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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

#4 September Back to School: Two Linen Tops become a Linen Set

 This is #4 for September Back to School.


*I am a "retire / rehire". Retired from University and Rehired into an Elementary School
*I pledge not to buy any new RTW or thrifted for my new "Back to School" wardrobe.  
*I pledge to shop from my closet.

BEFORE: 
  • The skirts were in the closet & refashioned with hem & button changes a few years back.
  • Shopping the closet turned up the matching yellow linen tops bought in the same garage sale.
  • These were the same fabric and the same brand.
  • Problem was, the overshirt had the short sleeves and the undershirt had the long. sleeves.
STEPS: 
  • Have an "aha" moment to realize that I could switch the sleeves in the tops so they cold be worn as a set.
  • Removed the sleeves from both tops. Sleeve caps & armcycles matched.
  • Baste, stitch, serge the sleeves in place. 
AFTER: An easy Refashion that gave a set to wear with the 3 skirts.
After: A Set
After:
Short Sleeves 

in Under shirt
After:
Long Sleeve 

in Overshirt
After:
Already Refashioned

 Blue Skirt



After: Bias Cut Trim
Already Refashioned Chambray Skirt Hem

After:
Already Refashioned 

Denim Skirt


Before:
Same Brand & Fabric
Long Sleeves
in Under Shir







































 
Before:
From the closet
Short Sleevs
in Over-shirt

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

SWEETHEART BUSTIER TOP TUTORIAL / MEN'S SHIRT REFASHION

 I love to use men's shirts to my refashions , there are  often made from great fabrics like silk or egyptian cotton. 
 I think good quality fabrics are very important not only for sewing but even more for wearing.

Shirts before:
100% egyptian cotton :-)



here you can see how ready top looks like ,


I dyed it as well , I think it looks now little like starry night by van gogh
don't you think ;-)


and on me 

Men's shirt refashion in one photo :-)



Love,

The Refashioners: Denim Faux Shearling Vest

My second "jeanius" refashion for The Refashioners community challenge was a bit of an experiment. I wanted to see if I could take a pair of brown jeans and a few pairs of white jeans...

Denim Faux Shearling Vest - Before

...and turn them into a faux shearling vest. It took a while to figure out how to do so - and how to get all my pieces cut out of that one pair of brown jeans - but I did it! And just in time for our first real cool front!

Denim Faux Shearling Vest - After
Denim Faux Shearling Vest - After
Denim Faux Shearling Vest - After

You can read all about the process and see more photos at CarissaKnits!

Denim Faux Shearling Vest - After

Monday, September 26, 2016

#3 September Back to School: Dress Refashioned AGAIN!!! with New Trim

 This is #3 for September Back to School.


*I am a "retire / rehire". Retired from University and Rehired into an Elementary School
*I pledge not to buy any new RTW or thrifted for my new "Back to School" wardrobe.  
*I pledge to shop from my closet.

BEFORE: 
  • The dress for this Refashion was made MANY years ago from a flowered dress & black/white dotted cotton fabric.
  • The First Refashion is too small now
  • Wide black trim is from the stash
STEPS: 
  • Remove flowered fabric from the hemline.
  • Add a flowered gusset in the side seams to enlarge the dress bodice.
  • Shorten the drop waist by 1 inch. Waist dips in front & back.  
  • Add the black trim to the hemline.
  • Restitch the wider black dotted neckline to make a thinner binding trim
AFTER:
  • An easy Refashion that put this dress back into the school days rotation.
    After: 2nd Refashion
    Trim added
    Side gusset added to enlarge
    Drop waist dips in front and back
    Waist shortened by 1 inch

    After:
    Drop waist dips in front & back
    It was shortened by 1 inch

    After:
    Neck band was narrowed














    After:
    Trim replaced
    flowered border
    Before:
    1st Refashion from 

    MANY years agowas
    Too small

    Before:
    1st Refashion
    Wide neck band

FFO - Finally Finished Object

So, I started this project before I joined Refashion Co-op (actually a looooong time before) and I didn't take a photo.  But that's okay, because Chickie did it for me at the beginning of September:

Chickie's shirt

Okay, it's not exactly the same shirt, you might have spotted the colour change.  But the style is the same (and not my style either).  There were belt loops for the self-fabric belt that were at the end of my rib cage rather than my waist, plus it was really awkward to get on and off.  The label said "cotton elastane" but it has no stretch whatsoever.

Solution?  Cut the shirt the rest of the way down the front, unpick the side seams and take out the belt loops then re-sew them, unpick the belt down the long side and make it into button bands either side (just enough fabric).  Wait until suitably calm and relaxed, take a deep breathe and make buttonholes.  Unpick a few, make some more.  Unpick a few again, make some more.  Declare them finished as "perfect is the enemy of good" and no-one but me will ever notice / care.  Sew on a whole lot more buttons, an odd assortment of blue then white because that's how I roll.  Done!


Happy sewing Refash Co-opites!

Mimi