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#RefashionFriday Romper to Dress!

It’s been two and a half months since my last refashion and in that time I’ve had three failed refashions. It has not been an easy time for me to be honest, because these projects really took a toll on my confidence. The projects didn’t work out because either the style didn’t work for my body or I didn’t plan the refashion well enough and didn’t realize how something would fall after a piece was removed.

It’s such a creativity killer to have a failed project. And it makes it harder to go into a new project because I don’t want to keep failing. I went into this refashion with little confidence, and little knowledge of how it would turn out.

In its time, this romper was probably really cute. It was a whole outfit of shorts, top and jacket put together in one piece! But time (and weather) did not treat it well. The shoulders had sun damage and the side had a few holes in it. But I loved the details like the fabric covered buttons and the mix of striped and solid fabric – and that bias trim was perfection!

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I’ve had this piece in my closet for months because I really wanted to do something special with it. I had gone through several rounds of ideas with this piece, but ultimately cut into it with a general idea and no real plan. I figured it would either work or not but I had to try. A lot of my ideas would only work with more fabric, so I became a little limited. The one idea that remained consistent was turning the shorts into a skirt so that was my first step!

I really wanted to play with the jacket collar, and was hoping to keep the bias shown, but since it was attached to the “wrong side”, turning it out showed the facing. I tried to think of ways to hide the facing but nothing looked clean, so I scraped the idea and decided to turn the collar into the neckline. The only way to make this work would be to have the top curve of the collar turn into the shoulder seam.

Since I was moving the neckline, I had to re-cut the bodice front and back, which I was not expecting to do. I am not a pattern drafter, and don’t like going off my own patterns so this step made me SO nervous. I drafted a simple bodice front and back with a new curved shoulder. I mimicked the curve on the back so that I was able to remove the shoulder sun damage. I did this step fairly early on, and had to go back in a few times to re-size it.

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After stitching the bodice together, I had to re-attach the zipper, and gather the skirt. After reattaching the skirt, I wanted to finish the piece off with a belt! The belt is attached to the side seam of the dress. It loops around the back once, then the front and finally ties in the back. I had just enough fabric from the bottom of the “jacket” to make the belt – and kept the original ties!

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This refashion was a huge experiment. I had no idea if it would work but I think the end result is cute! While I love how the idea turned out, I have to admit, it is no where near perfect. This is a piece that looks great when you first put it on, but over time and with movement, things shift and don’t look quite right. You can tell from the photos that the belt scrunches the front and it doesn’t lay nicely. If I adjust and stand perfectly still, it looks great, but that isn’t wearable. There are a few other issues with this dress, the armholes got cut a little strange and the back feels too high up, but I really wanted to share this piece.

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There are so many times in refashioning where ideas and projects don’t work out. It’s unfortunate when you put so much time and energy into a project but it doesn’t come out how you want it to. When that happens I think “the point of refashioning was to save the garment, and now that it failed you just wasted more fabric”. But I’m not chalking this up to a failed garment. I’m putting this project aside and thinking, let’s try that again! Just because this one didn’t come out perfectly doesn’t mean the next one wont.

Refashioning isn’t perfect. It’s far from it! There are so many things that could (and do!) go wrong. But one of the reasons I love refashioning so much is because it challenges my mind and tests my skills. I love looking at a garment and thinking, what else could this become?

So while I won’t be wearing this garment out on the town, I’m happy that I keep taking chances with refashioning. I think it’s an important lesson about sewing in general- you always have something to learn.

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Summer Floral Rumi Tank Dress

It has been some time since I’ve shared a finished project! And it certainly has been awhile since I finished something. I’ve actually been doing a lot of sewing, but a lot of projects  haven’t worked out. Since I’ve had a few fails, I needed something easy, quick and “fail proof”.

If there’s one thing I’ve been wanting in my wardrobe for years it’s been simple “throw on and go” dresses in summer. I thought I found it a few years ago in the Ebony Dress from Closet Case Patterns – and while I love this pattern, it isn’t as perfect as a dress for me (the top fits well but the dress is a little too flowy). I’ve had my eye on the Rumi Tank Dress from Christine Haynes for a year! I actually found it while searching for a replacement for my favorite summer dress that got a huge stain on. This pattern features a fitted tent silhouette, with a racer back and a separate hem band.

