keskiviikko 27. toukokuuta 2015

Let's Make... Add backlacing to a blazer

Once upon a time, I had a corduroy blazer. I found it at a flea market many years ago, and figured it would fall apart a month later. H&M had made the blazer with quality, though, and I've worn it with joy. 
This spring, however, the blazer felt a little too snug. Might have been the pullover I wore under it, or maybe it shrunk (ladies do not gain weight so it can't be that), who knows, but still it felt uncomfortable. 
I wasn't ready to let go of it, so I gave it a makeover. 
To make the blazer a bit more roomy, I opened the center back seam. The collar I left untouched. There was a slit on the hem of the original blazer, so the edges were uneven. I straightened them by just cutting off excess fabric. 
I tucked in raw edges of fabric, and top-stitched both sides. The corduroy was light, and starting to show signs of wear, so I didn't want to strain the fabric with eyelets. 

I still wanted the back to have a lazing, so I could alter the size when I'm wearing more beneath. Cheap satin ribbon is perfect for this purpose: though it can't handle washing, it looks nice, and holds well when tied. 
I decided to go with buttonholes. 
I marked their places on both sides of the back, and made them as small as possible. 
After, I could just lace the parts together. The detail looks pretty, and gives the blazer both room and versatility. 
The blazer fits well now, and I'm really happy with the result. 

The lines of the blazer are soft yet androgynous. I like to pair it with hems both long and short, and flowing scarfs to give it a more feminine feel.  

The laced back is also a feature on a freshly launched sewing pattern. I had found a little piece of patterned wool fabric from a flea market, and turned it into a snug-fitting blazer with a laced up back and low-cut collar. Check it out, and tell me what you think! 

Until next Wednesday. 

perjantai 15. toukokuuta 2015

Let's Make... Scarf to Sweater

A friend gave me, among many other things, a scarf in my favourite colour. The scarf was a light, knit pashmina made with the softest yarn. My first instinct was to unravel it for yarn, but knitting takes a long time, and I wanted to wear the finished product NOW. The scarf wanted to be a cropped sweater, and I said it would just have to wait. I stashed it, and dug it back out twenty minutes later after hearing it cry. 
If a scarf wants to be a sweater that badly, who am I to say no?
I started by cutting a strip off one end. This would be my collar, and the rest the bodice and sleeves. The knit was delicate and fragile, so I had to work fast to keep it from coming undone. 
When working with knits, use your serger, and a very short stitch length. It will keep the knit from unravelling. You'll have to treat the finished garment with a bit of care, though. No excessive stretching! Also, work fast with light hands. 
I folded the strip lengthwise, and serged through the edge. 
I marked the centre-point of the scarf, along with collar width. I wanted the collar quite wide, so it wouldn't feel constricting. 
Cutting was really scary, opening the fold even scarier. The knit held better than I expected, but I tried to treat it as gently as possible. 
I pinned the collar to the fresh wound with right sides facing, careful not to pull at anything. 
After serging the seam, I got to try the project on. 
While I was at it, I marked the width for hem. Turning a scarf into a shrug or a sweater is quite simple: fold it over, and sew long ends together, leaving an opening in the middle. Cut a hole for neckline, and you're done. 
I shaped the sleeves a bit to avoid the shapeless "too baggy"-look. 
At this point, a sweater I no longer care for decided it wanted to play, too. I cut off the long cuffs which were pretty much the only thing I liked about it. 
Attaching the cuffs to super-wide sleeves seemed a bit impossible. With patience and a lot of pins, I got the two to sit nicely together. 
 Adding long cuffs gave me reverse puff sleeves, which I don't have enough of.  
The entire project took less than an hour. and the finished sweater is so good I want to wear it all the time. 

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