Sunday, January 20, 2019

A Very Late Christmas Refash

First of all, I hope every enjoyed their Holidays! I had a wonderful time with my family but it feels good to get back into a normal routine. Don't worry, I have a Christmas refashion for you. I did not forget!
I had this plaid dress and scottie dog print shirt for sometime now and I had always wanted to incorporate the two together. Here was my chance!

First thing is first! Away with the shoulder pads!

I cut my dress in half, keeping most of the buttons on the top half.

I decided  to make this dress into a crop jacket and skirt! I sewed a new hem on the bottom of the jacket.

For my skirt I folded over the top to make a casing for some elastic at the waistline. (I feel that elastic skirts are more comfortable for me, Yes I am probably getting old!)

The crop jacket needed a little slimming up so I took it in where the original darts were.

Then I took it in a little more on each side, up around the armpit and little down the sleeves.

Next, I measured for the elastic around my waist. I left an overlap of 1 1/2 inches so I could sew it together once it was in the casing of the skirt.

I sewed the casing on the top of the skirt leaving 2 inches open so that I could thread the elastic through.

Using my Bodkin to thread the elastic through. (You could also use a safety pin)

Once the elastic was all the way through, I secured the ends together. This is were the 1 1/2inch overlap came in.

Now for the 3rd and final piece of my outfit!. I began by removing the sleeves. (This is classic Marisa, always removing the sleeves)

I sewed a new hem for the arm holes and then took the shirt in on each side. (No measuring here, just eyeballed it)

Lastly, I made 3 cutouts around the neckline to add a little more pizzaz! I did not stitch around the raw edges because it was a cotton fabric and I was not worried about it fraying in the wash.

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The complete outfit!

Modeling pose!
Without the jacket!

Happy Refashioning!!!!
Check out my stash of refashions on my blog!

The Tiny Tunic

A friend gave me this off-white, cinched waist tunic not too long ago, and I was eager to give it a whirl. But it was just a little too small for me in a couple of places, so I made some subtle alterations to make it better-fitting and easier to wear.



The first thing I did is give the tunic some side vents to make the bottom half a little looser. It's a subtle change, but you can see that the bottom half now has more of an A-line shape rather than a bubble shape. I think that's a more flattering silhouette.

I also learned that it looks much better on me if I keep the top couple of buttons undone, which was a simple fix that didn't require a single stitch!

The other alteration was just a simple fix to make the shirt more versatile. It had roll-tab sleeves, and the tabs were always dangling out past the cuffs. I sewed a button to the inside of the cuff so that the tab could be held out of sight, but still be usable if I ever choose to wear the sleeves rolled up.

Some more photos over at my blog!

--The Unfashionista

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Sleeve Shirt

Hello Refashion Co-op. I made a new shirt because this patterned blouse got a hole in it.

Can you see the hole in the pattern? It was small but it was right in the front of the blouse. I couldn't wear it like that.

I decided to save the sleeves and the little bow at the neckline. I just needed another shirt to put them on.

 I had this great blue mini dress. I cut the sleeves off and made it a little more narrow in the back. It already had a seam down the back so I just stitched along using it as a guide.

I used a t-shirt that fit well to use a pattern and marked the blue shirt. I stitched new side seams and then added the puffy sleeves from the blouse.

You can see the bow so much better now. I liked how the puffy sleeves looked with the fitted blue shirt. 

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

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Transformation de tee-shirt

en ce moment je ne pense pas toujours à faire les photos "Avant" , alors comme là je n'ai pas oublié je vous présente une transformation de tee-shirt en sweat ........

J'aime vraiment ce patron (Indigo de LMV) de par sa coupe que je trouve très féminine et en plus qui me permet de recycler......

Pour en savoir plus c'est Ici 
a bientôt , Elisa Elisa

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

The Beef Burgundy Dress

Hello Refashion Co-op. Do you get hand-me-downs from family? I got one from my own daughter. She gave me this soft cozy sweatshirt dress.

This dress fit her great. Me? No. I wanted it to fit well or it would just be a shapeless baggy sweatshirt dress. I made the cowl neck a little smaller in the back. I also made the skirt smaller too. I had to make it shorter as well. (#shortgirlproblems)

I liked the new fit. It wasn't tight, it just fit better.

The dark burgundy color inspired me to try and cook Beef Burgundy. I got the beef and the wine... but then I had no cork screw. (Cooking isn't my thing.) You can see more details about this project and my cooking at I Can Work With That.