Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Jus' Sleeve it


When I first started blogging on December 25th 2010 (yep not long at all) I had a butt load of clothing I'd never had the guts to refashion and nothing that seemed to suit my figure since becoming a Mum, and now nearly 5 months later?... ok so I still have a ton of clothes to refashion but I've definitely added a lot of cute clothing to my wardrobe that fits and suits me.
 The point to this ramble is that I've had so many lovely, sweet and inspiring comments on my refashions but for those of you new to refashioning or intimidated by cutting something that is perfectly wearable but not what you want to wear then where do you start? I didn't know where to begin 5 months ago so here's what I tend to do when looking at clothing.

What are the most dating elements of the item?
Usually the easy answer to this is sleeves/hemlines.

If it's a top I start by folding the sleeves behind the top/dress and pinning them, then see what I think about it. Usually I bite the bullet and hack the sleeves off, if you're a bit scared then start by shortening the sleeves, 3/4, elbow length, keep snipping off and see what you think.

To the victor go the spoils... if you are brave enough to go from wrist length to cap sleeve in one cut or even taking off the sleeves completely then you have two pieces of extra fabric to work with, these sleeves can be used to make completely different style sleeves, floaty sleeves, pleated sleeves, all within your grasp if you're clever with the fabric and pay attention to the grain line, it should generally be straight at the centre of the sleeve (shoulder to sleeve opening)

Sleeves are such an easy transformation to something you don't wear, yep it sounds like a copout but try it, it's totally true. Without further ado, here is an almost too simple refashion of a top I once loved but now didn't suit me. What did I do? I just cut a straight line from a couple of inches past the shoulder seam all the way down to the elasticated waist then sew this up. Bingo a new top, from batwing to floaty sleeve, two lines of stitching and 5 mins work. I defy anyone not to find this simple.






I love a complicated refashion as much as the rest of you but the old adage 'keep it simple stupid' has so much truth to it.

Crafty home update: Still shifting boxes down to the sewing room but should be getting the Dressmakers dummy back up and sewing machine plugged in in the next few days, then it's back to business.

Thanks for sticking with me folks, and hi to my lovely new readers.


6 comments :

Meg Needles said...

very good advice! I'm glad you started this blog- I love seeing what you make.

HEARTS
Meg Needles
http://megsraggededge.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Ruby, Thank you for this blog for us beginners. I too have many clothes to refashion. My problem is finding the time. I just love your creativity. I can not express in words how thankfull I am that you can show us your finished art projects. (Yes- Art) Keep the light burning you have great talent. Best Wishes in the new house.

XOXO
Robina

ruby murray said...

Robina, you left me a lovely comment but for some reason it's disappeared, I hope you understand that I would never have deleted this and am at a loss to work out what happened to it. I guess I know my way more round a sewing machine than I do a pc :)

Course of Perfection said...

I've enjoyed stumbling upon your blog so much that I went through all your past posts. Your refashioning work is truly inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

ruby murray said...

Awww thanks so much, things have slowed down a lot recently due to me moving house and undergoing a reno which is making me lose my sanity (what precious little I had to begin with!!) stay tuned though I'm raring to go just ironing out a few kinks in my sewing area.

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Ruby, Thank you for this blog for us beginners. I too have many clothes to refashion. My problem is finding the time. I just love your creativity. I can not express in words how thankfull I am that you can show us your finished art projects. (Yes- Art) Keep the light burning you have great talent. Best Wishes in the new house.

XOXO
Robina

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