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#Refashion Friday Striped Jacket Refashion

Happy Saturday! (I know it’s supposed to be Refashion Friday but my photo shoot didn’t work out so we are a day late!) I hope everyone is safe and healthy in these uneasy times. Drew has been working from home for about 8 days and while it isn’t always easy to have us both working from home I am fortunate his job allows him to be isolating with me.

I haven’t been thrifting in a while, and within the past few weeks, I’ve seen most chain thrift stores shutting their doors, so while there should be no “in person” thrifting, this is a great opportunity to look through your wardrobe or a relatives wardrobe and refashion what you already have!

This week’s refashion was a simple one, but had a pretty big result! First, a little background on how this jacket came into my possession. A few weeks ago, my parent’s sold their farm (and if you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you’ll know it’s where I used to work!) and had to do some downsizing. Since my mom no longer had to work the farm, she didn’t have a need for a lot of her clothes so her wardrobe got cleaned out. The piece I took with me was one of her old jackets! It has a lot of stains, but I love the style and have been obsessing over stripes lately, so I thought it would be a great wardrobe addition.

Refashion Friday: Striped Jacket Refashion - Trish Stitched

I really didn’t want to change much on this piece. The pockets are awesome, and I love the buttons detailing. All I really needed was a sleeve resize and to make the cut a little less boxy. This jacket is a Petite Petite, the smallest petite size, so this piece is meant to be boxy.  I really love the style, but usually can’t pull it off.

First step was to remove the sleeves and cut the new armhole. The shoulder seam had to come up around 2″ and from that point I reshaped the armhole and re-attached the sleeves. Whenever I cut a new armhole, it is always a little intimidating because I don’t want to cut too far. Something to remember is to leave enough room for a seam allowance!

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If your sleeve length already fits well, your sleeve will be re-attached shorter. For this piece, I let out the hem on the sleeve cuff to make the sleeve longer. It didn’t look the best, but I had some extra black canvas so I made new sleeve cuffs.

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To give a little extra fit to the jacket, I added a drawstring waist. It’s a really simple addition that gives a garment such a cute look. I cut black canvas 2 1/4″ x the waist length of my jacket. I stitched a buttonhole on each side where the cording would come out of the waist. Then I turned the edges of the canvas in 1/4″ and stitched the band on the inside of my jacket waist. Stitch the ends of the band a little further past the buttonholes to enclose everything.

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I am so happy with this transformation, and happy I can give this jacket a new life with me. I’m going to do a little experimenting to see if I can get some of the bigger stains out of the jacket but because of the ticking stripes, you can’t see the stains unless you are right on top of them.

There’s a video on my IGTV showing the steps to this refashion, and if you want to do a similar refashion – check it out!

A lot of my transformations lately haven’t been ‘extreme’ refashions because I’m still getting all my motivation and inspiration back. But I really love doing these smaller projects because they are quick, pretty easy and really fun to share. I love full refashions, but I love sharing any projects to inspire others who want to try out refashioning. I hope you are inspired to Stay Home & Sew!

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Purple Floral Magnolia Dress – With Craft and Thrift Shop

Happy Sunday! I hope you are safe and healthy wherever in the world you may be! Sewing helps to distract me, and calms me in times of uncertainty, so I hope my work can calm/distract you if only for a moment.

Part of my sustainable fashion journey is buying secondhand/sustainable fabrics, which can be difficult to come by. I’ve often talked about one of my local sources, Fab Scrap, but little online shops are popping up! They often have collections of deadstock, and thrifted fabrics, meaning there is a limited amount – and limited time – for purchasing. For me, this is the perfect way to shop for fabric because I love letting the fabric speak to me. That’s exactly how this dress came to be!

Deer and Doe Magnolia Purple Floral Dress - Trish Stitched (with Craft and Thrift Shop)

Amy from Craft & Thrift Shop on Etsy reached out to me a few months ago about making a piece with fabric from her shop. Amy’s shop is filled with some of the most gorgeous secondhand fabrics, and this stunning print jumped out at me!

Deer and Doe Magnolia Purple Floral Dress - Trish Stitched (with Craft and Thrift Shop)

I thought this material would make a great dress, and Deer & Doe Magnolia was the first dress to come to mind. I had seen such glamorous versions of this dress and have always wanted to make it. Having this fabric seemed like the perfect opportunity! My vision was View A with the full sleeve in midi length, since I knew I would be able to get more wear out of the shorter skirt. But, I realized I had plenty of fabric to go with the full length, so I wanted to test it out before making any final decisions.

