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#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!

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refashion · Tutorials · Janome Sewing

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!

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#RefashionFriday Easy Top Refashion

Happy Friday! If you are reading from anywhere by me, happy snow day! We got quite a few inches, and it’s pretty messy out there. So it’s the perfect time for #snowdaysewday! And that’s exactly what I’ve been doing, sewing!

I have a new refashion to share, and it’s such an easy one – you can do it with a top in your own wardrobe right now!

A little backstory on this shirt: I didn’t buy this until the third time I saw it. I fell in love with the print, but didn’t need a new refashion project, so I left it behind, especially since it didn’t have any tears or stains, it could be worn as is. Second time seeing it, I still loved it, but I still passed. When it was there the third time around, I knew it was a sign that I had to get it. I gave others plenty of time to buy it, but it sat and needed a little love. (and a few less shoulder pads!)

This refashion didn’t stay in my pile for long because I knew I wanted to keep it easy, especially after my last refashion. This top was a size M, and while I’m normally an XS in women’s sizes, this refashion would work even better if you had a top that already fit!

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Since I had to resize, that was the first step. I removed the sleeves and took in about 2″ on each side. I did taper it out, so my sides stayed wider towards the bottom.

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With the shirt inside out, on the back, mark from underarm-underarm, about 1″ under the line where the underarms meet. Seam rip the sides up to that point, and a little more for your seam allowance, I did an extra 1/4″. (I like to keep my seam allowances smaller).

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The line previously drawn is where we cut! Cut the back piece away.

For the contrast back, I used an old tank top in my refashion pile. If you don’t have an old top, use the cut off back to draft a new piece, add a hem as long as you want!

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Cut the new back to desired length. For mine, I cut straight across the underarm!

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Next step, attach the new back! Start by attaching the top printed back to the new back (wrong sides together), before sewing the sides. I had a little extra fabric in my printed shirt, but made a little pleat in the center to account for it.

For my resized top, I had to hem the front up before attaching the sides, since my tank hem was already finished.

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If needed, resize the sleeves, and you are done! I also turned the existing cuff up again to shorten the sleeve.

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I really do love how this top turned out, and how easy it was to give it a little face lift!

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Looking for a little more blouse inspiration?

This refashion from etsy is a beautiful example of mixing fabrics.

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This top is a great idea for those shirts a little too tight (original link broken)

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And this refashion is too good not to share. If you have two similar shirts, or want to mix up a favorite shirt, how about something like this?

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Happy Friday!

for the boy · self-less sewing · sewing

Drew’s Finlayson Sweater

I’ve mentioned it before – but I’ll mention it again. Drew is SO hard to make for. A few weeks ago it was our 7 year anniversary and I wanted to make him something really special. We’ve had a big year, with buying a house and finally moving out of Hoboken, and I wanted something handmade to give him.

A few of my ideas fell through when I couldn’t find the proper fabric and I was frantically trying to find a new pattern to make. I did a quick search on pinterest and came across the Finlayson Sweater by Thread Theory Design.

Besides finding a pattern, picking the fabric was daunting. When I pick fabric for my wardrobe, it’s easy and I have to talk myself out of several options! But when it came time for shopping for a guy, who has a very minimalist wardrobe, it was tough.

I came across this knit fabric that was “reversible”, and since I wasn’t sure which side to use in the store, darker or lighter, I thought having options within one fabric was a good call. I decided to go with the darker grey on the outside, so that the cozier grey would be on the inside. The light grey has a more casual feel, but with the dark grey on the exterior, he can actually wear this on a casual Friday at work!

The only thing left was getting Drew’s measurements. Obviously he knew I was making him something, but since I took every measurement I could think of, he had no idea what I was making! I took leg measurements, arm, back, etc, so for all he knew I was making him a full suit! This gift wasn’t a total surprise – but I could still keep him on his toes!

The Finlayson Sweater came together very quickly, and easily. The instructions were fantastic, and the only time I referred to the sew-a-long was to attach the neck band. I cut out this sweater on a Sunday night, to make on Monday, and was finished Monday afternoon!

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Drew typically wears a size Large in ready to wear clothing, and I wound up making a Large in the sweater. It fits perfectly and he loves it!

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It was such an easy pattern that I offered to make him another with fabric that he picks out and he was super happy to hear that!

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Don’t mind the fold on the front, I meant to iron it out but forgot before giving it to him and he wouldn’t let me iron it out before he put it on!

