#RefashionFriday · refashion

#RefashionFriday in Rewind!

Happy last Friday of the year! I can’t believe 2018 has come and gone. I had some big moments in sewing this year, but my favorites have all been from refashions! This was a huge year in refashioning for me, since I’ve been focusing a lot of my sewing on turning the old into new! I thought I would do a little roundup of all my #refashionfriday’s from this year, and share my plans for next year!

1. Cargo Pants to Vest Refashion

#RefashionFriday Cargo Pants to Vest Refashion - Trish Stitched

2. Blouse to Peplum Refashion 

#RefashionFriday Blouse to Peplum Refashion - Trish Stitched

3. Pearl Dress to Top Refashion

#RefashionFriday Pearl Dress to Curved Hem Sweater - Trish Stitched

4. Sweater Refashion 

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5. Blouse to Peplum Tank

#RefashionFriday Blouse to Peplum Tank - Trish Stitched

6. Denim Jacket Refashion 

7. Blouse to Shorts Refashion 

#Refashion Friday - Refashioned Nantucket Shorts Take Two!

8. Denim Dress Refashion

#RefashionFriday Denim Dress Refashion

9. Easy Blouse Refashion

#RefashionFriday Easy Top Refashion - Trish Stitched

10. Dress to Jumpsuit Refashion

#RefashionFriday Dress to Jumpsuit - Trish Stitched

 

A few pieces in my queue include: flannel shirts and an engagement party dress! There are a few refashions that I had to walk away from this year, but I still have the pieces waiting for the day to re-tackle them.

I am still focusing on videos – and sharing my process, but I’m learning new ways to do it. Full videos can get long and boring, so I’m trying to find the proper balance between helpful and entertaining. I have a lot of work to do – but it’s so much fun!

Is there anything you want to see refashioned? I’m always looking for a new challenge!

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#RefashionFriday · refashion · sewing

#RefashionFriday Dress to Jumpsuit

Happy Holidays everyone! Things around here have been crazy busy! With Christmas sewing and getting together with family, I haven’t spent a whole lot of time sewing for myself.

A jumpsuit has been on my sewing bucket list for a few months, but because of my petite shape, I honestly didn’t think I could pull off a “onesie” of fabric without looking swallowed whole. I tried a few ‘ready- to- wear’ jumpsuits on, and even from the juniors section, the proportions were all wrong. I figured I might as well try to make one, just to see if it could work for me!

Since this was a brand new experiment, and I didn’t want to waste expensive fabric on something that wouldn’t look great, I dove into my refashioning pile for fabric. This extra-extra-extra large stretch velvet dress was perfect! This dress was a 5x, and looked so miserable on the hanger, I don’t think it would have been touched by anyone else. It was also very clear anything and everything attaches to the fabric, so experimenting with this $4 dress felt like the way to go.

#RefashionFriday Dress to Jumpsuit - Trish Stitched

I started research for what was selling in stores at the moment, and came across this jumpsuit at Anthropologie. I loved the wider leg and belt that attaches at waist. Knowing my body type, I needed to find a specific pattern. Something that wouldn’t cover my entire body, something with a defined waist, and something with just a hint of detail. New Look 6493 had what I needed, and would allow me to adapt the pattern for what I wanted.

#RefashionFriday Dress to Jumpsuit - Trish Stitched

#RefashionFriday Dress to Jumpsuit - Trish Stitched

Since the pattern didn’t have the best reputation online (large bodice), I decided to make a muslin. After that, I found I needed to size down in the bodice and bring the waistline up about an inch. Then it was onto the real fabric!

#RefashionFriday Dress to Jumpsuit - Trish Stitched

This refashion was all about the creative cutting. I used almost every inch of the dress, and using anything smaller, I wouldn’t have been able to make this.

#RefashionFriday Dress to Jumpsuit - Trish Stitched

Besides the bodice being drapier than expected, I would consider it a great pattern. I had no issues sewing or following the directions, which is always a win for me! Following the tie detail on the Anthropologie jumpsuit, I made my own waist ties, and attached one in each side seam.

#RefashionFriday Dress to Jumpsuit - Trish Stitched

#RefashionFriday Dress to Jumpsuit - Trish Stitched

#RefashionFriday Dress to Jumpsuit - Trish Stitched

Pattern details:

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Bodice Size: 8

Pant Size: 10

Alterations made: Waistline moved up 1″, Belt sewn into side seams, Front neckline tacked down.

