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#RefashionFriday Cardigan to Open Back Sweater

Happy Friday! Here is New Jersey, we are prepping for a snow storm – which in Jersey could be a dusting or a full on blizzard. There’s really no telling what we are going to get, but I’m hunkered down with a bunch of sewing projects and wedding planning!

After lengthy refashions, I like to do something easy – and after the jumpsuit, I wanted something a little more wearable in my wardrobe. Enter my love of athleisure. I absolutely love being comfortable. I think everyone does, right?

When I’m working from home, my every day look in winter is jeans and a sweatshirt. I rotate three pairs of jeans, and about 5 different sweatshirts. Comfort, but still put together enough if someone knocks on my door. But sweatshirts can get a little boring, and I had this cardigan just sitting around so a new refashion it is!

I haven’t worked with knits in awhile, and Janome sent over their new AirThreader a few weeks ago that I wanted to test out! I personally own the Janome New Home 8002D serger that I’ve been using for a few years, and love it to pieces, but the part I dislike most about serging, threading! The Janome AirThreader is so easy to thread, I thought it was too good to be true. But after one quick video on youtube, I was threading in no time! I can’t believe how easy it is, and it will be a sad day when this machine goes back to Janome!

Onto the refashion!

#RefashionFriday Cardigan to Open Back Sweater Refashion - Trish Stitched

For this refashion, all you need is an old cardigan! This one came from my dad’s closet, (which came from my Grandpa’s closet!) and at a size Large, it was more material than I needed, but this refashion would work best with something a little bigger than your size. The trick to this refashion is turning the back into the front! I have a youtube video showing the process, and to break it down, here are the steps!

1- Cut off button placket.

2- On the back of the cardigan (which will become the new front) cut a scoop neck, about 2″ down in the center front.

3- Cut off bottom ribbing, save for later. If you have front pockets, cut right above taking pockets off.

4- Using a serger (or zig zag stitch on your sewing machine) finish raw edges, and re-attach ribbing to new hemline.

5- On the new back of the cardigan, fold “neckline” 1/2″ and stitch, giving you a clean edge.

6- To finish bottom of sweater, overlap one edge over the other, about 3″, or however tight you wish to make your sweater.

7- Stitch the overlap, and stitch as far up as you want your back to overlap. I stitched until the natural curve of the neckline, but for more drape, stitch less, for more coverage, stitch more. You may need to pin and try on for this step, to get the fit even.

8- If needed, hem the sleeves. I wanted to keep the original wristband, so I measured how much of the sleeve I would need to take out to sew the wristband back on. I took out 3″.

9- Cut off wristband and extra sleeve length. Re-attach wristband, making sure to spread fabric evenly.

10- Optional: Using one of the cut off sleeve portions, create your back band. Fold fabric right sides together, lengthwise and stitch long edge creating a tube. Turn right side out and press.

11- Try your sweater on to determine where to pin back band. Stitch down and you are done!

I decided not to re-size the full sleeve because I like my athleisure larger and comfier, and didn’t see the need to make the arms skinnier.

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It even looks cute with a sports bra!

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Open back sweaters are a huge trend in athleisure right now, and there are so many cute versions!

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{All images from Pinterest, links are either broken or spam sites, but look up ‘open back cardigan’ for even more inspo!}

I’ll be talking more about the Janome AirThreader in the coming months, but for my first into project, it was a breeze!

And here’s a quick tip for sewing with lighter weight knits- turn your presser foot tension down to keep the knits from getting wavy! The lighter the presser foot, the easier the fabric feeds through!

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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!

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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!)

Jeans to Shorts Refashion - Trish Stitched for Janome

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!

Jeans to Shorts Refashion - Trish Stitched for Janome

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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TWO New Projects – Plus Tutorials!

Just a quick hello from me today! I’ve been busy doing sewing projects for a few of my favorite sites! Best part about these projects is that you can make them too!

My first ever downloadable bag pattern is over on Fabric.com!

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If you are taking a short trip this summer, this bag is perfect for your travels! I wanted to create a basic pattern that would leave room for customization, and you can certainly customize this bag to have exactly what you want!

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Head over to Fabric.com to grab the pattern now!

And while you’re at it, add some more fabric to your stash! 😉


 

And if bag making isn’t your thing, maybe a new refashion is in your future! A brand new tutorial is over at Janome.com to turn an old dress into a kimono!

