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#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.

#RefashionFriday Oversized Sweater to Top - Trish Stitched

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!

#RefashionFriday Oversized Sweater to Top - Trish Stitched#RefashionFriday Oversized Sweater to Top - Trish Stitched#RefashionFriday Oversized Sweater to Top - Trish Stitched

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.

#RefashionFriday Oversized Sweater to Top - Trish Stitched#RefashionFriday Oversized Sweater to Top - Trish Stitched

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!

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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.

#RefashionFriday Pearl Dress to Curved Hem Sweater - Trish Stitched#RefashionFriday Pearl Dress to Curved Hem Sweater - Trish Stitched

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.

#RefashionFriday Pearl Dress to Curved Hem Sweater - Trish Stitched#RefashionFriday Pearl Dress to Curved Hem Sweater - Trish Stitched

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!}