12.31.2014

Dress to Skirt Refashion

I got this lovely dress off Yerdle, but I transformed it into a skirt for my Winnie the Pooh Halloween costume. Of course, I kept the top part for a future project. :) Transforming a dress to a skirt is super easy, and a great way to revamp your closet.

1. I cut off the top part of the dress.


2. I added a lining, but if you don't wish to, just skip to the Step 4. :)
I simply laid the skirt piece down on the lining fabric (notice the lining fabric is folded in half for easier cutting). Then, I added some seam allowance, and cut (where the black lines are at). I also made the lining piece a bit shorter than the actual skirt.


3. I put both lining and skirt pieces together, and sewed a zig zag stitch across the top.


4. I folded down the skirt just enough to let the elastic pass through, and pinned.


5. I left a space opening to close off the elastic.


6. I stitched all around, except that space in Step 5.


7. Remember the space from Step 5? I passed the elastic through with a safety pin.


8. I aligned the elastic together, and stitched it down multiple times to leave it sturdy.


9. After the elastic was closed off, I just stitched down the open space on the waistband.


12.27.2014

Men's Shirt to Skirt Refashion // With Waistband & Zipper


This tutorial will show you how to make use of those men's shirts you may have laying around the house. You can even pick up a few cheap ones from your local thrift store to try this out. I had a stash of shirts that my husband didn't want anymore. I also have a stash that my dad gave me, so you'll be seeing a few refashioned skirts around the blog. :)

STEPS

1. Cut your skirt where you want. I suggest cutting it right under the armpits. I cut it a little above that. 


2. Sew those sides closed. 


3. To make the skirt longer, I made a grey ruffle with lace trim. This is totally optional though and I suggest you add this later on, if you wish to do so. I'll let you know during this tutorial when you should add it. :)



5. Next, chop off both sleeves.


6. Also, chop off those cuffs. Save them for a later project. :)


7. Sew the two sleeves together as shown and cut into a rectangle. This is the start of your new waistband. Since I wanted a 1" waistband, I made this rectangle about 3" to account for seam allowance and folding in half. The length of the it depends on your waist measurement. For example Mine was 28", so I made it 29" to account for seam allowance.


8. Along both edges, fold twice and press.


9. To shape your new skirt, you can do one of two things. You can try it on and pin it, or you can lay a skirt that fits you over the new skirt and pin along the sides. Honest truth? I just eyeballed it, pinned, and sewed haha. :) Afterwards, I cut off the excess fabric and zig zag stitched.


Look, this is what the new waistband will look like when attached to your new skirt. Save it for a few steps later. I will show you how to attach your zipper first.


10. Remember in step 3, I said I had added a grey ruffle for length? Well, don't add it just quite yet. When I made this skirt, I added the ruffle BEFORE doing this step. I mean, you can add it, it's just easier if added a few steps later. 

So in order to add in a zipper, you need to make a new seam. Simply cut through the center back of your skirt as shown. *If you added a ruffle, DON'T cut through it. Just seam rip a few inches to the left and right of the cut seam and sew it closed later.


11. Next step is to put in the zipper.


Here is how to sew on the zipper. 


12. Sew one side of the zipper first.


13. Once you reach towards the end of the zipper...


... simply pull it up and finish sewing the rest of the zipper. :) Don't sew all the way down, leave a little un-sewed in order to close the seam.


14. Now, it's time to sew the other side of the zipper. Sew it on as shown.


Close up look.


How the zipper will look like when it's sewed on and closed. 


15. Okay, now back the waistband! 

Here it what it looks on the inside of the skirt, when pinned.


And this is what it looks like the on outside of the skirt.



Finally, this is how it looks like on the front. :)


16. The final step is to conceal the zipper and fold the waistband.


Fold down the waistband with the top of the zipper inside. Then, sew along the entire waistband.


How it'll look on the outside when finished.


TA DA!

To finish it all off, I sewed on black lace and added a matching fabric flower.



12.01.2014

How to Make & Sew Raglan Sleeves

If you want to sew some sleeves, but want to spice it up a bit, try a raglan sleeve. :)
I didn't think it would work when I first tried it, but it ended up working in my favor. I probably should've read some tutorials, but couldn't find one that could work for me. See, I already had the shirt, but I wanted to convert the short sleeves to raglan sleeves. 

1. Figure out where you want your raglan sleeves to begin. Use a measuring tape or something straight to mark that line with some tailor's chalk.


2. Mark that line in the back too.


3. Cut out the sleeves. You can leave the neckline binding alone (as shown) or cut it all the way through if you won't be using it in your project. 
***I could've just cut it all the way through since I didn't end up using the neckline binding in my final project.***


4. Angle your fabric a bit, and place underneath your sleeve opening on the shirt. Mark around it. Don't cut yet! Leave some room for seam allowance. I usually leave around 1/2". 


5. I cut an extra piece for the back part of the sleeves. Notice how the raglan sleeve is a tad bit higher on the back of the shirt?


6. See that little piece poking out on the back of the sleeves? That's what I'm referring to in Step 5.


7. Pin sleeves to the armholes (right sides of fabric touching). Sew. Ta da!



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