It’s been a few weeks and he’s already worn his new sweater a couple times, which makes me happy – and I can’t believe he even let me photograph him in it!

I won’t share what I plan on making him for Christmas – just in case he happens to read this post – but I wanted to share some other patterns on my radar, if you want to make something for a man in your life!

Comox Trunks  – boxer shorts

Trailblazer Vest 

Sage Tee – this one’s free!!

Albion Coat – for the ambitious!

Also, I updated my latest post with the video but wanted to share it here too! My “how to” video for my Refashioned Trench!

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The Refashioners 2018: Trench Coat Refashion

Happy Halloween! Today is all about the treats, because I am so happy I finished my entry to the Refashioners challenge! For those that aren’t familiar, The Refashioners Challenge is an online competition created by Portia from Makery, that challenges participants to refashion based on a theme. In previous years, I’ve done a denim refashion and a suit refashion. The rules for this year were a little different -it’s all about being inspired by a look or outfit and recreate your own version!

I love the refashioners because it takes me out of my refashioning bubble to test my skills and creativity. But this years challenge of being “inspired by” left me stumped. I was thinking of a movie character or favorite actor who’s style I liked, but came up blank! After the challenge was released, Cath Kidston came out with a cute jacket I really wanted, so I set out to try to find pieces to refashion it! Unfortunately, it was tough to find the right pieces and this project quickly became a pain. Since I couldn’t make the jacket from my favorite designer, I starting looking at fashion from my other favorite designers. I love Alice and Olivia, and think the style of clothing is so fantastic, but the price of their clothing, not so fantastic. I saw this trench coat and automatically fell in love! But at $660, there was no way I would ever buy that. But, it looked like it could make for a great refashion! Here’s the final result!

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It took a few weeks to find a trench coat, and I was surprised by the lack of trenches in thrift stores! I went to a rummage sale and found this beauty! I loved the cuff detail, and that it was a double breasted coat, both features the original coat had. And at $12, it was perfect!

I had to rack my brain for a few days to figure out how to cut and re-sew to make it look like the original trench coat, but the first thing I knew I had to do was re-size the entire coat. I removed the collar, arms and body, which also removed the lining and the zippered lining that came with the coat.

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First I removed 2″ from each side front piece. I didn’t want to disturb the pockets, and I had to watch the buttons on the front, so taking two inches was as much as I could take. Thankfully it worked out beautifully!

I cut the center back in half to take 4″ out to mimic the front. With all the alterations, I had to alter the neckline to refit the collar. But before the collar, I wanted to fit the sleeves!

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The sleeves needed to be taken in a few inches, and the tops had a strange curve to them that needed to be straightened out. The sleeves also had to be chopped in half to make room for the gathered bottoms, and I was able to use the excess of the lower sleeve for the gathering! The cuff detail with D-ring from the original coat was sewn onto the new sleeve, so I was able to use almost the full sleeve!

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The part of this refashion that I was extremely nervous about was the collar. I rarely sew collars, and have never drafted my own but I was lucky this coat came with an under collar, and I was able to re-attach the original to the new neckline. I used the old collar outline to make the new collar, just extending the sides. I had to do a few alterations on the new collar, but thankfully it went together easily!

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To finish it out, I cut about 6″ off the length, and stitched down the open collar flaps to give it the shape of the original design.

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Overall, it doesn’t match exactly to my inspiration, but I love it! The sleeves were gathered more than I intended but it definitely adds more flair! I’m happy with how the collar area came out, and I can wear it a little more open but pull it tighter as well.

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I’m really happy with the result, and so happy that I finished. I took some video of the process and am hoping to put it all together soon. What do you think? Did I do the designer coat justice or should I leave the expensive designs to the pros?

Drew and I have a wedding on Friday and it looks like perfect trench coat weather, so she will have her first outing soon!

Update: Here’s the video!

handmade wardrobe · sewing · sewing activewear

Pine Crest Fabrics: Floral Workout Gear!

Happy Friday! Long time, no blog, I know! It’s been crazy the past few weeks – so much sewing but not a lot of sharing! I had a craft show a few weeks ago that had me in a sewing frenzy! To top that off, two of my machines were down and I had to get them serviced. But lucky for me, the sewing repair store had my dream machine on sale and I got my first “industrial” machine! It is the Janome 1600P, Janome’s version of an industrial machine, and I LOVE it. I was sewing on it 9 hours straight for three days and it was pure bliss. Eventually I’ll get around to writing a full review, because it’s a sewing machine not a lot of people know about!

