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#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!

#RefashionFriday Denim Dress Refashion

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!

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#RefashionFriday · refashion · sewing

#Refashion Friday – Refashioned Nantucket Shorts Take Two!

A few years ago I did this refashion, and since then, it has become one of my most popular pins on pinterest! I’ve always vowed I was going to make another pair, because I had another blouse, and every time that little notification popped up that my pin was re-pinned, it became a reminder that I have to make another pair. So this Refashion Friday, I’m sharing my other pair – and tips to make your own using a shorts pattern!

The original pair was actually my wearable muslin, because I was saving this shirt from my Grandma’s closet for “the final pair”- so now I have two awesome pairs to wear! I always felt like I would get more wear out of this pair because they are more of a neutral for me (I know, floral print as a neutral?? Floral print IS a neutral!)

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Since I started refashioning, I’ve learned that pieces don’t have to look anywhere near what they looked like before. There are a few ways to refashion. You can use the existing garment to alter the piece, or use a sewing pattern to transform the garment into a whole new piece. There are times when I question if using a sewing pattern is actually “refashioning”, since you are basically just using the fabric, but then I think, “oh hey, I just saved a yard of new fabric from being used” and get over my hesitation pretty quick.

Using a pattern can be a lot more work, and take longer than a simple cutting and stitching, but I think it opens up a whole new world of looking at a garment! Especially if you’ve made the pattern before, you can gauge how much fabric is needed – and plan better around existing pieces.

What I enjoy about Seamwork Nantucket is that there are only three pattern pieces. The less pieces, the easier to use smaller amounts of fabric- right?! What I learned from my first pair of Nantucket Shorts was that the back piece had to be cut in two to be able to get the pattern to fit on the garment. No pattern matching here, and if you have a print that you don’t need to match, who cares right? Of course these would look better if the pattern matched up, but it doesn’t deter from the wear of the final product.

I meant to take an actual picture, but just took a video instead. You can see on the front of the blouse, I lined up half of the back piece under the sleeve, and below was the shorts front. I mirrored this on each blouse front to get my “Cut 2”.  The back of the blouse became the second half of the shorts back and the waistband.

When you need to cut a pattern piece in two (or three’s!) don’t forget to add a little extra for seam allowance!

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Changes I made to the pattern:

Last time I made this pattern, I said they were too big, and next time I should size down. While I kept the same size this time around (size 0), I figured out a better way to prevent these from feeling too big. I made the waist elasticized instead of drawstring. While I like the look of the grommets in the waistband, I don’t like constantly tying and adjusting the drawstring. It’s kind of a pain since it goes in and out throughout the entire waistband.  (I also sewed buttonholes rather than insert grommets)

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I’ve seen a few versions of drawstring pants altered into elasticized waists, and wanted to try it out. I attached the ends of the elastic right before the center front grommet holes. I kept a faux drawstring front because I still like the look, but now I can leave it tied all the time! I’m sure there is a cleaner way to go around this, and I probably should have attached the elastic to the inside of the waistband, but you live and learn. (So if you plan on doing this alteration- learn from me! =p)

The last change I made was adding an extra half inch to the length of the shorts. My original pair was not too short, I’m just getting older and deciding to make my shorts a little bit longer.

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These are so easy to wear, and super comfortable. The fabric is 100% polyester, which I would expect out of these fun blouses, but the material works so well for shorts. I’ve been wearing them since I finished them, and will be wearing them the rest of the summer! They are a good lounge short, and will make for a great bathing suit cover up, if I ever get my butt back to the beach… Maybe I should just plan a trip to Hawaii as an excuse to wear these everyday!

Also, look at the fabric I have left! This will go in my scrap bag, which will be recycled into insulation!

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Finding a shirt to use:

I am normally an XS to S in blouses, depending on the brand, and I used my Grandma’s size Petite M blouse for this refashion. It was a more fitted blouse, so if you are on the search for what top to use, go with something bigger, to get that fabric amount you need. Another option is to use two smaller tops!

