Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A Navy and Cream Tunic

As I mentioned in my last post, I had the bodice left over after refashioning the lower half of the dress into a skirt.  Even though I have made several tunics lately, this left over piece was just destined to become yet another one...they are very comfortable after all!

If you would like to read more on how this tunic came to be, including my two failed attempts, you can visit my blog, Second Chances by Susan.  Thanks!

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Blinded by the (Neon) Light

Hello Refashion Co-op. I found these neon corduroy pants at a clothes swap. Neon seems like a summertime color and corduroy seems like a wintertime fabric.
 I also found this neon shirt and was overwhelmed by the blinding color. 

I decided to make shorts for myself. 

The corduroys were too big around the waist so I made some tucks in the back. I made the tucks continue down behind the back pockets. 

I decided this shirt would coordinate with the shorts but be a lot easier on the eyes. It was too long and the V-neck was too low. I used a quick no-sew fix to make it fit me. I cut the sleeves and the neckband off. That left a tank top shape.

I made cuts across the shoulder straps and tied them together. By adjusting the knots I could adjust the fit as I wanted. This raised the neckline and made the armholes smaller until the shirt fit. 

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

Monday, June 26, 2017

Tunic and Vest from Dress and Jacket

#82 Back to School Wardrobe

REFLECTIONS:  Current focus on Re-fashions includes pre-retirement University professional clothing to fit the current lifestyle.   
Current part-time work needs are:
  • Professional clothing, but not at the University level.
  • Business casual clothing.    

BEFORE: Unstructured suit-dress that fit the on-campus University life-style.
  • hose and heels for fall / spring
  • sandals for summer  

STEPS:  I wanted a looser tunic style fit. I switched rolls.  Original sleeveless dress becomes tunic with sleeves. Original jacket becomes vest.
  • Remove sleeves from jacket. Open sides of jacket and dress.
  • Cut 4” strips from the bottom of the dress.  Insert strips into sides of original dress (now tunic), original jacket (now vest), and sleeves.
  • Re-insert sleeves.

AFTER:  Vertical stipes in the inserts against original horizontal stripes was a good design element.  
  • Tunic with new sleeves.
  • Vest to layer over tunic.    

New tunic / vest
for more casual part-time work

Looser tunic style
Sleeves switched to create vest and tunic.

New vertical insert
cut from dress length
adds design element

Looser tunic style top

On-campus unstructured suit-dress.
Imagine hose and closed toe shoes.

On-campus sheath dress with jacket.
No sleeveless allowed. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saving a Shirt with Shoulder Seam Adjustment

 #81 Back to School Wardrobe

REFLECTIONS:  Last August I self-challenged to: Shop from the closet. 
  • No new / used clothing for this school year, until this August.
  • This year of no shopping has expanded to include Charlie’s closet..
BEFORE: From Charlie's closet.
  • Thrifted nearly new, shirt was too large in shoulders.
  •  Shoulders were too wide and the sleeves came down below his elbows.
  • Narrow shouler adjustments were needed in many of my own Re-fashions.  
  • Remove sleeves.
  • Trim 2 1/2 “ total, 1 1/2“ off on the shoulder and 1” off of the sleeves.
  • Re-insert sleeves. Serge.
NOTE: When I trimmed the shoulders back, the arm cycle was naturally enlarged. The sleeve was adjusted to fit into the larger opening. And ½” seam was taken to adjust the arm cycle opening at the side seam.

AFTER:  Charlies shirt that fits.
  • Much appreciated in this no shopping year.

Edge of board marks
change in shoulder seam

AFTER: Edge of board marks shoulder
seam spot before adjustment
Removed 1 1/2"' inch shoulder
1" from sleeve cap
Paper marks before width of shouler
BEFORE: Too wide shoulder
Too long sleeve

Friday, June 23, 2017

Faded Jeans

I have a too short jeans problem

I used these three different washes to lengthen my style.

Long pants for the win!

Come check it on my Blog!