7/27/16

OOTD - No longer just a school uniform

Hello All and Happy Wednesday. Hoping everyone's week is sailing along smoothly, despite the heat & humidity.

Today I am  sharing another make of Eryn's Box Pleated Skirt, I made several weeks ago. I wore it once and was traumatized... the jacket I paired with it was all wrong.... it was one of those days wherein I just felt so not put together... it was just horribly wrong.

 Fast forward and in the mood for an ol' school charm look and pulled out the skirt.   However, this time I was not messing around with a blazer.   I decided a refashioned cardigan was in order.





For the skirt fabric,  I used a drapery window fabric from Fulton Fabrics.  Love the pattern repeat and thought it was perfect for another box pleated skirt.  It has that stiffness without being too stiff and knew it would be perfect for pleats.

I had to serge the 2-1/2 yds of fabric after it was washed, dried & ironed.  The fabric was fraying like crazy.

Thereafter, pleating went together quickly, checked fit and popped in a zipper.  However, the tedious part was edge stitching each pleat. But so worth it, and ensures that each pleat retains its crisp edge.  The skirt hem was fused with heat n'bond.



As I'd mention it was time for a refashion and knew a cardigan would work.  Luckily, this old loft pima cotton cardi didn't have to  be shortened length wise.   However, I needed to shorten the sleeves from 3/4 to short sleeves and also fuse the button band and stitch.  I first learned of this refashion method via The Renegade Seamstress and have added my own lil twist to refashioning cardigans.


I measured from the bottom armhole seam and cut 3" from there.  Scavengered the ribbed band by cutting 1" above the ribbed edge for seam allowance.


(Sorry no pic) proceeded with attaching ribbed band to sleeve and serged.


To refashion it further, making it a pullover to avoid the gaping that occurs with buttoned cardigans.  Yes, buying a bigger size would minimize that issue, but then I run the risk of it being too long.    So I fused the button band with steam a seam, final stitched and ironed ...donedotcom.





End result, simply comfortable for the heat & humidity with an ol' school charm look.  My daughter called me a school marm... whateva... it was perfect for today.



Until then,
Have a Great Week !

20 comments:

Mariela Alethia said...

Another winner in your wardrobe.

Lisa R said...

Very cute both the top and the skirt!

Sheila said...

Thank you Alethia!

Sheila said...

Thank you Lisa!

garnet128 said...

School marm....I think not! Beautiful skirt...yes. Brilliant refashion on the cardigan...absolutely.

Beverly said...

Love the look & great refashion on the cardigan!

Cherie said...

Great call on the sweater vs the jacket! And what a refashion you did. The outfit looks wonderful, and very professional while a bit more casual!

Sheila said...

Thank you Garnet128 !

Sheila said...

Thank you Beverly!

Sheila said...

Thank you Cherie!

Andrea said...

Very pretty outfit. Nice job!!!! Love the refashion on the sweater.

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Sharp outfit! You're so creative with refashioning things - I'm going to try that sleeve trick on an old sweater. And gorgeous skirt!

Sheila said...

Thank you Andrea!

Sheila said...

Hi Sister and Thank you!

Patty said...

Both are perfect....great refashion!

Aysun Taylor said...

Super CUTE!!!

L said...

School marm on fiya! You are always stylish Ms. Sheila. Very well done!

Sheila said...

Thank you Patty!

Sheila said...

Thank you Aysun!

Sheila said...

Thank you L !