I got my machines back last week (Janome HD3000 and Janome Serger) and I was able to work on this new active wear project I’m super excited to share! A few weeks ago, Pine Crest Fabrics reached out to me about trying some of their fabrics, and of course, I was intrigued. I wasn’t familiar with Pine Crest but now I’m so happy I know about them!

Pine Crest is a wholesale fabric company specializing in active wear fabrics! They offer many different types of fabrics including performance, costume, gymnastics, dance, and even medical fabric! They offer features like compression fabrics, mesh and moisture wicking – so they are pretty well rounded in the athletic fabric department. Their biggest seller, Olympus (75% Poly and 25% Spandex) was the fabric I was asked to test.

Pine Crest told me to pick a print out of their digital print library, which currently houses 7,720 different prints, and I was basically a kid in a candy store! I looked at every single print because I wanted to choose the right one. I had a list of about 10 and eventually narrowed it down to the most amazing floral print. (Yes, I skipped over the cacti prints because I really need to limit the cacti in my wardrobe) Pine Crest graciously sent me a few yards of the floral and a few yards of their solid Olympus in matching copper.

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First things first, this fabric is stunning. The dark floral has a white backing so I was a little nervous about stretching and revealing the white underneath, but the fabric is such a wonderful weight that I had no problems! One of my biggest concerns about activewear fabric is that many tend to be too thin, and when shopping online, that’s a huge issue you can face, especially when you are sewing bottoms. Thankfully, I now know the brand to look for because this fabric is going to be my go-to legging fabric.

I can always use another pair of leggings, and there was a new sports bra on the market I wanted to try out. So for this set, I turned to Simplicity 8632. (May also appear as D0949) I love high waisted leggings, and I really liked the idea of a longer-line sports bra. With high waisted leggings, I don’t feel super exposed, and I feel like I can really bend and stretch without the fear of the back creeping down.

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This fabric is a dream to sew with. I’ve done a fair amount of active wear sewing, and while I’m not an expert, I immediately know when a fabric will work for me – and this fabric WORKED. It feels substantial without being too thick, and sewed beautifully. There was a section on the sports bra I had to unpick, and I was nervous with what that might do to the material but no problems here! And the print is stunning. I definitely made the right choice! While some printed fabrics can get blurry if done improperly, this print shows all the details including the lines on the flowers and leaves. And on a quick note- Pine Crest’s site shows you how the print will look on garments so if you are concerned with the size of the repeat, just click a few photos and see how it’ll look on a dress or bathing suit. Test it out here!

Now for the pattern details:

Sports Bra: I made a size small, and could have sized down to an XS. (I had to take the sides in a little). This is a low impact sports bra. It does not come with instructions on adding cups, but I’m sure it’s possible. This bra would be great for yoga, cycling, core workouts, but anything where you are jumping or running is probably better suited with more support. Even though the back has a really cute design, it’s better left at home on a long run. Another alteration I made was omitting the bra back closure and I just sewed the ends together. I would definitely make this bra again!

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Leggings: Again, I made a size Small, and while I thought they fit well, after walking around a bit, I noticed something interesting…they had a lot of extra material in the knee area. Now, I do like my leggings tight, and prefer unsaggy back knees (is there an actual term for this part of the body?), so I had to go in and pin the knees in tighter. It was a simple alteration, but a strange one I’ve never encountered. I’m not sure if it was due to being petite, but you can actually see the back leg sagging on the pattern envelope so perhaps this was how they were drafted. Another note, I took about 1″ off the waistband because with my shorter torso, they were a little too high. If I make them again, I’ll probably take it off the top of the legs instead of the waistband. I also shortened these roughly 8″ to capri length because I have about 4 pairs of full length leggings and need capri length in my wardrobe! I could have sized down on these as well, but I’m a crazy person and like things suuuuper tight- they are perfectly fine the way they are!

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Now onto my top. While the envelope made it look super cute, I was not a happy camper while making this. I know that is not what you want to hear when talking about pretty fabrics and new patterns but I need to share my honest opinion. Simplicity 8704 was not my friend. I received a few yards of the solid Olympus fabric in Copper – and it is a lighter weight than the printed material. I actually really like the contrast because you can do a lot with both and I wanted to test this fabric on a top. This fabric is a great weight for a long sleeve top or base layer because it will keep you just warm enough while you are working up a sweat.