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Ready to tackle your own pair?

Inspiration:

I think every single thrift store has those tacky Hawaiian shirts that wives made their husbands get rid of. What better way to give them a new life than turning them into cute shorts! Modernize that dad style! (Shorts from Urban Outfitters.)

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If your style is a little more subtle, and some prints may be a little too “out there” for you to wear in daily life, make a new pair of PJ shorts! (Pj’s from Loft) {Bonus points to refashion a dress into a top and shorts pj set!}

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Or take a solid blouse and turn it into a chic pair of shorts! (Shorts from Roolee)

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For more inspiration, you can search pinterest for “tulip shorts”. This is the style of shorts with the overlapping seams in front. You can use any shorts pattern- but the simpler the style- the easier it’s going to be! Now go raid your local thrift shop for all the blouses/button ups!

Have a great weekend!

#RefashionFriday · Janome Sewing · refashion · Tutorials

Jeans to Shorts Refashion With Janome!

First of all, thank you so much to everyone who read, commented, liked, etc. my last post. That was a huge step for me to get out and I appreciate all the love. I had a great birthday, and so far a good couple days being 28! I went thrifting the other day and found a few new pieces to get my scissors on! Last night Drew and I went to my cousins wedding (yes, I made my dress!) and we are taking today off for a little adventure!

Today I have a new refashion to share with you that I worked on for Janome! As most of you guys know, I have a loaner embroidery machine from Janome (Skyline S9) and LOVE it. No, I’m completely obsessed, and I am so happy the embroidery trend is still going strong in the apparel world.

I’ve taken my love of refashioning and added a little embroidery to my latest project for Janome (and this project is where I was able to get a little more denim for my Seamwork Audrey Jacket!)

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Head over to the Janome Blog to get the written instructions for this Jeans to Shorts refashion, and check out my video on YouTube! Yes, I have a YouTube channel, and I am happy to admit the quality from my first video to my second is much better – I finally took the 2 minutes to figure out how to work the video function on my digital camera!

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So please subscribe, like, comment, all that good stuff, over on YouTube! I’ll be working on more videos in the future, they are so much fun!

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#RefashionFriday Denim Jacket Re-mix

Happy Friday!

This refashion has been such a long time in the making, I am so excited to share it with you! The story for how this came about it a little long, so I wanted to share my photos in-between all that text!

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Before this refashion, the only denim jacket in my wardrobe was from middle school. I feel like I’ve mentioned that before here on the blog, but it’s true, my Gap Kids denim jacket is still getting its wear in my wardrobe. The sleeves are way too short, and the body looks awkwardly short with pants and shirts, so the arms always stay rolled, and I only wear it over dresses. I don’t wear it all that often, but I haven’t found a RTW version that I liked to replace it.

So when Seamwork Audrey came out, I knew it was a pattern to go on my “make list”. My initial thought was to make it out of recycled materials, because there is a crazy amount of used denim in the world! The only old jeans I had in my stash were a mix of light and dark denim and I just didn’t want that much shade difference to make it look super upcycled. Not having the proper pieces, I decided to wait to make it.

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A few weeks ago I was thrifting for some jeans for another project (I’ll share soon!) and had some leg remnants left over – as well as an extra pair I didn’t end up using for the other project. So I finally had a good amount of fabric to play with!

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The plan was in place, the materials gathered, I was ready. Then I saw this beautiful photo on pinterest and a little lightbulb went off in my head. I would finally be able to use this fabric remnant I’ve been dying to use!

We all have those pieces in our stash that you have a general idea for, and even though it doesn’t feel 100% right, there is an eventual purpose for that fabric. No, just me the hoarder? Alrighty then.  Well, I had this remnant I got from a friend and the print was so beautiful, I wanted to make a shirt for myself to enjoy the print. I was struggling with finding the right pattern and fabric to mix with it, and (if you zoom in on the photo) there were grommets on each panel, so the only true usable piece was the top corner. So this piece sat until I could spend more time on it. (I should also mention it’s similar to a quilting cotton)

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After seeing that inspiration, I knew this fabric was destined to go with my new denim jacket.