I took a trip to the new Fab Scrap store in Manhattan last month with the intention of finding fabric to make the Rumi Tank Dress and scored this awesome bright pink floral print! Typically pink is not my color – but it’s been growing on me over the years. I snagged two yards of it and went to work on my Rumi.

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Rumi sizing made me a little nervous. I’m used to sewing a bigger size in commercial sewing patterns (I can range between a 6-8) but in indie patterns I usually cut a 0 or 2. I cut a size 6 in Rumi. Mostly because my fabric didn’t have as much stretch, but any smaller and the top would have been fairly tight. The only adjustment I made was in the dress length. To make it a little more petite friendly, I cut 2″ off the dress, but left the hem band the same length. This made it perfectly above the knee!

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Construction of this dress is quick – the longest step was attaching the neck and arm bindings! At first I thought the neckline would come too low, but it’s actually flattering where it falls. If you do want a higher neckline, that isn’t a hard adjustment to make.

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This fabric is beautiful. I don’t have an exact content, but it’s similar to a stretch cotton, with a little more weight. I had enough fabric for the hem but it would have more seam lines. I had some fabric from my Fab Scrap Yard Pack I bought awhile back, and it perfectly matched the dress!

I really love this pattern, and am excited to make more versions. I love that I can throw on a sports bra, sandals and this dress and look put together. I’m also looking forward to making some tank versions. Now that I know it’s a good fit, it’ll be easy to make a few for casual wear and a few for running! And I’m pretty happy to cross another make off my Make Nine List!

Summer Floral Rumi Tank Dress - Trish Stitched

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Lander Shorts & Ebony Tee with Measure Fabric

It has been a while since my last post, but I’m back today with a fun project I’ve been wanting to make! Today I’m sharing my third post with Measure Fabric and I’m so in love with this outfit!

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A few years ago I got rid of all my high school shorts that were just too short to wear, but have been very slow to replace them in my wardrobe. I’ve been getting picky about the pieces I bring in my closet, but shorts is an area I was getting desperate in. So when I spotted this light blue bull denim on Measure’s site, I knew it was time to dig into a new pair!

It took a few hours of research to decide on a pattern. I wanted a pair of shorts that focused on a button front, had belt loops and felt petite crotch friendly. I was deciding between a few options: Closet Case Jenny Shorts, Megan Nielsen Dawn Shorts and the Lander Shorts by True Bias. I went with Lander because I would have to do a lot of hacking to Jenny and Dawn looked like it had a longer crotch.

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I made a size 2 in Lander, with no adjustments! I’ve been playing around with the length on these, and while I love the regular length, I also love the shorts rolled up once more! However, while they look cute rolled up in the front, the back pocket hangs a little too low to look as cute in the back, so for my next pair, I’ll keep that in mind!

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This denim was a dream to sew. There is no stretch so it’s great for structured bottoms, it would look so beautiful in a summer skirt! While I am normally a dark denim girl, I love the addition of light denim.

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When it comes to denim, it is SO important to buy quality fabric, and I’ve learned my lesson on a few past projects. Both pairs of jeans I made were created with fabric that was on the cheaper side rather than the quality side. While my first pair is still holding up because I barely wear them, my second pair definitely went downhill after a short time because the quality wasn’t the best. If I had chosen to use better denim, I would still be able to wear them.

A little surprise I put into these shorts: a fabric napkin from my Grandma’s house became the pocket lining!

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For the second part of my outfit, I made another Ebony Tee from Closet Case Patterns! I love this pattern so much, I think this is my fifth version. I made View C, the raglan sleeve out of this gorgeous Rebecca Taylor floral knit. This pattern comes together so quickly – it was nice to stitch up to get back into sewing apparel after my short break.

