7/13/12

Minimal Refashion & Friday OOTD

I started refashioning suits about 5 years ago when I couldn't find short-sleeve suits for the summer.  It was as if no one wore short sleeve suits anymore, went into store after store and no luck, so I took a proactive stance and went through my closet and selected suits that had lost their place in rotation row.  I started off taking them to the cleaners, not feeling confident to shorten the sleeves myself  especially with a lining involved.  However in the last 3 years I've been shortening them myself and it was painless and I can keep my $10.00 in my pocket..lol

This seersucker suit was purchased about 4 years ago from the Loft.  Love the topstitching detail and most importantly the cut of the jacket.  It's a 97% cotton - 3% spandex blend and washes well in the machine and then line dry, what I will say is make sure you have a good steamer...lol

This suit was knocked out of the summer rotation row last year because I was undecided what to do about the sleeves.  When this summer rolled around and as I was switching out my fall/winter suits for summer, I remembered that this suit did not get any play last year.  So refashionville it was destined for....


To determine length, I put the jacket on & marked where I wanted to cut it.  I cut the lining a tad longer than the fashion fabric, on the wrong side ironed a 3/8" fold on the fashion fabric, sandwich steam-a-steam between the fashion fabric &lining and pressed.

On this particular jacket I machine stitched the hem (instead of my usual handstitching)  in place after using the steam-a-seam... and presto... a refashioned suit.

So if you have been looking for short sleeve suits... look no further, but in your closet, I am sure you have suits that would love to be minimally refashioned.





New Look 6967 is my new summer time favorite I made it back in May and ummm yeah this top has been in heavy rotation.  Sporting it today with washed away linen pants from the Loft.  It has the look of denim but the ultimate feel of linen.  These pics were take in the morning hanging with my pooch... so one can imagine... the wrinkles that will materialize after sitting for long periods of time.


Until then... Have an Awesome Weekend

20 comments:

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I like your refashion. Do you get people asking you where you find short sleeve suit jackets especially since they've become so hard to find?

Rosie said...

Great going with the refashioning! I see a certain little girl made an appearance!

Positively Necie said...

Love the refashion. You look classy and cool at the same time. Have a great weekend!

SEWN said...

Great idea and the suit looks great!

Adelaide B said...

That sleeve length is perfect and hits you in the right spot.

Sheila said...

Thanks Ladies,

Carolyn: Yes, especially at work and/or by women that work in the building. I share with them my refashion technique & the response is oh...I couldn't do that or WoW... great idea.


Rosie: Ms. Savannah kept bringing her ball over to me then I finally caved in & picked it up all saliva laden... lol

Irene said...

Refashioning is certainly the fastest way to get something "new" in the wardrobe. Brilliant idea.

Minnie said...

You did a great job getting the sleeves straight and the right length. Good job!

Sheila said...

Thank you.

Irene, you are so right. I have shortened the sleeves on a few long sleeve tops I made last fall and recently modified a tank dress to a top too.

Minnie, To ensure both sleeves are even I fold the jacket & pair up the sleeves before hemming.

Candice said...

You did an awesome job Sheila!

Faye Lewis said...

Love your pinstriped remake.

Sheila said...

Thank you.

GodsgirlT said...

Such a great idea to refashion the jacket...looks fantastic. This looks like a suit that is far from being "played out" so good idea! Don't you just love linen....wrinkles and all?! Cute top too!

Mary said...

The sleeve length looks just right on you and I prefer that suit with short sleeves. Nice way to keep some clothing in the rotation.

MAD14kt said...

Well done, Sheila Baby! :)

HeathersSphere said...

Clever refashioning resulting in a very flattering jacket, Sheila! Thanks for the inspiration.

velosewer said...

That makes perfect sense Sheila. The jacket is a different look with short sleeves.

Mary Sarah said...

HI!! I love short sleeved jackets for summer. You refashion jacket is great. I love the details of your jacket. The only refashion I've done is to shorten a couple of skirts I bought a few years ago.

Lynneb said...

Great Idea, Sheila! Really cute! And, oh, where did you get that striped tote? I love it!

Sheila said...

Thank you.

Lynneb, I purchased the tote at the Loft.