#RefashionFriday · refashion · sewing · Tutorials

#RefashionFriday Cardigan to Open Back Sweater

Happy Friday! Here is New Jersey, we are prepping for a snow storm – which in Jersey could be a dusting or a full on blizzard. There’s really no telling what we are going to get, but I’m hunkered down with a bunch of sewing projects and wedding planning!

After lengthy refashions, I like to do something easy – and after the jumpsuit, I wanted something a little more wearable in my wardrobe. Enter my love of athleisure. I absolutely love being comfortable. I think everyone does, right?

When I’m working from home, my every day look in winter is jeans and a sweatshirt. I rotate three pairs of jeans, and about 5 different sweatshirts. Comfort, but still put together enough if someone knocks on my door. But sweatshirts can get a little boring, and I had this cardigan just sitting around so a new refashion it is!

I haven’t worked with knits in awhile, and Janome sent over their new AirThreader a few weeks ago that I wanted to test out! I personally own the Janome New Home 8002D serger that I’ve been using for a few years, and love it to pieces, but the part I dislike most about serging, threading! The Janome AirThreader is so easy to thread, I thought it was too good to be true. But after one quick video on youtube, I was threading in no time! I can’t believe how easy it is, and it will be a sad day when this machine goes back to Janome!

Onto the refashion!

#RefashionFriday Cardigan to Open Back Sweater Refashion - Trish Stitched

For this refashion, all you need is an old cardigan! This one came from my dad’s closet, (which came from my Grandpa’s closet!) and at a size Large, it was more material than I needed, but this refashion would work best with something a little bigger than your size. The trick to this refashion is turning the back into the front! I have a youtube video showing the process, and to break it down, here are the steps!

1- Cut off button placket.

2- On the back of the cardigan (which will become the new front) cut a scoop neck, about 2″ down in the center front.

3- Cut off bottom ribbing, save for later. If you have front pockets, cut right above taking pockets off.

4- Using a serger (or zig zag stitch on your sewing machine) finish raw edges, and re-attach ribbing to new hemline.

5- On the new back of the cardigan, fold “neckline” 1/2″ and stitch, giving you a clean edge.

6- To finish bottom of sweater, overlap one edge over the other, about 3″, or however tight you wish to make your sweater.

7- Stitch the overlap, and stitch as far up as you want your back to overlap. I stitched until the natural curve of the neckline, but for more drape, stitch less, for more coverage, stitch more. You may need to pin and try on for this step, to get the fit even.

8- If needed, hem the sleeves. I wanted to keep the original wristband, so I measured how much of the sleeve I would need to take out to sew the wristband back on. I took out 3″.

9- Cut off wristband and extra sleeve length. Re-attach wristband, making sure to spread fabric evenly.

10- Optional: Using one of the cut off sleeve portions, create your back band. Fold fabric right sides together, lengthwise and stitch long edge creating a tube. Turn right side out and press.

11- Try your sweater on to determine where to pin back band. Stitch down and you are done!

I decided not to re-size the full sleeve because I like my athleisure larger and comfier, and didn’t see the need to make the arms skinnier.

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It even looks cute with a sports bra!

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Open back sweaters are a huge trend in athleisure right now, and there are so many cute versions!

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{All images from Pinterest, links are either broken or spam sites, but look up ‘open back cardigan’ for even more inspo!}

I’ll be talking more about the Janome AirThreader in the coming months, but for my first into project, it was a breeze!

And here’s a quick tip for sewing with lighter weight knits- turn your presser foot tension down to keep the knits from getting wavy! The lighter the presser foot, the easier the fabric feeds through!

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for the boy · self-less sewing

Darth Vader Quilt – Handmade Christmas Gift

Each year, it gets harder and harder to surprise Drew with an amazing Christmas gift. I love handmade gifts because they are typically kind to the wallet but still have a huge impact. Back in October when I was searching ideas for our anniversary, I thought about making Drew a quilt. Since I only had a week for that occasion, I decided to make the quilt for Christmas, leaving me plenty of time to research and make.

