Monday, May 3, 2010
This is what you'll need for an easy re-fashioning project:
Gently used item of clothing
Sewing scissors (pinking shears are extremely helpful)
coordinating fabric (small yardage--even scraps from other projects will do)
After gathering your materials, you'll need to do a little planning:
Consider the piece of clothing you'll be refashioning. What is it about this piece of clothing that needs to be refashioned? Is it too long? Too short? Is there a hole in it? Stained? Stretched? Look at the item and think about how you can eliminate the problems during the refashion.
For instance, Endeavor's shirt had a stain on it, towards the hemline. So, I cut off the shirt above the hem, cut up to the neckline, and trimmed the edges with fabric so it became a cropped cardigan.
Straight up from hemline to neckline, and then at the sleeves, just below the elbow.
Once you've planned what will work for your re-fashioned style, take a look at your fabric scraps and find some coordinating pieces. You'll use these to trim the cut edges of your clothing item.
The next steps involve cutting and sewing.
For both of my projects, I did the same basic things.
I made my own trim by measuring the length and width of trim I wanted to have on my outfit. I added 1 inch to the length, and I doubled the width and added 1 inch. I used these measurements to cut out strips of fabric.
Then, I folded this strip of fabric in half and ironed it.
I'm a novice seamstress, and I did find that with the knit material I was sewing my trim onto, there was a little stretching as a sewed. So, you may want to account for this by adding a little extra length to your trim.
I sewed the fabric strip onto my shirt.
Sorry, I was totally pooped out by the time I got to the sleeves, so I don't have pictures of how I made those. All I did was sew a ruffle onto a fabric band, and attach that to the raw edges of the sleeves.