I’m working on an evening look for an upcoming benefit gala. Dressing up for an event is always fun to plan for. I’m making palazzo pants, a slinky top and then I’m topping it off with this jacket. I’ll show the pant and top as I finish them, but both are already under construction.
I’ve had this fabric in my stash for at least 5 years just waiting for the right moment. The texture has some dimension and a bit of stiffness, but also drapes enough for this Vogue pattern by Geoffrey Beene (V2232 out-of-print).
Black, copper and bright blue threads are woven together to make this slightly iridescent textile. It’s the blue threads that really make the copper pop. I don’t want to ruin the surprise, but the other pieces have a lot of gold metallic so I added the gold studs on the pockets for just a dash of sparkle.
I wear my first sweatshirt refashion so much I decided to tackle another. I started with a very small Ralph Lauren sweatshirt with an awesome military collar. I took the back off again and added it to the front. This time there wasn’t enough fabric in the original sweatshirt to allow for princess seams, but I cut the sweatshirt in a triangle with the smallest part aligning with the collar shape. I think it still has a slimming line on top.
When I tried it on it was still too small on top. Aha, a GDO! (good design opportunity). I took the fabric from the sleeves and added a triangular gusset under the arms. I like the detail it adds to the garment.
A triangle in the back finishes the line and concept. Overall this tunic is slimmer than the last one and I may even like it better!
I mentioned on my first men’s shirt refashion that it came out a bit more formal than I had intended. While I loved the result I really wanted an everyday shirt for spring. This shirt is going in the right direction.
My BSF Debra and I got together to each make another refashioned shirt. She is still promising photos of her pieces, and as usual our two projects look nothing alike!
I started with two of my husband’s shirts that are too large for him. I liked the fabrics, but was hesitant about the color. I have red hair and brown eyes unlike most redheads with blue or green eyes. Fall colors look best on me. The light blues, while pretty just looked like an anomaly in my closet. In the end I put the shirt in a marigold dye bath and the result works better for me.
These shirts are so much fun to make. All the hard parts like the collar and plackets are already finished. The final shirt just needs the panels added to the sides and some details to add some interest.
Notice that the side panels still have the buttons and buttonholes! My BSF gave me that idea from her first shirt.
This shirt looked baggy around my waist, so I added a fabric tie belt. The pocket is a nice addition for everyday wear. I try to add pockets whenever possible.
I bought this cool fabric from The RainShed back in September when I returned from my Diane Ericson retreat in Taos. A fellow sewer, Gwen was making a cool vest out of the fabric, which is grey wool laminated to a black knit. Both sides are attractive and the fabric does not ravel so Gwen was cutting holes out to add interest to her project. I had to try some of this fabric!
Finding the right pattern for me took a while, but I finally settled on Vogue 8932, since it has so many panels to show off both sides of the textile. I like to wear layers so a vest is perfect. I added 2” to the length of the pattern and eliminated any facings. Frankly, I think the final vest looks more like the photos on the pattern cover and it would have felt too short if I had not added the length. Instead of facings a knit stripe finishes off all of the edges.
I added the cut outs to emphasize the lines of the front, and placed a few appliqué pieces to carry an asymmetrical line on my left. The piece needed a little sparkle so I added a small triangle of metallic paint to each of these larger triangles. Just one triangle brought the design to the backside.
Finishing the vest left me with the question of what to wear underneath. I had pulled out a number of coordinating knits when deciding on the edge treatment. Since several of them went well with the grey/black fabric, I decided to whip up a knit top to wear under the vest. Vogue 8952 is so easy and only took about 2-3 hours to cut out and put together.
I can’t wait to wear this on Valentine’s Day! Hmm…red pants might be a fun look.
I am so pleased with this project I can hardly believe it!My BSF Debra and I got together to refashion some men’s shirts. She is going on some warm vacations so needs some new spring clothes now while it is still cold. After looking through our stash of used men’s shirts, I chose a linen shirt. In addition I added a frayed pair of black linen pants and a pair of linen overalls that had never worked for me. While not an absolute necessity, both Debra and I like to include a touch of black in our projects whenever possible to go with our favorite black jeans or leggings. Including your favorite neutral makes wardrobe management so much easier.
I owned a white shirt that had a square poncho shape instead of sleeves. We both used it to get our basic idea for the refashion. I promise Debra is going to get me pictures of her projects soon. No one will believe how different our two projects ended up this day!
The men’s shirt is in the center with trim from my black pants and sleeve panels made from the legs of the overalls. The bias tape decoration is made from the overall straps that I just left hanging instead of cutting. Still not done, I added some Diane Ericson stencils to one sleeve for balance.
While it ended up dressier than I had ever imagined, I am very happy with the end result. So much so that I have already made a second version that is not photographed yet. I usually hate summer clothes, but have high expectations for my warm weather wardrobe.
My first blog entry!
I just finished a new fall coat using Diane Ericson’s Heartfelt Coat Pattern. I hot water machine washed the wool yardage to felt the fibers together. After that I worked with the fabric patterning in order to build yardage that would enhance with the coat pattern. The wool is butted together and held with a decorative stitch. I actually started this 5 years ago and put it in a basket because it was just too big of a project.
I wore it on Saturday night and it was a success!