Since I have so many fabric swatch books for bag making, I thought it would be fun to make a scrappy fabric quilt, with all darker colors, in a geometric design. I started looking up a lot of quilt patterns, but nothing jumped out at me. Thankfully, when you start researching a topic on Pinterest, other pins magically appear and that’s where I found the Darth Vader quilt pattern.

Darth Vader Quilt - Trish Stitched

Drew loves Star Wars (personally, I never got into the movies) and I sent him a secretive text message asking if Darth Vader was cooler than R2D2 or a storm trooper (because there are quilt designs with them as well). Obviously he chose Darth Vader, and I started combing through my stash to use up any fabric I had.

Darth Vader Quilt - Trish Stitched

I am not a quilter. I’ve made one quilt, and swore them off. But this quilt seemed like a good second quilt since it was just a bunch of squares. I had almost all the fabric in my stash, and only had to buy a little extra silver and the actual Star Wars print for the backing. I even had leftover batting from another project.

Darth Vader Quilt - Trish Stitched

This quilt came together very easily. The cutting was pretty time consuming, but it was a calming process. The original pattern is for a lap quilt, and since Drew is 6′ tall, I added a few extra lines on the top and bottom for a little added length. I also decided to only actually quilt the grey area, making Darth Vader “pop” a little more.

Darth Vader Quilt - Trish Stitched

My local Joann’s only had 1.5 yards of the Star Wars fabric in stock, so I had to add extra material on the sides to fit the entire backing.

Darth Vader’s details were made with bias tape, and was the most nerve wrecking part. Thankfully the diagram for the pattern was great, and it all worked out. To make it easier to sew (and instead of wasting time pinning) I marked the outline with a water soluble pencil and lined the tape up as I sewed. This technique worked really well.

Darth Vader Quilt - Trish Stitched

Darth Vader Quilt - Trish Stitched

Darth Vader Quilt - Trish Stitched

I finished the quilt on Christmas Eve at 10 pm. Drew fell asleep watching tv and I ran downstairs to wake him up asking if he wanted to open presents that night. I couldn’t wait to give him the quilt! He said yes and I gave him the quilt unwrapped!

He loves it! He couldn’t believe that’s what I was working on and how much time went into it. He has yet to decide if he’s going to hang it or use it!

Darth Vader Quilt - Trish Stitched

Darth Vader Quilt - Trish Stitched

Quilt Pattern from Shwin & Shwin

Star Wars Fabric from Joann Fabrics

Drew can also be really great with gift giving and I received a Kitchen Aid Mixer! After squealing with excitement, I asked him if he got it on sale. Since it was half off, I had no problem keeping it (those things are expensive!).

A few other items I made for the holidays:

Christmas Stocking! I asked Drew to come shopping with me and let him pick out his own fabric. Can you guess who’s is who’s haha! I found a free pattern online, and used the tutorial by Meredith from Olivia Jane Handcrafted.

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And a Tree Skirt! This was the first year we had a full size tree and I made a simple tree skirt for the bottom. We borrowed Drew’s parent’s fake tree and half of the bottom lights are broken, so the whole thing doesn’t light up. We said we would fix it before putting the ornaments on, but didn’t get around to it before Christmas Eve. So our decorations weren’t perfect, but the tree skirt looked great! (I since added ties)

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Whew! Only took a week after Christmas to post about my holiday makes! Not too shabby!

handmade wardrobe · Make Nine

Make Nine 2019

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! I still have a few Christmas projects to share but in the spirit of the new year, I wanted to share some more of my sewing plans!

I’m not great with resolutions – but I do like the motivation of the new year, and imagine life with a fresh start come January.

For the past few years, I’ve seen the Make Nine movement online, but never thought I could commit to something like that because I get very easily sidetracked by new patterns and pretty fabrics. However, I’ve had some of the same patterns on my “make list” for years, and it’s about time I put a plan into action to make them happen.