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When we start getting into summer days, I sometimes feel like I have nothing dressier to wear over shorts and tanks, but a simple kimono style jacket adds flair without adding heavy fabric layers!

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I love easy refashions – and this one is super simple! The hardest part is finding the right dress! {The machine used here was the Janome Skyline S9}

I’ve also created a YouTube channel and you can definitely expect more videos from me in the future! Subscribe to my channel here – and leave your channel in the comments so I can subscribe!

 

 

{This post may contain (i) links to third party websites and (ii) sponsored content. All opinions are my own and do not reflect the views or opinions of fabric.com or Janome.}
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Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Shoes and Cactus Lou Box Top Hack

Since I’ve gotten the honor of keeping the Skyline S9 Embroidery machine for the year, I’ve done a little more experimenting with the capabilities of this machine. I’ve been loving the built in embroidery designs, but was ready to test out the USB feature and open myself up to the world of online embroidery designs. When I was thinking about a Spring project, I was trying to think of what my wardrobe needed and how I could use the Skyline to elevate my closet addition.

When the seasons start changing, the first thing I realize I’m missing is a proper pair of shoes to transition to warmer weather. I go from a closet full of boots and heavy socks, right into sandals. I usually need a pair of footwear that will cover my toes but are fun and light to walk around in.

Footwear is not something I can make. As much as I wish I could, shoes are not yet in my handmade wheelhouse. That’s when I thought a simple pair of white sneakers could become something so much more.

Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Shoes and Cactus Lou Box Top Hack

Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Shoes and Cactus Lou Box Top Hack

Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Shoes and Cactus Lou Box Top Hack

Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Shoes and Cactus Lou Box Top Hack

I love cacti (and the many varieties that exist), and I thought they would make a cute design on a shoe! These shoes are super simple, and very customizable! Here’s a little tutorial on how to make you own!

What you will need:

Embroidery Machine, Hoop, Threads and Stabilizer

Plain Canvas Shoes (mine came from Payless)

Embroidery Designs (small enough to fit on the shoe)

Frey Check

USB

Fabri Tab (or similar fabric glue)

Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Shoes and Cactus Lou Box Top Hack

The first step is to find the embroidery designs you want to use. The two designs I used were from embroiderydesigns.com – Cactus and Geometric Circle. (I skipped embroidering the pots on the cacti for the design to fit on the shoe). Janome also offers some amazing embroidery designs on their website!  When downloading designs from a website, use JEF to get Janome compatibility. Copy the files onto your USB, plug the USB into your machine and open the files! It’s so easy to get the designs onto your machine from your computer!

For my designs, I used the tear away stabilizer with muslin to embroider. Depending on your design, you should be able to use two layers of tear away stabilizer and no fabric, but some designs might need a more stable base.

After embroidering, cut out your designs. Next, fray check all your edges. This will keep any pieces of fabric or thread from unraveling during wear.

Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Shoes and Cactus Lou Box Top Hack

Once you figure out where on the shoe your embroidery will go, cover the back of the piece with fabri-tac and apply piece to the shoe. I love using fabri-tac because it is extremely strong and meant for material (a little expensive but well worth the price). After glue dries, stitch some securing stitches around the edges of the designs. Some spots may be hard to hand stitch because of the thickness of material, or tough to get to – like spaces in the toe that become hard to reach. On these sections, be sure the design is secure with extra fabri-tac.

Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Shoes and Cactus Lou Box Top Hack

*For the top section, each shoe will be a bit different but mark in chalk or fabric pencil where to cut to piece the top part together.*

And your new shoes are ready to wear!

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I also made a fun new top for my wardrobe because you can never have too many cacti to wear. Pattern is Lou Box Top by Sew DIY with a hacked split back! I followed the tutorial by Natty Jane Sews to redraft the back.

Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Shoes and Cactus Lou Box Top Hack

The Skyline S9 makes it so easy to switch from embroidery to sewing, I was able to embroider when cutting out my fabric, and switch right over to sewing when the embroidery finished!

Ready to add some embroidery to your shoes? Here’s some inspiration! {All shoe details on Pinterest}

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Wanna make a pair like these from Anthropologie? Follow fellow Janome Artisan Sew Caroline’s tutorial to make espadrilles!

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Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Peplum Pullover

I don’t know about you, but winter always makes me want to cuddle up. Even when I have to go out and look decent, I would rather just throw on a sweatshirt and be done with it. Drew and I have been going out more than usual this past year. Wait, let me rephrase that.  Drew has been making me go out more than usual and has tried to push me out of my introverted ways. I like to stay home on the couch with warm blankets and since I am forced out, I have been needing to find ways to bring the comfort along with me.

