What do you have when you have a few short tops, and a spine that goes on for miles?
That's right: a problem.
So there was a couple of tops living in my wardrobe...
|that's right, it's a set! or like, uhm.. a tank top brother and sister?|
Nothing wrong with those? well, look at me wearing one of them:
|Joost is SHOCKED|
They were ready to move on to the Big Thrift Shop Beyond, but just before throwing them out, I realized: while one short top is a problem, two are an opportunity!
So I took my scissors, and made two bold chops.
|Well.. bold.... it's not as if I'm risking my mortgage here..|
Since the top were -except for their contrasting colours- exactly similar to each other, I didn't have to worry about adjusting the girth, so I placed both the longer halves on top of each other.
|a bit of excellent pinning action going on here..|
And under the sewing machine it all went!
For those of you who have trouble getting straight seams in stretchy fabrics, here's some idea's:
- Always use a proper tricot stitch
- Make sure you switch to the right needle: a blunt, or too big needle can really ruin a stretchy fabric.
- The closer you're sewing near the edge of the fabric, the higher is the risk for getting (unwanted) lettuce seams. So give yourself a bit of extra seam allowance.
- In you've got the time, basting everything before you start really helps. ( but I never have the time for such things, so who am I to judge?)
- If the fabric is really, really tricky you can place painting tape on the fabric before sewing, or pin pattern paper underneath the seam-to-be, to stabilize the fabric and make sure it won't stretch out under your machine.
Luckily, this fabric wasn't that problematic, so a quick change of needles, and a bit of extra seam allowance was enough to create nice seams.
A quick press, and tadaaaa!
|I'm a human traffic light!|
So, with that, another refashion bites the dust! As I've hinted on before, there is quite a stack of photo's from old refashions and other diy-projects. So over the next weeks, I'll try to regularly update this blog ( let's say.. twice a week?) with short posts of all these projects. No glamourous photo-shoots of finished results, no full-length novels accompanying it, just short creative projects. You know, just to get you through the summer! They'll be marked as short summer series, so keep your eyes peeled!