Thursday, January 19, 2017

Sweaters and Skinny Jeans 1

Hello Refashion Co-op. I am trying to work my way through my refashion stash. I have a small collection of sweaters and jeans/pants that I want to fix and wear. This is the first outfit.

This very plain navy blue sweater needed smaller sleeves and I wanted to jazz it up a little. 

I wanted to add pockets. I removed the back pockets of these tan jeans and pinned them on the sweater.

It was easy to sew over the original stitches. I made the sleeves smaller and took a little extra out of each side of the sweater. 

To go with the sweater, I had a pair of terribly fitting corduroy pants. These are so unflattering and baggy. These need some size adjustment. 

I took some extra room from the outside of each leg. That helped a lot, but it also made the waist really high and the crotch was still too big. I took some more out of the inside of the legs and the crotch. That brought the waist down and made the crotch fit better. I stitched over the new seams a few times to make sure they would hold.

My new sweater has some pockets in a contrasting color. That is useful and more interesting. The corduroys fit much better but they still have plenty of stretch to make them comfortable.

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

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


I don't often attempt to refashion shoes, but I have been finding a number of shoes in my collection recently that aren't quite good enough the way they are, but are too nice to just get rid of!

So I'm trying my hand at repairing/refreshing old boots. One pair of mid-calf boots was peeling and flaking too much to be worn, so I turned them into booties. The other pair of thigh-high fabric boots was just too big and bulgy to look good.

Here's the first refashion. Basically it was as simple as cutting off the top and folding over the edge to get rid of the worst of the damaged parts.



The second pair of boots was just too roomy for my legs, and the zipper was unreasonably long, causing that unsightly zipper bulge that I'm sure you're familiar with.

I shortened the zipper and sewed up the side seam for a much more streamlined fit.



It was more streamlined, but still not streamlined enough, as it kept sliding down my leg!

I've been trying out different ways to keep boots and socks from sliding down, and my most recent trick is to safety-pin a rubber band to the inside of the boot (right at the top of the calf seems to work well) so that it hugs the back of your leg when you are wearing the boots. I think it really does help!

For more details and a few more pictures, read about these two refashions on my blog!

--The Unfashionista

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

How to sew a tote bag

I found recently  old gold jean πŸ‘– in my wardrobe, I don't use them any more as I'm not particular fan of  low hip pants . I used them maybe 3 times and hid on the bottom of the wardrobe.  
But now I decided I must do something with those jeans finally ,as my wardrobe doesn't have entrance to Narnia🌸 so it's place is limited, jeans are also in great shape so it would be big waste to throw away.
 Then I saw on Asos site beautiful gold tote bags πŸ‘œ and I knew what I will do with them✂.

my fabrics before πŸ‘‡
I used for this bag my old bro's shirt and my old gold jeans

 during work

my ready tote bag  I love it ❤ , it's perfect for school and work

I also sew little wallet πŸ‘› as  perfect match for my bigger bag 
( I will show soon on my blog how to sew it as well)

Circle skirt from a duvet

Circle Skirt from a Duvet
I usually make circle dresses from bed sheet or other linens.  This weekend I discovered this duvet at Goodwill and I HAD to have it.  PLUS, it was only $6.99!

Daisy helped!

Daisy loves to sew!
I separated the 2 layers of the duvet.

I folded the duvet into a square,

Fold into a square
and then into a cone.

I cut the top and bottom edges to create a seamless circle.

Seamless Circle Skirt

The complete tutorial, plus information about circle skirt calculators and how to make this a one size fits all / maternity skirt are on my blog:

The Itchy Sweater Purse

Hello Refashion Co-op. I had a very itchy, scratchy wool sweater that I hated to wear. I decided to shrink it and make it into a bag. 

After washing in hot water and drying on high, I had a half-size sweater. Most wool garments have a warning tag telling you not to wash and dry them because of all the shrinking they will do.

It was small and the material was thicker now. I cut the arms and the neck band off the sweater. 

I connected the front and the bottom. I narrowed the shoulders to match the straps I had cut out. It is starting to look like a bag. 

I connected the shoulder strap pieces and added a pocket on the front. The button on the pocket is from the neck of the sweater. The bag is really sturdy and the wool is so tightly shrunk together that it needs no lining. It doesn't fray when it is cut so this material is easy and fun to work with.  

I thought the weight of the bag might stretch the narrow shoulder strap over time, so I reinforced it with some grosgrain ribbon. I just stitched it to the under side of the shoulder strap. 

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