1/31/15

RTW Refashion

I am not a New Year's Resolution kind-a-gal, it just never works for me and guess one can say my will power just fizzles over a short time.

However, after taking a close look at my year-end rtw clothes purchases and items I've sewn, its the first time in yearssssssssss, I have no holes in my wardrobe... seriously,  I feel its earth shattering...lol   So this year I am challenging myself to take on a RTW fast, I feel the word challenge works better than the words new year's resolution...haha!   Of course, the challenge will not keep me out of the stores, but will give me inspiration.  With that if I come across an item I really like in the store, I must find a pattern and fabric comparable to it and sew it.  Note to self... the challenge excludes shoes, handbags, jewelry & basics...sinister giggling.  This challenge will also allow me to do a lil more selfless sewing too.

Ok...yeah... yeah it has only been 30 days in, but it feels good knowing that I have not caved in yet.  To keep rtw purchasing withdrawal at bay, I've gone back to my old ways of ironing my clothes for the week, instead of the night before.  So far it has been working.

Of late, I have been inspired by lace bomber jackets...

 and had the perfect pattern and also lace in my stash.

... then remembered the rtw lace pullovers I'd purchased during the after x-mas sale for pennies $4.99 a pop.  I purchased a few colors and below is one in winter white.


so no need to go through the whole riverdance mode of sewing one...

In come refashion mode. rtw black pullover lace top.

Once the ribbon was fused to raw edges, I final stitched along each side of the new edges.


Once it was shortened, I inserted the zipper, again using heat n bond to keep it in place and stitched to the ribbon edges.  The refashion took about 1-1/2 hr and the end-result fulfilled my inspiration.


I paired my refashion with a modified Simplicity 1849 and an old loft skirt (boots (old) 9West and Express Bucket backpack )

Until then, 
Have a Great Weekend and Stay Warm

23 comments:

Julie said...

This is a great approach for a trendy item. Your jacket looks great.

Styling Me said...

I have the same pattern with the intentions of sewing it up for spring. Talk about quick and easy. This was a great idea to use this rtw top. It turned out super, I would definitely wear that.

Karen said...

That is awesome! I am on my way to the fabric store right now to get some lace. I hope you don't mind that I am copying you.😋

alethia said...

Awesome, you did a great job.

Sheila said...

Thank you Julie.

Sheila said...

Thank you. It really was a great way to get instant gratification. Hopefully, I will do the pattern, would like to do one in a floral print.

Sheila said...

Thank you, definitely make one, a great way to incorporate a trendy piece into ones wardrobe.

Sheila said...

Thank you Alethia.

Myra said...

What a wonderful looking jacket, Sheila! Great job, you make me want to hit the sewing room!

Digs said...

Clever you. Super new bomber.

Sheila said...

Thank you Myra. The refashion is definitely a sewjo motivator.

Sheila said...

Thank you Digs.

Tanya said...

Wow! That was sheer (pun intended) genius. Love it.

Tanya said...

Wow! That was sheer (pun intended) genius. Love it.

Etta Green said...

I love your refashion, it turn out great! You look absolutely stunning, perfect combination.

Candice said...

I love this Sheila,pure awesomeness!

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

What a wonderful use of a ready to wear piece! Fantastic!

Patty said...

So cool!

Levone said...

I love your jacket! I'll be so happy when I can say I have no holes in my closet.

Sheila said...

Thanks Ladies.

Dharma said...

Love your remake!! It gave me some ideas for a few rtw tops.

Cennetta said...

Way to go, Sheila. Love it.

Sheila said...

Thank you Dharma and Cennetta.