Wednesday, February 22, 2017

It's tunic time...part two

The second tunic in this series was just about as easy as the first one.  I started with a crop top that had a nice lace edging, and a long, pleated skirt.

I put on the crop top and determined how long I wanted my finished tunic to be.

I cut off the bottom half of the skirt to the predetermined length, retaining the original hem.

I carefully pinned all of the pleats in place and serged along the top edge of the skirting before attaching it to the top.

I was fortunate that the width of the skirting was already the width of the top, so no adjustments were necessary.

I then pinned the right side of the pleated skirt to the wrong side of the crop top at the point where the lace edging met the t-shirt fabric.

I topstitched the pleated skirt to the top, stitching along the top edge of the lace edging.  For modesty, I also stitched a strip of the skirt fabric to the back side of the lace that ran down the front of the top.

I love the flowiness of this top!  Although, it made for some fun times trying to photograph at the windy Oregon coast!

Stay tuned for more tunics on my blog, Second Chances by Susan!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Boring Red Dress Turns Polka Dotted Fun!

This simple red dress was given to me in a pile of hand-me-downs.  I didn't really love or hate the dress.  I held onto it because the overall fit was good and I figured maybe it would be a good dress during the Christmas season.  Christmas came and went two times and I never wore this dress.  

I had these pom poms I bought for another craft project, but never used them.

I had an epiphany after seeing this cute sweater on Zooey Dechanel.

The color of the pom poms were a perfect match for the dress.  It definitely feels very "fall", but I thought it would be worth a shot.  I pinned a few on to get an idea if it would work.  I got pretty carried away.  Since I had pinned so many, I had to hand sew them all to the dress while on the dress form or I would screw up all my measurements.

It is definitely a little funky, but I love how it came out!  My daughter calls it my fall ball dress.  My son thinks it looks like I broke out in a Skittles rash.  I call it my gumball dress.  Either way, I think it is super fun and totally unique.

Here it is on.  

As you can see, I shortened the sleeves, hand sewed pom pom balls to the majority of the front of the dress and I left the back plain.

I haven't worn this out yet, but I can't wait to see what people say.  I definitely think it is a conversation piece that people will either love or hate, but it is sure to make people smile either way.  

The Darth Vader Sweatshirt

Hello Refashion Co-op. I put together a sweatshirt and a T-shirt recently. I had to find a way to save this cute image of Darth Vader.

The T-shirt had some bleach damage on it. Laundry accidents happen to everyone, right?

I cut the image off the T-shirt and pinned it in place. I was worried it would shift around when I used my sewing machine so I basted the piece right where I wanted it to be. I used my machine and stitched it in place. The basting worked well, there was no puckering or shifting around. 

I wore it to Target, sometimes mom needs to run errands. 

This little guy is a great shopping buddy.

Thanks for reading, now go make something fun for yourself.

Monday, February 20, 2017

#43 Back to School Wardrobe: Pendleton Blazer to Red Plaid Vest

BEFORE: Red plaid Pendleton wool jacket from the pre-retirement wardrobe. This was a beautiful jacket, but not worn much. The cut was restrictive and uncomfortable for office work or driving. 

  • Use a seam ripper to remove sleeves and sleeve linings.
  • Cut and insert panels to widen new vest sides.
  • Cut armhole facings from an old t-shirt. The stretch is perfect for curved edges,
  • Replace original hem tape with lace from the stash.

AFTER:  Red plaid vest to wear with black, red, white and even with denims. Dress it up or down.

AFTER: New vest to dress up or down.
Wear with black, white, red, denim

After: New vest

After: Matched plaids

T-shirt strip cut for armhole facing

T-shirt used to cut armhole facings. 

Stash lace replaces old hem tape

Nice but seldom worn Pendleton Jacket

Before: Very nice, but seldom worn
from pre-retirement wardrobe

Sunday, February 19, 2017

#42 Back to School Wardrobe: Fleece Pullover to Vest

REFLECTIONS: During winter school break I created a Jan/Feb winter wardrobe for school days.
  • Main colors: greys with pinks, maroons, blacks, greens.
  • Most items: from pre-retirement wardrobe in need of updates. Some had never been worn.
  • This motivated Re-fashions to move items into the “back to school days wardrobe.”
BEFORE: Too small, grey fuzzy fleece pull-over from re-fashion stash.
Grey strip t was in the pre-retirement wardrobe and still had the store tag. 

  • Seam rip to remove tight waist/sleeve cuff ribbing, bulky collar, short zipper.
  • Cut / insert facing cut from old ribbed yoga pants.
  • Cut sleeve 1 inch from armhole. Serge edge. Turn to create sleeve facing.
  • Lengthen waist ribbing with sleeve cuff ribbing.
AFTER:  Fleece vest for the winter "back to school wardrobe." A new combo for the never worn t.
Winter Wardrobe:
Many in need of Re-fashion

After: Grey fleece vest
 enters the Winter Wardrobe
Tag is on the years old stripe t.

After: Fleece Vest

Ribbing lengthened with cuff ribbing 
Grey facing cut from yoga pants. 
1 inch left on sleeve.
 Turned to form facing.
So easy!

Too small fleece pullover.