Making Old New Again - Refashions

Totally loving all that is refashion right now.  The joy of adding new pieces to my work wear is always a win win.

This sweater to skirt which I posted about here...  is so comfortable and perfect for fall/winter.  Of course, it will be paired with a blazer at some point...lol    After refashioning the sweater, my mind is overflowing with other ideas for refashioning sweaters.  Seriously, one can't go wrong at $4.99.

My next refashion was inspired by a photo I saw via Style Bubble, a blazer with sweater sleeves... swoon... had to make one.

Initially, I was going to go with this thrifted blazer that I purchased at Savers for $9.99 and add knit sleeves.  But after washing it and air dry... I just couldn't, the fit is perfect and I have orphan beige slacks that pairs awesomely with it.

So back to Savers I went and lucked upon this beautiful 100% wool cranberry-red Ralph Lauren Blazer.  The jacket length is longer than I like, but the fit was too good to pass up and initially thinking I would shorten it.

and this cute turtleneck sweater... and the stripes pushed me over the edge.  Knew it would be perfect with the blazer.   

First order of business was machine wash, air dry and press.  Then removed the sleeves and scavenged the sleeve buttons.   I get a joy out of deconstructing, because I get to see what was used to stabilize and construct the garment.  This jacket had the works.. interfacing, sleeve head, double layer shoulder pads.. the works.

The back has a back stay and the fronts and sides were interfaced...

Had to gut the shoulder area... just too much bulk, but left the interfacing.

Thereafter, it was smooth sailing.  I cleaned up the armholes after removing the unnecessary stuff and inserted the sweater sleeves.  Machine basted to check fit

Sleeve insertion was good and straight stitched and serged sleeves in.

I also encased the seam allowance with black fold-over elastic.

After trying it on, decided that I could live with the length of the blazer.. or until I think it needs to be re-refashion...lol

Well, there you have it... a funky fun blazer ....

Until then,

Have a Great Weekend !


In the Throes of Refashioning

I am part of Sew Much Talent Thrift Store Remake Challenge over on Facebook which is so fitting, since I love to refashion.  I must admit that my refashions have always been minimal, so this challenge is just what I need to get out of my minimal refashion rut.

The rules of the challenge is to spend $25.00 on thrift store items and refashion it. One of my thrift store purchases was an argyle pullover sweater for $4.99.

Love me some argyle and this Sweater is perfect for making a skirt.  I followed Trevor Loves Mommy tutorial.

The sweater was washed and air dried.  I used a skirt that I made previously as my template for cutting out the sweater skirt and the same for the lining.

The side seams were serged and had to straighten out the curvature of the skirt length, then straight stitch.  Basted the lining to the skirt at the waist.

Pressed the side seams..

Attached a 1.5" non-roll elastic to the skirt waist and hemmed the lining.  What remains is flipping the elastic to the inside and stitching it down and another pressing.

I am auditioning the skirt to pair with a pullover over lace top that I refashioned by removing the sleeves and replacing with knit sleeves.

As of now I am deliberating over whether I should splice the center front of the pullover to create a cardigan or just leave as is...  feel free to share your thoughts ......

Until then,
Have a Great Week !


Refashion Sweater to Jacket

My love of refashioning started 20+ years ago.  I attended a lot of formal events and refused or more likely didn’t want to be caught wearing the same garment as someone else.   I would go to the garment district and purchase one of their sample sale suits,  gowns or dresses.  Make a pit stop at M&J trimming and with my loot of trims, headed home to refashion.

I've continued my love of refashioning and love looking in my closet and admiring the new life that I have created with an old garment or a basic rtw piece.  Of course, over the years some garments have become a casualty of war, retired or donated.

My refashioning also spilled over when my daughter was a wee-one and growing faster than I could blink my eyes.  With that, I quickly took a stance that her old uniforms and some of her garments could work not only for school, but weekends and summertime too.  Most of her growing & sprouting was height wise, so her uniform blouses/top were cut to short sleeves and her pants/jeans to shorts.

Fast forward and I am still at it.  My refashions are minimal, and like to think they pack a punch when done.   Let’s take my most recent refashion.

I must admit that when I initially purchased this $3.00 sweater it was for hats and guess in my haste actually thought the print were flowers.  However, once it was laid out my mind started ticking... and tick it did.

