Happy Spring! Although we got our 4th snow storm this month 2 days ago, the sun is shining and I can actually hear birds chirping! It’s been such a crazy month, but we are finally in the moving process! In just 5 more weeks, we will move into our new home! The past couple weeks have been filled with cleaning, packing, shopping and tying up loose ends. I’ve been pulled in a few different directions, so apparel sewing was not on my mind. But my creativity needed a huge boost, and this sweater needed a facelift – so I thought we could help each other out.
I bought this sweater at the thrift store a few months ago – mainly for the print. It started as a 1X, but I turned it into between an XS – S. When I first started reading about other refashioners, I was a little shocked by the amount of backlash some bloggers got about buying XL clothes to make smaller. Because it was taking the larger sizes away from those who really needed them. At first it made me rethink my buying, but then I would go to the store and see the same pieces sitting there week after week. No one was buying them, and that’s when I realized sizing was just part of the hunt.
Today’s Refashioning Tip: Any item that you find, and you want, it’s yours! The reality is, that any article taken from the thrift store is saving it – whether you wear it as is or turn it into something new.
I’m fortunate that my petite figure gives me a wide range of sizes to refashion, but even after a shopping trip, there are plenty of pieces left behind! Now a lot of bloggers will recommend buying oversized clothes because it will give you more fabric to work with. And while that’s a great tip, it’s still a good idea to like what you are buying, not just buy because it’s oversized. (The more you like it, the more motivated you are to work with it!)
But now back to this sweater. I wanted a quick refashion. Something easy, but super wearable, with a little more pizazz than just resizing it to fit. Sweater refashions are very common, and there are a million ideas for them on pinterest. One of my favorites is adding another texture to break up the sweater and make it a little less casual.
Adding coordinating fabric is a great stash buster! I had this black chiffon left over from my Black Tie Wedding Guest Dress, and thankfully it was just enough to gather for the bottom portion of this sweater!
The first step was to resize the top. I took roughly 3″ in on both sides and removed the arms. The arms were sucked in as well, then reattached. After reattaching the arms, I tried the sweater on to hem the sleeves (about 3″), mark where to cut the sweater body. I wanted the sweater hem to end right around my hips, so I added a half inch to that length (for seam allowance), and cut.
There are a whole bunch of options when adding a new hem to a top. I decided to make a 5″ extension because anything longer makes me look short. After gathering my chiffon, I attached to the sweater and finished it off with a simple hem. And that’s it! This was a very easy refashion, and just the quick project I needed.
My favorite inspiration today comes from Merrick’s Art. She wrote up a great tutorial to make your own chiffon hem top!
Another great idea is to layer your hem, which could be fun with different colors or prints. This top from Anthropologie is so pretty!
Leave the hem a little longer to create a tunic style top!
Last thing to share: Do you join Facebook groups? I recently joined a few and love that my news feed is filled with so much sewing! My favorite group so far is Upcycle Sewing. It’s been a great place to get and share ideas, and I totally recommend joining! What are some of your favorite Facebook groups?
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Have a great weekend!