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I decided to make View C because it was simple, and I really didn’t want a cell phone pocket. This top started out normal, and having just made a simplicity pattern in the bra and leggings, I thought I knew what to expect. I have never worked with a pattern that made me feel so stupid. I’m a pretty confident seamstress, and have made a lot of patterns over the 12 years I’ve been sewing. The directions and photos were awful. The front pocket was a mess and I had to re-do it about 4 times. To be honest, if I didn’t already cut my gorgeous fabric, I would have thrown this project in the trash. I suffered through and got the pocket straightened out and thought I was home free. Next headache was the zipper and after needing to re-do that 3 times, I was just about done altogether.

Laying flat on my sewing table, the top was cute and looked wearable, but physically wearing it, the zipper looked all sorts of messed up, I was cringing. Being given this fabric, I wanted to make something spectacular! Especially since the fabric is so beautiful, I wanted to do it justice. But this top crushed my poor little sewing soul. I was left with two options – try to salvage it and turn it into something wearable or cut out the crop top from Simplicity D0949 and start all over.

So my refashioning brain got to work and I cut out a new front to salvage the top. I completely omitted the pocket and zipper and just made a turtleneck pullover top (the key to making this work with the neck was to use a serger so the seams can stretch!)

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So the top is technically saved. And it’s ok, and I will totally wear it because the fabric is beautiful and having another top is great – but I will never make this pattern again. As a seamstress you never want to produce anything bad. It’s in our blood to make pretty, wearable garments where people can’t tell you made it. But more than that, when you work on a project for another company, you want everything to come out picture perfect. But if I lied and said this was the way I wanted the top to be, then I wouldn’t feel happy with myself, and I wouldn’t be able to tell you about the really great thing to come out of this.

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For as many seams as I ripped out and re-sewed with this fabric, it looked as if I never sewed a stitch in the first place. And I ripped out a lot of seams. This fabric held up so well, I’m shocked. Sometimes with knits you can get a few holes or the fabric gets snagged when you fight your machine but I had no problems with the material. That’s the sign of a good fabric.

Now I know you are probably reading this and asking yourself, why is this girl telling me about wholesale fabrics? Because that was one of the first concerns I had about Pine Crest – where am I supposed to buy it if I fall in love?! Well, well, well – you can buy it at fabric.com – this exact print! Fabric.com does not have the solid copper, but they do offer many other color options!

Shop this floral print here:


Shop all of Pine Crest on fabric.com here:


Now, for all my sustainable lovers out there – which come on, should be EVERYONE – I was doing a little digging and came across Pine Crest’s commitment to the environment. While they do a lot of recycling within their own offices (and you can read all about their personal practices here) they also stock Repreve which is fabric made from recycled water bottles!  In their own words, “Repreve® is one of the most certified, earth-friendly fibers available in the world. High-quality, recycled Polyester yarns are made from 100% recycled materials, including post-consumer plastic bottles, pre-consumer industrial waste or a hybrid blend of both.”

Now I wasn’t able to find an online retailer selling Repreve by the yard (although this etsy shop has fabric made from water bottles), but my contact at Pine Crest let me know that they are working with fabric.com to get recycled fabrics at the retail level! How cool is that?! No word on timeline but we are becoming a little closer to getting more sustainable fabrics! If you have a local business who you think should check out Repreve – direct them here!

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Thanks so much for reading! If you try either of the patterns mentioned above, let me know! And if you make something with Pine Crest, I would love to see!

{Please note: this post may contain affiliate links. While I was given fabric to review by Pine Crest Fabrics, all opinions are my own.}

#RefashionFriday · handmade wardrobe · refashion · sewing · Tutorials

#Refashion Friday Denim Dress Refashion

It’s the last Friday of August! Where has the summer gone?! I am always a couple steps behind when it comes to sewing for the appropriate season, so here we are again, with a garment perfect for summer. First things first, the Before & After!

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I spotted this dress at the thrift store two weeks before I actually bought it. I passed on it the first time around because I didn’t see the potential. After I passed it by, I started seeing denim dresses everywhere and I really wanted one! Once I saw it on the rack again, I picked it up even though I didn’t have a pattern in mind.

It sat in my pile for a few weeks while deciding what to do with it. Because it was much larger than my actual size, I had a lot of material to work with and didn’t want to waste it on the wrong pattern. This piece could be something cute, but in order to stay in my wardrobe, it had to be wearable.

I started my research on denim dresses and noticed that the 2018 summer silhouettes showed a lot of dresses with the front button placket. For refashioning this dress in a similar style, my first thought was the Fiona Sundress by Closet Case Patterns. With the two different length options and different back options, this allowed a lot of design freedom to fit in with what I could make with my current dress.

