7/26/13

Keeping It Green

For the last few weeks I have been recycling, reusing & refashioning some garments that have seen better days and some just for the fun of it.

However, the last thing I expected to do last night was recycle, reuse & refashion..  All I had planned was to read, relax & reflect once I finish preparing my clothes for the next day.   I decided I was going to wear a jacket I purchased 3 months ago via Chadwicks

To my surprise there was a hole in the collar.  I've worn the jacket twice, but couldn't think of a situation that would have caused the hole.  I was totally miffed, and immediately checked the other 2 jackets like it to see if there were any holes in those, but all was good.  My first inclination was to just chuck it, not knowing how to repair the hole because it was not along a seam. After examining it some more, I came to the conclusion that there was likely a tiny hole there and didn't notice it when I purchased it and upon wearing and washing the jacket it may have exacerbated the problem.


Throwing the whole idea of reading, relaxing & reflecting out the window... 


.. I pulled out my seam ripper and removed the mandarin collar from the neckline, and honestly it wasn't too bad.  I failed to take a pic, but the neckline of the fashion fabric raw edges & the lining neckline were folded in about 3/8" making my task easier.


Before ironing the neckline, I made sure the fashion fabric was folded to the inside 1/4" more to prevent the lining from showing and pressed.  All that remained for the neckline was finding coordinating thread and edge stitched along the neckline.  


Of course, I didn't stop there I shortened the sleeves and all was good keeping it green.



So glad I kept it green, it goes perfectly with Simplicity 3634 which I modified last year from long sleeves to short.







Until then,

Have a Great Weekend.

32 comments:

alethia said...

Ok Ms fabulous I love the way you're refashioning your garments. The sweater is a perfect match.



RhondaBuss said...

Oh, I VERY much like what you did with the jacket. Much much better than the original version.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

You are making me want to seriously hit up the RIT Dye and turn something old into something new. What a fantastic new outfit!

KayoticSewing said...

I love it, Sheila!!

RebeccaHoward said...

That colour green looks terrific on you Sheila. Nice and summery.

Angela said...

Wow! That looks great! Your refashionings are inspiring the rest of us:)

Beverly said...

Your refashioned garments always look great! I really enjoy reading your blog.

Kyle said...

You are on a roll!!! Great job!!!

velosewer said...

What a great outfit Sheila. You're so clever and now even more stylish.

Clio said...

What a great (unplanned) refashion!

c-ing said...

Good save Shelia. You did the collar and then while in green mode you did the sleeves. Like your pun on keeping it green :)

Pam said...

Looks great! Better than the original!

Sheila said...

Thanks Alethia.

Sheila said...

Thanks Rhonda. Now you're fueling me to tweak the others.

Sheila said...

Thanks Carolyn, definitely try its a great way to give old garments new life.

Sheila said...

Thanks KayoticSewing.

Sheila said...

Thanks Rebecca. I am truly enjoying wearing vibrant colors.

Sheila said...

Thanks Angela. Glad to know I am inspiring others.

Sheila said...

Thanks Beverly and so appreciate you reading my blog.

Sheila said...

Thanks Kyle, so happy I was able to save it

Sheila said...

Thanks so much Maria, now if I could learn to become a coat queen like you.

Sheila said...

Thanks Clio, despite not being in the mood, the end result was worth it.

Sheila said...

Thanks Syl.

Sheila said...

Thanks Pam.

Mary said...

Nice save-and it is super cute with the top. I like it without the mandarin collar!!

Opal said...

I love the idea of refashioning instead a throwing away a perfectly good garment.That color looks great on you.

toy said...

Great save, I love what you did to the collar and I love the color

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

You know what? You need a TV show - just a little 30-minute thing that won't cost much to make, and you give us these tips every week. That is an amazing save on that jacket, and I love your 3-way mirror too. Wonder what channel would be best...PBS would be too boring for you, maybe whichever one is showing Project Runway...

Sheila said...

Thanks Mary, and have taken the comments to heart about the jacket being better w/o the collar. I removed the collar from another one.

Sheila said...

Thank you Opal.

Sheila said...

Thanks Toy.

Sheila said...

WoW... Thanks for the Awesome compliment. I'm imagining it now.. Sheilaz Snippets. ..lol.