Leap Day Oops Jacket

Happy Leap Day! I’m actually not a fan haha. Not to be a Debbie Downer or anything… but who wants an extra day of winter? Not me! On the other hand, it is an extra day to be alive so I’m going to try to be positive today ๐Ÿ˜‰

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You’re looking at an OLDIE here. I mean, I’ve had this is my stash for, like, 3 years or more. In fact, I started on this several times (going in a different direction each time), couldn’t make up my mind, and eventually deleted all my during pictures! It was a moment of frustration…. I figured I’d never finish it so, whatever.

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Black Angora Fail

‘Member this hot numba?

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It seems like only yesterday I turned this into a No Sew sweater.

A LOT of people asked me what I’d do with that awesome bottom scrap… I’m about to show you ๐Ÿ™‚

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I knew that I’d make this in to a skirt. To give it a little shape, I trimmed the side seams a bit so it wouldn’t just be a black tube of fabric.

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I just eyeballed it… I’m so precise ๐Ÿ˜‰

I had to sew those new raw edges down, obviously. Then, I folded the waist under and made a casing for elastic.

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After I fished the elastic through the casing, I tried on the skirt. It had to be a sure bet right?

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WRONG!

I’m pretty sure I have the largest thighs on planet earth…

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Cutesy poses can’t even save it…
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…believe me. I tried to make it work.

Looking at the pictures now, I guess it doesn’t look too bad… I was just really uncomfortable. So, I changed into a skirt I made over the summer.

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Much better!

This is exactly why I hate pencil skirts (or, really, just skirts in general…)… they just don’t flatter me. From now on, IF I wear a skirt, I’m an “A-line” gal.

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I love how my Prima shoes look with it
See what I mean by my "left side" being better... I seriously think it's true :)
See what I mean by my “left side” being better… I wasn’t trying to be funny ๐Ÿ™‚

I do think my outfit on the whole is quite adorable. It’s not a look I wear everyday… but as it just keeps getting cooler and cooler, I got out the fleece-lined tights and decided to go with something different (It’s nice to take a break from jeans and tshirts). They are so warm it’s not even funny. That awesome blue sweater is a freebie from my cousin. The tags were still on it! She donated it to me in exchange for some sewing repairs on her other clothing. I’m all about bartering but I’m pretty sure I got the better end of the deal ๐Ÿ™‚

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Now, without my glasses.

So, maybe my refashion wasn’t a Fail…. It was just a fail on me. I’m not the best seamstress… I think it’s good to be honest about it. Hence the title of my blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Happy Refashioning, everyone. Remember to keep it real ๐Ÿ˜‰

Too Small Henley

I love it when I find shirts like this for only .99 cents!!!

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…and HATE it when they’re too small ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Of course, Muffin lit up like a Christmas Tree when I modeled it for him. “Do you think this is too small?” —“NO!”

He’s just a little biased, which is really cute ๐Ÿ™‚ but it is definitely too small…

This thing already has lace (crochet, actually) on the front so I’m going to have to get more creative than I was the last time I made a shirt bigger. I’m going to add a panel in the back, instead.

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Navy stretchy material in my stash. IOW, free! ๐Ÿ™‚

The scrap is uneven, so that’s why I marked it with chalk… I left the bottom hem as-is so I could adjust it to the hem of the new shirt after I put it in.

Navy stretchy material in my stash. IOW, free! :)
Cut… do you see where I’m going with this?

Now, I’ve got to cut the back of my shirt so I can add the panel in to it.

It's wet from rain. Indiana has been a monsoon all summer long.
It’s wet from rain. Indiana has been a monsoon all spring and summer long.

Sidebar: aren’t you proud of me for doing all this measuring and marking??? ๐Ÿ™‚ I dare say I’m getting slightly less lazy with my sewing.

Cut
Cut

Right sides together, pin the extra panel of the fabric onto one of the new raw edges of the back.

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I sewed this in place with our Unity Sewing/Embroidery machine by Baby Lock. I haven’t done overcasting on a Baby Lock and I wanted to try it.

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Unity’s overcast foot is different than what I’m used to… I actually really like the flange/guide in the middle of the foot as opposed to the right edge of the foot. I was able to feed the material under the needle a little better.

Attach the other side of the panel to the back of the shirt, obviously.

Voila
Voila

The Navy color is slightly darker on the panel but… oh well. I cleaned up the bottom hem to match each other.

Elephant in the room: It’s still too small

At least, I think so

*sigh

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Taking advantage of the sun!

It’s definitely more comfortable with the extra panel. I don’t know if I’m just a little too hard on myself (I pride myself on being realistic where body image is concerned, though) but I still think it’s just a little too tight.

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Candid

This was an easy way to add extra material. In fact, I found it easier than adding panels to the sideย of a shirt. I’ll save this technique for future jobs… and I’ll be more liberal with the extra material ๐Ÿ™‚

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Plan C Open House Dress

When I saw this dress for .99 cents, I knew right away that I wanted to make a maxi dress. I haven’t made one in a while and felt really inspired by this print. I *thought* it would be a really easy and straight forward refashion…

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I removed the unwanted elements.

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Then I made another chop to remove the yoke of the dress.

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I’m going to add elastic to this new raw edge on the bodice. Instead of making a casing like I have on similar refashions, I sewed the elastic directly onto the fabric with my Imagine Serger.

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I folded this newly sewn edge over twice so the elastic wouldn’t be visible and sewed it down with a straight stitch… it was too big. Plus, if I’m being completely honest, I didn’t like the the print as well as I thought I would. So, I decided to move on to plan B and just make a maxi skirt.

I cut off the plaid-ish fabric completely and added some new elastic to the existing waist of the black fabric…

…and I hated it!

I looked “Squat-y” in it. If you’re petite you know exactly what I mean. The length just didn’t work.

As a last ditch effort I moved to plan C:

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13 seems to be my magic number when I’m shortening anything, so I cut that many inches off.

I finished the shortened edge with a rolled hem and crossed my fingers this would turn out well.

It did ๐Ÿ™‚ ..but it was still just a boring old skirt. I decided to pay homage to the plaid material that I was originally so excited about and still use it somehow.

Surely a ruffle will give this some pizazz
Surely a ruffle will give this some pizazz

On the same serger, I gathered a piece of scrap by lengthening my stitch and cranking my differential feed to 2.

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Now what?

I have a cutesy ruffle, but where do I put it? After several attempts to sew it in different places, I got a little paranoid I would ruin it just like I’d ruined everything else with this refashion! I cheated by wearing it as a brooch!

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I scrunched it up with a safety pin ๐Ÿ™‚

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Ironically, this flower brooch is my favorite part. It helps tie the whole look together, I think.

Pretty, brooch. Pretty, brooch.
Pretty, brooch. Pretty, brooch.

This outfit ended up being a very comfortable outfit for my stepson’s Graduation Open House

He was so excited :)
He was so excited ๐Ÿ™‚

Lots of friends and family came out to support Stewart on his big day.

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Proud Papa and Stepmom sharing an US selfie... an USie ;)
Proud Papa and Stepmom sharing an US selfie… an USie ๐Ÿ˜‰

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If at first you don’t succeed, right?

It all ended up working out. I actually like this end result a lot better than what I had originally envisioned for this piece. Not to sound totally lame, but sometimes the refashions choose YOU.

Yeah… still lame, I know ๐Ÿ™‚

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