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#RefashionFriday Pearl Dress to Curved Hem Sweater

Happy Friday! I am so ready for the weekend – maybe because we have a friend’s birthday tonight and tomorrow Drew and I have a few houses to see, or maybe because the weekend just feels like a happy time. Whatever the reason, Friday means another #RefashionFriday!

Today’s refashion has been in my stash for a few months. I found it during a thrifting haul and it was another one of those, “no one else is ever going to want this” pieces, but it was too interesting to leave behind. This dress is from clothing designer “Hearts”, and still had it’s original retail hang tag on! Whatever decade this was from, it was worth $89.99 in it’s day. But with massive shoulder pads and outdated look, I scored it for $3.99.

When I pulled this out, I had my mind set on making something casual, as I need a few more tops in my wardrobe. As I’ve mentioned before, dresses are rare in my everyday wear, and I’m trying really hard to not wear pajamas on my sewing days (it makes me feel lazy!). On another thrifting trip, I found this amazing poncho-like sweater that I fell in love with and wore all during my November vacation in California. I loved the curved hem and decided to copy that detail in my new top. Here’s the result!

#RefashionFriday Pearl Dress to Curved Hem Sweater - Trish Stitched

Today’s Refashioning Tip: Use Ready to Wear clothes as patterns! There are a few bloggers who do this often (Refashionista anyone), and it is a great way to upcycle, especially if you are looking to copy something you know works well for your body type.

I traced the curve from the original top to the dress and was able to use that cut line for cutting out my ribbed knit material. I cut a hem band of 3″ but added a little more to the ends. Since I’ve never made a curved hem before, it came out a little awkward but I was able to trim away the access fabric.

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While the dress said it was size 13/14, I didn’t need to resize the body at all! I have no idea why this dress was sized so large, because it definitely felt like a 6/8.

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To make the sleeves, I measured 8″ to cut off from the hems, cut, then attached a 3″ ribbed knit band to the end. I reshaped the sleeve top and shoulder seam to fit better, then reattached. I also took in the sleeve for the ribbed knit to fit secure around my arm.

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I had a lot of material left over from this refashion, which is not typical for me and I didn’t want to throw it in my scrap bin. So I followed this awesome tutorial and made myself a hat! I’m generally not a hat person, they never look good on me but I figured out the trick: make my own! I was able to control the height and shape and this hat looks so much better than ready to wear ones I’ve tried on. I still have a little fabric left over, so maybe a pair of matching mittens are next on the sewing list?

Interesting thing about this top, the pearls have a metal backing and man are they cold against your skin! The first time I put this on for the “before” photos, I didn’t know why my body felt like it was tingling… those little backs were a surprise!

Inspiration: 

While this was the final result, I definitely had other ideas racing through my mind. If you follow me on Instagram (@trishstitched) you saw this dress last week – and maybe even commented on it!  I asked the insta community what they would do with this dress and got some fun ideas. And for today’s inspiration, I found RTW apparel that relates to the ideas Instagram had! I’m a very visual person and like to do my research before making any cuts, but you can see how this one dress could transform into any of these pieces! 

Peplum Top

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Cardigan (Long & Short)

Sweater with Ruffles

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Wiggle Dress

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2 Piece Outfit

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Front Knot Sweater

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A-Line Dress

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It is so cool to see how different people interpret an item!  This piece had a lot of potential, because there was a good amount of fabric. One commenter even suggested making something where you won’t be sitting on a pearl, which is something I didn’t even consider (and in all honesty, would annoy me)! What option would you have made?

It’s great getting another opinion, and if you are stuck on a garment, hashtag #Refashionfriday and I’ll help you out! Have you done a recent refashion? Send photos and details to trish@trishstitched.com to be featured! And follow along my refashioning finds through Pinterest!

Have a great weekend!

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#RefashionFriday Blouse to Peplum

Hello, hello, welcome back to #RefashionFriday! This was supposed to go live last week but the silly flu took me out last Wednesday! I was knocked out cold for 5 days, and I couldn’t move from bed. My body ached,  I had a terrible cough, hot and cold flashes and the worst, constant headache. It was awful and I don’t wish it on anyone, so get your flu shot, and if you feel the slightest bit of a cold coming on, stay home! I’m feeling so much better and I’m excited to share some amazing things today!