I originally measured to fit in a size 10 bodice but needed to size down to the 8. I still have plenty of room on top, and could go tighter, but it is comfortable. (For reference, I am a size 00-0, 4’9″)

I am now a converted jumpsuit lover! This thing is so comfortable, I can’t believe it took so long to make one. Now I just need a holiday party to wear it to!

(Below photos were taken before I hemmed the pants and cut down the belt by 1″)

#RefashionFriday Dress to Jumpsuit - Trish Stitched

#RefashionFriday Dress to Jumpsuit - Trish Stitched

 

Refashion Inspiration: 

This is such a great idea for bridesmaids dresses! Throw on a jean jacket and some fun jewelry and it’s the cutest outfit! See it here.

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How about making a mini romper for your little one! I LOVE this idea from Heather (heatherhandmade.com)

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In other news, last Saturday night, Drew proposed to me! After 7 years of dating, he asked me to be his wife! We went out to dinner where we had our first date, and then took a walk in the park. I was so cold, and a little nervous because it was really dark, I made Drew turn around after about 2 minutes of walking. On the way back to the car he told me he had a confession to make. The previous weekend he told me he was getting lunch with his friends, when he really drove out to see my parents. He asked both of them for their blessing, and showed them the ring.

We were walking towards the only street light in the park, and he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! The moment is still a little blurry, because as soon as he opened the box I jumped back and said “holy shit!” haha super romantic, right?

I’m still in shock that I’m engaged, and I still think it was all a dream until I look down at my finger and see it actually happened! I’ve actually been wedding planning in my head for years, so it’s a ton of fun to be contacting the people I’ve been dreaming about working with!

I am so, so excited to be marrying my best friend, it’s really a dream come true.

Since I started sewing, I’ve wanted to make my own wedding dress, and it will be happening! You’ll probably be seeing glimpses of wedding planning and dress making, but I won’t be showing the full thing until after the wedding!

Happy Friday!

Trish Stitched

Trish Stitched

Trish Stitched

 

#RefashionFriday · inspiration

#RefashionFriday: Refashion Inspiration!

Happy Friday everyone! I have a whole bunch of projects in the works but nothing is finished so I thought I would share a few of the refashions I’ve been falling in love with lately! The refashioning world has been on fire lately, and there is so much inspiration all around!

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1. Jeans to Overall Dress Refashion – Sew Much Love, Mary

 

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This amazing refashion is adorable, colorful and so creative! Mary also has a photo tutorial on her blog to help you to make your own version! Yes, I am totally looking at my denim collection right now!

 

2. Skirt to Jumper Refashion – Chickie WU (ICanWorkWithThat.blogspot.com)

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Don’t have an old pair of pants to cut up? How about using a skirt like Chickie! Such a good upcycle, and great use of the fringe hem!

 

3. DIY Faux Fur Purse Upcycle- Sarah (Our Life is Beautiful)

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Sarah over at Our Life Is Beautiful (aka the queen of refashioning) shared this upcycle which is the perfect “no sew” update! Get the tutorial on her blog!

 

4. Fringe Dress Refashion – Heather Handmade

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Heather always has clever refashions and I love this simple update she recently shared! This would be great to update a dress rather than buy one of make one from scratch for any holiday party you have coming up! Get the tutorial on her blog!

 

5. Downsize a Sherpa Coat – Cotton and Curls

Refashion Inspiration

These coats had a major moment a few years ago, and I know that both my sister and I had one! Update it with a simple shorten and tuck in to use it as a layering piece all winter!

 

6. Sweatshirt Upcycle – Portia from Makery 

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This cute sweatshirt is from Portia over at Makery.co, and in the latest issue of Simply Sewing Mag! I have to get my hands on a copy to make this!

 

7. Dress to Two Piece Refashion – Sewing With Jirah

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I saw this refashion on instagram and fell in love! The print it great, and that top is so cute – makes me want to travel somewhere tropical! This is definitely better as a two piece!

 

What did I tell you? Some AMAZING inspirations around the internet lately! Have you seen any recent refashions that inspired you? I’d love to see them!

Janome Sewing · refashion · Tutorials

DIY Convertible Backpack/Tote Bag Refashion with Janome

Who else hasn’t started their holiday sewing?! Show of hands? Please don’t tell me I’m alone… well if you haven’t started either, this new DIY is a great gift for someone who you don’t know what to get! My mom and my sister might both be getting versions this year!

I took a floral vest, and a stained suede skirt and turned it into this bag! (thankfully I was able to save the top of the skirt, so I also got a mini skirt out of this refashion!)