I shared my thoughts on this dress on Instagram, and another seamstress suggested the Jessica Dress rather than the Fiona Sundress. I wasn’t familiar with the Jessica Dress, but after looking it up – it was a no brainer. It was so perfect for this dress.

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The Jessica Dress is a FREE dress pattern from Mimi G. If you aren’t familiar with Mimi G, she is basically the queen of the sewing community. She has a pattern line with Simplicity, an online sewing academy, a HUGE online following, a digital sewing magazine and she just recently started a podcast! Man, I don’t know how she does it all, but I am totally in awe! I’ve loved Mimi G for some time, and her style is fantastic (and if you have a creative business, or want to start one, her podcast is AMAZING!). I remember liking this dress when it first came out, but I didn’t take note of the pattern because I don’t normally wear dresses. But as soon as I saw looked at the pattern again, I quickly downloaded the pattern, and got to cutting!

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For today’s refashioning tip I wanted to share exactly how I used the pattern to work with the existing dress. Most of the time, when I use a sewing pattern it becomes all about pattern placement on the original garment, and I’m not concerned with keeping the silhouette or details of the original garment. This dress was different, and I wanted to be able to use as much of the dress without cutting.

First step was to seam rip the skirt, while leaving the buttons in tack. Since this was one of the main areas I wanted to keep, it was important to leave as much of the area untouched as I could.

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Next was to cut the bodice. I removed the breast pockets, but since the denim had faded around the original stitching lines, I knew I would have to add them back on.

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Since the button placket already had the seam allowance in the center front, I didn’t need to include the allowance in the CF pattern piece (in the photo the seam allowance is folded in). I wasn’t paying attention to where the buttons would line up on my final dress, and the top one was a little too low for the sweetheart style (but more on that later).

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Because of the sweetheart neckline, the front bodice was cut into parts. The bodice side front kept its seam allowances and was able to fit on the rest of the denim dress bodice (and used just a little of the sleeve). I did this cutting method to both sides. I then reattached the pocket following the original stitching lines.

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I had a lot more freedom to cut in the back of the dress, and fit the center back and side back pieces on the back of the dress. I was also able to fit the back facing pieces.

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I followed the instructions for sewing the bodice together, just omitting the sections about the button placket. Next up was hemming the skirt, and gathering and reattaching it to fit! I didn’t need to cut any of the skirt since the pattern called for a gather skirt, it was already on the dress, I just had to gather it more than the original dress had been gathered.

Originally, I chopped 10″ off the hem, and it left me with a beautiful length. I tried the dress on with wedges, and the length was super sophisticated for my figure, but realistically, I knew I would mostly be wearing this dress with flats. The longer length in flats made me look short and stubby, which isn’t ideal. Hemming it an extra 2″ made it the perfect length for both!

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The tricky part for me was with the top button. I needed another button to close the top, but didn’t have proper spacing to make a button look good. Since this dress required a facing, I used it to add a hidden buttonhole. While it’s serving its use as a buttonhole, it is also hidden from the outside of the garment, so it looks like a much cleaner finish!

#RefashionFriday Denim Dress Refashion

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I really love using the existing details in a garment, especially when they are details that can save a lot of time! Making all the buttonholes and sewing them on would have added a lot of time to the project, but being able to keep the originals were a huge help!

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I had a lot of fun sewing this piece, and it definitely tested my creativity. I’m excited to look for more dresses with front buttons and use this technique again!

A few notes on the pattern: I made a size XS, and it fits beautifully. The pattern was drafted great, and for a free pattern, the amount of detail in the instructions are amazing. What I do wish is that there were a few more details lined out for placements. There were no buttonhole placement markings and no pocket markings on the pattern pieces, which I look forward to when sewing other patterns. (I personally omitted the front skirt pockets because I thought they would overwhelm my body. ) But that’s my only issue! And since I didn’t need those bits of information, I really didn’t have an issue when making!

I would most definitely make this pattern again. I love the fit, and I love the end result!

Here’s some denim inspiration! This type of dress has a lot of options – even while keeping the buttons! One of my favorites is a collarless denim jacket – with the extra hem from a dress, you would have plenty of fabric to make long sleeves!

Links (clockwise): Denim Jacket, Denim Dress 1, Denim Dress 2, Denim Skirt, Denim Dress 3 (original link didn’t work (damn fashion website slide shows!) but search for denim dress on pinterest and you’ll find it!)

Have a great weekend!