’m impressed! Great job on turning that old thing into a sexy top!

  11. Love it!! Good job at re-fashioning that moo-moo! Thought that material looked familiar..

  12. Such a lovely new lease of life for the muumuu! So great!

  13. Your arms are posed the same way you sketch a person! (I always thought you did that because you don’t like to draw hands). Love the colorful top! I think that one needs to go with you on a tropical vacation somewhere.

  14. I love this neckline. . . . Feeling very inspired now to make this pattern using the lovely fabric of a very unflattering dress

  15. What a fabulous blouse! I adore up-cycling, and this is such a fabulous example! It’s perfect for summer, both day and night :) Well done!