The initial idea was to make a “dressed up” sweatshirt, and I turned to one of my favorite patterns: Astoria by Seamwork. To dress it up a bit, I wanted to add some embroidery from the Janome Skyline S9 Machine. Oh, I should mention something super exciting! I’ve been asked to be a Janome Artisan! I’ll be keeping the Skyline S9 Embroidery/Sewing Machine for the year and sharing a whole bunch of projects made with the machine, which is an awesome thing because I didn’t want to give the machine up! Seriously, I love this thing!

I was a little nervous about this project because I wasn’t sure how well embroidery would work on a knit. With all the stretching of the fabric, I was sure something would pucker and become a mess. Luckily, Anna Maria Horner made it super easy for me to embroider with knits! Her kit comes with three different stabilizers, and following the instructions in her booklet, using two of those layers of stabilizer made this project a breeze! Here’s a little tutorial to make a peplum sweatshirt!

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What you’ll need:

  • Sweatshirt/sweater sewing pattern. (I used Astoria by Seamwork because it is a cropped shirt, which you will need to add the peplum portion.)
  • Knit Fabric, something medium/heavy weight. Follow your pattern for specific amounts and materials. I used Ponte from Joann Fabrics
  • Embroidery Threads
  • Stabilizers: No Show Cut Away Stabilizer & Embroidery Topping
  • Embroidery Hoop

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Start by cutting out your pattern pieces from fabric. Before sewing the shirt together, embroider the front bodice. Cut enough stabilizer to cover the entire front of piece. You will sandwich your stabilizer and fabric like so: bottom layer – No Show Cut Away Stabilizer, Middle – Front Bodice Piece, Top – Embroidery Topping.

On your embroidery screen, you can add multiple designs to the same screen- the editing mode on the machine allows you to rotate, duplicate and resize all designs. At this point, changing the hoop size to RE20a will allow you to embroider half of the bodice at once.  By using the ruler guide on the hoop, you can play around with placement and size of designs. I used embroidery designs from Anna Maria Horner (Bird), Embroidery Lace Designs (Flowers) and Combination Design (Swirling Stem). I only used four colors, so the shirt wouldn’t be too overwhelmed with color, the tones give this sweatshirt a more sophisticated look. You can see my left side bodice design below.

Janome Skyline S9 Embroidered Top - Trish Stitched

*Tip: I used a stretch needle when embroidering, I believe you can use a jersey needle as well, but I have better luck with stretch.*

After completing one side, duplicate on the other side. This is where your ruler guide will come in very handy to get an idea of where your embroidery will sit on the bodice.

After completing the embroidery, cut the bottom stabilizer and tear away the top. Also cut threads. The embroidery topping dissolves with steam or water, making clean up a cinch!

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Follow pattern to attach front and back bodice and add sleeves.

Janome Skyline S9 Embroidered Top - Trish Stitched

To add peplum:

Try top on and mark where you would like the peplum to start. I wanted mine to sit at my natural waist, which came to 14″ from my shoulder. Measure the circumference of where the peplum will be sewn. My measurement was 33″. To this length, you will want to add between 20-30″, depending on how full you would like your peplum.

Next, measure how long you would like your top to be. To get this complete measurement you will want to add in seam allowance and hem allowance (Around 1.5″).

My peplum measurements came to 57″ x 12″.

Janome Skyline S9 Embroidered Top - Trish Stitched

Using the gathering setting on your Skyline S9, gather the length of your peplum piece down to your bodice waist measurement. (On mine: from 57″ to 33″). Make sure your gathering is pretty even- you don’t want it to look too full in one section and not another! Sew the ends of the peplum together with 1/2″ seam allowance, right sides together.

Attach the peplum to bottom of bodice, right sides together. Hem the bottom and you are done! You now have an awesome, comfy, stylish top! I wore mine to do a few errands the other day and I felt warm & chic!

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Janome Skyline S9 Embroidered Top - Trish Stitched

And these awesome brick walls were from Liberty State Park. I wanted to photograph indoors but my stark white apartment walls weren’t going to work. Drew and I went over to Jersey City and explored inside the ferry ticket building where the ferries to the Statue of Liberty leave. It’s such a cool spot, I can’t wait to go back and photograph. We couldn’t stay long because of other activities but definitely expect more photos from this place.

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