DIY Convertible Backpack/Tote Bag Upcycle - Trish Stitched

 

Head over to the Janome Blog to get instructions!

#RefashionFriday · inspiration · refashion · sewing · Tutorials

#RefashionFriday Easy Top Refashion

Happy Friday! If you are reading from anywhere by me, happy snow day! We got quite a few inches, and it’s pretty messy out there. So it’s the perfect time for #snowdaysewday! And that’s exactly what I’ve been doing, sewing!

I have a new refashion to share, and it’s such an easy one – you can do it with a top in your own wardrobe right now!

A little backstory on this shirt: I didn’t buy this until the third time I saw it. I fell in love with the print, but didn’t need a new refashion project, so I left it behind, especially since it didn’t have any tears or stains, it could be worn as is. Second time seeing it, I still loved it, but I still passed. When it was there the third time around, I knew it was a sign that I had to get it. I gave others plenty of time to buy it, but it sat and needed a little love. (and a few less shoulder pads!)

This refashion didn’t stay in my pile for long because I knew I wanted to keep it easy, especially after my last refashion. This top was a size M, and while I’m normally an XS in women’s sizes, this refashion would work even better if you had a top that already fit!

#RefashionFriday Easy Top Refashion - Trish Stitched

Since I had to resize, that was the first step. I removed the sleeves and took in about 2″ on each side. I did taper it out, so my sides stayed wider towards the bottom.

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With the shirt inside out, on the back, mark from underarm-underarm, about 1″ under the line where the underarms meet. Seam rip the sides up to that point, and a little more for your seam allowance, I did an extra 1/4″. (I like to keep my seam allowances smaller).

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The line previously drawn is where we cut! Cut the back piece away.

For the contrast back, I used an old tank top in my refashion pile. If you don’t have an old top, use the cut off back to draft a new piece, add a hem as long as you want!

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Cut the new back to desired length. For mine, I cut straight across the underarm!

#RefashionFriday Easy Blouse Refashion - Trish Stitched

Next step, attach the new back! Start by attaching the top printed back to the new back (wrong sides together), before sewing the sides. I had a little extra fabric in my printed shirt, but made a little pleat in the center to account for it.

For my resized top, I had to hem the front up before attaching the sides, since my tank hem was already finished.

#RefashionFriday Easy Blouse Refashion - Trish Stitched

If needed, resize the sleeves, and you are done! I also turned the existing cuff up again to shorten the sleeve.

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I really do love how this top turned out, and how easy it was to give it a little face lift!

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Looking for a little more blouse inspiration?

This refashion from etsy is a beautiful example of mixing fabrics.

Refashion Ideas

This top is a great idea for those shirts a little too tight (original link broken)

Refashion Ideas

And this refashion is too good not to share. If you have two similar shirts, or want to mix up a favorite shirt, how about something like this?

Refashion Ideas

Happy Friday!

for the boy · self-less sewing · sewing

Drew’s Finlayson Sweater

I’ve mentioned it before – but I’ll mention it again. Drew is SO hard to make for. A few weeks ago it was our 7 year anniversary and I wanted to make him something really special. We’ve had a big year, with buying a house and finally moving out of Hoboken, and I wanted something handmade to give him.

A few of my ideas fell through when I couldn’t find the proper fabric and I was frantically trying to find a new pattern to make. I did a quick search on pinterest and came across the Finlayson Sweater by Thread Theory Design.

Besides finding a pattern, picking the fabric was daunting. When I pick fabric for my wardrobe, it’s easy and I have to talk myself out of several options! But when it came time for shopping for a guy, who has a very minimalist wardrobe, it was tough.

I came across this knit fabric that was “reversible”, and since I wasn’t sure which side to use in the store, darker or lighter, I thought having options within one fabric was a good call. I decided to go with the darker grey on the outside, so that the cozier grey would be on the inside. The light grey has a more casual feel, but with the dark grey on the exterior, he can actually wear this on a casual Friday at work!

The only thing left was getting Drew’s measurements. Obviously he knew I was making him something, but since I took every measurement I could think of, he had no idea what I was making! I took leg measurements, arm, back, etc, so for all he knew I was making him a full suit! This gift wasn’t a total surprise – but I could still keep him on his toes!

The Finlayson Sweater came together very quickly, and easily. The instructions were fantastic, and the only time I referred to the sew-a-long was to attach the neck band. I cut out this sweater on a Sunday night, to make on Monday, and was finished Monday afternoon!