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I cut the full skirt length and full sleeves from my fabric – which thankfully juuuuuust fit! After stitching the bodice and skirt together (without sleeves) I took a progress photo and asked instagram what to do. It was a resounding yes to keeping the full length skirt. Quite a few comments also said to keep it sleeveless, which I was still on the fence about. But the comments that made the most sense to me were to keep the long skirt for now, and shorten it later if I want to!

Deer and Doe Magnolia Purple Floral Dress - Trish Stitched (with Craft and Thrift Shop)

I still had dreams of the dress with full sleeves, so I had to try it out. I made one long sleeve and kept the other side sleeveless. I tried it on in front of the mirror and for Drew to help me decide. The full sleeve was definitely too overwhelming for me, so I cut the flutter sleeve from the full sleeve. And I think it is the perfect touch! I have a lot of sleeveless dresses, but I don’t have one with flutter sleeves!

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Pattern details: I made Magnolia in a size 36, I cut out view A with the plunging neckline but wound up stitching the neckline a little higher because the plunge was too open. The dress came together very smoothly, and quickly! Instructions were great, as was sizing.

Fabric Details: I chose this amazing purple floral print from Amy’s shop to make my dress. It was designed by John Kaldor, and is a woven polyester. Amy ships from Scotland so it was really cool to receive a package from overseas (and quickly!)

Deer and Doe Magnolia Purple Floral Dress - Trish Stitched (with Craft and Thrift Shop)

Deer and Doe Magnolia Purple Floral Dress - Trish Stitched (with Craft and Thrift Shop)Deer and Doe Magnolia Purple Floral Dress - Trish Stitched (with Craft and Thrift Shop)

Shopping for fabric online can be tough. You can’t feel, you can’t see the true colors, all you can go on is the photos and description listed. What makes me thrilled to recommend Craft & Thrift Shop is because you get to buy from another seamstress, who knows what you want to know about the material. What’s the fabric content? What’s the best thing to make with the fabric? Bags or garments, a dress or pants? How about washing instructions? Amy has it all covered. Her shop is organized by fabric type, and she even sells notions, buttons and yarns! Here are some of my current favorites in her shop:

Vintage Orange Floral

Craft and Thrift Shop

Vintage Orange & Green Floral

Craft and Thrift Shop

Multicolor Polyester

Craft and Thrift Shop

Geometric Teal & Gold Upholstery

Craft and Thrift Shop

Oh, in case you were wondering why they are called flutter sleeves, the wind showed me why today!

Deer and Doe Magnolia Purple Floral Dress - Trish Stitched (with Craft and Thrift Shop)

{Fabric was gifted to me from Craft and Thrift Shop, but all opinions are my own}

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Embroidered Pants {Thrift Flip}

Happy Friday! I have a quick project to share today!

A few years ago, I started watching thrift hauls on YouTube. I don’t go thrifting as often as I used to, but I do enjoy watching people thrift and seeing what people find. It’s also a way that I’ve been learning and discovering different brands that I normally wouldn’t look at. One brand that I kept seeing pop up was Johnny Was. Before these videos I had no idea who/what this brand was, but I have fallen very hard and very fast for this company. Their site is filled with beautiful colors and textures, and the most incredible embroidery. However, it is a decently expensive clothing company. So for right now, I am going to take advantage of borrowing the amazing Janome Memory Craft 15000 to create some of my own Johnny Was inspired pieces!

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One day while I was thrifting at Plato’s Closet for pieces to embroider, I came across these camo print pants from Gap that reminded me of something I had seen on Johnny Was. And here’s the result!

This project was pretty easy with the use of the embroidery machine! All I had to do was seam rip the inner leg seam and put the pants in the hoop! After the embroidery was complete, I stitched the legs back up and my new-to-me pants were updated!

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I did also hem these up a bit, just to fit better with the footwear I plan on wearing!

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These are going to be a great wardrobe addition for Spring – which is only two weeks away! Yay! Here are some close-ups!

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#RefashionFriday Dress to Peplum Top

Happy Friday! And happy first #RefashionFriday of 2020! I had a different refashion planned for Valentines Day (a cozy pair of pajamas), but earlier this week I realized I didn’t have anything fun to wear for Valentine’s Day dinner with Drew. I took a look in my donation pile and spotted this cute pink dress. This dress was originally my sister’s, and she passed it along to me. I wore it twice before I decided it just wasn’t for me. I really loved the fabric but the dress was too short for me and it would ride up a bit when wearing. It’s been sitting in my closet a few years and recently moved onto the donation pile.