Around the Web: 

Follow: My latest Instagram obsession is @fab_scrap. They are a non-profit in NYC who take fabric scraps from fashion companies and sell them to YOU. They used to only have store hours, BUT they just opened up their online store last week! And now everyone can shop their stash! Shop Online HERE!

Read: Melly Sews shared an amazing article from Slate.com about how depression era women used to sew with feed/flour sacks! This was definitely a repurposing mission I could get behind! Read it HERE.

Read the Comments: I saw this story on facebook a few days ago, about a woman who wanted to get carpet swatches to make a cat scratcher. She ordered way more than she could ever need, since they came free from amazon, and while I don’t recommend it because there are so many swatches thrown away everyday, the great thing from this were all the tips in the comments! If you ever come across carpet swatches, you can donate them to your local animal shelter, or elementary school! Kids can use the large pieces to sit on during reading time, and use the smaller swatches in art projects! I’m always on the look out for swatches for my recycled bags, and now I know what to do with carpet swatches that are too thick for me to use! Thanks to all those commenters for the tips! Read her story HERE.

Refashion

Today’s refashion is definitely not a new idea in the refashioning world, but I had never tried it for myself! One of the most popular over-sized top refashions is turning the piece into a peplum. But why is this idea overflowing online? ‘Cause it’s really easy!

I found this blouse at my local Salvation Army, and thought the print was…interesting. No, it isn’t necessarily mind-blowing, but the color combo was cool and with the large stains on the front and all tags ripped out, I knew it was never destined to go into someone else’s cart.

Today’s refashioning tip: don’t let the unknown scare you! If you see an interesting piece in the thrift store but there’s a MAJOR issue with it, don’t let it prevent you from turning it into something awesome! The same goes for pieces in your own wardrobe, if you stopped wearing something because of a stain – or it no longer fits, chopping it up can be the answer!

#RefashionFriday Blouse to Peplum Refashion - Trish Stitched

The very first thing I did to this blouse was rip out those shoulder pads! Next I took off the collar and sewed the collar seam shut. I also removed the sleeves and marked where the peplum should go. I set this peplum around the natural waist, but other popular options include hip, and even higher for an empire waist look.

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#RefashionFriday Blouse to Peplum Refashion - Trish Stitched

I kept the top buttons but cut off the lower two, and set them aside. This blouse was a little too long for my frame so I knew length would have to come from somewhere. One of my favorite parts of refashioning is saving original hems! It makes the project a little easier, and saves time. I removed 2″ from the top of the lower portion, and set that aside.

I took my blouse in 2″ on each side, so the peplum would be able to gather, and added the bottom portion back on.

The sleeves were also too large so I took them in a bit.  I removed about an inch from the top of the arm cycle to refit the shoulder. I definitely wanted sleeves on this blouse, but was looking for a more relaxed look. I took the extra fabric that I cut from my peplum earlier and made sleeve tabs. I rolled the sleeves four times and sewed the button with the sleeve tab to the sleeve! I cheated here a little for ease. I didn’t make a button hole, because I know I would never take the sleeve down. When you make your own clothes, you can totally bend the rules!

#RefashionFriday Blouse to Peplum Refashion - Trish Stitched

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#RefashionFriday Blouse to Peplum Refashion - Trish Stitched

I love the new, modern look and most of the stains are cut out! There’s still one on the front that I’m going to try a new stain remover on, but if it doesn’t come out it’s ok because the peplum gathering doesn’t make it as obvious.

{A tip for sewing peplums: if you don’t have a full button down or zippered front or back, make sure you can fit your peplum over your head and chest. Originally I brought my sides in a little too much, and it didn’t leave enough of a give for the peplum to come over my chest, but lesson learned! This shouldn’t be a problem with knit fabrics, but anything without stretch will have some issues.}

Inspiration: 

My favorite recent find was this blouse, and has me wanting to run out and find all the striped blouses to cut up and sew together! (From Anthropologie)

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This is a cute idea for a very oversized blouse, or man’s shirt – turn it into a dress! (Original link no longer exists)

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And here’s a great example of mixing materials – turn that old basic white blouse into a showstopper. (From lillienoradrygoods on etsy)

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That’s all I have for today! I’ve been going through my refashion pile and have come across several pieces to refashion for summer and it makes me want to speed up time for the warm weather!

