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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!)

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Head over to the Janome Blog to get instructions!

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#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!)

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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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?

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Happy Friday!

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#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!

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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!)

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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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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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#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!

 

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Fashion Revolution Week: Scarf to Shorts Refashion

Happy Fashion Revolution Week! It’s going to be a great week of awareness and I hope you are taking part – whether you are a maker, or fashion consumer, your voice can make a difference!

For the past few months I’ve been wondering how I could make a difference during this week. How can I have my voice heard, in a way that relates to my everyday missions? I absolutely love making my wardrobe and selling handmade bags. When sewing came into my life, I had no idea what an impact it would make. I fall deeper in love with sewing every single day (alright some days it totally pisses me off, but we all have off days, you know?).

As a maker, I love looking at Fashion Revolution Week as a week of motivation for the creative side of the fashion industry.  (You can read all about my thoughts on the fast fashion industry on my post from two years ago.) 

I believe it’s important to get through to the big fashion companies, but it’s also important to change on a more localized level. What every day changes can you make to your buying habits? Over the past few years (and if you’ve been following my blog, you’ll have seen this trend) I’ve been super interested in repurposing, and saving items already in circulation.

Refashioning has become a major part of my life. I love taking something already made and turning it into something new. It’s a challenge, sometimes more challenging than building something from scratch. I’ve also been encouraged to refashion more because my financial situation isn’t what it once was. I’m becoming more financially dependent on my sewing, and with moving into a new house, my fabric budget has gone way down. Second hand stores are not just a fun shopping adventure anymore, they are my fabric resource. It’s made me become a lot more creative, but it’s also made me happier about my consumer practices.

All that being said, this week on the blog, I’m talking all about refashioning & repurposing! I’ll be sharing a few refashions, inspirations, and facts about the second hand world.

Today I am sharing a brand new refashion! My wardrobe needs to get summer ready, and shorts are on the list! I’ve been needing some lounge shorts, that can also be a beach cover-up or pajama pants (my wardrobe needs to work overtime, people!)

I got this scarf a few years ago as a gift, and always loved the print (and the adorable tassels) but I don’t always reach to wear a scarf. I thought this would be a good lightweight material to make a pair of shorts, but since it was such a large piece of fabric, I thought I could do something really cool with them…make them reversible! Two pairs of shorts for the effort of one?! I’m in!

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I used Made with Moxie’s Prefontaine Shorts Pattern as a base and to keep them basic, omitted the binding and pockets. The trick with keeping the tassels on the hem was some creative cutting. The shorts required 4 pieces of material, so ultimately I cut four pieces (two front, two back) from each color way. To keep the tassels even, I marked where the tassels landed on the print side, and on the solid side I marked in between the print tassels, so they were all evenly distributed.

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For the most part, I followed the pattern, but started with sewing the hems together, which wasn’t the best decision. In reality, the best way to make the shorts reversible is by making two separate pairs, then sew them together during the waist band step. This tutorial is an excellent resource to making reversible shorts and I totally recommend following this along rather than my messy way!

I LOVE how they came out! They are really light and comfortable and think they will be a fun summer short!

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And the best part? I have TWO new pairs of shorts!

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Looking for a pattern to make your own shorts? Here are three FREE options to make a pair!

City Gym Shorts- Purl Soho

Boxer Pajama Shorts – Melly Sews

Tutorial to Draft Your Own Shorts – Refashion Co-op

I also want to share my first real video! I bought a phone tripod so I can take videos with my iPhone, and it’s opened up a whole world of possibilities! Take a look at my video below! It’s just a quick clip but I’m excited to make more!

Are you ready to join the Fashion Revolution? Check out how you can get involved HERE.

Want to get involved by doing a refashion this week? Send me your makes!