Saturday, August 20, 2016

Refashion Runway: The Button Challenge

First off, thanks to everyone following along, sewing along, and voting!  And, a big thanks to Beth for hosting this friendly sewing competition!

This week on Refashion Runway, the theme is buttons.  Of all the buttons to choose from, I went with basic white buttons.  But its what was needed to achieve the look I was going for.

I used a men's polo shirt, and an oversized pair of elastic waist pants to make a nautical inspired outfit.  I also made a self-drafted tote bag from a pillowcase, belt, jute rope, and fabric scraps.


After pinning to fit, stitch new seams and cut away excess.

If you're unfamiliar with sewing a kick pleat, Threads Magazine has a great how-to.  You can click on the image below to see the tutorial.

Continue adding buttons and button holes to the original pockets.


Don't worry about cutting across the existing front placket, it will be cutaway when you cut for a new v-neck.

Attach the original sleeve ribbing to your new v-neck.  If you are unfamiliar with the process, Beth, The Renegade Seamstress, has a great tutorial on ehow.


I also cut the same pattern from the lining and heavyweight stabilizer.
I basted the stabilizer to the outside fabric.

I also stitched 1 1/2" up along the bottom edge of the pockets, 
just like the outside pockets.
Pin the lining pieces, right sides together and stitch around the sides and bottom, 
leaving an opening for turning.

Once turned right side out, press the seams well.  Close the opening in the lining with some hand stitching.   Attach large eyelets around the top curve of the tote.  Attach the jute rope handles.

I'm ready for a fun day at sea!  If only I had a yacht!

Be sure to check out all of the creative button ideas on Refashion Runway 
and be sure to vote for your favorite!

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Refashion Runway: The Metallic Challenge

Last week's velvet challenge was a lot of fun and a big thanks to everyone who voted!

This week's challenge for Refashion Runway is Metallic.  I really didn't want to make something that was too formal, which seemed to be the natural thing to do with metallic fabric.  I opted, instead, for a more casual look with metallic accents.  I started with a fleece-lined jacket, shower curtain hooks, a sequined t-shirt, and a studded blouse.

These are the steps I took to achieve the final outfit....

Even though my cut lines went into the sleeve a little bit (I wanted to keep the skirt as full as possible), the finished result is fine.  By the time the skirt is gathered and belted, you really don't notice the small sleeve seams.

I then stitched up the side seams.

Once the elastic was in place, I closed up the seam.  Now for the jacket!

When I cut away the front bands from the shirt, I allowed not only a seam allowance, but an extra width of fabric so that the band could roll over the front edge of the jacket and give it a nicer finish.  
(See one of the following photos.)

The collar stand was not opened during this step, which would have allowed the raw edge of the jacket to be captured in between.  Instead, I kept both layers together and stitched through both of them onto the jacket.  The raw edge of the jacket on the underneath side would be covered by turning the collar to the back of the jacket and hand stitching in place.

I removed the hooks from the back of the shower curtain hooks by basically snapping them off.  I used a grinder in the wood shop to smooth the jagged edges that were left behind.

I was fortunate that the shower hooks had so many holes in the design.  I simply threaded leather cording through the holes and brass beads, then tied a square knot in the back.  A pice of gold chain was attached using the same method.


Again, this was a fun challenge!  Be sure to visit The Renegade Seamstress to see all of
the creativity and vote for your favorite!

I like to link to these great parties!

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