Friday, July 10, 2020

A Criss-Cross Workout Top & More

Hello Readers. Are you using this quarantine time to work-out more? Are you glued to the sofa and taking as many naps as possible? I am swinging back and forth between those 2 extreme choices.

I had a big men's shirt that I liked a lot. Why? That cool flamingo of course! There is a small flamingo on the front of this shirt, the big flamingo was on the back. It doesn't have to stay on the back. Let's flip this shirt around an ddo something about those long sleeves.

I cut the sleeves and neckband off the shirt and cut the shoulders into points.

I used scissors and cut the front (With the small flamingo.) of the shirt down the middle. I crossed the front halves over each other and tied the points in knots. It is harder to describe than it is to actually do.

It is easier to see what I did on this dress form. I tied these knots and made the back straps a little more narrow. T-shirts don't fray so I cut it to fit the way I thought I would like. It is pretty long so there is plenty of butt coverage in the back. I tied the ends into a knot to gather the fabric together. You could also just let it hang loose. You do you!

And now the big beautiful flamingo is in the front. There is no cleavage to worry about because the neck is really high. This shirt is perfect for napping or exercise, whichever you prefer.

What did I do with the sleeves? I added them to this sleeveless shirt.

I cut the binding off the armholes and added the sleeves to make a raglan shirt.

Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The Warm Shoulder Top

Hello Readers. How are you? Are you well and safe? Are you wearing a mask everywhere and washing your hands so often your skin is super dry? Yes, me too. Part of my work is online at home. I can wear whatever I want. But part is out in public and I am required to wear a mask. It saves time on applying make-up because who needs makeup when your whole face is hidden?
The requirements for work clothes have not changed. No bare shoulders.

That means I could not wear this cute polka dot top. It had a little tie belt and I liked it a lot but those shoulders...

I decided to remove those low hanging sleeves. I took the shirt in a little on the sides and finished the armholes. I still could not wear this because sleeveless shirts are also a no-no too.

I took those sleeves and saw that they were perfect little half circles.

I pinned and pinned so those sleeves fit on my shirt. I used my sewing machine to attach them.

The circles made fluttery little sleeves that would cover my shoulders. That means I was ready for work!

That is what I did. I went to work. 

Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Dressy Overalls?

Hello Readers. How are you doing? Are you OK? I hope so. I am trying to stay up to date and informed but also not over-load on all the bad news in the world. Its a tough balance. I am also sewing to stay sane. So, let's talk about that.

This dress was fine. It was in good shape and would have been great for Easter Sunday. (If we had gone to church. Thanks Corona!) It fit pretty well but it showed a lot more cleavage than I was comfortable with. It has been hanging on my refashion rack waiting for me to get inspired.

I finally figured out what I wanted to make. I started by separating the skirt from the bodice. I just unpicked a lot of stitches to open the waistband and made sure that I did not cut the zipper. I unpicked the stitches around the zipper and left the zipper intact. 

This is what I had to work with. I started working on the skirt piece.

I spread the fabric flat and used a pattern to make some shorts. I used the bottom hem of the skirt as the hem of my shorts. That saved time. I didn't really need to make a waistband either. Why?

I was going to attach the shorts to the bodice of the dress. That would be the waistband.

When I connected the 2 pieces I put the zipper in the back of the shorts.

I had a cute pair of overalls. I have been wanting a pair of overalls for a while. These are a little fancier than denim but still loose around the waist. That is key after all the Corona snacking I did.

I was comfortable and pleased with the final result. I always liked this floral fabric but the overalls seemed less dressy than the dress. And since we are all at home I am not dressing up much. A shirt underneath took care of the cleavage problem.

Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Work Wear

Hello Readers. How are things going where you are? It looks like Covid-19 numbers might be rising and there are still demonstrations and marches around the nation, I hope you are safe and well where ever you are.

Today's refashion is simple fix for some work clothes. I have been working extra days to fill in for a co-worker so I am going through work clothes like crazy lately. And some of my clothes are still too tight thanks to all those Corona quarantine snacks.
(I have been trying to exercise more but I have made hash browns and eggs for breakfast everyday since the quarantine started so that might be part of the problem...Y'all, I love potatoes so much! Anyway...)

This was a cute cotton blouse. It had this high elastic neck that bugged me like crazy. I can't handle things that are tight around my neck. And the pants needed to be hemmed by about 5 inches at least.

I have been thinking about how to open up this neckline for a while now. I liked the ruffle a lot. I decided to cut the shirt right in the front. The design had a decorative line that I used as a guide. I cut a 5 inch opening.

That left these little fraying bits. I trimmed them down as much as I could.

I decided the best thing to do was to use a zigzag stitch and go over the opening to keep it from fraying away to nothing. The new stitches blended in with the stitching that was already there. I matched the thread the best that I could. My local shop is really low on thread.

The pants were stretchy and the tag guaranteed a great fit. Gloria would not lie to me.

I learned to sew because I didn't want to pay someone to hem pants for me. And I have to hem all my pants! Sewing saves so much money.

The pants were a great fit now. (Thanks Gloria!) and this outfit was ready to go to work.

Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.

Friday, June 26, 2020

The Hot Sauce Dress

Hello Readers. How are you doing today? I hope you are doing well and doing good where ever you are today. I am feeling awesome today because of this new sundress.

I found this fun men's shirt at a swap while back and love the graphic on the front. It was awesome! I could have been left alone and worn as pajamas (Quarantine means pajamas 24/7 right?) but I wanted more from this shirt.

I began by cutting out 2 rectangle pieces from the front and back of the shirt. I wanted the hot sauce image to be centered in the front. I made a basic tube dress shape.

I also cut some strips of fabric to use later as shoulder straps.

I made a casing at the top of the dress for some elastic. The elastic pulled the dress in and made the top fit well. I didn't want any gaping or cleavage. I attached those 4 pieces of fabric I cut earlier in front and back to make some shoulder straps. They tie as tight as needed to make the dress fit well too. They are also wide enough to cover bra straps. (That is nice if you nursed 3 children and you need a real bra.)

This dress has some stretch to it so it was easy to fit.

And its so much fun to wear!

Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The Peasant Skirt Dress

Hello Readers. It has been quite a while since I have gone to any clothes swaps or thrift stores. I have been trying to really get through my refashion stash. I have been stashing things for ages. It is nice to get to some of the things that have been sitting around waiting.

This skirt has been sitting around for a long time. I used the bottom tier of the skirt in a refashion a few years ago. I didn't think I liked what was left of the skirt but I saved it anyway. (I am really glad I did!)
This shirt caught my eye at a swap because it was striped. It was a simple cropped shirt. I didn't realize it was cropped. It is a little too short for me to wear with jeans because my mommy stomach might show and I keep that stretch-marked saggy mess hidden at all times. My belly button is wierd too. No one needs to see that.

I started by cutting that light blue lining and hemming it. It needed to stay hidden under the skirt. I also had to hem the skirt where it had been cut off. It was pretty easy.

I decided to pin the shirt to the skirt to prepare to connect the two pieces. I thought if I sewed them together the shirt would stay tucked in. (No visible mom tummy.)

I used my machine to connect the shirt and skirt. I tacked it down in 4 places around the waistband of the skirt.

You can see here how everything fit together.

I was finished and I had a great lightweight summer dress with a twirly skirt. I liked the skirt again at this shorter length. And that elastic waistband is awesome after all those quarantine snacks!

Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself if you have time.
If you are busy going out and changing the world, the sewing can wait.