Have you done a recent refashion? Send photos and details to trish@trishstitched.com to be featured! And follow along my refashioning finds through Pinterest!

Have a great weekend!

 

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#RefashionFriday Cargo Pants to Vest Refashion

It’s the first Friday of the New Year and the first #RefashionFriday!

It’s pretty obvious I love sewing, and over the years I’ve dabbled in all different variations of sewing. Lingerie, Active Wear, Basics…etc., but the category that has always been close to my heart is refashioning. With every refashion I do, I feel a better sense of accomplishment than some regular apparel project. My creativity is tested, my environmental heart is happy, and I am always blown away by the response my pieces get.

When I share refashions, I’m often asked where my ideas come from or how others can start refashioning. I’m no expert in the field – but there are some aspects of refashioning I take seriously, and I wanted to start a new series to showcase my latest refashions, refashioning ideas, and your makes!

My (personal) refashioning rules:

  1. Make it wearable. When I used to hear the word “refashioning”, images of patchwork and franken-pieces came to mind. My refashioning style tends to steer away from pieces that look refashioned, and one of the ways to avoid this homemade look is to reference fashion from today!
  2. Don’t cut up precious vintage. I love fashion, and know a good, valuable piece when I see it. If it looks vintage, or has a hefty price tag in the store, do a little research before deciding to chop it up (the same goes for designer pieces).
  3. Keep an eye on today’s styles & shapes. I am always window shopping my favorite stores to see what pieces are not only selling in real life, but what new styles could fit into my everyday wardrobe. I’m on Modcloth.com & Anthropologie.com constantly!
  4. Don’t be afraid to keep it simple. Refashioning doesn’t just mean transforming a piece into something unrecognizable. It can be as simple as hemming, taking side seams in or adding/removing sleeves!

Refashion:

Today’s refashion is a direct copy from Chickie Walsh – yes I get inspired by other makers all the time! I loved her version of cargo pants to vest and had the perfect pants to experiment with.

I bought these cargo pants a few years ago and had a really awful shopping experience to get them. Long story short, it was a pain to have them delivered, and when they arrived, they didn’t fit properly (the waist is way too big). Because of the hassle, I decided to just keep them, and over the years they’ve gotten some wear, but I’ve never been in love with them. I replaced them last year with a handmade version, but still didn’t get rid of the original. After seeing Chickie’s version, it all just clicked.

#RefashionFriday Cargo Pants to Vest Refashion - Trish Stitched

For this refashion to work, it was all about strategic cutting. I wanted those side cargo pockets right on the front, so the top halves of the pants were the front. This meant the bottom of the legs had to be the back. I ripped the seams in the crotch and all the way down the inner legs. I then chopped the leg pieces in half, having two waist and upper thigh pieces and two bottom pieces. Using my Kelly Anorak Pattern, I cut out the jacket front pieces from the pant tops, and the back pieces from the lower legs. I chose this pattern because I already knew it fit and I liked the style. The Kelly Anorak also has yoke pieces, which I needed since my pants didn’t yield enough fabric for the vest.

#RefashionFriday Cargo Pants to Vest Refashion - Trish Stitched

#RefashionFriday Cargo Pants to Vest Refashion - Trish Stitched

#RefashionFriday Cargo Pants to Vest Refashion - Trish Stitched

I bought this amazing vinyl from Joann Fabrics a few months ago to make purse straps, and spared a little of my two yards for the front and back vest yokes.

#RefashionFriday Cargo Pants to Vest Refashion - Trish Stitched

#RefashionFriday Cargo Pants to Vest Refashion - Trish Stitched

I didn’t want to add closures to my vest since there was already so much action on the front, the thought of inserting snaps or a zipper felt like a huge project so I added a drawstring around the waist, like in the Kelly Anorak. I also made the drawstring out of vinyl, a little tough to insert, but I love the look.

