Saturday, February 25, 2017

#44 Back to School Wardrobe: Snug Thermal to Sleeveless Lounge Top

REFLECTIONS: Old thick cottom thermals are a favorite RanchHouse at home lounge and sleep wear. Before thinner "silkies" I wore them under winter clothing. In the 70's one co-teacher raised her skirt to show thick cotton thermals under her long skirt and boots. 

BEFORE: Too snug thermal top in RanchHouse at home loungewear. 

  • Use a seam ripper to open sleeves/side seams.
  • Leave sleeve in. Cut sleeve 1 “ down from the sleeve seam. Serge / turn to create the new facing. Topstitch in place.
  • Cut new side inserts from old sleeves. Insert, serge, topstitch in place.
  • Add lace to bottom edge.

AFTER:  Sleeveless thermal to warm up RanchHouse at home flannels. 

Sleeveless thermal under flannels

Sleeveless thermal

Lace added

Side panel added to enlarge.

BEFORE: Snug thermal from RanchHouse loungewear

Pinned to the wall

Turned an outworn shirt with a great design into a cute wall hanging using some fabric glue, a chocolate box lid, some ribbon, and some sparkly stickers. I think she looks real pretty up there! What do yall think?

Thursday, February 23, 2017

An Imagine UNtunic alteration

Today's refashion is simple: Mine typically are... What makes this somewhat unique, perhaps, is that I refashioned this tunic using ONLY a Serger.

This is not a flattering silhouette for a "hippy" gal such as myself...

I use Sergers all the time (Yes, you saw right. Plural. Sergers.). My job/livelihood is selling sewing machines and giving lessons on how to use them. I may not be the best seamstress, but I know ALL about how machines work and how to best utilize them for certain "looks." (Not bragging... just illustrating that even though I'm a horrible seamstress I'm still knowledgeable. Those who can't do, teach, right?) :)  I've found that when it comes to sergers, people can get quite flustered. But there's really NOTHING to it.

Exhibit A:

For this super simple refashion, I used our Baby Lock Imagine Serger to "UN tunic" this sweater.

This is what the side seams looked like with a 3 thread overcast stitch on the Imagine:

This is so much more professional looking than a zig zag or straight stitch

And even though I did like the striped linen fabric trim, it sadly went bye-bye when I finished the bottom edge with a rolled hem (done on the same Serger).

Still only 3 threads, but a completely different look.

This alteration was SO simple. Seriously... just 3 stupid little seams and it was all done on a Serger. If I can make a refashion look good (or at least not "home made" looking...) by using a Serger any one can.

I think this is much better on my, uh, curves...

I bought myself some Tieks for Valentine's Day :)

If you've contemplated getting a Serger, I would highly recommend them. They really polish up your projects and they sew at lightning speed so you can get your sewing done much faster too. It's a win-win :)

Happy SERGING ;)

The Witch Dress

Hello Refashion Co-op. I have had this black dress on my refashion rack for about 2 years. It was just so unexciting I never even tried it on. When I did try it recently, I found it fit pretty well.

I still thought it was really dark and severe looking. And these dangling open wrists made me feel like a witch. Maybe I should have saved it for Halloween. I cut the bottom of the dress off in a high-low style. I thought about leaving the sleeves alone but I have a toddler and I had to change a diaper with these sleeves in the way and decided I hated them and they had to go.

I closed the sleeves and they were nice and plain. (And more hygienic!) I can live easier with drama free sleeves.
You can see the high-low hemline of the shirt. It is a heavy knit and when I saw it didn't fray at all, I left it as a raw cut edge. It was lighter and had more movement with out folding it over and making a thick hem. 

Here are the pants. They were too big, too high waisted, and the zipper was broken. They were also very soft and stretchy, with an elastic waistband. So, I decided to try and make them wearable.

I took some fabric off the inner legs and crotch to bring the waist down to my waist. I also took some excess off each side, including that zipper. I figured/hoped that with stretchy elastic at the waist and stretchy fabric I could get them on and off without a zipper. 
I was right, I didn't need a zipper. I don't know why anyone put a zipper in stretchy pants. It was totally unnecessary.

Thanks for reading, for more details and pictures go to I Can Work With That.

T-Shirt Applique

Hello readers!
I apologize for taking so long to post. Have I given up sewing? No way! I have been busy with my 1st New Years Resolution: Organizing the house. I have made great progress with my home organization but now and then I need to take some time for a creative break!
Here is what I have for you today….
Whenever I am out on a thrifting adventure I find some quirky t-shirts that I just HAVE to have! But what do you do with a t-shirt that does not fit? Take the quirky part and sew it to something else!
I don’t really understand it….but I love it!
I cut out a square piece around the piggie.
Found this cozy sweatshirt for .99cents! Did you see the zipper detail?!
I didn’t want to put the applique front and center. I decided to get artistic and place it at the bottom corner at slant. Something different! Then sewed that into place! I even used a decorative zig-zag stitch with black thread to contrast the red fabric.
I decided to use the rest of the t-shirt material to make elbow patches for the sleeves of the sweatshirt. That’s where I broke out my handy dandy heat ‘n bond! (Love this stuff)
I ironed on the heat ‘n bond. Traced 2 ovals for the elbow patches. Cut out the ovals. Peeled off the heat ‘n bond backing. Finally, ironed on the elbow patches!
I always place a layer of wax paper underneath the fabric that I am ironing the heat ‘n bond to, just in case! Don’t need any messes or fabric bonded together that doesn’t belong together.
Ta da! Such a silly but cozy sweatshirt! ….don’t mind my sock monkey slippers
annnd let’s not forget the elbow patches!
Happy Refashioning!!!

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