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Friday, January 14, 2022

Get Cozy

Hello Readers. I feel like hibernating for a week or 2. Does anyone else feel that way? It's cold and the sun sets early, I just want to hide under a blanket.

Before and after.

This sweatshirt has been in my drawer for a long time. I would wear it occasionally but I did not love it. And these gray sweatpants were a hand-me-down from my mom. They were a little big. I wanted something soft and cozy to wear so I grabbed these and got to work. 

What I really liked about this sweatshirt was the inside. The reverse side of the fabric was more colorful and fun. I decided to turn the sweatshirt inside out. I unpicked the stitches from this tag and removed it to start.

I also cut the front pocket off the sweatshirt. I saved it so I could re-attach it later.

I wanted to make the shirt shorter so I cut the waistband off and then cut some of the middle of the shirt out. I removed about 3 inches. 

I used my serger to connect the waistband and the shirt again. I stitched the waistband on as you see above and then...

When I was done sewing I flipped the waistband down and the sewing is hidden inside.

I shortened the sleeves and re-attached the wrist cuffs the same way. I also re-attached the front pocket. 

These sweatpants were a straight leg style and I wanted a jogger style. I tapered the legs and added cuffs.
I used these old sweatshirt cuffs to make cuffs at the ankles of these new joggers. 

I was able to add a small hip pocket from the extra fabric. 

I actually had 2 pairs of these gray sweatpants so I was able to make a pair of tiny joggers for my youngest. He still likes it when he matches me or his dad. I know he will outgrow it soon but for now we are "twinsies".

I had already cut up this pair of sweatpants for another project but there was enough for a small pair of pants. I made an elastic waist.
We were both relaxing in our cozy lounge wear. (I gave him a donut to get this picture.) Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.



Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Brocade Bomber

 Hello Readers. The cold snowy weather made me want to do a jacket refashion. Luckily I had a jacket in the stash ready to work on. I got it as a hand-me-down last year and NOW is the time.

Before and after.

 I really liked this brocade jacket. The fabric was so pretty. It fit well enough but it didn't really close. It had one little hook and eye closure in the front and that was it. It wouldn't be very warm like that. I had a plan. I wanted to make a bomber jacket with a zipper and ribbed collar, waistband and cuffs.

I started by cutting the edge off the entire jacket. It had a nicely finished edge but I didn't think it would go with my new plan. 

I used my serger to close up all those cut edges. The jacket layers were moving around a lot and it was hard to work with. Maybe I shouldn't have cut the edges off? Sometimes you just have to figure it out as you go. 

I got my ribbing out and ironed it in half long ways. I bought this just to make this jacket and after a year of not buying anything for sewing it felt very strange to buy something. 

I used the serger again to close the ends. This is going to be the waistband. 

I made cuffs from the ribbing as well. The ribbing was folded in half but the cuffs were connected to make a circle. I attached the waistband and the cuffs to the jacket the same way. I stitched the open side of the folded ribbing to the edge of the jacket. You can see the jacket and the ribbing layers above. 

When the ribbing and the jacket were connected on the inside I smoothed the ribbing down. I top stitched the seam so it would lay flat. 

The cuffs and waistband were done and looked good to me. Now it was time for the zipper. 

I got this zipper from Wal-Mart. It was only a few bucks. I needed a zipper that opened at both ends for a jacket and I didn't have one on hand. You can find them on Amazon too but it was a lot cheaper at Wal-Mart.

This is only like the third zipper I have ever sewn into clothes in my lifetime. I am afraid of them. The zipper had a lot of instructions that I did not read. I just did what made sense to me. (That is how I live my life, I don't know what to tell you.) I stitched it onto the jacket like you see above. 

Then I top stitched it so it would lay flat. This also hid the serged edge from view. 

I made the collar with folded ribbing just like the waistband. I needed to attach the collar along the neck. 

It took some pinning to get the collar on correctly and evenly. 

I wanted the collar to taper down and disappear where it met the top of the zipper. I sewed it into the position I wanted and had to cut off the excess ribbing after it was attached. 
 I took this jacket on a little road trip. It was cold and snowy and I saw a huge roller skate at what seemed to be a trash truck repair center on the side of the road. I can't explain it, I just got a picture and went on my way. Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.

Friday, January 7, 2022

The Patchwork Coat

 Hello Readers. It is cold and snowy in my area. It is really feeling like winter so let's refashion a cozy wool coat. This little black and gray coat had some touches of mustard yellow that I loved. It wasn't bad in it's original form but I had another vision for it.

Before and after. 
This coat had a lot going for it. I love the different fabrics and colors. The fit wasn't great on me. The sleeves were too long. (Call me Miss Short Arms.) And that snowflake on the black side did not go with my plan. 
I wanted to go with a sewing theme because I like to sew and because I have had these buttons for a long time. I have never been able to find a good use for them. They are too big and heavy for a button down shirt. They needed the right jacket or coat. The colors of these buttons and this coat were made for each other.
I cut off the bottom of the coat. I thought a cropped length would look better on me. I am really short so shorter lengths are better. And the sleeves needed to be shorter so they got cut too. 

I made 2 pockets out of some gray wool I had on hand. I made it big enough to cover the snowflake design. The coat did not need pockets but it seemed like the easiest way to cover the snowflake.

This a view of the pocket upside down. I was stitching it onto the coat. 
You can see I used a zigzag stitch on the cut edges to keep the coat and its lining all together while I was working on it. I added this black trim to hide the cut edges and the zigzag stitches. 

My newest refashion is definitely a favorite. I love these buttons!

Sleeve close-up. Adding the trim was a fast easy way to finish the edges.
Coat close-up #1.

Collar close-up #2.

My new coat was warm because of the wool it was made out of. The new buttons and shorter length made it so much fun to wear. Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Pants to Skirt

 Hello Readers. I love refashioning clothes and thinking about what they can become. I also like to think about what clothes I do not have in my wardrobe and make them. That is how we got here to today's project. 

Before and after. 
These tan dress pants were great with this sweater. They did not fit my short legs well at all though.  I already wore and loved the sweater. I wasn't going to refashion the sweater.
The sweater reminds me of this book. It a favorite kids book that I read to my kids  a lot. (This little girl does get over her case of stripes and stops trying to please everyone but herself. It is really a great story book for kids.)

I want to turn these tan pants into a tan skirt. I don't have one of those. First, I  cut the seam between the legs of these pants. I just cut from one hem, up the leg and down the other leg. 
The pants were now open at the inner seam and I could start to make a new shape.

 I used my dress form to hold the "pants" and start pinning my new skirt. You can do this without a dress form but this just makes it easier.

I pinned the sides of the waist to make it higher and more fitted and I pinned the front of the pants to create a new seam down the center. I tried to make it straight so it would be smooth when I wore it. I pinned the back seam the same way. This made the skirt shape I wanted.

I cut off some of the extra fabric from the bottom so it would be out of my way when I was sewing it all together on my sewing machine. 
This is what the back looked like when I was sewing it together. The pins are out of the way. That little pointed piece to the right is the old crotch from the pants. It needs to be removed after the new seam is sewn. 
I gave my new skirt a quick hem and I was done. 
I loved this new skirt. Here is an inside view of a the new center seam with the excess fabric cut away.
 It was a simple straight skirt and lets the striped sweater be the star of the show. Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.