I see dresses like these all the time when I’m thrifting; cute, short dresses from stores like Forever 21 or H&M. A sad reality for a majority of these dresses is that the end of the line comes quickly because of the brand and the quality. So I thought I would give this dress another chance in my own closet!

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I am very much a jeans and cute top kind of girl. It’s taken me YEARS to build my jean collection. A few years ago, I was focused on making my own jeans, and while that is still a goal, I just don’t have the time and energy to invest in that project right now. But instead of mall shopping, I started buying second hand jeans. I’m not sure why it took me so long to start thrifting jeans – I think it was mostly because I didn’t know my size and I don’t like to try things on in the store. But I went to Plato’s Closet and bought 3 pairs. And then went back and found 3 more! I’m figuring out my favorite styles, washes, brands and honing in on size.

But the part of my wardrobe still lacking is tops. I have all these amazing jeans but wear the same tops over and over. Not that there is anything wrong with outfit repeating, but it is still nice to have a new look every so often! Looking at this dress again, the first thought to come to mind was a peplum. I LOVE peplums. And I don’t have enough of them (although there is definitely more than one peplum project on my blog!)

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To do this refashion, I separated the skirt from the bodice and cut the bottom half of the skirt off. I undid the skirt side seam and sewed the “bottom half” of the skirt into the side seam of the top half. Next I gathered the entire skirt and re-attached it to the bodice. A quick hem and you are all set!

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This was a super simple refashion and can be completed in just a few hours! The best part of this refashion, it’s zero waste! Literally not one scrap of unused fabric came out of this project! There are so many options with this kind of refashion, and I plan on doing another when I find a cute dress!

#RefashionFriday Dress to Peplum Top- Trish Stitched

If you want to do this refashion I do have a few tips:

-Watch what print you use. Since you have to add in more fabric to gather, your peplum will have additional seam lines. If you have a garment with a specific print, or stripe, the seam lines will become more obvious. It isn’t a deal breaker, but just something to be aware of.

– The dress I used is stretchy, and has a side zipper that I kept on the piece. If your dress doesn’t have a zipper, you will need to add in elastic to get the dress over your bust.

-If you have a longer dress, you can make the peplum longer and incorporate something like a high-low hemline! That was my original plan but my dress wasn’t quite long enough. This also doesn’t have to be done with a form fitting dress, it would look cute in a boxy cut! But this will be completed faster with a dress that fits well.

This was such a quick fix to this dress, I should have done it years ago! I also put together a short video tutorial on my IGTV! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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My Wedding Dress!

I can’t believe it has already been 4 months since Drew and I got married! Our wedding day was perfect – as was our wedding reception two weeks later. A little background, Drew and I wanted a more intimate ceremony and we said our vows on the rim of the Grand Canyon! Before Drew and I met, I had wanted to visit the Grand Canyon and when we were planning our first big vacation together, I suggested this as one of our destinations. When we first saw the Grand Canyon, I fell in love. Pictures just don’t do it justice and it is such an incredible location. We spent a day exploring, hiking and taking in all the beauty that surrounded us and it quickly became my favorite place.

My Wedding Dress - Trish Stitched

I have always wanted a small wedding. I would have happily been married at the courthouse, but after visiting Arizona, I knew that’s where I wanted to get married. I brought the idea up to Drew before we were engaged and he was more than happy to accommodate my request (good guy right there!). But Drew wanted to have a larger celebration so we also planned a reception back in New Jersey with extended family and friends.

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Since I taught myself to sew, my dream has been to make my wedding dress- and I was going to make it happen! I wanted something easy enough to walk in at the Canyon, but needed something elegant enough for our reception venue. I started researching gowns and fell hard in love with this silhouette. This was exactly what I wanted and spent weeks searching for patterns to help make this dress a reality. Then I took a pretty long break from wedding dress planning. I thought I had it all figured out. Silhouette was down- patterns found, no fabric but that wouldn’t be too hard. I didn’t need to think about the dress for a few months!

Then June came around and I wanted to start fabric hunting. I knew I didn’t want to upcycle a wedding dress, and my dream was to find reclaimed fabric. Fab Scrap totally came through and I scored three yards of this gorgeous floral mesh. I really wanted beaded fabric, but it is pricey and heavy. This material gave a similar feel of the adornment of beaded fabric, but without the weight and price tag. But I only had three yards to work with. Not one piece extra – and no way to get more. I also picked up a few yards of silk as the underlining for the mesh at Fab Scrap.