I like the heftiness of the sweater and thought a cute jacket would make a better refashion.  I tried the sweater on and marked where I wanted to cut, then proceeded to cut at the waist and center front.  To give the jacket a lil varsity style I added navy blue stretch faux leather (Spandex World)  

Had to give the faux leather a lil press with a pressing cloth to knock out the wrinkles

Cut two 1-1/2" strips for the front raw edges and a 6" band for the bottom.  Straight stitched the faux leather strips to the raw edges with right sides together and folded to the inside and final stitched.  The bottom band was fold and serged to the raw hem of the sweater.  

Wrong side out
  Sweater is a Marisa Christina - Hand knitted

Right side of Sweater

For the closures went with black gunmetal heavy duty dritz snaps (Joanns).
This jacket worked up beautifully, however, in need of sleep, but compelled to push on with the refashion, the snaps are on the wrong side.  Buuuuut, it works even with that hiccup... and call this jacket.. the fruits of my labor...lol

I also made a matching skirt from the leftover stretch faux leather with McCalls 6654.  Modified the skirt by adding inseam pockets from New Look 6351 and also added a yoga waistband.

This is my continued love of twin sets....

Nothing like a refashion that is easy and adds variety to my work wear.

Until then,

Have a Great Week !!


Yoga Waistband

A question was posed on my instagram page regarding the yoga waistband, and thought I'd share it here. The yoga waistband is another one of my recent loves, which I have mentioned here and here.

ComfortWear is my new mantra for a working woman-on-the-go.  The formula is just perfect for my work life... Office appropriate + cozy + versatile = comfortably perfect.

The yoga waistband makes wearing a skirt even more comfortable and I don't think it gets better than that.  Seriously, it makes that time of day, time of meal, time of life bearable.  I've mentioned many times, my week days are 12-15 hours long and sitting for long periods of time begs for more comfort.

I used Mccalls 6654 knit skirt pattern, size 10 and constructed the skirt as directed.  Used a printed ITY knit from Chic Fabrics, NYC.   For the yoga waistband I used the casing pattern piece.  That piece is about 1-1/2" in height and added an additional 1-1/2" to that , yielding a 6" yoga band, and cut my waistband on the fold.

A lining was added to my skirt  and used the skirt pattern pieces to make the lining.  Basted the lining in wrong sides together to the skirt wsist line.  Before serging the raw edges of the yoga waistband, I cut 1-1/2" from the band length, then serge.  Once serged, I tried on the waistband to ensure it fits snuggly on my waist. Folded the yoga waistband wrong sides together and machine baste.  Thereafter, pinned yoga waistband to skirt waist stretching as I pinned to accommodate the waistband to the skirt waistline and serged.   All that remain was hemming the lining & skirt... done.

The yoga waistband is easy to add to any skirt pattern may it be knit or woven. For this version, I cut a printed cotton blend fabric on the bias as well as the yoga band.  Again, I reduced the length of the waistband, but allowing enough room to slide it over my hips.  Serged to skirt, hemmed lining and skirt... done.

I have linked a few tuts that will help one achieve that oh so cozy skirt and it will even work for pants...

Yoga Waistband Tutorials:

Until then,
Have a Great Week !


Twin Set Love...

I’ve recently found love in the simplest ensemble, the Twin Set as I am affectionately calling a matching top & skirt. 

 My workwear has been entrenched in tailored suits over the last 25 years and honestly didn’t know any other way to dress for my work life. Fast forward to the last 8 years of sewing my own clothes, I’ve ventured into wearing casually corporate garments.  Especially being that the corporate arena has become soft on office attire.  

However, I still have a deep rooted love affair with my suits and don a suit at least 2 days out of the week now.  My suit collection was revamped 11 years ago and plan to get the last bit of wearing out of them...lol

The Twin Set Love started so innocently tho'  while participating in a sewing challenge mentioned here.  After completing the challenge, and after wearing a few of the pieces, I immediately wanted more.

All of the twin sets were created using knits and what I am loving about this set is the ability to mix and match.  Although I donned suits for years, I did not mix & match my suits pieces... a total no-no.  

To create the twin sets, I used my go-to TnT patterns (New Look 6735), (Simplicity 1849) and (Mccalls 6654).

For Mccalls 6645, I modified it with a yoga waistband, which I learned from a fellow periscope seamstress Char of bless1.  All of the skirts are fully lined. Love that method, making the construction even easier.  Here is a yoga waistband tut I found if one is interested.

 Each of the patterns are easy with minimal fitting and they also provide instant gratification. 

Adding these sets to my wardrobe collection gives me more versatility.  Lastly, At my 50+ age and spending 12-15hrs. away from home daily, there's nothing like wearing clothes that feel like pajamas...lol

Until then,
Have a Great Week!