I have a huge problem when it comes to sewing projects, because even if I have a whole pile of unfinished things, I need to start new ideas to constantly keep my mind flowing. So I left behind a dress due in a few weeks and cutting out new backpacks to make this jacket.

Seamwork’s goal has always been about quick projects you can finish in a few hours, and I’m not sure why my mind accepted that to be true for something like a denim jacket. They shifted their pattern’s a few months ago to be a little more detailed, so this project took way longer than expected. I was hoping to finish last week, but I really wanted to take more time to make it perfect, so I waited to share and I think it was worth it.

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Audrey has a lot of pattern pieces.  And since I’m tiny, my jeans are tiny, so I had a lot less fabric to work with – and I really had to stretch my thinking when cutting out the fabric. I used one pair of remnant jean legs, one full pair of jeans, and had to make the sleeves and a few other pieces out of fabric leftover from my handmade jeans, as well as using the fabric remnant for the back piece and pocket linings.  If you want to make your own recycled denim jacket, I would suggest to get 4-5 pairs, to be safe.

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I have seen versions of recycled denim jackets (scroll down to see more inspo!) and knew I wanted mine to have symmetry and purpose, not just a bunch of scraps thrown together. I made sure each side “matched” denim (ex. each center middle panel were cut from the same pair of jeans). When it comes to using multiple pieces to make something new, it really comes down to fabric placement to create the final look.

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Details about Audrey:

Cut: Size 2

Modifications to pattern: Added 1″ to the sides of Back Center Panel & removed 1″ from Back Side Panel.

Problem Areas: The welt pockets. I’ve made welt pockets before (Refashioned Bomber) but they are not commonly on my radar. Once I read the directions about 10 times to let them really sink in, it all clicked. Seamwork does have an article about Welt Pockets, which is a great resource as well.

Everything else went together smooth. I also ran out of topstitching thread, so not all areas have the pretty gold stitching, but I think it works out well that way.

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Details about my back modification: My fabric panel had this beautiful border and I wanted to use at least a bit of it on the back. To make this happen, I extended the back center panel 1″ on both sides, and took 1″ from the back side panel to account for the modification. I also quilted my back fabric to give it a little more body. It was a simple quilting, but adding batting and a backing, definitely gave the back a sturdier feel.

I added this lace leftover from my refashioned kimono right under the panel. Originally I had it going cross the entire back, but re-did it to go across just the panel as it looks cleaner.

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My hope for this jacket is to rough it up a little. It does have a worn in feel since it’s almost all used jeans, but taking some sand paper or a razor to a few sections is something I’m looking into. I also wouldn’t mind adding more trim if I come across cohesive trim I like. I really feel like this could turn into one of those pieces that stays in my wardrobe until I’m old and grey and my kids want to borrow it for a “retro feel”. I’m excited to see what adventures there are for this jacket in the future.

Inspiration: 

This etsy shop is filled with “festival style” denim jackets and it’s huuuuge embellishment inspo!

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Add a little colored denim for a more unique look.

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or mix light and dark denim like this:

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The Pin that started it all.

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The next jacket isn’t super related but I have to share because it’s amaaazing!

A girl after my own creative heart: Once Upon A Lauren was featured on Hoboken Girl awhile ago and I’ve been in love with her work since! Tell me this hand-painted leather jacket isn’t drop dead GORGEOUS! Thrift Upcycling at it’s finest!

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If you spot a great denim or leather jacket at a thrift store, or have one gathering dust in the back of your closet, I hope this inspires you to have a little fun!

#RefashionFriday · refashion · sewing

#RefashionFriday Blouse to Peplum Tank

Now that we’ve been in the new house a few weeks and have started settling in, I can get back to my sewing and sharing refashions! I’m so happy to have another Refashion Friday to share with you!

