10/13/16

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 !!



32 comments:

elle3270 said...

That's an awesome refashion. I would have never thought of doing something like that. I'm going to have to give clothes a second look.

Mariela Alethia said...

Love, your refashion.

Candice B said...

I love this Sheila, it's so creative!

Alethia said...

Every time i see this sweater, I fall inlove with it!!

Faye Lewis said...

Yes, you are truly the queen of the refashion scene. This is a gorgeous knit bomber jacket.

Sew, Jean Margaret said...

Love this refashion. The whole outfit looks fabulous.

SeamsLike Sarita said...

Great work taking the sweater from frumpy to fashionable.

Irene said...

What a cute cardi! You make it look so easy. I'd be dithering forever, afraid to cut into the sweater.

Jane M said...

That has to be one of the most chic refashioning projects ever. Terrific outfit.

Patty said...

So creative!!

Lynne said...

What a fabulous outfit and project! You are so talented. I am always inspired to read your blog.

c-ing said...

LOL. I once did the same thing with a polar fleece jacket.I put the buttons on the wrong side. I continue to wear it to this day. That's an awesome look on you.

Sheila said...

Thank you Elle.

Sheila said...

Thank you Alethia.

Sheila said...

Thank you Candice.

Sheila said...

Thank you Alethia.

Sheila said...

Awww Thank you Faye.

Sheila said...

Thank you Margaret.

Sheila said...

Thank you Sarita.

Sheila said...

Thank you Irene.

Sheila said...

Thank you Jean.

Sheila said...

Thank you Patty.

Sheila said...

Thank you Lynne.

Sheila said...

Thank you Syl.

Catherine said...

What an amazing piece! Absolutely love it!

Linda said...

I am always impressed with your refashioning! This is a beautiful jacket and no one will probably noticed that snaps are on the opposite (wrong???) side! Love the leather skirt also.
Quick question-what photo program do you use that allows you to combine photos? That you do so well also!

Sheila said...

Thank you Catherine.

Sheila said...

Thank you Linda ! I use powerpoint, embed the 1st pic and in a separate slide insert the 2nd pic. With the 2nd pic, I remove the background and then copy & paste into the 1st slide. Thereafter save the modified pic as a jpg image.

Jill of all Trades said...

Boy that leather look trim and matching skirt really elevates this from a boring refashion to something really special! I'm going to try that technique, myself. Thanks for the inspiration!

Sheila said...

Thank you Jill ! Definitely try it and please share pics.

Robin said...

Love that ensemble. Thanks for posting how it all came together. My daughter would love something like this! I've got some faux suede and my sewing wheels are definitely in gear--now to find an inspiration sweater...

Sheila said...

Thank you and you are so welcome. This is an easy refashion and your daughter will definitely love it.