As someone who’s perpetually cold, I’m a Summer person. I love the heat; can’t get enough… unfortunately, lately, in Indiana the last few summers have been very cool. We’ve had a few sweltering days of summer this year, but on the whole, it’s been cool. I feel cheated out of a true summer season…
All that to say, I’m not ready for fall weather. As the autumnal equinox approaches, though…there’s no way out of it.
I bought this because I’m slightly addicted to anything black (even though I recognize that black may not be my best color). It looked warm. It actually fit really well… and it was only .99 cents. With Fall approaching I knew I’d get a lot of wear out of this.
I began by removing the shoulder pads
13 is my magic number when I’m shortening anything… but this was a bit longer, so I actually put a safety pin at the length I wanted.
Accounting for seam allowances, I marked fabric at 20″. I wanted it to be a little longer in the back so, using chalk, I marked it 19″ at the very back seam.
To finish the newly raw bottom edge I used the chalk again and measured an inch and a quarter.
I folded the raw edge under twice, “matching” it up to the chalk line.
I used our Janome 8900 to sew it.
I try to sew on every sewing machine on display at our store (As a sewer and salesman it’s only responsible of me to know, through personal sewing experience, what each machine is best at)…. but I still have my favorites, and the 8900 is one of them! I seriously love this machine. It’s got so much work space. The built in walking foot will sew through ANY thing. Believe it or not, this material was quite thick, especially at the seams. AND, they’re doubled over from the new triple fold I added at the bottom, so the bottom hem is actually 5 folds thick at the seams. This machine sews through it likes it’s one layer of cotton.
D3 is a plain ol’ straight stitch that starts and ends with an automatic locking stitch. I, personally, prefer a locking stitch to a reverse. If you prefer a reverse to lock in your stitch, you would select D2 🙂
NEVER sew over your pins 🙂
That’s all I did to update this garment.
I’m rocking (I hope…) 🙂 this look with my awesome Dansko “Tory” shoes. I bought them as a birthday gift to myself. I love them. I’ll probably write a review (unsponsored) in the next few weeks.
This is not a paid endorsement from LOFT… this is just me explaining how much I love these jeans… As a petite and curvy gal, LOFT jeans are truly the only ones that I know will fit me perfectly every single time. I’m 5’2 and I’m much bigger from the waist down (probably 2 full sizes larger) than I am on top. LOFT has “curvy” cut jeans available in skinny, boot cut, straight leg, and flare. They even have tall, regular, petite, and “petite supreme” (5’0 and under…). It’s the one article of clothing I will happily splurge on and purchase new. Since the closest LOFT is an hour away, I can purchase them online without any apprehension because I know they’ll fit! Whether your fit struggles are similar to mine or not, I promise LOFT will be able to fit you no matter what your body type is.
Moving on 🙂
This kind of reminds me of something I pinned a while ago to my “Inspiration” board.
I think mine looks remarkably similar! (And it was only .99 cents).
It’s super versatile… I could still button it all the way down and wear as a dress with some leggings and boots when it gets really cold outside…
“Refashioning” can sometimes be intimidating to the novice sewer… People think they have to completely disassemble a garment and turn it into something totally different than what it was originally, in order for it to be “refashioned.” And that’s not the case. Refashioning can be very simple. All I did was shorten the length on this knit sweater dress… and that gave it a completely different and versatile look that I’ll be able to wear all through fall. If you’re just starting to get into the refashion scene, keep it simple 🙂