Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Shopping my closet: Denim Shirts and Jackets "Light Refashions"

Denim shirts and jackets in my closet needed changes to be in rotation this fall.
I am grateful to re-fashion and alteration skills that help to make clothing fit my body shape.
My body shape includes:
  • narrow shoulders
  • smaller breasts in proportion to my overall large chest circumference
  • smaller thighs and seat area in proportion to my pouchy tummy.


#26 Women's Denim Shirt
  • Shoulder was fine. Sleeves were too long
  • Removed cuff and interfacing.
  • Basted and stitched cuff in place.
  • Removed collar. Top stitched collar band in place.
      After: Large men's shirt.           Before: Pin shows my shoulder edge.

#27 This men's shirt was large. Shoulders hung over, sleeve covered my hands.
  • Removed sleeves. Cut shoulder back several inches, but not to my shoulder. 
  • New arm hole was much larger than sleeve head. 
  • To take in the arm hole, I took several inches out of back of yoke and shirt bottom. This raised the yoke fairly high. 
  • Replaced the pleat in back with gathers.
  • Next time I would take more out of the shirt bottom and less than yoke. 
  • Replaced, stitched, serged sleeve.
  • Removed collar.

#28-29-30 Denim Jackets: Sleeves were too long. Placket area facings were not tacked down or top stitched in place other than the decorative jean stitching. 
  • Cut off sleeve length.
  • Serged, turned, itoned, hemmed.
  • Removed interfacing at front plackets.
  • Top stitched at placket areas in navy which blended in. 

Saturday, July 11, 2020

shoulder pad mini dress

XXL big man's shirt in beautiful navy blue color is my before fabric . 
 It's 100 % linen with viscose  which make it perfect as summer dress.
I changed too large and long sleeves into very trendy lately padded shoulders but mine are fake  .
From excess material I obtained from shirt I made corset waist .
 Shoulder pad mini dress makes perfect combination with corset waist in my opinion 💕

Whole process how to do it you can see on my channel sparrow refashion 
and more tutorial photos on my blog .

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

The Warm Shoulder Top

Hello Refashion co-op. How are all of you doing? I found this top at a clothes swap long ago when people met in groups. Ugh, I miss that. Those open shoulders are a no-no for work. So, I got to work on those sleeves.

I cut those low hanging sleeves off and narrowed the sides of the shirt a little. I finished the armholes. I wasn't done because I can't wear sleeveless tops like this to work either.

When I cut the sleeves off the shirt this is what they looked like.

I attached them to the armholes and they made fluttery little cap sleeves. I loved the new look of this top and they were work place approved.

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

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Shopping my closet for t-shirt "Light Refashions"

EDIT: I added notes  on methods used.
I am shopping for " light re-fashions" from my closet.  
Work was needed to keep many items in the rotation.
I learned new skills and practiced old skills that will be useful in "full-on refashions". 
This post is lounge, sleep, yard-work, exercise  t-shirts that I worked on this week.

#10 #11 Neckline  Raised  Learning how to raise t-shirt necklines was a much needed skill.   
  • #10-11 started as several sizes too large. Leaving the body large creates a tunic style. 
  • Remove sleeves. Gently pull the thread in the seam in that will release the rest of the stitching.
  • Cut shoulder seam off. Pin/baste so that trim edges and shoulder edges meet up. Ease back or front shoulder in if one is longer than the other. 
  • Seam shoulder seams to raise neckline. Make several seams and check for fit on each seam. Take only a pressure foot seam at a time - the neck raises quickly. Check that you have room to go over your head. 
  • Do not let back neckline become too short. You can cut more off of the front and create a slight hi-low hem. 
  • Trim the new shoulder seam. Press to back. Top-stitch. 
  • Reinsert sleeves. The shoulder seams create a smaller arm hole. 
  • Fold the sleeve to find the cap. Place a pin to mark the cap of the sleeve, pin at to the shoulder seam and at the side seam.  Ease the sleeves back in. Seam.
  • Overlarge sleeves can be altered at the original seam. Large sleeves were good on these at-home Ts. 

#12 #13 are the same style. Neckline  Raised.
  • #12-13 methods follow #10-11
  • These started as several sizes too large.
  • Removed sleeves. Seamed shoulder seams to raise neckline.
  • Reinserted sleeves.
  • Released tight elastic in lower sleeves.

#14 Neckline Raised and Ruffles Removed
  •  Seamed shoulder seams to raise neckline.
  • After I cut the original seams, the back shoulder was wider. I eased it in. 
  • I also cut more off of the front creating a slight high low hem. 
  • The ruffles were worn. I un-stitched and saved in the scrap bin.

#15 Neckband Replaced.
  • Ruffle from #14 was used to cut a neckband for #15
  • Press the ruffles and trim to 2" width with rotary cutter.
  • Press in half and iron.
  • Cut length to 3/4 neckline length.
  • Pin/baste. Stitch. Press. Top-stitch.

 #16 Navarro College t-shirt shoulders narrowed
  • remove sleeves, cut off shoulder width
  • take side in below sleeve re-placement
  • replace sleeves

#17 Neckline Raised
  • Elastic inserted to raise the neckband
#18 Trim removed from neckband   Trim is often the 1st to show wear.


#19 Removed elastic to raise neckline

#20 Oversized t-shirt was altered. 
  • This oversize shirt needed standard fit, not tunic fit.
  • remove sleeves, cut off shoulder width Measure shoulder width on a good fitting T.
  • take side in below sleeve re-placement 
  • replace sleeves
  • Cut off length, save for mending bin, hem. Shirt was torn at hem and much longer than needed.
#21  T-shirt was mended using #20 scraps. 

#22 Bleach Stains removed.
  • Long sleeves cut to 3/4. Hemmed.

 # 23-24-25 Hand mending seams put these back in rotation.