Posts Tagged ‘ refashion ’

Earmarked for warmer weather

It only takes about 1/3 of a yard of fabric to make shorts for Mr. Baby, who’ll be about 18 months old when the cold breaks, and about 1/2 a yard for simple pants.

Which means some old duds can turn into useful clothes for him.

This skirt fit ok, but I was 28 then. Skull denim!

skull denim skirt

Same pattern in camo. Used to be a Fitz summer uniform but now way too short.

camoflage skirt

These pants will shorten into shorts for me, and the excess leaves enough for shorts or even pants for him.

striped pants

Lots of denim scraps.

denim pieces

And this goofy dress  – enough fabric for a whole romper – is a perfect green giant plaid for him. Who else can credibly wear giant green plaid?

green plaid dress

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Sweater fix: the neck (a how to?)

purple pearl sweaterI loved this silk cotton purple sweater with the pearls all over the front and the sleeves.

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But the original crew neck was such an ugh. It was so ugly, I never photographed it at all.

Picked at this sucker over months, trying to figure out the best way to fix it and then getting up the nerve to cut into this baby, too.

Finally I unraveled the knitted crew neckband. Pinned the fabric back into a bateau neckline.

IMG_6566Picked off the couple pearl beads in the way.

IMG_6561Then I cut bias strips from the back side of some old irridescent purple taffeta because it was a pretty close match to this lilac color. The taffeta’s light enough that it doesn’t add bulk, and the bias means the neckline will give a little.

IMG_6569Pinned them in place, wrong sides together, sewed. Pressed them back out, pinned pressed and sewed.

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purple pearl neckAnd neckline. Now the question remains: Should I leave the sleeves long or cut them to cap? Which will I want to wear more? (Am leaning toward CHOP.)

Trying a binding from some scraps

I think this is the best stash fabric I have to make a binding for this sweater dress refashion.

purple sweater refashion, binding fabric

Used it years ago to make a wrap dress for a family anniversary party.

There was plenty in the scrap to cut a long enough bias strip to bind the new scoop neckline.

purple sweater refashion, measuring binding

There were not enough wool scraps to do a self-bind, and even if there were, this synthetic will be less itchy than more wool against my skin.

Purple. Clearly I adore it. It’s exciting that my purples now are working in harmony.

Take ratty silver sweater set; make silver shrug

christmas dress finished!

The little shrug used to be a Tommy Hilfiger sweater set in white and silver.

sweater silver

sweater silver tag

Who knows what I spilled on it?

sweater silver gross

Or how the undershirt turned pink?

sweater silver inside

I turned it into a shrug for the Christmas dress, using the little included pattern.

shrug pattern

The long sleeves, once cut off and opened up, provided the last of the fabric for the four piece little jacket.

shrug from sleeves

Voila: New dress from old dress

I love it.

dress front

And it jives with the manifesto. It’s something I will wear. Longs for tights.

Had I to do this refashion over again, I’d have taken more time to figure out the front closure to maintain it.

dress V-neck

But there was so little fabric left for facings, I ended up sewing it shut and doing a one-piece facing. My head will still jam through without much trouble because the V-neck is roomy enough.

I would not bother with a zipper. I’d also try a keyhole sort of closure on the back, too.

Zipped knits? Sounds like disaster.

I had to put the darts back. Tried some elastic shaping across the back but it was not to be.

Bulky necks are no good.

Kept staring at this sweater. Color good, weight good, long length fantastic. Neck… holding us all back.

sweater cowl

Ten minutes tonight with the scissors and machine and the neck is gone.

sweater neck pinned

I cut off the cowl, leaving about an inch all the way around. Wrapped the inch around to the back, pinned in place and zigzagged all around, being super careful not to stretch the neck out more. Trimmed as needed. Put away back in closet.

sweater neck sewn

It worked! (Trust me.)

Dress tried, dress needs more fitting

The back of my remade dress is still too bunchy. I never made the darts from the instructions, and on purpose, too.

dress back's still bunchy

Now that the rest is done, it’s time to figure out how to make it sleeker without wrecking the fabric’s print on the back.

dress - back's still big

The darts are still an option, only low ones in the black band so the print doesn’t get mashed up.

dress - darts?

But what about some ruching across the back with an elastic band?

dress - elastic?