I find a lot of my clothing off the rack just doesn't fit very well. Or after they get holes or stains or shrink I still try to work around the issues by "up-cycling" them into some thing new. Here are some of my repairs and re-workings.
I don't usually like the frayed edges on my jeans.
It becomes necessary to find a solution. Binding!!!
|Same issues as before. The sleeves were too short|
the shirt was too short after washing.
I didn't have any fabric or old
t-shirts that would have worked with this shirt.
So I went and found some very cute
|I love my dress-form. It's always nice to work on|
a dress-form. Good old Sea-wolf.
I got one that was as close to my
actual measurements as possible
so I could sew for myself.
|Super cute printed jersey that matched|
|Draped on my dress form.|
|I changed out the body fabric to the|
new print. Added the extra fabric on the hem.
|And changed the short cap sleeves|
to a flutter sleeve.
|So much stretching while|
I was sewing. (I"m such a naughty girl)
Again, use a ball point needle.
Use the correct stitches for knits.
Or use a serger.
|$3 shirt from Walmart Clearance.|
Again, too tight on upper arms and too short.
I know, just buy a larger size Ruth!!!And yes, I usually do!!
However, they didn't have a larger size
available. And I loved the stripes.
$3 was ok with me.
|Of course, even tho|
I buy the large, they are too large in the
waist. I usually buy the large,
and then if it's too big in
waist (even tho it fits my bust and arms)
I'll just do a quick stitch down the sides
about 3/4" to take in.
|So, I lengthened the sleeves|
by unstitching the hem. And
added a small godet to the
|Inside of shirt.|
This shirt was pulling uncomfortably
in the bust.
So the side godet added a bit of room for
me to feel more comfortable.
It also loosened
the sleeve since they are usually too
tight on my arm.
|Inside of godet.|
|Cute tank, with adorable embellishment.|
However, I never wear tanks without
a cardigan since I burn so badly in the
sun. You never saw the hummingbird
when I did that!
|Just a comfy green t-shirt that matched|
|I thought I could re-use the embellishment|
on a shirt I would wear more often.
|I cut my t-shirt 1/2" below the arm.|
|When sewn, I noticed the embellishment|
was at an add spot on the bust.
|Too low on the the bust. But since I didn't|
want to change the armhole I decided to raise
the shirt by the shoulder seam.
And change the neckline.
|Tried to use old hem as neckline.|
|I used an elastic for the neck after all.|
I made it a petal sleeve.
|I like it!!!|