Friday, August 12, 2011

A simple blouse and quick fix refashion

Now that summer semester is over, I finally got a chance to dig through my fabric and refashion pile to create a couple new looks.  The first project was a simple loose fitting white blouse with roll up belted sleeves.  And yes, the blouse is made out of that wonderful difficult and hard to sew, jersey knit.  I confess that I wanted to try sewing with knit fabric ever since I had successfully sewn the Y-seams for my quilt.  (I arrogantly thought that I could do it all!)  I was completely mistaken in thinking how easy jersey knit would be...nevah, evah again will I use the fabric.  My problem was finding a lot of bunching and puckering where I happened to sew.  Dealing with the stretchiness was a challenge as well.  Give me a cotton blend any day!

The second project was a simple refashion from a Ladies Medium shirt bought at Thrift Town.  I'm on a button-down shirt kick lately.  When I saw this black and white checkered shirt for $1.50, I knew that I would be taking in the sides a bit, moving the cuff and sleeves up and fixing the bottom hem.  Instant button-down shirt gratification.

Of course, none of this would be possible without my annoying trusty sidekick, Connor, keeping me company...or sleeping in my fabric!


  1. Hehe your cat is very cute! Your jersey top turned out lovely. What pattern did you use? I'd love to attempt one myself :)

  2. Hey Reana! Thanks, Connor is best cat in the world. (I'm super biased of course) Anyway, I used a NewLook patter #6025, from Joanns. (They're pretty cheap, especially with the 50% off sales going on!) Hope that helps, good luck!

  3. I love the jersey blouse. What pattern did you use?

  4. Hmmmm I may have to try it out myself. Even though you've warned against Jersey, I think it's too lovely not to try!