#RefashionFriday Cargo Pants to Vest Refashion - Trish Stitched

#RefashionFriday Cargo Pants to Vest Refashion - Trish Stitched

#RefashionFriday Cargo Pants to Vest Refashion - Trish Stitched

#RefashionFriday Cargo Pants to Vest Refashion - Trish Stitched

Since my vest doesn’t have a lining, and I didn’t want to leave any raw edges, the neck and armholes were finished with fabric binding left over from pant scraps. Almost every bit of the pants were used up! (My awesome cactus shirt was a gift from my mom!)

Inspiration: 

Today I have a few winter refashion-inspiration photos to share to get those creative juices flowing! It’s a breezy 10 degrees here in Jersey today, so I’m all over the warm weather styles.

Give those hole-y jeans from summer a makeover with hand stitching and flannel inserts!

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Have a few sweaters laying around that just aren’t doing it for you anymore? Sew them together! Sweater refashions are so common, but for a modern take on it, keep it simple! Basic colors, and combining just two pieces can make the look clean.

Do you have a pair of cargo pants that need a makeover? Need a little more fabric than what you have to work with? Try a large piece of lace or chunk of sweater over the back like in this jacket.

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This #RefashionFriday will be a regular series, I’m hoping 1-2 times a month ( always a Friday! ;]  ) Have you done a recent refashion? Send photos and details to trish@trishstitched.com to be featured! And follow along my refashioning finds through Pinterest!

{Side note: I am totally aware there are other bloggers who have done “Refashion Friday”; I googled the title after coming up with the name and writing this post, but I’ll be putting my own twist on it – hope you will follow along!}

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#Refashioners2017 Suits You: Suit to Coat Refashion

Happy Halloween! Life has been so crazy the past few weeks and I fell like I’ve fallen behind on everything! But I finished my suit refashion just in time for today’s deadline!

If you aren’t familiar with the challenge, Refashioners is a online challenge to refashion and win a prize! Last year the theme was jeans – and I made one of my favorite refashions- my denim bomber jacket. This year’s theme was “suits you”, taking an old suit and transforming it into something new.

I love seeing everyone’s creations, and while I’m pretty sure I will never win a refashioning challenge, it is so much fun to participate!

This year I had a plan even before the official rules came out. I felt so on top of my game, life was good. I bought two women’s suits, one pink skirt suit and a blue dress suit, and wanted to make coveralls. With the hopeful impending move, I had dreams of painting rooms and doing a ton of work to a house and thought a pair of coveralls would be the perfect wardrobe addition.

#Refashioners2017 Suits You: Suit to Coat Refashion - Trish Stitched

Well, here we are at the end of October and still no house. We lost another dream home last week, so house hunting has been a really tough journey, not just time consuming, but so emotionally stressful. Because of everything that has been going on, I didn’t get to my refashion, and last week I knew I was cutting it close. I had no desire to make coveralls, and needed a new idea- stat.

Pinterest to the rescue! I found this great coat on pinterest and my mind was made up. I had to have something similar and I could transform my suit into this coat!

This refashion was actually very simple, but took way longer than expected. I cut the suit jacket in half, and attached the bottom half of the skirt to the jacket. This way I was able to keep the original hem.

For the hood, I was able to use more of the skirt, and used the original skirt lining for the hood facing. I used the hood pattern from the Kelly Anorak. To attach, I just removed the jacket collar and sewed the hood into the opening.

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I ironed out the suit lapels and turned them in. I originally wanted to add a zipper, but the ones I had were closed ended – which I discovered after sewing two different zippers in. So no closures here! But I like the open feel anyway.

I removed the sleeves to resize and change the cuff. I cut off about 2.5″ from the sleeve and made a new cuff with elastic. The sleeves are full length but I love them rolled up! The last step was to add slouchy pockets to the front. I used this awesome diagram from Madalynne, and took the fabric from the original jacket bottom.

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There’s nothing left but some scraps, buttons, skirt zipper and two massive shoulder pads that were removed almost immediately. I was hoping to add more detail and hardware like the original, but I ran out of time and supplies and really enjoy the cleaner finished look.

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Overall, I love my new piece. And I really love having a new piece that’s wearable. And, if you don’t follow me on Instagram (@trishstitched) you may notice my hair is a little different…11″ chopped off!

