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Spring Sweater Refashion 2011 {#3}

8 Mar
  Welcome to the next installment in my quest to refashion my wardrobe 🙂
My third sweater refashion started off with a plain white cardigan from Target. 
Add a few chiffon flowers and you have a sweater refashion that is super easy, fast and requires no sewing machine. 
To make this easy sweater refashion, all you need is: 
  •  Chiffon fabric for the flowers.
  • a Candle
  • Buttons
  • Needle and Thread
  • Fabric Glue {optional}
  • Take your chiffon fabric and cut out four different sizes of circles.  I cut mine out as a 3 inch, 2 inch, 1.5 inch and 1 inch circles. You can use a circle template if you want a perfect circle.
  • Light a candle and burn the edges of the circles. Rotate the material slowly all the way around each circle. 
  • Once the circle edges are burned, lay the circles on the sweater in the place you want them. I arranged the circles 2-3 circles per flower. 
  • Then pin the flowers on the sweater. 
  • Now sew the buttons in the circle of each flower. 
  • The last thing to do is put a circle of fabric glue under some the edges where the flowers are droopy. Or you can put a quick stitch through the material.
Voila — you are done!! 
{total project time = 30 minutes}
Now you have a sweater with some personality!! 

I added the flowers around the back for a little fun. 
Now – go find some old sweaters and create make some new creations!!!! 
Thanks for stopping by!
And if you do make a sweater refashion, let me know. I’d love to see it!!!

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Guest Project — Brassy Ruffle Top!

11 Aug
Hello, hello! My name is Megan and I am the creative force behind Brassy Apple! I am a sewing pattern designer and passionate DIY-er! I love to share my tutorials, photography and ideas on the Brassy Apple Blog
Just like Jen I love a good refashioning project! I got hooked on upcycling t-shirt’s this spring and thought it would be fun to create and share a new design! 
Brassy Ruffle Top
Materials:
2 matching T-shirts (1 needs to be your size)
scissors
measuring tape
thread
sewing machine
optional: rotary cutter, mat and ruler
Step 1: Rounded Neck line – cut out the neck hole
V-neck – Leave the neck alone
Step 2: Leave the sleeves on or cut them at an angle for cap sleeves (1st photo) or cut them all the way off (2nd photo) for a sleeveless look following the diagrams below
Step 3: Using your scissors, cut up the middle of the top layer of the t-shirt.
Step 4: Fold back and under the neckline so the point is in the middle of your chest or lower if you want a deeper V. Taper from the middle point up each side through the neckline.
Pin into place. Repeat on the opposite side. Sew  and trim the excess fabric from the underside. Set aside.
Step 5: Creating the ruffles – Take the 2nd t-shirt and square off the bottom hemline if necessary. Cut three 5″ wide strips (1st photo). Cut each piece at the side seams creating 2 separate pieces (2nd photo). 
Cut a 1/2″ wide strip. Cut at the side seams creating 2 pieces the same length. Gently pull on each end to make the knit roll into a “tube”. These will the front ties.
Step 6: Using a basting stitch – sew along the top edge of each strip. Do not backstitch at either end. 
Step 7: Gently pulling the thread from the underside of the strip, gather or ruffle each strip. 
Step 8: Lay out your t-shirt flat working on one side of the front. Starting at the bottom, place a ruffled strip matching it up with the bottom hemline. Adjust the ruffle to fit between the side seam and the inside cut edge. Pin in place
Step 9: Place 2nd ruffled strip above the 1st and overlap bottom of the ruffle 1/4 – 1/2″ to the top of the 1st ruffle. Pin and repeat with the 3rd strip. Follow the same steps to place the ruffled strips on the opposide side. 
Step 10: Place 1 end of the 1 of the ties at the inside edge of the top 3rd ruffled strip. Pin.
Step 11: Stitch each ruffled layer into place by using a straight or zig zag stitch and sewing over the gathering thread line. 
Step 12: Repeat on the other side. And you are done!!! Dress it up or down – just have fun wearing it! 
Meg- what a fantastic project!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!! 
Meg is amazingly talented. 
She is the one that got me excited about upcycling and making clothing refashions! I love her sense of color and style. Not only is she a fabulous seamstress, but she decorates, makes kid crafts and creates amazing patterns for her shop too!

{Dollar Store DIY Chandelier}
{Upholstered Headboard made from a door}

{Ruffled Shirt}

{Fabric Fortune Cookies}

Be sure to go over to Brassy Apple and see all of Megan’s colorful, creative ideas!!
Have a Great Day!
XOXO

Guest Project — Brassy Ruffle Top!

11 Aug
Hello, hello! My name is Megan and I am the creative force behind Brassy Apple! I am a sewing pattern designer and passionate DIY-er! I love to share my tutorials, photography and ideas on the Brassy Apple Blog
Just like Jen I love a good refashioning project! I got hooked on upcycling t-shirt’s this spring and thought it would be fun to create and share a new design! 
Brassy Ruffle Top
Materials:
2 matching T-shirts (1 needs to be your size)
scissors
measuring tape
thread
sewing machine
optional: rotary cutter, mat and ruler
Step 1: Rounded Neck line – cut out the neck hole
V-neck – Leave the neck alone
Step 2: Leave the sleeves on or cut them at an angle for cap sleeves (1st photo) or cut them all the way off (2nd photo) for a sleeveless look following the diagrams below
Step 3: Using your scissors, cut up the middle of the top layer of the t-shirt.
Step 4: Fold back and under the neckline so the point is in the middle of your chest or lower if you want a deeper V. Taper from the middle point up each side through the neckline.
Pin into place. Repeat on the opposite side. Sew  and trim the excess fabric from the underside. Set aside.
Step 5: Creating the ruffles – Take the 2nd t-shirt and square off the bottom hemline if necessary. Cut three 5″ wide strips (1st photo). Cut each piece at the side seams creating 2 separate pieces (2nd photo). 
Cut a 1/2″ wide strip. Cut at the side seams creating 2 pieces the same length. Gently pull on each end to make the knit roll into a “tube”. These will the front ties.
Step 6: Using a basting stitch – sew along the top edge of each strip. Do not backstitch at either end. 
Step 7: Gently pulling the thread from the underside of the strip, gather or ruffle each strip. 
Step 8: Lay out your t-shirt flat working on one side of the front. Starting at the bottom, place a ruffled strip matching it up with the bottom hemline. Adjust the ruffle to fit between the side seam and the inside cut edge. Pin in place
Step 9: Place 2nd ruffled strip above the 1st and overlap bottom of the ruffle 1/4 – 1/2″ to the top of the 1st ruffle. Pin and repeat with the 3rd strip. Follow the same steps to place the ruffled strips on the opposide side. 
Step 10: Place 1 end of the 1 of the ties at the inside edge of the top 3rd ruffled strip. Pin.
Step 11: Stitch each ruffled layer into place by using a straight or zig zag stitch and sewing over the gathering thread line. 
Step 12: Repeat on the other side. And you are done!!! Dress it up or down – just have fun wearing it! 
Meg- what a fantastic project!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!! 
Meg is amazingly talented. 
She is the one that got me excited about upcycling and making clothing refashions! I love her sense of color and style. Not only is she a fabulous seamstress, but she decorates, makes kid crafts and creates amazing patterns for her shop too!

{Dollar Store DIY Chandelier}
{Upholstered Headboard made from a door}

{Ruffled Shirt}

{Fabric Fortune Cookies}

Be sure to go over to Brassy Apple and see all of Megan’s colorful, creative ideas!!
Have a Great Day!
XOXO