 

I have a confession to make. I LOVE shopping. When I was younger, shopping was a major bonding experience between my grandparent’s, sister and I. We would go on shopping trips all the time. My grandpa would drive the three of us girls to the mall, and sit and wait for us in the parking lot. He would wash his car, or stroll around the mall looking for other guys to talk to. My grandma, sister and I would go through all the sections of the department store, and grandma would let us buy 1-2 pieces of clothing each. My grandma was also the queen of discounts. She never believed in paying full price and even now, I cringe when I don’t see a sale, and get a slight high when I find a great bargain. 

The older we got, the less frequent we went, and the more frustrated I would get shopping because clothes just didn’t fit. When my sister and I started high school, we rarely went shopping with our grandparents- and I went even less when I started making my clothes in college. Since I make so much of my wardrobe now, I go shopping even less, but the urge from my childhood is still there.

Since I’ve become more aware of shopping habits and the fast fashion industry, I’ve still wanted to get my shopping “fix” but without the impact. That’s where thrift shopping came in. I get my shopping desires satisfied, along with my bargain hunting AND I’m not shopping fast fashion.

When I go thrifting, I find all different pieces. A lot of times, I buy items to refashion, but I also buy used items to wear “as is” and (as I previously mentioned) buy items to sell online. I haven’t been thrifting in a really long time, and earlier this week I decided to hit up my favorite spot. I didn’t find too much to wear, but I did find this blouse to refashion!

I see outdated blouses like this all the time, but most of them don’t have this great of detail and I had to snatch it up. As soon as I saw it, I knew what I wanted to make, and started on the journey to this top!

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Something about summer screams for a cute white tank. It’s like a summer staple and I decided that this would be the top to make my summer dreams come true.

I started doing some pattern research for a woven tank pattern, and came across Megan Nielsen’s Eucalypt Tank, and thought it would be a good pattern for this top and for future tanks/dresses. It’s a relaxed tank, with a ton of opportunities to alter.

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I found the waist line on the pattern and added a bit extra to the length to account for adding the peplum. This blouse was very easy to rip apart, and by ripping the front, back and sleeves, I was able to make the pieces flat for the pattern to sit on. I do wish I took a few more progress shots but it came together so quick, I completely forgot!

I decided to leave the button placket (which wasn’t in my original plan) but by stitching the placket shut, I was able to save some of the embroidery without needing to re-position it on the tank.

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With the extra fabric I was able to create the bottom peplum. I wanted to keep the front clean, and add some fun detail to the back- which is why I transferred the rest of the pleats to the back. The peplum measurement came to 7″ total in height, and I franken-pieced together some more fabric to get enough material to gather.

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I tried to remove the embroidery from the sleeves and collar to use as the neck and sleeve binding on the tank, but after sewing it on and taking a step back, it wasn’t sitting right so I had to rip it all out. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to use all the details, but I was able to keep a majority of the shirt.

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This tank took a few hours to make, but doing this from scratch would have taken over double the time with all that detail. Refashioning isn’t always about using fun and funky fabrics (which I am trying to tell myself), so next time you are in the thrift store, look for something with detail!

For today’s inspiration, I decided to share some other blouse refashions! {If you want to see even more inspiration, take a look at this previous refashion post! I swear, my next refashion WON’T be a peplum hah!}

Resizing a garment is always a solid choice, but if you do want to take your refashioning a step further:

Bring that 90’s style into modern times with shoulder cut outs!

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Use the details that come with the shirt!

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(I cannot find the original post for this top- if you know, let me know!)

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Happy Refashioning!

 

#RefashionFriday · handmade wardrobe · refashion

#RefashionFriday Oversized Sweater to Top

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

Inspiration: 

My favorite inspiration today comes from Merrick’s Art. She wrote up a great tutorial to make your own chiffon hem top!

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Another great idea is to layer your hem, which could be fun with different colors or prints. This top from Anthropologie is so pretty!

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Leave the hem a little longer to create a tunic style top!

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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?

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!

#RefashionFriday · refashion

#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!