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Bridesmaid Dress Refashion

We are in the thick of wedding season right now, and Drew and I attended our second wedding this past weekend. When the invitation arrived, it called for black tie attire and my first thought was “oh crap, what do I wear?”. My second thought was “oh yes, what do I get to make?!”

The first step was to research what black tie actually meant, and I stopped at Rent the Runway for some inspiration. There was nothing I fell in love with but I did get a better sense of what was appropriate. Generally full length dresses but not ball gowns. This wedding was also when I would be meeting Drew’s boss and co-workers, so anything revealing was out of the question.

Of course, time went on and I still didn’t start making anything. The Spring/Summer is a really busy time at work so it just wasn’t in the cards to make a full handmade dress. I rummaged through my closet just for materials I could re-use, and instead came across the bridesmaids dress I wore for my cousins wedding.

Bridesmaid Dress Refashion - Trish Stitched

This was not my favorite dress. It was short, and the color wasn’t meant for someone pale, but the top had some beautiful detail. I thought it would be a great base to start with, and all I needed to do was add a new skirt!

I started looking for fabric online, with the idea of a print in mind (since that’s my style) and needed something to match the “champagne” color. I wasn’t finding exactly what I needed so I went shopping in my own stash! I came across a print that was left over from this dress, and everything fell into place.

Bridesmaid Dress Refashion - Trish Stitched

This refashion was so simple – and it resulted in something so different from the original piece! I took a maxi skirt sloper I made for my black maxi to make the skirt- just a basic sloper with darts removed.

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I was able to leave the zipper in place and sew the skirt right to the zipper, making this dress – FREE! I also wore the same shoes that I wore as a bridesmaid!

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The wedding was stunning. It was a very intimate ceremony and reception – we were part of the 75 invited guests. It was a fun night of dancing, with the Empire State Building so close by.

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I do have one more formal wedding coming up in November, another of Drew’s co-workers. I’m really hoping I have time to make the Leanne Marshall pattern I picked up, but fall is another busy time at work, so I will have to get started soon!

Have a great weekend!

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Refashion Your Summer Wardrobe – Dress to Top Refashion

Hello, hello! Earlier this month I received an email from Heather, who writes the blog Feathers Flight, about doing a Refashioning Blog Tour! If you’ve been reading my blog for some time, you know I love refashioning, so I was in! Heather & Kali (from Kali Nicole Creative) are hosting “Refashion Your Summer Wardrobe” and a giveaway!

The idea is to transform current pieces in your wardrobe to make them summer ready! We all have those pieces in our closets that we love, but don’t really wear – and this is a great idea to take some of those pieces and transform them into something for summer!

I am trying to weed out my wardrobe and after Me Made May, did a huge clothing binge. I decided to get rid of some of the dresses I used to wear years ago, but didn’t get much use out of lately. There were a few in particular I decided to keep because I love the prints, and wasn’t ready to see them go. I decided the best way to keep them in my closet, and get to wear them again, was with a super simple refashion!

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I bought this dress years ago at Target, and wore it a lot when working retail, but haven’t had a chance to wear it in years.  My closet is overstocked with dresses, but I needed some “going out” tops for fun summer nights. Turning a dress into a top is so easy, it’s really just a quick hem job- but I’ve listed a few tips to make the sewing easier!

First thing’s first. Put your dress on! I like to imagine the outfits that I would put together with my new top; is it something I will wear more with shorts, jeans or tuck into a skirt? For this particular dress, I would most likely wear with jeans, so I didn’t want to make it too short. Put on a bottom that will work with the refashioned piece and in front of a full length mirror, fold the hem up to where you would like the new piece to lay.

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After finding a good hem, pin in place while still on your body. This will be “final hem”, not where we are actually making the cut. Take the dress off and measure how much of the hem you pinned up. Since I get nervous about making something too short, I usually add an extra two inches to the pinned hem. You can always cut more off, but adding more to the hem is difficult!

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I prefer to do 1″ hems, with the raw edge folded up 1/2″ and then folded again to enclose the raw edge. If your dress has a lining, you will want to use the same measurements for the outer layer to hem the lining.

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Give your new top a quick press and you are ready to show off your refashion!

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I’ve done a few dress to top refashions, so this idea is really full of possibilities!

