Posts Tagged ‘ upcycled ’

How to… upcycle and save yourself some hemming

Save a step when upcycling shirts into a new shirt!

Line up the hems if you can before cutting.

Like on this raglan t-shirt with a straight hem. Its sleeves also have straight edges at the cuffs.

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I lined the body up against the hem of a white t-shirt, and the sleeves on a black one.

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One less step now at the end. It’s all hemmed!

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Making lots of baby pants

I can’t say enough nice things about this Simplicity 2907 pants pattern. It’s unisex, it’s simple to make, pops onto the baby easily with an elastic waist, and its four-part design allows for cutting a variety of styles. And using the same pattern over and over means working faster without cutting corners.

First, though, I used photocopies of the pieces to make the pants a little bit skinnier.

pattern adjustments via photocopier

Took 1/2″ off each side; Mr. Baby is long and lean.

pattern adjustments via photocopier
Then I lined up the fabrics on the dining room table Sunday and traced and traced and traced. Each pair needed about 1/2 yard.

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Some of the pants will be four pieces, as written. Some have solid backs but two-piece topstitched fronts. Some I converted into two-piece by lengthening the fronts by about 5 1/2 inches on each side. The wovens will get pockets, the knits and fleeces will not.

Mass cutting followed. Then lots of pinning together. Then stacked according to thread color, which is how I’ll sew them, a color at a time.

These four-piece pants got cut from a UFO denim skirt from a time when I had zero understanding of grain.

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Otherwise, why would I have used straight ribbon to finish the waistband? Hence the resulting mess.

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Just enough left to get pockets.

pants from UFO denim skirt

We’ll see if these pockets actually work. It was a tight fit in the end.

Kids Clothes Week, delayed edition

My parents ended up spending that whole week with us. Only downside to that, and I do mean the only, was that I got done zero sewing that whole week.

I am late in getting my upcycled projects made:

Shorts finally cut from camo skirt.

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Same shorts from skullie denim skirt. This was a really tight squeeze, so the inside of the waistband might have to come from something else.

 

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And while at it, more shorts cut from an old remnant of navy terrycloth I had bought to make a romper for a now-8-year-old nephew.

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Pile of t-shirts and sweatshirts to cannibalize remain in a pile in the sewing room. Mr. B could use some decent sweats…

Raglan shirts

Little boys in raglan shirts are so very dear. Add rolled up jeans and chucks?

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Raglan sleeves are so much easier to sew too. Nice big front for ironing on, or painting, or otherwise installing something cute? Love.

I’d like to come out of this Kids Clothes Week 2015 with some new raglans for him for spring.

So I’m giving this freebie pattern a whirl on a test drive. Green stuff is leftover knit from an old dress project, the white knit is from the stash, probably thrifted.

None of this so far fits the week’s upcycling theme, but there’s no way I’m going to proceed with cutting up lots more sweats and t-shirts unless I know this pattern fits.

Mr. Baby has a giant noggin.

Kids Clothes Week 2015, AKA trying to sew with others

One of my favorite things about a hobby like sewing is that I can do it anytime for five minutes here, for an entire afternoon, late at night, whenever. And I don’t need anyone to help.

So the success of online social sewing threw me for a loop. I don’t participate in tons of community sewing projects because they turn something I quietly enjoy at my own pace into another something I have to get done.

That rant aside, I’m going to try this Kids Clothes Week 2015 challenge or sew-a-long or whatever it is. Chock full of good ideas. Some giant sweatshirts and t-shirts and sweaters that’ll chop up well for Mr. Baby are taking up space in the sewing room. And maybe I’ll find some good ideas for little boys.

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I guess I’m signed up here.