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Now with the extra motivational kick of having my fabric, I started on my first toile. First round went well, the top needed a few major modifications but pinning it in place on my body looked cute! Then I made another toile and it was miserable. I did the changes I had to make and they did not look good. Panic mode set in. I realized that the bodice silhouette was not meant for me. And I started scrolling through Pinterest non-stop to find something else I loved. A lot of the dresses I started pinning had this gorgeous slim and more modest bodice silhouette, and I loved the vintage vibe it was giving off. (inspiration here and here)

So back to pattern shopping I went! Thankfully it was easy to find a pattern for this, and I got back to work. I loved the skirt in the inspiration photo and built a similar pattern. After a toile of the bodice, I knew I was back on the right track and felt confident in the top. The skirt needed some tweaking. I made roughly three toiles of my dream skirt and perfected the fit. And then I realized that the florals on my fabric were not symmetrical- so I couldn’t properly fit my dream skirt onto the fabric. (I tried for hours to make it work- just it just didn’t). There was NO WAY I was going to get new fabric. SO it was back to the drawing board for my skirt.

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The only way I would fit my entire dress in the material would be to make a trumpet style skirt with a seam line above the knees. I had no idea if this style would work on me, but gave it a shot with two more toiles. I needed a little less flare than the pattern was giving me to fit the pattern on my fabric, so I had to tweak the bottom circle skirt multiple times. In total, I made about 10 skirts before feeling comfortable cutting into my real fabric.

To make the final dress, I wanted to make a test dress using fabrics close to what I would be working with. I bought a floral mesh from JoAnns that didn’t break the bank and created my final toile. When I was finished, I went to look in my mirror and started tearing up. It was perfect. The fit, the style, it was everything and more than I could hope for.

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Then it was time for the difficult part: cutting out the real fabric. It took two days to cut out my fabric. I would cut one piece, freak out a little, do some more measuring, take a break, and cut another piece. If at any point I got too nervous, I stepped away. There was no room to make a mistake. Here’s the fabric with my pattern pieces on top. The spaces without pattern pieces was where I could fit back pieces. 

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The last piece I had to cut was the back bodice, and I knew I needed to piece material together, but I needed to figure out where. I was able to make the seam line right where the sweetheart bodice ended in the back, so the seam line wouldn’t be as noticeable.

And here’s what I had leftover!

The dress was coming together beautifully. I had bought some material at Joann’s to make a test lining, and it fit so well I decided to keep that as my final lining (To go under the mesh and silk underlining). Everything was coming together, although time was getting short. I took my time with every aspect of the dress. The zipper gave me some trouble, as it was bubbling a bit. I took out the stitches and hand stitched the zipper in, and it helped with the back bubble. (Here it is before the fix)

The hardest part of sewing my dress was the hem. I had done a lot of research on horse hair braid and knew I wanted to use that to give my dress more flare. The issue with the horse hair braid was that it requires a very small hem, which scared me to death. I had to cut the bottom of the dress almost exactly where I needed it to fall. I had my mom pin the hem for me, but it didn’t come out even, so I had to pin it myself. Thankfully I had a dress form, so I put the height of the form to the height of my body. It took so many hours to get the hem right. It was literally perfect. I did let the dress “rest” before hemming, but it still grew just a little bit by the time I was wearing it for our reception. I finished my dress the night before we left for Arizona, although I had to do a little bit of hand stitching while we were there.

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I am so in love with my dress, and am so SO happy I decided to make it. I am a true procrastinator, but every single step I took was the step I needed to take to end up with this beautiful result. I am so proud of this dress.

Pattern info: The bodice is McCall’s 6838, and the skirt is a modified McCall’s 7569. The skirt was a mix of pattern pieces from both of these patterns, I took the pencil skirt from 7569, and mixed both bottoms/tails to get the final skirt. I tried to remove as many seam lines from the skirt to keep it sleek.

(The following four photos are from our New Jersey reception with photographer Jenna Wilde Photography)

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Extra Info: I wanted a little more bling and added a belt from David’s Bridal. The belt actually cost more than my fabric! I also wore a pin on my lining that was my Grandma’s. My “something blue” was floral hanger straps I sewed into the dress. My shoes were from DSW, rose gold to match my ring. Yes, I wore heels at the Grand Canyon, I didn’t want to be so short next to my 6’ tall husband!

