A Bit Of Clothes Upcycling

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Dec 122018
 

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Makeing Changes To Some Clothing

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One thing I’ve noticed when buying clothes, of the comfy, loose kind I like to ware, is that quite often there is not a lot of difference between cut and material of dresses, nightdresses, and long t-shirts or tops, or of shorts and shortie pyjamas.

So sometimes I buy a shortie nightdress and ware it as a baggy top.  Or buy shortie pyjamas and ware the bottoms as shorts – I’ve bought ones before where the pyjama bottoms were exactly the same materials as lightweight shorts I’d bought the previous year.  The only difference tends to be pockets on shorts but not on pyjama shorts.

So these days I look at items on sale not just to see if they would fit and be of a style I would ware, but also thinking about whether they would be suitable to embelish with screen printing, or cut and sew into something that would suit me better.  Such as when I put in a bright stripe of material into the sleeve of a shirt where the sleeve wasn’t quite as loose as I’d like for gardening, and then adding some screen printing to the pocket.

Adjusting and playing with something on sale can work out much cheaper, and quicker, than buying matetial, thread, etc., and makeing the same garments from scratch.

What I’ve got to show you today is a pair of pyjamas from Simply Be that I changed.

Bought on sale for £12.  A lighter weight than some I’ve bought, but nice for wareing around the house and puttering at my daily chores.

I tend to ware shorts around the house and garden, (other than when I ware gardening skirt and shirt when doing actual gardening) because I my damaged leg is permanently miss-shaped and swollen, and therefore isn’t comfortable being covered with tighter trowser leg.

So, the first thing I needed to do was change the pyjama bottoms into a pair of shorts. Which is a quick job of deciding on what length I wanted – this time I decided on just over the knee – cutting off the bottom, opening the side seam a bit to give a slit of around 2″.  The pieces that was cut from the bottom were trimmed down to make pockets.

Just turning up the hems and sewing on my machine didn’t take long.  I then pinned on the pockets and sewed them in place.

And that was the job done – One pair of knee length shorts to ware around the house.

Then I turned to the pyjama top, and out came my Screen Sensation screen printing items.

I decided to use the Plumage and Foliage screen. I used several different colours of the Screen Sensation inks.

The material of the top is a bit stretchy and did manage to move a bit while I was working on it, therefore there is a bit of a shaddow image in some places. But, having shown it to my Mother and both of us deciding that actually the effect was quite nice, I decided to heat set it with my small travel iron as it was (rather than washing off the garment and starting again).

This is what the screen printed image looked like.

And this is what the whole top looked like.

(I should habe photographed it straight after ironing, rather than putting everything I worked on that morning jnto a clothes basket and coming back later to pop them on a hanger and photograph, as it got wrinkled before I photographed.)

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While I had my Screen Sensation equipment and consumables out I decided to do some more printing onto clothes and bags.  I need to crop off the photos I’ve taken of those other items and write a blog post about them, so please do pop back to have a look at them in about a week.

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A Couple Of Pairs Of Shorts

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Aug 062018
 

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A Couple Of Pairs Of Shorts

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A few months ago I sat down with my brother’s eldest son and showed him how to make a pattern for some shorts to fit him using the Lutterloh Golden Rule system.  With basic guidance and a steadying hand to hold and pass him things he made quite a good job of it.

He’d chosen some black material some time previously so the pattern was immediately put to use.  He did most of the pinning, cutting, and sewing himself as well.  He’s been doing bits of sewing on my machine, supervised of course, since he was very small, needing the foot pedal to be placed on the same footstool the boys used in the bathroom to get onto the toilet and stand in front of the washbasin when they were small.

I did have to take over for doing the waistband with chanel for the elastic, the actual threading of the elastic, and sewing the hem, so he’d done the most of it before he ran out of steam.

With one thing and another – schoolwork, exams, life in general – he hadn’t had time to make up any more shorts, so I decided to make both the youngest nephews a pair of shorts each this month to make sure they had something to change into when here.  At the moment the boys are near enough the same size, and the shorts he’d made definately still fit the nephew who’d made it as I’d seen him wearing it the day before I decided to make up the two pairs.

So out came the patern and material – the sewing machine and thread already being out because of the work I was doing on my “Big” Project.

I’d seen a flat seam demonstrated on TV, similar to the side seams on jeans, so decided to give it a go for the outside leg seams.  I didn’t change thread colour to stitch down the outside of the seam, but I do think the seams look neat.  For the other seams I sewed them as normal, right sides together, and then used the machine’s equivelent to an overlocking syitch to sew over all the raw edges.

For the first pair I sewed the top of the shorts over to make a chanel for threading an elastic through.

For the second pair I got my nephew to measure a 1″ wide length of elastic round his waist and pin it at the correct length.  I then pinned it every 8th of the way round before sewing the elastic directly to the top of the shorts, that I’d turned down around half an inch behind the elastic to hide the raw edge, using a zig-zag stitch.

I got my nephew to try on the shorts when I’d finished.

He was happy with the fit, so it was then a case of tidying up the tgread ends.

The second nephew was more difficilt to grab hold of to try his on, so I had to photograph his shorts hanging on a hanger over a door handle.

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That’s it for today.  More card making and other crafting before too long, so please do pop in for a look again.

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Apr 282018
 

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Shorts And A Skirt

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Time for another catchup showing you some more things I’ve made a while ago but hadn’t photographed and blogged.

This time it’s a couple of items of clothes I made for myself. I had started writing a blog post about them a while ago but had stopped because I had forgoten to take photos, so I’ve now put the shorts on and got my mother to take a quick photo, as well as taking a photo of the skirt myself.

The shorts are looking a bit worn by now a d the skirt is showing signs of being worn out the garden and so is a bit grubby.

Shorts

I had a nice pair of comfy shorts that I wore around the house and garden until they were falling appart at the seams – until they were at a point that I could not ware them any more.

I decided to use them to make a pattern to make a new pair of shorts for myself.  The elasticated waistband was still fine so I kept that for the new pair.

I chose some bright, red with white stars, cotton material for this project (I later used some of what was left to make the cushion cover that I showed you – here – and I’ve still got some left for more projects.

I put a pocket on the left front the right size for me to carry my mobile phone in, and back right for me to keep a tissue or anything else I need to carry.

This is the photo Mam took of me wareing it.

Skirt

Although I had some clothes suitable for putting on for going out the garden to do some gardening I was finding it difficult pulling trowsers or dungarees on and off, and also getting a skirt either up from the bottom or on over my head, so I decided to make myself a wrap around skirt that I could just pull around and tie, over my house clothes  to protect them and my damaged leg any time I would be sitting in the garden working on my pots and troughs.

I chose denim for this skirt because of it being a tough matetial that is also quite easy to care for.

This garment has also got a small pocket on the front of the left hip for my mobile phone.

I’ve also put a very large pocket on the front that can hold gloves, string, secatures, etc., whatever I need when working.

The wrap over the front is quite large so that I’m still covered down my legs when sitting down, which is how I have to be to do the limited gardening that I can do.

It ties with bright red ribbon at both hips.

This is me wearing it. One of our carers took it for me before helping me shower, after I’d been sat in the garden for a bit feeding the fish.

 

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Keep an eye out for more sewing projects before long as I’m working on adjusting a shirt to go with the skirt.

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