For those that aren’t familiar, it’s a challenge started by Rochelle from Lucky Lucille who writes, “This is a gentle challenge. It’s not one that you can fail. It’s meant to be flexible, a tool you can use to evaluate your motivations and needs for working towards specific things as the year goes on. This is meant to be a challenge focused on learning more about yourself and your making habits while achieving goals. Work at your own pace and join in at any time. – That’s it!”

 

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So here’s my Make Nine! It is pretty general, and open to change, but I think that will help me keep focus on making what I really need.

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1. Bralettes and undergarments in general.

I find myself wearing more relaxed styles of bras, and love everything without underwires. I bought a simple bra a few months ago and it’s my absolute favorite! I’m on a mission to find the perfect pattern to recreate it so I can make a whole bunch!

(This one from Sophie Hines is adorable, and looks great for using up scraps!)

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2. Hudson Pants and Loungewear.

The hudson pants have been on my list for years. I have the fabric to make a pair, I just need to buy the pattern. Again, I’m hoping to make more than one, especially if the style suits me.

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3. Running Shorts.

I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect pair of running shorts, and was tempted to make my own pattern awhile back, but found the perfect shorts pattern in the Moxi Compression Shorts! Now I just have to find the perfect fabric and make a bunch!

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4. Formal Dress.

Drew and I have three weddings to attend this year, 4 weddings including our own. I won’t be making three separate dresses, but I would like to make a new one. I’ve always loved Colette Myrna, but still not convinced the silhouette would work for me on top. So this pattern is still TBD, but it’s on the list!

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5. Short Sleeve & Long Sleeve Tops.

I absolutely need basics. And for years I’ve wanted to invest time into making a set of basics but it can seem like really boring sewing. My goal with this is to make shirts from all reclaimed fabrics. I’m hoping to find the perfect jerseys from places like Fab Scrap, to keep my sewing more eco friendly.

(I already have the Lark Tee pattern, so this is on the list!)

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6. Ginger Jeans. 

I’ve made three pairs, but haven’t made a new pair in years. It’s time for more handmade jeans!

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7. My Wedding Dress.

This pattern is still totally up in the air. I love this Leanne Marshall dress, but I’m still undecided if this is the direction I want to go.

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8. Summer Casual Dress.

I had a favorite dress that I would wear constantly in the summer. It was light and airy but throw it on and it looked like I put effort into my outfit. I want a summer wardrobe filled with dresses like this, and Rumi by Christine Haynes is the perfect pattern.

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9. Swimsuit/Outerwear

This is a little bit of a free sew for me. Depending on timing, and what I can realistically accomplish, I either want to make a new swimsuit or a new coat. I’ve been wanting to make a swimsuit inspired by one my grandma had but lost the photo to find the perfect fabric. I also need a new coat, but I don’t have a specific pattern in mind. With all that’s going on this year, I’m not sure if I will have time to complete #9, but I’m putting it on the list just in case.

(Sophie Swimsuit pictured here)

Of course I will be doing more than just these projects, and I do have refashions to add into the mix, but it’s exciting to think what my wardrobe will look like a year from now!

Are you participating in Make Nine?

#RefashionFriday · refashion

#RefashionFriday in Rewind!

Happy last Friday of the year! I can’t believe 2018 has come and gone. I had some big moments in sewing this year, but my favorites have all been from refashions! This was a huge year in refashioning for me, since I’ve been focusing a lot of my sewing on turning the old into new! I thought I would do a little roundup of all my #refashionfriday’s from this year, and share my plans for next year!