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When it comes to knit fabric, I get very cautious. I’ve had some bad knits, some that are just so thin or don’t sew well. But this knit is fantastic! It is so soft, it feels like it’s been washed 100 times. It’s a lighter weight, making it great for a top, but not transparent so no need for lining or wearing a camisole underneath. My serger and sewing machine also loved it, so it was a very happy project!

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I am so excited about both of these makes and think they will be staples in my summer wardrobe!

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#RefashionFriday · refashion · sewing · Tutorials

#Refashion Friday: Dress to Romper Refashion!

Happy Friday! Today is a quick post, because it was a really quick project! I’m sharing a refashion that I’ve been wanting to do for OVER A YEAR. Yes, this piece was thrifted a year ago and sat in my refashioning closet because I was too scared to cut into it. I picked this dress up because I loved it – the print, the style – everything about this dress screamed “ME”, except I don’t really were dresses that often. As soon as I saw this on the rack, I said “romper”. It immediately clicked that this dress should become a romper and I bought it (I can’t even remember the price!). The reason why it sat in my closet for so long…I didn’t want to mess it up. I was so scared to cut into this dress because I envisioned it so perfectly as a romper that I was scared to cut it.

I usually get nervous to cut into a garment when it’s a special piece, like one from my Grandma, but this one put a huge hold on my scissors. Maybe because the dress already fit pretty well so I didn’t have as much fabric to work with, or because I know that shorts refashions don’t always turn out perfectly.

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But a few weeks ago I finally got the courage to cut into it. Probably because I really want to take it on vacation to Florida soon! I loved the floral print in the border of the skirt and knew I wanted to keep that detail. There are quite a few tutorials online for turning dresses into rompers without cutting the waist at all, but since I wanted to keep the bottom band, I needed to cut the shorts from the bottom.

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While I dreaded the initial cut, this was a very simple refashion – and I made a video on Instagram documenting the process! You can watch it here!

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Here’s a short breakdown of what I did.

First, remove the elastic waist, which leaves the top and skirt separated. Seam rip one skirt side seam to open the skirt. Fold each newly ripped seam into the center of the skirt, creating a fold on both ends of the fabric. Using a pair of shorts folded in half, trace the pattern on the fold of the fabric, adding seam allowance. I chose to make my shorts a little longer, so my inseam measured to 5″. I also left extra material on top. On each leg, with right sides together sew the leg seam together. Now that there are two short legs, sew them together at the crotch seam. Then attach the shorts back to the top, and add elastic.

I made a belt with the extra fabric to complete the look!

The key to making the shorts fit properly was adding in extra allowance in the leg and crotch areas. I made my inseam about 6″ – and later altered it to 5″. I also added a lot of length to the crotch area to ensure that the fit wasn’t too tight. While I added a lot of extra material, this was what I needed to make a comfortable fit. When it comes to refashioning, I always say it’s better to give yourself more allowance and make something smaller- even if that means altering it a few times to get the fit just right.

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(I did add a snap close to the wrap neckline just to keep it from flying open!)

My big takeaway from this project is to just go for it! It’s ok to be nervous, but I don’t want my nerves to prevent me from creating. While I’ve been refashioning for over 10 years, I definitely have my failed projects and it can really halt my creativity and my motivation. But I never want my nerves to stop me from refashioning. After all, it’s just a dress and if I mess up, I mess up.

There are so many dress to romper tutorials online – ones where you don’t even have to remove the waistband!

Cotton & Curls has a great tutorial showing you how to do this refashion! See it HERE.

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Paper Michey also has a great tutorial that you can see HERE.

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Have you made romper out of a dress before? This is my second one (first one here) and I really love how easy the process is. I’m definitely on the look out for more dresses that can become rompers. Maybe a solid color next!

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#RefashionFriday Dress to Shirt Dress

Happy Friday! I am so excited because it is Fashion Revolution Week! I really love this week because it’s a time for everyone to come out and ask the fashion industry about what they are doing. For those that don’t know what Fashion Revolution Week is, you can read about it on their website!

