Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Sweatshirt Recreated


After making the two new Bellevue Shirts, I had a great idea to fix a too short shirt.
It all started with this fabulous knit fabric from Indiesew, which is a great two-sided knit.  Right when I ordered it I knew it was going to be a sweatshirt, using my favorite pattern, Women's Raglan from Pattern for Pirates.

This was a great plan but I decided to take off some length in the bodice and I took off too much, even with the bottom band.  I was so sad, I really loved the unique fabric. 







Enter the shirt tail hem from the Bellevue shirt, I found a way to fix this shirt.  The bottom is a rayon knit, which is the same as the v inset at the neckline.




I have noticed this type of look and thought the faux button band would look great at the front shirt tail hem.  To achieve this look, I moved the front pattern away from the fold 1".  This allowed for the faux  band, just folding it over and pressing.  I added three buttons and done - a faux button band.


Yes, you are seeing the fabric pattern not even across the front.  I took the bottom band off twice - once to shorten the top and then again to add the shirt tail hem.  There are just somethings you cannot fix!  



Thrilled is how I feel for saving this great fabric and I am so pleased with the look of this top.




 More often, I need to think outside the box and think of ways to recreate a garment.

What about you, have you had any garments you have had to re-create?
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40 comments:

  1. Design opportunity! This one is my favorite....nice job!

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    1. Thanks, Patty, I love it, too.

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  2. I love that idea to save a to short shirt. Being 5'4" I've never had much trouble with that issue. But having tall girls and tall granddaughters it's a great idea. Love the fabric.

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    1. Thanks and usually with this pattern I do not. This time the fabric was hanging a bit differently, so I thought oh, I will just cut it off. I need pay attention to my measuring!

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  3. What a great save. Beautiful fabrics and you look so well put together in this. Faux button placket = brilliant! g

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    1. Thanks, Gaylen, it was fun to figure out a save for this one.

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  4. What a great save. Beautiful fabrics and you look so well put together in this. Faux button placket = brilliant! g

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  5. What a great save. Beautiful fabrics and you look so well put together in this. Faux button placket = brilliant! g

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  6. Great idea! Look fabulous as usual Lori! I may have to take a look in my closet for some shirts that are too short.

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    1. Thanks, Joen, it was a good way to keep it in my closet.

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  7. Great save Lori! This top look fab!

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  8. Lori, cute top and great save. Love the colors. Looks so good on you.

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    1. Thanks so much, it will be fun to wear.

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  9. What a great idea! Love the look!

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  10. Great save and very cute top!

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  11. Clap clap clap! Great save!

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  12. Very creative and clever save! This turned out to be a beautiful top.

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    1. Thanks, Tomasa, I am so pleased with the result.

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  13. This totally turned out to be a terrific look... Sweatshirts do seem to run on the short side. The faux button idea is great.

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    1. Thanks, Andrea, it was a great way to keep something I loved.

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  14. You are so creative. This is beautiful.

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  15. Great save! Looks so nice!

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    1. Thanks, Donna, I was so happy to have saved it.

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  16. Really , really cute - love the faux button placket !!!

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    1. Thanks Mary Ellen, I am so happy I thought of the faux placket, it is fun.

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  17. This is such fun, Lori! Looks great, worth doing on purpose.

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    1. Thanks, Coco, I will be doing another one on purpose! LOL

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  18. Looks mean to be! I much prefer this layered look over the original. Perfect for you!

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    1. Thanks, I really like this better than the original, it was a bit too boxy and way to short!

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  19. I love pieced dresses so this clothing patterns is a definite winner!

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  20. Oh now, I do love this one!

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  21. Love it, awesome idea!

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