1. Cargo Pants to Vest Refashion

#RefashionFriday Cargo Pants to Vest Refashion - Trish Stitched

2. Blouse to Peplum Refashion 

#RefashionFriday Blouse to Peplum Refashion - Trish Stitched

3. Pearl Dress to Top Refashion

#RefashionFriday Pearl Dress to Curved Hem Sweater - Trish Stitched

4. Sweater Refashion 

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5. Blouse to Peplum Tank

#RefashionFriday Blouse to Peplum Tank - Trish Stitched

6. Denim Jacket Refashion 

7. Blouse to Shorts Refashion 

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8. Denim Dress Refashion

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9. Easy Blouse Refashion

#RefashionFriday Easy Top Refashion - Trish Stitched

10. Dress to Jumpsuit Refashion

#RefashionFriday Dress to Jumpsuit - Trish Stitched

 

A few pieces in my queue include: flannel shirts and an engagement party dress! There are a few refashions that I had to walk away from this year, but I still have the pieces waiting for the day to re-tackle them.

I am still focusing on videos – and sharing my process, but I’m learning new ways to do it. Full videos can get long and boring, so I’m trying to find the proper balance between helpful and entertaining. I have a lot of work to do – but it’s so much fun!

Is there anything you want to see refashioned? I’m always looking for a new challenge!

refashion · sewing · #RefashionFriday

#RefashionFriday Dress to Jumpsuit

Happy Holidays everyone! Things around here have been crazy busy! With Christmas sewing and getting together with family, I haven’t spent a whole lot of time sewing for myself.

A jumpsuit has been on my sewing bucket list for a few months, but because of my petite shape, I honestly didn’t think I could pull off a “onesie” of fabric without looking swallowed whole. I tried a few ‘ready- to- wear’ jumpsuits on, and even from the juniors section, the proportions were all wrong. I figured I might as well try to make one, just to see if it could work for me!

Since this was a brand new experiment, and I didn’t want to waste expensive fabric on something that wouldn’t look great, I dove into my refashioning pile for fabric. This extra-extra-extra large stretch velvet dress was perfect! This dress was a 5x, and looked so miserable on the hanger, I don’t think it would have been touched by anyone else. It was also very clear anything and everything attaches to the fabric, so experimenting with this $4 dress felt like the way to go.

#RefashionFriday Dress to Jumpsuit - Trish Stitched

I started research for what was selling in stores at the moment, and came across this jumpsuit at Anthropologie. I loved the wider leg and belt that attaches at waist. Knowing my body type, I needed to find a specific pattern. Something that wouldn’t cover my entire body, something with a defined waist, and something with just a hint of detail. New Look 6493 had what I needed, and would allow me to adapt the pattern for what I wanted.

#RefashionFriday Dress to Jumpsuit - Trish Stitched

#RefashionFriday Dress to Jumpsuit - Trish Stitched

Since the pattern didn’t have the best reputation online (large bodice), I decided to make a muslin. After that, I found I needed to size down in the bodice and bring the waistline up about an inch. Then it was onto the real fabric!

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This refashion was all about the creative cutting. I used almost every inch of the dress, and using anything smaller, I wouldn’t have been able to make this.

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Besides the bodice being drapier than expected, I would consider it a great pattern. I had no issues sewing or following the directions, which is always a win for me! Following the tie detail on the Anthropologie jumpsuit, I made my own waist ties, and attached one in each side seam.

#RefashionFriday Dress to Jumpsuit - Trish Stitched

#RefashionFriday Dress to Jumpsuit - Trish Stitched

#RefashionFriday Dress to Jumpsuit - Trish Stitched

Pattern details:

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Bodice Size: 8

Pant Size: 10

Alterations made: Waistline moved up 1″, Belt sewn into side seams, Front neckline tacked down.

I originally measured to fit in a size 10 bodice but needed to size down to the 8. I still have plenty of room on top, and could go tighter, but it is comfortable. (For reference, I am a size 00-0, 4’9″)

I am now a converted jumpsuit lover! This thing is so comfortable, I can’t believe it took so long to make one. Now I just need a holiday party to wear it to!

(Below photos were taken before I hemmed the pants and cut down the belt by 1″)

#RefashionFriday Dress to Jumpsuit - Trish Stitched

#RefashionFriday Dress to Jumpsuit - Trish Stitched

 

Refashion Inspiration: 

This is such a great idea for bridesmaids dresses! Throw on a jean jacket and some fun jewelry and it’s the cutest outfit! See it here.