To be honest, I like to believe like every week is Fashion Revolution week, and one of my goals with refashioning projects is to educate others about reusing resources we already have, whether that be through clothing in our own closets or thrifting items. I’ve found my best solution to the messed up world of fashion is through my sewing. Over my 13 years of learning to sew, I’ve become much more aware of the textiles I’ve been bringing in, and the waste I accumulate. My sewing has become much more mindful, and I’m really honing in on my style, and the quality of my makes.

That being said, I have a new refashion to share today! I’ve had this dress in my refashioning pile for months, waiting for the right idea. Since the silhouette was almost identical to my denim dress refashion, I wanted to be sure to try something new with the style. I went onto Pinterest and started searching around for denim dresses, and one style that popped up was a shirt dress. I don’t have a casual shirt dress in my wardrobe and I thought it would be a fun, easy going style to carry me into summer.

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The one thing I really wanted out of this shirt dress was a longer sleeve, but because of the limited amount of fabric, chances were that I wouldn’t be able to get the full sleeve – and I needed a pattern for it. That’s when I remembered I had a pattern in my library for a shirt dress- and I already made it once before! I was able to take a few of the pattern pieces from Mimi G for Simplicity 8084 for this refashion.

One of the reasons I bought this dress in the thrift store was because it had a lot of stains, and I knew most people wouldn’t want it. It sat around for so long because I was trying to figure out ways to work around the stains. But after washing it, quite a few of the front spots came out so it wasn’t that big of a concern anymore. There were a few large stains I could work around, but two smaller ones that I couldn’t do anything about.

The first stain was right next to the side seam- a nice bleach stain that was easily cover-able. The second stain was on the sleeve, and thankfully I had enough hem left over to make a new upper sleeve! There is still a small stain on the bodice that you can’t see unless you are right on top of it, and one more that’s on the button placket but it gets covered by a button.

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The first step was to remove the skirt gathering. It was just a detail I didn’t want, and it allowed me to use some of the extra fabric in other places. I really wanted to keep the side pockets so I had to remove fabric from the center of the front skirt pieces, since I also wanted to keep the front button placket in tact. I did the same with the back skirt, removing material from the center. Since I wanted to make this look intentional, rather than just having two seams down the front skirt, I added some stitching on both sides of the seam line for detail. This was just a little trick that can go a long way for refashioning.

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I didn’t want to mess with the top bodice at all. I remember from my denim dress refashion that removing the pockets left deep holes in the fabric that have to be covered, so while I think this dress would be cuter with smaller pockets, they will be staying in place!

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I absolutely love how the sleeves turned out! At first I thought I would get rid of the hem, but decided to play around with it instead! With the seamlines in the skirt, having more exposed seams just made more sense, and added cute detail. I cut sleeve bottoms from the dress hem and attached them to the original sleeve bottoms. I made some tabs from leftover scraps and added buttons from my stash to complete the sleeves.

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The final step to making this look into more of a shirt dress was adding in the curved hemline. Again, I used my pattern pieces to get the curve. You really don’t need a pattern for this step, but it was easier since I already had it on hand!

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Overall, this refashion required way more steps than I thought it would take because as much as I love the “oversized” look, it does not work on my body. I love the boxy style, and have made several pieces in the past with this style in mind only to remember that I don’t look good in it. I originally left the back bodice in tact – figuring the original size would give that over-sized look, but after trying it on several times, I had to face the fact that I looked like I was drowning. I wound up taking an extra two inches out of the entire back, then adding a back tie to pull in ever so slightly.

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I LOVE how this piece turned out. There were so many times throughout this refashion when I didn’t like it. It wasn’t looking right, wasn’t feeling right, but as soon as the sleeves were put in, the whole piece was brought together. It is going to be the perfect spring/summer casual dress to throw on to go out to the grocery store, or run errands, and go out with friends. This is the type of wardrobe piece I’ve been needing to add. Every summer I want cute casual dresses but I never wind up making them. So hopefully this will be the kick I need to keep going with sewing this kind of wardrobe staple!

I do have the video footage, and will be working on a youtube video showing the entire process. Coming soon! If you want to be notified, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel!

