Lately, I have been interested in upcycled clothing. It seems that finding fabric for apparel is difficult and expensive. When I try on clothing in the stores, I often think this would look great if only ….. But who wants to pay full price for a garment just to have to start cutting and sewing on it when you get home. So my daughter and I went to a great thrift store, and decided to see what we could upcycle. Before we went, we looked up some ideas on pinterest, and found a couple of great blogs called “The Renegade Seamstress” and “Trevor Loves Mommy”. These ladies have some great ideas for upcycling clothing. At the thrift store we found some great pieces that we are going to try to transform into something more modern, unique and custom fit to us. We had a great time looking at the clothing for its potential, rather than what it currently is.
I have finished my first upcycle project and it turned out great! I was inspired by this blog post by “Trevor Loves Mommy” . http://trevorlovesmommy.com/2015/11/11/refashion-tutorial-upcycled-henley-with-sweater-sleeves-and-bonus-skirt/
I then took a pencil skirt I already owned, that I knew fit, and laid it out on top of the sweater.
Then I cut out around the skirt leaving about a 1/2 inch seam allowance on the sides. The hem is already done on the sweater so you don’t have to leave any extra for that. Then I left as much extra as I could on the top, in order to turn down the waistband. I didn’t have a lot of extra room here due to the neck-band, so I used a 1/2 inch wide elastic so I didn’t have to give up much of my length in the waist band.
You might want to have one of these handy, as you will get some fuss from the loose loops that you cut.
Then I sewed each side seam with a 1/2 inch seam. (Tip: Start at the hem and sew towards the waistband so you can be certain that your hem will be lined up perfectly.)
I serged my side seams just to make the inside a little more finished looking. You could also use the zig zag stitch to finish off your edges. Your skirt may be a little stretched out on the side seams at this point, but don’t panic. Just iron it with plenty of steam, and it should flatten back into place.
My sweater was made from an interlocked fabric. This means that if you cut it, it won’t fray, aside from the loops that you already cut. Since the sweater is thick, and I wanted to keep my waist band as flat as possible, I decided to turn my waistband under only once to make the casing for my elastic. (If your sweater is not interlocked, you will either have to turn the raw edge under twice, or use a wider elastic, and sew the right side of the sweater to the elastic, and then turn using the elastic to encase the raw edge as in the linked tutorial above by “Trevor Loves Mommy”. So I turned my waistband under a little more that a 1/2 inch and sewed all the way around, leaving about a 2 inch opening to thread my elastic through.
Then using a large safety-pin, I pulled the elastic through the waist band and the sewed the elastic together several times to secure. Then I finished sewing the 2 inches of the waistband closed.
It only took me about an hour or so to complete, and I think it turned out really cute. What do you think?