Dress to Top Refashion:

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Dress to Cardi Refashion:

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Thanks for stopping by my blog! Don’t forget to enter the awesome giveaway over at Feather’s Flight and Kali Nicole Creative!

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#RestyleExchange2017 – Refashioned Skirt to Top

Happy Monday! It was an incredibly long and frustrating week since my mom was admitted to the hospital last Monday night with stomach pains. She will be ok, and there is nothing life threatening going on but it still scary. All of this has caused me to be away from my sewing studio for the week and in need of a little pick me up- so I thought I would write a blog post!

A few months ago, Amy and Pilar blogged about a new refashioning project. I specifically remember seeing it and saying “oh, how cool would that be? Too bad I’m way too inexperienced sewing for other people”. Amy reached out on Instagram saying that I should join in, and then I said, “well, why not?”. So I was in. I actually really like the idea of it, and all in all, it tested my creativity but it also caused some major stress.

My partner (Elizabeth from @polished_kiwi) sent two items: a brown polka dot skirt and an orange dress bottom. If you received two pieces in the mail, the idea was to combine them – not make two separate things. Every single which way I tried to combine these two pieces it screamed Halloween and I didn’t know how to make it stop. My first idea was to make a wrap skirt. This way sizing wouldn’t be a total issue (since wrap skirts are fairly adjustable) and it could still be worn to work (which is something my partner was looking for). So I spend an entire day turning the orange fabric into a wrap skirt. And at the very end of the day – I was not happy. There isn’t even photo evidence because I was so unhappy.

It wasn’t shaping right, and I had an idea to do a front ruffle in the brown polka dot but every time I tried adding it in, it looked like an apron. So I banged my head a little bit and left my sewing studio. If this was a project for myself, I would have given up at that point. I was so overwhelmed by the thought of making something out of whatever fabric I had left and couldn’t think of anything new to do since the wrap skirt had already taken me a few weeks to come up with. So I did what any block – minded seamstress does and went on pinterest.

I looked up brown and orange outfits, just to get an idea of how to combine the two pieces. A top came up (that I can’t find now) and I fell so hard in love. I loved the idea of a top with pretty detail on the bottom. The fabric was way too lightweight to play around with embroidery (so using my embroidery features were out) – and I was running out of time and materials to mess up – so I thought about adding the polka dot skirt to give it some pizazz. Luckily one of the rules of the exchange was that you could use extra material that was already in your stash, and I pulled out a white knit lace that I bought last year.

I went through my pattern collection to see if there was a top pattern I already had that would work, but after not finding anything, I looked to Seamwork. Seamwork Greta was perfect! A little flowy so sizing didn’t have to be spot on, an even hem so I could add my extra fabric to it, and a cute little pocket!

Restyling Exchange 2017 - Trish Stitched

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I decided to make a scalloped hem because I thought it would look really cool with the lace being scalloped around the flower pattern from the white lace. I used the tutorial from Megan Neilsen (which is really great, btw) and even though they aren’t perfect, it wasn’t too bad for my first try with scallops!

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In total, this project took two full days (one of them being a complete waste) and a lot of head scratching, cursing, and fighting with the fabric and my sewing machine. Overall I’m pleased with the result and still surprised with myself that I could actually bring those two fabric choices together in a cute top that isn’t just for Halloween. I haven’t yet heard back from my swap partner, even though the package says “delivered”, and I haven’t yet received the project made for me (my partner is still working) so while I’m happy I participated, I wish there was a little more involvement with the other girls I worked with.

What I did enjoy about this project was seeing everyone else’s makes! It was fun to see partners share their work and what others made for them (even though it made me a little jealous that they had more fun than I did!) To see other makes, look up #restylingexchange2017 on Instagram!

Would I do this again? Ask me later, I need time to clear my mind from this round! I’m just so unfamiliar with sewing garments for other people that I put a lot of pressure on myself. The thing about blogging is, you never see the garment up close. You only see what’s in a photo and while I feel my makes are good and “professional looking”, giving a finished item to another seamstress to wear and critique is very scary. It’s also nerve wrecking to be sure you are making something the person will love and wear!

In other news, I have a couple projects coming up that I’m really excited about – which means I have a ton of work ahead of me! What are you working on?