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How about making a mini romper for your little one! I LOVE this idea from Heather (heatherhandmade.com)

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In other news, last Saturday night, Drew proposed to me! After 7 years of dating, he asked me to be his wife! We went out to dinner where we had our first date, and then took a walk in the park. I was so cold, and a little nervous because it was really dark, I made Drew turn around after about 2 minutes of walking. On the way back to the car he told me he had a confession to make. The previous weekend he told me he was getting lunch with his friends, when he really drove out to see my parents. He asked both of them for their blessing, and showed them the ring.

We were walking towards the only street light in the park, and he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! The moment is still a little blurry, because as soon as he opened the box I jumped back and said “holy shit!” haha super romantic, right?

I’m still in shock that I’m engaged, and I still think it was all a dream until I look down at my finger and see it actually happened! I’ve actually been wedding planning in my head for years, so it’s a ton of fun to be contacting the people I’ve been dreaming about working with!

I am so, so excited to be marrying my best friend, it’s really a dream come true.

Since I started sewing, I’ve wanted to make my own wedding dress, and it will be happening! You’ll probably be seeing glimpses of wedding planning and dress making, but I won’t be showing the full thing until after the wedding!

Happy Friday!

Trish Stitched

Trish Stitched

Trish Stitched

 

#RefashionFriday · inspiration

#RefashionFriday: Refashion Inspiration!

Happy Friday everyone! I have a whole bunch of projects in the works but nothing is finished so I thought I would share a few of the refashions I’ve been falling in love with lately! The refashioning world has been on fire lately, and there is so much inspiration all around!

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1. Jeans to Overall Dress Refashion – Sew Much Love, Mary

 

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This amazing refashion is adorable, colorful and so creative! Mary also has a photo tutorial on her blog to help you to make your own version! Yes, I am totally looking at my denim collection right now!

 

2. Skirt to Jumper Refashion – Chickie WU (ICanWorkWithThat.blogspot.com)

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Don’t have an old pair of pants to cut up? How about using a skirt like Chickie! Such a good upcycle, and great use of the fringe hem!

 

3. DIY Faux Fur Purse Upcycle- Sarah (Our Life is Beautiful)

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Sarah over at Our Life Is Beautiful (aka the queen of refashioning) shared this upcycle which is the perfect “no sew” update! Get the tutorial on her blog!

 

4. Fringe Dress Refashion – Heather Handmade

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Heather always has clever refashions and I love this simple update she recently shared! This would be great to update a dress rather than buy one of make one from scratch for any holiday party you have coming up! Get the tutorial on her blog!

 

5. Downsize a Sherpa Coat – Cotton and Curls

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These coats had a major moment a few years ago, and I know that both my sister and I had one! Update it with a simple shorten and tuck in to use it as a layering piece all winter!

 

6. Sweatshirt Upcycle – Portia from Makery 

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This cute sweatshirt is from Portia over at Makery.co, and in the latest issue of Simply Sewing Mag! I have to get my hands on a copy to make this!

 

7. Dress to Two Piece Refashion – Sewing With Jirah

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I saw this refashion on instagram and fell in love! The print it great, and that top is so cute – makes me want to travel somewhere tropical! This is definitely better as a two piece!

 

What did I tell you? Some AMAZING inspirations around the internet lately! Have you seen any recent refashions that inspired you? I’d love to see them!

Janome Sewing · refashion · Tutorials

DIY Convertible Backpack/Tote Bag Refashion with Janome

Who else hasn’t started their holiday sewing?! Show of hands? Please don’t tell me I’m alone… well if you haven’t started either, this new DIY is a great gift for someone who you don’t know what to get! My mom and my sister might both be getting versions this year!

I took a floral vest, and a stained suede skirt and turned it into this bag! (thankfully I was able to save the top of the skirt, so I also got a mini skirt out of this refashion!)

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Head over to the Janome Blog to get instructions!