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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