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And one of my favorite parts, feeding each other cheesecake at the Grand Canyon!

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Everything was perfect, I’m so happy to finally be married to my best friend!

My Wedding Dress - Trish Stitched

Grand Canyon Photos from Jane in the Woods Photography.

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My Future With Refashioning

I’ve been thinking about writing this post for the past 5 months, and every time I write something out, I am overcome with fear. Fear that people won’t like me, fear that people won’t “get” me. It’s a similar fear I had when I first started posting my sewing projects over 13 years ago. And then I was greeted with a rush of encouragement and love on what I made, even if it was a simple dress. And that’s what I love so deeply about the sewing community. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been sewing for a day or most of your life, you will find someone like you- someone who gets you and wants to love what you make. But here I am, back at the fear again, feeling like I will be met with a different result.

For the past few months I’ve been in a pretty dark place. As you can see, I haven’t posted much and I haven’t done much sewing at all. Because I don’t want people to misinterpret my intentions in the upcycling world.

There has been a lot of talk over the past months within the sewing and refashioning community about people buying the wrong size clothes in thrift stores to refashion. I’ve seen a lot of judgement, a lot of hate, and a lot of education.

The first thing we do when we are criticized is we defend ourselves. I do not intentionally buy larger clothes to refashion. I’m 4’9″, and even clothing in and around my size look large (long) on me because I’m short. But this isn’t an excuse for how people see things online. I understand the criticism, and want to strive to be a better role model.

I can’t take back certain pieces I’ve refashioned from the past, but I can continue to do better.

I will be deleting what I can of those posts. Not just for my own well-being, but so no one will be inspired by those makes. I apologize to anyone I’ve upset by those posts, and appreciate those who are kind in their education about the topic.

And now, I will be getting back to creating. Because I need to for my own mental health. And going forward, I am keeping in line with the intentions that I’ve been setting out for myself over the past years. I want to use pieces from my family. I took clothes from my grandma after she passed, and have quite a few from my mom when she cleaned out her own closet. My grandmas clothing is filled with the smell of 50+ years of smoking. Unsuitable for donating, but to me they are still special. I also want to use pieces that have problems (holes, stains, etc) and need love, or those that are on their way to the landfill. There are so many old, worn out clothes that are tossed every day. I will be extremely mindful of size when thrifting pieces to refashion, as well as true vintage pieces that should be put into the right hands for repair.

Thankfully now there are resources like Fab Scrap, and other shops all across the world and online for sustainable sewing. And I’ve been shopping reclaimed textiles much more recently to make projects that require more materials. Refashioning isn’t, and shouldn’t be, going away. I am so happy to be part of a community that wants to say goodbye to textile waste & slow down fast fashion. It’s been my fight for years, and will continue to be.

I cannot tell anyone how to shop, but I can (and will) encourage a better philosophy when refashioning.

One more note that I have to mention. We are a world full of many different opinions. There are so many times in a single day when we can disagree with someone. You may not agree with what I’m saying, or what others have to say on this subject, but please be kind. There is no need for harsh language or eye rolling emojis when disagreeing with people. Sometimes the best results come from people who speak thoughtfully on their position, without shaming and name calling. I want our world to be better, and I strive to make myself a better person every day.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, I hope you will join me on my journey to a more sustainable future.

And with that, I want to share some facts!

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For more information and resources please check out the following sites:

https://www.fashionrevolution.org/

https://www.smartasn.org/

https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/explore/fashion-and-the-circular-economy

https://globalfashionagenda.com/

If you have some more time, you can watch a few documentaries :

Unravel: The Final Resting Place of Your Cast-off Clothes (short documentary)

The True Cost

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Embroidered Wedding Jacket – Made with Janome!

Happy New Year! I’m popping in with a quick little post today sharing one of my favorite projects from last year: my wedding jacket!

A few months before the wedding, I was searching on pinterest and came across some beautiful painted wedding jackets. I absolutely love the idea, but I am not a painter. So I turned to my embroidery machine! For this quick upcycle I used a jacket from my own closet, a beautiful file from Urban Threads and the most amazing sewing machine, the Janome Memory Craft 15000!

This is an easy project and with different embroidery files, can be made for so many occasions! Weddings, graduations, birthdays, or just to create a one of a kind piece to treasure!

You can get the tutorial here!

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Photos taken by our incredible photographer Jane in the Woods.