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Drew typically wears a size Large in ready to wear clothing, and I wound up making a Large in the sweater. It fits perfectly and he loves it!

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It was such an easy pattern that I offered to make him another with fabric that he picks out and he was super happy to hear that!

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Don’t mind the fold on the front, I meant to iron it out but forgot before giving it to him and he wouldn’t let me iron it out before he put it on!

It’s been a few weeks and he’s already worn his new sweater a couple times, which makes me happy – and I can’t believe he even let me photograph him in it!

I won’t share what I plan on making him for Christmas – just in case he happens to read this post – but I wanted to share some other patterns on my radar, if you want to make something for a man in your life!

Comox Trunks  – boxer shorts

Trailblazer Vest 

Sage Tee – this one’s free!!

Albion Coat – for the ambitious!

Also, I updated my latest post with the video but wanted to share it here too! My “how to” video for my Refashioned Trench!

inspiration · refashion · sewing

The Refashioners 2018: Trench Coat Refashion

Happy Halloween! Today is all about the treats, because I am so happy I finished my entry to the Refashioners challenge! For those that aren’t familiar, The Refashioners Challenge is an online competition created by Portia from Makery, that challenges participants to refashion based on a theme. In previous years, I’ve done a denim refashion and a suit refashion. The rules for this year were a little different -it’s all about being inspired by a look or outfit and recreate your own version!

I love the refashioners because it takes me out of my refashioning bubble to test my skills and creativity. But this years challenge of being “inspired by” left me stumped. I was thinking of a movie character or favorite actor who’s style I liked, but came up blank! After the challenge was released, Cath Kidston came out with a cute jacket I really wanted, so I set out to try to find pieces to refashion it! Unfortunately, it was tough to find the right pieces and this project quickly became a pain. Since I couldn’t make the jacket from my favorite designer, I starting looking at fashion from my other favorite designers. I love Alice and Olivia, and think the style of clothing is so fantastic, but the price of their clothing, not so fantastic. I saw this trench coat and automatically fell in love! But at $660, there was no way I would ever buy that. But, it looked like it could make for a great refashion! Here’s the final result!

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It took a few weeks to find a trench coat, and I was surprised by the lack of trenches in thrift stores! I went to a rummage sale and found this beauty! I loved the cuff detail, and that it was a double breasted coat, both features the original coat had. And at $12, it was perfect!

I had to rack my brain for a few days to figure out how to cut and re-sew to make it look like the original trench coat, but the first thing I knew I had to do was re-size the entire coat. I removed the collar, arms and body, which also removed the lining and the zippered lining that came with the coat.

Refashioners 2018 Trench Coat - Trish Stitched

First I removed 2″ from each side front piece. I didn’t want to disturb the pockets, and I had to watch the buttons on the front, so taking two inches was as much as I could take. Thankfully it worked out beautifully!

I cut the center back in half to take 4″ out to mimic the front. With all the alterations, I had to alter the neckline to refit the collar. But before the collar, I wanted to fit the sleeves!

Refashioners 2018 Trench Coat- Trish Stitched

The sleeves needed to be taken in a few inches, and the tops had a strange curve to them that needed to be straightened out. The sleeves also had to be chopped in half to make room for the gathered bottoms, and I was able to use the excess of the lower sleeve for the gathering! The cuff detail with D-ring from the original coat was sewn onto the new sleeve, so I was able to use almost the full sleeve!

Refashioners 2018 Trench Coat- Trish Stitched

The part of this refashion that I was extremely nervous about was the collar. I rarely sew collars, and have never drafted my own but I was lucky this coat came with an under collar, and I was able to re-attach the original to the new neckline. I used the old collar outline to make the new collar, just extending the sides. I had to do a few alterations on the new collar, but thankfully it went together easily!

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To finish it out, I cut about 6″ off the length, and stitched down the open collar flaps to give it the shape of the original design.

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Overall, it doesn’t match exactly to my inspiration, but I love it! The sleeves were gathered more than I intended but it definitely adds more flair! I’m happy with how the collar area came out, and I can wear it a little more open but pull it tighter as well.

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I’m really happy with the result, and so happy that I finished. I took some video of the process and am hoping to put it all together soon. What do you think? Did I do the designer coat justice or should I leave the expensive designs to the pros?

Drew and I have a wedding on Friday and it looks like perfect trench coat weather, so she will have her first outing soon!

Update: Here’s the video!