I want to introduce you to the newest member of my family:
Everyone, meet Adelade! Dearest Addie came to live with me as a swarthy and curvy size 12. But alas, one too many cookies and one too few trips to the gym...
That's... "better" (?). Husband did point out that as I get skinnier (back to the gym and eating better these days) I WILL get the satisfaction of removing padding! LOL
For Adelade's maiden refashion voyage, we decided to jump on an old bandwagon, one I home we didn't miss by too much: the kimono jacket!
|A handmade (!) jacket in a lovely soft cotton picked up at the Flagstaff Goodwill. We had some major issues: shoulder pads, to long/baggy sleeves. a weird pocket (bottom left), and some hard-core seam frayage.|
|But look at the print! Are those morning glories? Petunias? I dunno but it's so sweet and girly!|
|Pinning the raw edges under, from the back center down the front|
|Hard to see, but this is post-sew. The stitching to the left is the one made by me. I kind of like the double-stitched look!|
|Already hanging better! But the sleeves needed help. Also, that pocked had to go. Sorry pocket. I promise you can come back in a future project!|
|Sleeve length is about 30 inches past 'no bueno' (that's my old stuffy in the background; Brown Hooves the horse!)|
|I put the jacket on and used chalk to mark just a bit longer than what I wanted the sleeves to be (to include a seam allowance of course). That's what I'm pointing at here, the cut mark. I took 6 inches off each sleeve!|
|I sewed a double line to keep with the front of the jacket|
|Now that the shape and style was what I wanted, it was on to the repairs! This is a super soft fabric that just loves to fray...|
|The original seamstress had used a zig-zag to halt some of the madness, but I fixed the problem once and for all with the serger! Doing so also removed some of the bulk from the seams and helped with the drape|
|After! I threw this girl through the washing machine and she came out way less wrinkly.|
|Terrible picture, but you can kind of see how the sleeves fit and the nice, loose hang. One of these days I'm going to do a little 'show' of some of my refashions, and make husband take the pictures so you can see what they really look like!|
Till next time!
~Illy (and Addie)