Thursday, February 23, 2017

An Imagine UNtunic alteration

Today's refashion is simple: Mine typically are... What makes this somewhat unique, perhaps, is that I refashioned this tunic using ONLY a Serger.

This is not a flattering silhouette for a "hippy" gal such as myself...

I use Sergers all the time (Yes, you saw right. Plural. Sergers.). My job/livelihood is selling sewing machines and giving lessons on how to use them. I may not be the best seamstress, but I know ALL about how machines work and how to best utilize them for certain "looks." (Not bragging... just illustrating that even though I'm a horrible seamstress I'm still knowledgeable. Those who can't do, teach, right?) :)  I've found that when it comes to sergers, people can get quite flustered. But there's really NOTHING to it.

Exhibit A:

For this super simple refashion, I used our Baby Lock Imagine Serger to "UN tunic" this sweater.

This is what the side seams looked like with a 3 thread overcast stitch on the Imagine:

This is so much more professional looking than a zig zag or straight stitch

And even though I did like the striped linen fabric trim, it sadly went bye-bye when I finished the bottom edge with a rolled hem (done on the same Serger).

Still only 3 threads, but a completely different look.

This alteration was SO simple. Seriously... just 3 stupid little seams and it was all done on a Serger. If I can make a refashion look good (or at least not "home made" looking...) by using a Serger any one can.

I think this is much better on my, uh, curves...

I bought myself some Tieks for Valentine's Day :)

If you've contemplated getting a Serger, I would highly recommend them. They really polish up your projects and they sew at lightning speed so you can get your sewing done much faster too. It's a win-win :)

Happy SERGING ;)

The Witch Dress

Hello Refashion Co-op. I have had this black dress on my refashion rack for about 2 years. It was just so unexciting I never even tried it on. When I did try it recently, I found it fit pretty well.

I still thought it was really dark and severe looking. And these dangling open wrists made me feel like a witch. Maybe I should have saved it for Halloween. I cut the bottom of the dress off in a high-low style. I thought about leaving the sleeves alone but I have a toddler and I had to change a diaper with these sleeves in the way and decided I hated them and they had to go.

I closed the sleeves and they were nice and plain. (And more hygienic!) I can live easier with drama free sleeves.
You can see the high-low hemline of the shirt. It is a heavy knit and when I saw it didn't fray at all, I left it as a raw cut edge. It was lighter and had more movement with out folding it over and making a thick hem. 

Here are the pants. They were too big, too high waisted, and the zipper was broken. They were also very soft and stretchy, with an elastic waistband. So, I decided to try and make them wearable.

I took some fabric off the inner legs and crotch to bring the waist down to my waist. I also took some excess off each side, including that zipper. I figured/hoped that with stretchy elastic at the waist and stretchy fabric I could get them on and off without a zipper. 
I was right, I didn't need a zipper. I don't know why anyone put a zipper in stretchy pants. It was totally unnecessary.

Thanks for reading, for more details and pictures go to I Can Work With That.

T-Shirt Applique

Hello readers!
I apologize for taking so long to post. Have I given up sewing? No way! I have been busy with my 1st New Years Resolution: Organizing the house. I have made great progress with my home organization but now and then I need to take some time for a creative break!
Here is what I have for you today….
Whenever I am out on a thrifting adventure I find some quirky t-shirts that I just HAVE to have! But what do you do with a t-shirt that does not fit? Take the quirky part and sew it to something else!
I don’t really understand it….but I love it!
I cut out a square piece around the piggie.
Found this cozy sweatshirt for .99cents! Did you see the zipper detail?!
I didn’t want to put the applique front and center. I decided to get artistic and place it at the bottom corner at slant. Something different! Then sewed that into place! I even used a decorative zig-zag stitch with black thread to contrast the red fabric.
I decided to use the rest of the t-shirt material to make elbow patches for the sleeves of the sweatshirt. That’s where I broke out my handy dandy heat ‘n bond! (Love this stuff)
I ironed on the heat ‘n bond. Traced 2 ovals for the elbow patches. Cut out the ovals. Peeled off the heat ‘n bond backing. Finally, ironed on the elbow patches!
I always place a layer of wax paper underneath the fabric that I am ironing the heat ‘n bond to, just in case! Don’t need any messes or fabric bonded together that doesn’t belong together.
Ta da! Such a silly but cozy sweatshirt! ….don’t mind my sock monkey slippers
annnd let’s not forget the elbow patches!
Happy Refashioning!!!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

It's tunic time...part two

The second tunic in this series was just about as easy as the first one.  I started with a crop top that had a nice lace edging, and a long, pleated skirt.

I put on the crop top and determined how long I wanted my finished tunic to be.

I cut off the bottom half of the skirt to the predetermined length, retaining the original hem.

I carefully pinned all of the pleats in place and serged along the top edge of the skirting before attaching it to the top.

I was fortunate that the width of the skirting was already the width of the top, so no adjustments were necessary.

I then pinned the right side of the pleated skirt to the wrong side of the crop top at the point where the lace edging met the t-shirt fabric.

I topstitched the pleated skirt to the top, stitching along the top edge of the lace edging.  For modesty, I also stitched a strip of the skirt fabric to the back side of the lace that ran down the front of the top.

I love the flowiness of this top!  Although, it made for some fun times trying to photograph at the windy Oregon coast!

Stay tuned for more tunics on my blog, Second Chances by Susan!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Boring Red Dress Turns Polka Dotted Fun!

This simple red dress was given to me in a pile of hand-me-downs.  I didn't really love or hate the dress.  I held onto it because the overall fit was good and I figured maybe it would be a good dress during the Christmas season.  Christmas came and went two times and I never wore this dress.  

I had these pom poms I bought for another craft project, but never used them.

I had an epiphany after seeing this cute sweater on Zooey Dechanel.

The color of the pom poms were a perfect match for the dress.  It definitely feels very "fall", but I thought it would be worth a shot.  I pinned a few on to get an idea if it would work.  I got pretty carried away.  Since I had pinned so many, I had to hand sew them all to the dress while on the dress form or I would screw up all my measurements.

It is definitely a little funky, but I love how it came out!  My daughter calls it my fall ball dress.  My son thinks it looks like I broke out in a Skittles rash.  I call it my gumball dress.  Either way, I think it is super fun and totally unique.

Here it is on.  

As you can see, I shortened the sleeves, hand sewed pom pom balls to the majority of the front of the dress and I left the back plain.

I haven't worn this out yet, but I can't wait to see what people say.  I definitely think it is a conversation piece that people will either love or hate, but it is sure to make people smile either way.