Sunday, March 18, 2018


As in, Keep It Simple, Sewist.

This was originally a cardigan, and I had it sitting on Gabbi there for a very long time trying to decide what to do with it.  The sleeves were the problem - they stretched out and looked awful within an hour of wearing.  It didn't help I push my sleeves up a lot, but even so.

I came up with a whole lot of different ideas of fixing them: ruching, shortening and adding tabs, elasticising the cuffs... because I don't do sleeveless, I just don't like that on me.

And then it finally occurred to me - it's not like I'm ever going to wear this on its own, on account of it has no front closure (that's not me either!).  So if the other item had sleeves - good to go!  So off they came.  I tried unpicking the seam (nightmare) so in the end just cut them off with a 1cm allowance and hand sewed that down to neaten up the armhole - simples.

And sorry there are no before shots.  I did take some, but my computer recently died on me and the before photos are now missing.
Happy sewing!

Friday, March 16, 2018

St. Patrick's Day T-shirt

Hello Refashion Co-op. Life gets busy but it's never to busy to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. I wanted to wear something fun for the holiday and my husbands Ireland t-shirt was too small for him so......

I decided to make the big blue t-shirt fit better and add some green sleeves for warmth. And green for St. Patrick's Day, of course. I cut the sleeves from this green shirt that didn't fit me very well. They are only 3/4 length but they will work for my new shirt.

I adjusted the fit on the blue shirt and attached the green sleeves. Very simple.

I was ready for the holiday to begin! Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!

Thanks for reading, for more details and pictures go to I Can Work With That.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Denim Shirt

Hello Refashion Co-op. I thought the weather was going to warm up so I made a short sleeved shirt. (It isn't warmer, it is freezing where I live. I was freezing the day I wore this shirt.) I really like how the shirt turned out though. I am going to wait for a warmer day to wear it again.

This denim shirt was great, but the fit was awful. I knew just what I wanted to do.

I made the sleeves shorter and reattached the wrist cuff pieces back on the short sleeves. (Is there a real name for the wrist cuffs?) The result was a sort of puffy short sleeve with a fitted cuff on the end. I also made the shirt a little more fitted in the body.

I wanted a belt or sash to tie around the waist. I used these old jeans and cut 2 long pieces. I connected them and I had my belt.

 I liked how the belt cinched in the waist. The jeans had a little stretch in them so they made a REALLY comfortable belt.

I went out for a cup of coffee and that was it. Thanks for reading, For more details and pictures go to I Can Work With That.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Sweater to hat & fingerless gloves

For a long time, I've been holding onto this grey sweater that didn't really flatter me and was starting to show its age. When my boyfriend lost his grey winter hat, I finally got my motivation for doing something with it. I told him I'd make a new grey hat for him!

I used one of my favorite of his beanies as a template, using the bottom ribbed portion of the sweater as the bottom of the hat.

Next, I cut notches into the top which I would sew together to give it a tapered shape.

After all the edges had been sewn together, the top was a little too pointed and had some holes, so I sewed a curve to finish it off.

Because I wanted the bottom edge to flip up, I reversed the seam there, sewing with the inside faces together instead of the usual outsides.

At this point, I found out I'd actually done the whole thing inside out! So I had to re-do it, but I'll spare you those details. Right before I finished, my boyfriend found his hat, so the new one is mine!

Since there was plenty of sweater left over, I made long arm warmers from the sleeves. I love arm warmers because they enable me to stay warm while still wearing short sleeves, so I end up making them a lot. I'm trying to get a collection to coordinate with all my outfits! Some day, I'll get around to a proper tutorial, but the gist of making arm warmers is usually:

Cut off a sleeve

With a seam ripper, open up a small hole near the wrist for your thumb

Then finish raw edges, taper if necessary to fit your wrist, and wear!

Friday, March 02, 2018

The Lace Vest

Hello Refashion Co-op. I have been wanting a lacey vest and I decided to try and make one for myself. I used this dress for material.
I cut the lace skirt off the dress and I also cut the waist tie/sash off as well.

I connected the 2 halves together and I had a l-o-n-g piece of lace. I am going to use it later.
Here is the skirt. It had a 4-pointed handkerchief hem. I spread it out and decided to fold the fabric over on itself. I stitched it down at the top. Those 2 pleats are going to be the back of the vest. 

I attached the long piece/sash to the top of the vest as a collar of sorts.

The collar comes down the front of each side. It was an easy way to finish the raw edges of the vest. It also added a little fabric to the front and made the vest more full and flowy.
I added armholes into the side seams and I was done. It looks a little like batwings when I hold it out like this.

Thanks for reading, for more pictures and details go to I Can Work With That.