Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Pat's Dolman

Today's refashion was a gift from my coworker & friend, Pat. She teaches sewing workshop classes at my place of employment (I work full-time at a sewing shop and teach sewing lessons. Did you know that?) :) Anyhoo, she's a real seamstress, making all her own clothes through patterns. Recently, she gifted me this lovely dolman sleeve blouse.

LOVE the print!

Pat didn't care for wingspan/severity of the dolman so she gave it to me. I actually love dolman sleeves, but I decided to just polish it up a bit to fit me better.

I used the shoulder notches as a guide and made a cut all the way down, angling close to original hem for an A-line fit.

Sew the left over raw edges, leaving a gap for the sleeves to be reattached to the arm holes.
I put the newly fitted sleeve back in the arm hole with the Right Sides together and sewed them with a simple straight stitch.

The sleeves are still slightly dolman... just a tighter fit.

I paired it with one of my beanies for a shot outdoors. It's been an easy winter so far *knock on wood
Pat approved :) (She made the awesome shirt she's wearing too).

I do so enjoy picking out my own stuff at the thrift stores... but I like it even better when I'm gifted items for free :) 

Thank you, Pat!

To see my full tutorial (And some of Pat's other awesome makings), check out my original post here.


Red, White and Blue; Altering a Shirt

Hello Refashion Co-op. It is a great day to do a little sewing. My project today is this patriotic plaid top. My mom handed it down to me. I like the denim trim at the collar and the front pocket. It really helps break up all the plaid. It was cute and in great shape but a bit shapeless and long.

I am quite short, only 5 feet, so when tops hang down like this my little legs seem to disappear. I wind up looking even shorter. 

Here we are. I make a straight even hem across the bottom of the shirt. It is now hip length instead of thigh length. I also took some bulk out of the body of the shirt.  Simple fixes really, but it fits now. It is too cold and snowy to wear this by itself. There is more coming tomorrow to go with it.

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

Upcycled bedsheets into Retro Style dress

I love that there are so many things you can make sheets into, and there is always plenty of fabric to go around, even to make my teen a dress! I added some couch piping for just the right chunky touch.

I used one of my favorite button-down shirt patterns, cut it above the waist, added a band, then a circle skirt. 
If you would like to see more photos, please hop on over to my blog: Falafel and the Bee

Refash Fit For The King

I have been listening to Elvis Radio on Sirus/XM radio in my new car and all week they have been talking how much Elvis loved football. Since I had no inspiration for a Superbowl refash I decided to make an Elvis thememed shirt. What better way to remember Elvis than with his favorite sport!?

I​ started​ with this royal blue tank top. (Thank you Sally for modeling it)

And this scrap shirt. Doesn't look like a scrap you say?

How about now? I harvested material from this shirt for another refash.

I made some stencils...(See where this is going?)

Yep good ol' fabric paint!

I planned on using the sleeves of my scrap shirt and adding them to the tank top.

While I was taking off the sleeves I also took off the pocket (to use sometime later)

And the buttons as well!

I have to admit I almost scrapped this project after I pinned on the sleeves. I really was not happy with where this was going, but I talked myself out of it. I said 'it won't be that bad, just go for it'

The husband and I were invited to watch the game with my parents in The Man Cave! It's tradition that the 4 of us get together for the Superbowl festivities! (Thankful we didn't get snowed in like last year).

Our very own Lombardi trophy! My dad made this back in 1998!

Whelp, I was pleasantly surprised and happy I just went with it!

Happy Refashioning!!!
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Monday, 8 February 2016

REFASHION: My something more shirt

Have you ever refashioned something and think "Is this cute? Do I like this? Can I make this cuter?" I took a nice light purple T-shirt and made an asymmetrical cut. I absolutely fell in the love with a bright multi-color table runner found at a consignment store. I cut a long strip from the table runner, turned it into a long tube, and added it the bottom hem of the shirt.


Before trying the shirt on, I slimmed down the sleeves. I love the new look of the shirt -- it's simple but super cute. I love the pop of color on the hem, and the sleeves are perfectly slim. But a few questions kind of nagged me. "Is this kind of plain?"  "Does the shirt need something more?" I'll wear the shirt a couple of times and hope inspiration hits me. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please share in the comment section. Thanks!

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Until next time -- Jennifer Elliott