When it comes to wearing something completely unique, you can’t beat making your own clothes. Of course, owning a sewing machine helps you can also engage in refashioning your garments with an iron and iron-on tape. In this article, we will share some ideas that you can use to construct and refashion your own clothing.
- DIY Pencil Skirt
This is one of the easiest sewing projects that you can undertake. It will require you to use a sewing machine that has a mock overlock stitch, and you will need knit (or stretchy) fabric. For most sizes, 1.5 yards is plenty, although you may want to purchase 2 yards of fabric even in order to have a cushion in case you make any mistakes.
You will also need a polyester thread that matches your chosen fabric, or one that is able to work with the stretchy fabric without breaking. Last but not least, have some sewing elastic on hand in order to create your elastic waistband.
Turn your fabric inside out and fold it over once. Grab your favorite pencil skirt and fold it in half, placing the fold along the fold of your fabric. If you are new to sewing, you may want to hold your skirt in place using pins. Use sharp fabric scissors to cut your pencil skirt’s silhouette out of the stretchy fabric, while giving yourself a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Carefully unfold your fabric pieces and make sure that the right sides are facing each other. Sew up each side using your seam allowance. Hem the bottom of your skirt, and sew on the elastic waistband at the top. You have a beautiful new pencil skirt that you can whip up in under 1 hour!
- Sweater-to-Cardigan No Sew Refashion
This project is one that you can take on without owning a sewing machine. You will need some iron-on tape as well as an iron, however. Take a sweater that you don’t mind cutting into that is reasonably loose-fitting (but not too loose!). Measure the front of the sweater, and cut a line using sharp fabric scissors right down the middle.
Next, place some tape right along each edge, and then fold it inward once more. Iron each edge in order to ensure that the fabric adheres to your fabric tape. This will give your sweater new life as a cardigan! If you decide that you would like to be able to button up your new cardigan, simply cut some holes on one side and sew buttons on the other using needle and thread.
- Lacy Shorts Refashion
If you have a plain pair of shorts that you would like to update, consider purchasing some lace from your local fabric store and adding it to each leg hole. Simply turn your shorts inside out and, using a seam ripper, release the hem from each leg hole. Line up the edges with your lace and sew it on using a seam allowance of 1/2 inch. Make sure that your thread matches the lace you have bought.