Sunday, January 15, 2017

#37 Back to School Wardrobe: Tunic Vest from Fitted Dress

REFLECTIONS: Original details like satin collar, buttonholes, satin covered buttons, high quality fabric on a garment make it prime for re-fashion. Life-style has changed and garments like this Evan Picone dress can change to fit new life-style.  My closet is full of these pre-retirement goodies!
This is #3 in a series of blazers / suit jackets / dresses re-fashioned into school days vests.
These vests are worn with winter pants and jeans.

BEFORE: Evan Picone Dress from the pre-retirement wardrobe. Perfect condition, but so fitted, it is difficult to move in and dry clean only. I only wore in once in 10 years.

STEPS: This dress will become an easy to wear tunic vest. 
  • Carefully seam rip to remove and open the jacket sleeves/lining and side seams.
  • Serge exposed seams to prevent additional fraying.
  • Use sleeves and sleeve lining to cut side inserts to enlarge the sides.
  • Trim shoulder seam to fit narrow shoulders. Slowly 1/4" at a time, trying on for fit.
  • Cut and insert bias armhole facing cut from the t-shirt.
  • Keep original satin covered buttons.
WHAT I LEARNED: Bias in the in the armholes was made from a t-shirt cut across.  This gives as much strectch or more than a regular bias cut. It was thin and very pliable for turning under. My new favorite.

AFTER:  Easy wear tunic for a variety of turtlenecks and pants.
AFTER: Tunic Style Vest

AFTER: Tunic Style Vest

AFTER: Original details raise the bar


AFTER: Hard to photo details

AFTER: Side insert
adds movement to fitted original 

AFTER: Bias from t-shirt

AFTER: T-shirt bias facing

BEFORE: T-shirt bias strips cut across
the shirt. My new favorite for bias armhole facing.

Fitted, worn once in 10 years
BEFORE: Fitted

Layered T-Shirt

 Hi Everyone!

Below you can see one of my latest.  It is simple, but I think quite a good staple with the ability to be very versatile.

 It all started here. The picture is grainy, but this is a basic black t-shirt in a heavy quality knit. The neckline is faced in a shiny satin fabric and the stripes are a shiny poly blend yarn. It was on the dollar rack and looked brand new, so I scooped it up.

It was too boring as is. So, when I found this too small lace bottom blouse with the gorgeous lace hemline, my task was clear. I was so excited that I chopped up the shirt before I took a picture, but pieced it together so you can see what I did.  I love the look of a shirt under a t-shirt or a sweater but hate the bulk. Thus, I cut out all of the bulk and added a smooth middle piece. Here it is pinned and ready to sew and press.

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IMG_4475Here is a close-up of the neckline. You can see that the fabric is a great looking Swiss dot fabric. It adds great texture to the entire look.




What do you think? I love it and the best thing is that I can use the blouse portion under a lot of other sweaters and T's. This is an easy have to try it.!..Mary P.






Men's Flannel Shirt Refashion

Find yourself a Men's Quilted Flannel Shirt and Refashion it into an awesome Bomber Jacket. 

Having a dad who loves his flannels ensures that I have a constant stream of well worn flannel shirts ready for refashioning. After my Flannel Shirt to Vest Refashion I could hardly wait to try another.

This time I turned an men's XL flannel shirt into a women's bomber jacket. The quilted inside of the flannel shirt turned to the outside of the jacket. The lining is the original cozy flannel outer layer. Excuse the baby bump :)

Refashion included:
  • Reworking the size and fit
  • Turning the shirt inside-out
  • Adding ribbed jersey fabric to the collar, wrists, and waist
  • Pockets were added
  • Button opening changed into a zipper opening
The result is a super cute black Quilted Bomber Jacket. Perfect for those cool days and great for layering.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Boots from zippered to elastic side

My favourite winter boots had a broken zipper (again, last year it was the zipper of the other boot that broke). I hadn't gotten aroound fixing it.
While I do appreciate that we can now grow grapes for wine and figs in the summer now in Southern Scandinavia, I do miss proper cold and wintery winters.
But finally we have gotten some resemblance of winter: A sluchy mix of sleet, snow, hail and rain... yay.... And finally I was motivated to fix them.
I wanted the boots to last several years rather than continue to make the shoemaker rich. So I decided to replace the zipper with an elastic. Since the boots also have ties, I could maintain the same fit of them.

A sad, broken zipper.

I removed the zipper.

I wanted the elastic to be stretchy width-wise. That would require an elastic with the width of the height of the zipper slit. In stead I took regular wide elastic, and cut it into several strips 3 cm wide (slightly more than 1"). And then I stitched them together on top of each other.

Now I had a long strip of elastich, that stretched widthwise.

Then I simply placed the elastic in the slit and stitched it to the boot using the existing holes. It wasn't difficult, but it took quite a long time to finish them.
Two seams on each side of the slit made with tiny tiny stitches, catch the lining in the stitching and making sure everything was sturdy.

Finally finished:

A curious picture to show hiw the elastic gives, when I pull my foot out of the boot. The odd lump in the back is my heel.

I feel like dancing in the snow!.....well the sleet.

I didn't pretty them up with shoe polish until after I had taken the photos, as this was a refashion, not a makeover.

Edit: Several people have asked if the boots are not waterproof anymore now. The zipper was not waterproof, it said so on the tag.
I think the boots are more waterproof than before. The elastic is a heavy one, and no cold or moisture has come through the elastic. I wore the boots all of last week in rain and snow and sleet and hail, and they are quite waterproof and coldproof. And what you can't see is that the lining is pulled close towards the elastic at the back, and the the lining has a waterproof membrane.
They probably wouldn't hold up, if I wade in ancle-deep puddles, but I wouldn't expect that of a pair of winter boots anyway (and then the water would come through the front flap anyway).
If I wanted to completely waterproof the boots, I could have put in a piece of rain clothes' iron on tape, but I didn't think it was nessassary. If I change my mind, I can easily add it.

More refashions on my blog:

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Black and White and Fruit All Over

Hello Refashion Co-op. How are you? I did three simple refashions last weekend and wore them all together. They didn't come together as a set but I thought they belonged together.

I started with this simple black and white T-shirt. It needed to be taken down in size and the neck needed to be pulled back so it wouldn't gape open. I removed fabric from the middle of the back and the sides. I tried it on and removed some more from each side.

This black and white cardigan was great but the sleeves were too long. They were also so big around I couldn't get them to stay pushed up. I took some excess out of each arm so I could push the sleeves up and keep the sleeves out of my way.

The third piece of this little collection was made from the bottom of a dress I refashioned a while back. It looks like dots but it is really covered with little fruits. (That was a lot of fruit!) I had cut that bottom piece off and tossed it in the scrap pile. 

I recently found that scrap when I cleaned up my sewing area. It is almost an infinity scarf already, It just needs a little help. I removed the buttons and connected the fabric so it made a big circle. I folded the raw edge under and stitched it down too. 

These were all quick and easy projects. They made a nice combo when all put together.

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