 

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Spring Stripe Dress with Measure Fabric

Have you been following along with Fashion Revolution this week? I’ve talked a lot in past years about Fashion Revolution and things we can do to during the week and beyond, but today I’m talking about how my general sewing has changed.

When I first started sewing, I would go to JoAnn Fabrics often, and after college, I bought from Fabric.com about twice a month. I spent a lot of money on fabric, fabric that I didn’t think about buying, I just wanted to make and make and make. I was on this path for a few years, buying new fabric whenever I wanted, trying to finish a project a week to have something new to write a blog post about, but it wasn’t a sustainable path.

Since I now don’t have a consistent income, I don’t have as much money to spend on fabric like I used to. But it has also made me incredibly aware of the quality of fabrics I’ve been purchasing. Now I only want fabrics I truly love and want in my wardrobe – not just because it’s on sale. What I love even more is getting to work with companies I really believe in, and want to work with.

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I am so proud to work with Measure Fabric. Their quality and collection is beautiful and getting to work with these gorgeous fabrics is so special. I saw this striped fabric on their website, and was intrigued. I’ve been falling in love with stripes, but have no stripes in my wardrobe! I thought this was a perfect stripe to get into the Spring Spirit, and try out a new silhouette. This dress was a total experiment for my body and my sewing, but I am so proud of the result!

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This dress was inspired by one from Kate Spade. I used a pattern already in my collection (Simplicity 8086) with many, many changes. I really only used the bodice pieces in view A, and added a gathered skirt and an additional hem band.

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I don’t have a lot of experience working with stripes, so this project was a little new to me. I had to re-do the zipper about three times to get the stripes right. The first time wasn’t bad, but what I really want out of my sewing projects now is a more professional look. I want to re-do steps to get things right even if it takes longer. My favorite pieces are ones that I took extra time to complete. (and as I say that I know I have to add a hook and eye to the top of the zipper!) I was so happy with how the stripe matching came out, and definitely took time to get them to match up!

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Now, lets talk about this fabric for a minute. The colors in this stripe pattern are beautiful. A light pink and olive-y tan on a cream background. It is a beautiful mix to ease my way into more stripes. The fabric is a really cool cotton twill, that gives it a more casual feel. I can see this fabric going into a number of different projects (my mind is still on dresses) including apparel and home projects. After washing, it became much more comfortable, and relaxed. I was a little nervous that it would be too stiff for apparel, but I have no problem with it against my skin! The bodice is lined with regular cotton, and even though the skirt is unlined, it’s comfortable.

This silhouette is definitely different for me, since it is a much longer skirt than I normally wear! I’m still not positive where a “midi” length is supposed to be, and I think taking this up just about an inch will make it perfect. (sometimes you have to see the length through a lens to get the full picture). But overall, it feels like a classic design for a dress that will do well for me throughout summer.

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Thrift Haul! Second- Hand Shopping

If you guys follow me over on Instagram (@trishstitched), you may have seen I did a huge closet clean out earlier this week. I had a bunch of handmade and store bought pieces that I was saving for no reason. They weren’t getting worn, but I just couldn’t part with them until now.

I really went over my wardrobe and looked at what I need and decided to do a little shopping to fill in the gaps. I need more basics, but don’t have time to make everything for the upcoming spring/summer, so I thought I would try a little second-hand shopping! I shopped with ThredUp and at my local Salvation Army. Of course, I didn’t find everything I need, but I found a few great pieces to add to my wardrobe!

You can watch my entire haul here:

ThredUp is such a wonderful resource for shopping second hand online, and I will definitely be shopping there again! (This haul was my second order from them, I’ve also sent in a few closet clean out bags in the past) I truly believe the company is doing amazing things and if you want to do some second hand shopping of your own, you can get $10 off by using the code below! (I also get $10 if you use this code, but this post is not affiliated with ThredUp, I just really love this site!)

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And we are rapidly coming up to Fashion Revolution Week! So if you are looking for a more sustainable way to shop- check your local stores, online sources like ThredUp, Ebay & Poshmark before hitting the mall!