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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Refashion Runway Season Two - Halloween

I did manage to finish the penultimate Refashion Runway challenge - but a bit late to be included in the sew along roundup.  

I used the two sparkly tops pictured above, together with the now disassembled leather skirt disaster and a bit of red fabric from a bargain bag of Ebay scraps.

Not being much of a dress up person myself I decided to make something for the children to wear on dress up Friday in the club I help to supervise.  We don't really celebrate Halloween where I work so I decided to avoid any obvious scary motifs and the colour orange so that it could double up as a bit of a Christmas outfit.

It was really quick and simple to make.  I just cut wedges out of the bottom of the tops and sewed them together to make a cape and a skirt panel which I just sewed back onto the discarded top section.

I also made the cape reversible and matched the back panels of the skirt with this colour combination, so hopefully it will work whichever way you wear the cape.  I think it will get a lot of wear so I am hoping my overlocking will take the strain!

Friday, 25 October 2013

Will Work For Fabric!

I was really enjoying sewing along with the Refashion Runway challenge when I had a phone call offering me a second job!  The last fortnight has been a whirlwind of trying to fit in working with all the usual household things and so sewing has gone out of the window for a while.  Any tips on how to juggle the work/kids lunchbox/sewing triangle gratefully received!

What I do have to show for it though is the fact that a tiny trickle of this second income is going towards some very lovely things.  I treated myself to some flannel and fabulous buttons from Ray Stitch.  The flannel will hopefully be transformed into the sixties dress pattern above, which I got from a charity shop - so long as I have the time to cut the pattern out for the elves to come and sew in the night... the elves and the shoemaker is real right????!

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Refashion Runway Season Two - Leather

To quote Craig Revel Horwood on the television series Strictly Come Dancing, this week I had an 'absolute di-SAH-ster dahling'!

Being a bit of a rock chick I have in the past been known to put on a bit of leather.

This photo was taken twenty years ago.  Twenty years ago, deary me.  Anyway, I've still got it..... the leather skirt that is - not necessarily the mojo!!!

Anyhow, I certainly wasn't going to chop into my precious skirt so off I went in search of a bit of charity leather.  There was none to be had.  The best thing I could come up with was this dodgy coat, with buttons missing, that looked like something that the token 'bad boy' of a nineties boy band would wear whilst perching on a stool.

And no, it's not even leather.  Only the best fibre content for me...

Nothing shouts quality more than a heavy percentage of polyurethane!

So, in for a penny, in for a pound, I decided to mix it with a bargain bag of fabric scraps I got from Ebay.

I only used the lighter fabric pictured in the end.  It was a shiny stretchy material which was hemmed on two sides so I've no idea what it was in its previous life!

After some playing around I came up with this....


Now, I am aware that I hated the peplum last week, and I really don't want to be the type of blogger who people think is trying to curry favour by saying they hate everything they make.  I don't usually.  I've just been trying to push myself a bit by making things a little out of my comfort zone and I suppose the success rate is lower when this is the case.  It is also very badly sewn.  The back seam just puckered up and in the end I just pretty much gave up with it.

I do like the pockets though!  This was a happy accident because I cut out the back of the jacket for the back of the skirt and then realised that the only large pieces of coat fabric left had pockets on them.  Should pear shaped girls have huge pockets on their hips?  ... um, no Miss, but I like them!

I'm afraid this skirt is going straight into the pile marked 'try again' and you will probably see it in some other form next week -  It's Halloween time!

You can vote for an actual, properly made, properly leather refashioned item here.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Refashion Runway Season Two - Peplum

When I read that this week's refashion was based on peplums, I must admit my heart sank a little.  I've never been a fan of peplums.  As a fully, fully paid up member of the pear shaped gang, the last thing I want is a bunch of fabric accentuating my widest part.  I know peplums don't have to sit on the hip but you don't see many bust peplums about!  Still, a challenge is a challenge. 

I bought this blouse - which is five sizes too big for me - in an Oxfam sale for one pound.  This meant that I didn't mind experimenting a bit.  I started by pretty much unpicking everything.  That meant all the waist darts, bust darts, side seams and sleeve heads had to be dismantled, and I was left with this..

I then cut out a new bodice using the colette peony pattern and assembled the new bust and waist darts.  I then had a wobbly about the sleeves.

I could not decide whether to have little cap sleeves or keep the original cuffs.  Cap sleeves are more 'me' but then, as you have already gathered, peplums are not very me so why not go the whole hog with a different style.  A cup of tea and a sandwich later, I looked again at the photos and decided that I could not discard such a nice detail as the sleeve cuffs, so I kept them long.

And this is the finished result.  The peplum itself was simple to do as I just gathered the bottom section of the old blouse and put it back onto the smaller bodice.

Here I am wearing my new peplum at a friend's house.  Am I now won over by the peplum?  Sorry - I am not!  It was an easy style to wear but I still don't think it is very 'me'. 


I did have a lovely morning though.  I was attending a macmillan coffee morning, raising funds for a cancer support charity.  Coffee, cakes, chatting, cats and charity.  Can I add couture to that list?  Not with a peplum!!!!

You can vote for your favourite in the competition here.