Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Goonies Shirt

Hello Refashion Co-op. I was given this red T-shirt recently. Do you remember" The Goonies"? It was a movie from the 80's. A group of outrageous kids go on a treasure hunt. I couldn't recall the plot in detail but I remembered liking it. 

The shirt was very big on me so I needed to alter it.

I used a shirt I liked as a guide. I liked the fit of the white shirt and I really liked the round hem at the bottom. I figured I could copy the white shirt. I traced it and then used my machine to stitch the sides and arms back together.

The shirt fit well and it was perfect to do some research into this old movie.

Thanks for reading, for more pictures and details go to I Can Work With That.


I used this mumu to make a swimsuit cover up for a trip to the sunnier side of life

Perfect for a day by the pool

Come check it out on my blog


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

British Heart Foundation - The Big Stitch

Hello, HoffiCoffi here.

A UK wide charity called The British Heart Foundation has launched a competition called The Big Stitch.  The idea is that you go into one of their charity shops during the month of July and purchase an item that you then refashion and post on social media.  Well, I had to give that a try!

I didn't really know what I was looking for when I went in to look but I came out with two towels... not something I have thought about using before!  They did just call out to me though with their co-ordinating orange tones and large sixties floral design.  

I knew exactly what pattern I was going to use as soon as I saw them.  These towels needed to be made into a sixties beachset.

The pattern is Woman W.29 published in 1967.  

The pattern pieces only just fitted onto the orange towel and I decided to put a central seam in the top, so that the white towel could be cut in such a way that the orange stripe would not be cut up by the bust dart.  

This requirement to be on social media has meant that I have finally got myself an instagram account.  I've been dragged into the twenty first century by a twentieth century pattern. :)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Watermelon Skirt

Hello Refashion Co-op. I made this watermelon skirt recently. I did it for fun and to see how it would look when I was done.

I used this pink dress and this green skirt. The dress was too small at the top. I cut the top of the pink dress off and used the built-in elastic as a waistband.

You can see in the picture below where I cut off the top of the pink dress. You can see that I attached a 2 inch band of green to the bottom of the dress. I cut a couple inches of the green skirt and attached it to the pink skirt. I added some white rick-rack in between the pink and green to look like watermelon.

The black dots are sponged on with black paint. 

Thanks for reading, for more details go to I Can Work With That.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Re-fashion #2 for Quilted Vest

#86 Back to School Wardrobe

BEFORE: Vest in the Mending stash.
#1 Re-fashion last year from quilted jacket to vest included:
  • Used sleeves to cut/insert side gussets
  • Replaced buttons. 
  • Added denim and leatherette trim.
  • Faced the arm-cyles with binding. 
GOAL for this Refashion: Replace or recover peeling leatherette trim.

STEPS: I liked the original trim, which took time to apply.
I did not want to seam rip and replace the trim. 
  • Leave the trim in place.
  • Hand weave gold trim in place over the peeling trim.
AFTER:  Re-fashion #2. Vest is saved from the mending pile and ready to wear.

AFTER:  Re-fashion #2.
Vest is ready to wear

AFTER:  Re-fashion #2.
Vest is saved from the mending pile
New gold woven into trim
 over peeling leatherette.
Gold trim woven
over peeling leatherette.
BEFORE: Peeling trim from 1st Refashion
I  did not want to take time to replace it.