Inspired by my last refashion I decided to revisit my mending pile. A while back I got this pretty, open-weave sweater at a consignment store and have gotten a lot of use out of it. Little by little, however, I noticed some snags and holes in various places and I threw it aside, full of good intention to fix it within a reasonable amount of time. And there it sat.
I finally decided to seize the day and eliminate my mending pile! icandy handmade has this neat little sweater-into-cardigan refashion (also on an open-weave sweater), and I set out to do the sleeves in the same fashion in order to save the pretty ruffled cuffs that match the hem at the waist. Well, I didn’t take into account the fact that the cuffs are rather fitted at the wrists and ended up being a wee bit too snug on my upper arms. *sigh* So… I cut off the whole sleeve, leaving a bit of raw edge to turn under and hem at the armholes.
With the sleeves, I cut them open and laid them flat, cutting them into little strips. Then I put them right sides together at the short ends and sewed all the little pieces into one long piece, after which I folded it in half lengthwise and sewed down the entire length of it, creating a tube. After turning it inside out, I made little ruffle pleats all along the front neckline and a bit down the front. I overlapped the edge of the current neckline, sewed at the edge and – voila! - a cute little tank top!
I love how it turned out. I showed Phil and he said I’m getting really good at this – awwww! tatertots & jello has another sweater refashion using a scarf and some trim that I’d love to try. I actually don’t have very many sweaters so I may have to go thrifting. Have you jumped about the refashion/repurpose bandwagon? I’d love to see what you’ve created!
It’s been a while since I’ve worked on a sewing project. I have little stacks of fabric around the house and I’ve been itching to create something with them – especially since I got my new rotary cutting set for Mother’s Day - but I keep putting it off because it doesn’t always jive with my schedule. Either the kiddos want to “help” or I know I won’t be able to finish it during their naptime and the unfinished project will just sit out, taunting me.
Lately I’ve noticed that many of my clothes have been getting worn – all my jeans are tearing at the knees and pocket seams and many of my shirts are getting little holes on them. *sigh* I’ve mended some of them but there’s only so much you can do. Not only do I hate clothes shopping, I don’t feel like spending the money. The other day I noticed another shirt in my wardrobe was getting little holes all along the arms seams, so I put it aside, planning on turning it into underwear or something.
You know how you can get on all sorts of browsing tangents online? I saw Chic Envelopment’s cute t-shirt refashion which got me looking around for more. Well, I started getting inspired by the myriad t-shirt refashions and – despite the late hour – stayed up and took a pair of scissors to my shirt. It was already fitted so I didn’t need to mess with the side seams. I cut off the arms, cut them open and laid them flat, then cut 2″ pieces. I sewed all the pieces together to create one long piece then did a long basting stitch to gather it. Since it was so long I worked in sections, gathering as I went along and pinning it just below the existing neckline. I started in the middle of the front, worked around the neckline and finished just below in the middle of the chest Then I went back and sewed it on right over the basting line.
I love it! Since it’s a bit chilly today I paired it with a sweater and tried it with a blue jacket – perfect for layering!
I may try something similar on a pile of t-shirts I have specifically for re-purposing. It’s a very versatile project, depending on how much you gather the ruffles and where you put them.
Some of the other refashions on my to-do list:
another t-shirt into tank top
a climbing cowlneck
a hooded tunic, if I can piece together enough material
maybe pair jersey with some new fabric for a scrappy skirt
a new-sew draped vest
little girl ruffle skirt
girls’ ruffled dress
and maybe somewhere down the line…
a rockin’ baby gown and some cloth diapers
It’s exciting being able to breathe new life into old garments, knowing I’m creating something with my own hands.