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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Layered Dress Refashion

Hello Refashioners!

This latest refashion I finished was made from this double layered rayon dress I found at the thrift store a few months back:

 I liked the deep maroon color and the softness of the rayon fabric, and the double layers meant it was a lot of usable fabric. This refashion only used some of the under layer of the dress, so I still have more to make another coordinating piece.

I used a pattern for a straight skirt to determine where to cut the fabric and take in the side seams of the under layer to transform it into a new skirt:

The rayon fabric means this skirt is very comfy. I used an invisible zipper and bias tape to finish the skirt.

You can see more about it here on my blog.

Happy refashioning!

Monday, 31 August 2015

Button Embellished Tee

For this week's asymmetrical Refashion Runway challenge, I decided to keep it simple and make over a basic boyfriend tee that fit fine but could use some lovin'.

Button-Embellished Tee - BeforeButton-Embellished Tee - Before

I removed the little pocket that was falling off anyway. Then I started playing around with all the purple buttons in my button stash. Once I had a design I liked, I stitched them onto the shirt, using a remnant of fabric from another project to add stability to the inside of the t-shirt.

Button-Embellished Tee - After

As always, you can find more details and photos at CarissaKnits!

Button-Embellished Tee - After

National dress refashion

This is a refashion out of the ordinary for me. And one that has been long underway. In fact it was one of the reasons I started refashioning.

My grandmother gave me her folk dress about 10 years ago. I wanted to alter it to fit me, but had difficulty gathering the courage for it. When she died in april, honored be her memory, I decided that now was the time. And that I had the skills now to pull it off.

I took the bodice in at the sides, and altered the garment, so in stead of being a full dress, it is a waistcoat with a skirt, that attaches to it. Everything is hand sewn with linen thread

In the picture I am only wearing the dress, so I could show it.
****But I want to point out that the dress needs to be worn with knitted blouse, apron, shoulder scarf, coif and silver pins to be correct.****
The full outfit will look like this one.

I still need to make the knitted blouse and the coif (unfortunately I wasn't the one, that got my grandmothers amazing coif, that you can see in the blogpost), but they aren't refashions.
For the geeks, here is the full post on the dress and the refashion. It is VERY image heavy:

#2 Boxers or Sleep Shorts from Worn Shirt

RanchHouse September Sewing Goal:
  • Mend, alter, refashion 10 Boxers or Sleep Shorts. This is #2.
 Boxers or Sleep Shorts:
  • Made from Pre-retirement stash that does not fit the Retirement lifestyle.
  • Fit the need for more at-home lounge clothes.
After: Front
WHOOPS!!! Original unmatched side seams show.
After: Red Back panel and elastic waistband.
No center back seam to ride up.

Before:  A worn casual shirt from the closet that I was not wearing.

After: Back panel boxers for sleep or lounge
*Old Shirt to New Boxers: Piece and cut new boxers. Add the red back panel and waistband cut from stash fabric.
*Back Panel Pattern: Pattern from men's boxers was traced onto white pillowcases. There aren't side seams. They can be added in order to piece fabrics.

What I Learned:  WHOOPS!!! I laid the new pattern across existing unmatched plaid shirts seams. Theses seams show as unmatched seams in the new boxers. 
Men's-wear print echoes the plaid and boxers.
Before; Old shirt from the closet.
Denim and red fabric audition.

Stash Fabric: Stash fabric is folded onto a file folder and stacked onto a bookcase.


Refashioners 2015 - Alternative Angles

Before and afters - front and back


I have really enjoyed  refashion runway and The the refashioners 2015.  These talented sewers are so inspirational, who could resist sewing along?

I took this pretty standard men's shirt and flipped it 90 degrees so the sides became the front and back - I'm not particularly recommending this, it was fiddly and took ages, but I'm happy with the end result.

I used the shirt collar for a neckline with and added contrast trim. 

I also re-used the pockets to make one central pocket

I'm planning for this to be my men's shirt refashion entry, there are more details of the process here