Thursday, April 30, 2009

Wardrobe Refashion

Yesterday morning, this boring chok-er-ific turtleneck became a cute circle neck shirt

thanks to this tutorial on Craftstylish.

I didn't mark anything and just cut and sewed with abandon. It turned out okay if you don't look too close.

I plan on doing more of these and turning all my ugly t-shirts into cute girly shirts.

I did one extra step after the tutorial, which was to fold the new neck yoke down to the wrong side and topstitch the whole thing so that it looks like bias binding for the collar.

At first, I wished I had cut the front down more that the back so that I could remember which was the front of the shirt. Then I realized that I was free to choose the side with the least number of sewing mistakes because they were the same. So it worked out well. :)

Yes, I made the denim skirt out of jeans as well-- momma jeans that I paid $1 for at the thrift store. They were a tad snug, but the process of making the skirt fixed that. This tutorial from NotMartha is pretty close to what I did.

The only difference is that because I made it shorter, I could use the bottom half of the jeans to fill in the back, instead of using other fabric.

Also, I added the ruffle to the bottom and clipped all my seams like you would for one of those rag quilts--so the edges would fray more quickly.

It was a bit tricky to add the ruffle and make the denim raw edge still be exposed. Not that tricky, but you have to realize that it is what you want, or you won't get it.

A note on making jean skirts: the skirt will always want to follow the same basic shape that the jeans did. Aka: momma jeans made into a skirt will taper in. If you want more of a straight skirt or an A-line, you have to use stovepipe or straight-leg jeans.


  1. Cute sewing job! Way to go!

  2. It looks even more awesome in person! I definitely need some help when it comes to sewing a nice-looking knit garment.

  3. WOW! Love how your shirt turned out. Makes me want to attack the back of my closet for possibilities. Also, love the skirt. The ruffle is brillant!

  4. You are so awesome to come crash my blog! Thanks for slobbering with me over cookies. You are so creative and I think it's just cool that we're both Rebecca's. Spunky awesomeness must run in our veins.

  5. Wush must put more pictures of whush murderous children on. How am I possibly going to be tempted to come home for the summer without pictures of the fat greasy mexican children.