November 04, 2011

Refashionista - Christie from a Lemon Squeezy Home

It's day two of Refashionista!  




Today we have Christie from A Lemon Squeezy Home in the house.  She is one of my favorites and I've met her in real life more than once as well.  I couldn't help but post this picture of her because I loved the Halloween costume she made for her husband and herself.  Ha!




I'm going to blab a second here.  My dad has told me many times that his dad used to tell him, "Don't tell people how great you are.  Let them find out on their own."  We've all seem the opposite - the person who won't stop talking about themselves.  Well Christie lives that quote so well.  She has a sweet, quiet confidence and the more you get to know her the more awesome you find out she is.  Okay.  I'm done blabbing.  Welcome Christie.



Hello all you lovely I Am Momma fans!  I love Cheri and what her blog is all about!  As we all know, she is amazing and super talented, and extremely kind.  Her blog is a huge inspiration to me.  I  sometimes wonder how so much talent can fit inside one person!  And be so humble about it.  She’s great and I treasure my friendship with her. I am happy to be here today and share my little refashioning project.  I found this thrifted shirt that was too big and quite matronly (do I sound like Michael Kors?) and turned it into something that I love. 
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The tie-neck was what appealed to me initially so I kept that feature and got to work on the rest.
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I’m sure there are more “right” ways of altering a shirt to fit, but here is how I do it every time.  First, I needed to take in the sides and the arms were a bit too large as well.  I like to try on the shirt and get an idea how much I need to take off.  Remember that it is always better to sew little by little—I’d much rather not have to unpick!  You can see how I curve the stitching so that I will get a better fit around the bust and waist.  
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Try it on and see if you still need to take it in a bit.  I needed to and so I just stitched with my pressure foot edge along the already-stitched line.  This way it’s little by little and I don’t end up taking the shirt in too much.  Repeat on other side of shirt.
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Now for the shoulder seams.  It was too large on the shoulders, so I took the top of the sleeve and sewed about a 1/4” stitch from the original seam. 
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You can see I only sewed about 2”- 3” down either side of the middle of the shoulder.  Since I’m not sewing too far in, the sleeve will still have that nice gathered portion at the shoulder.
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Next we’ll do the sleeves.  I cut off the bottom portion first.  Then I cut a 4” piece of the sleeve to use as the cuff.  So you’ll have two pieces now for the sleeve cuffs.
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I figured out where I wanted the cuff to fall and measured around my arm to make sure it would be big enough.
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I pinned the cuff where it needed to be sewn to fit my arm, and zig-zag stitched the edge after cutting off the excess (next 3 pictures).
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I folded each cuff in half so the wrong sides were together, right sides out, still forming a circle.
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I tried on the shirt again and took note where I wanted the shirt to fall, minus the cuff portion and cut off the excess fabric.
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See how my cuff is smaller than my sleeve?
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I sewed a basting stitch around the arm-hole and gather by pulling on the strings until it is the same size as the cuff.
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I pinned the cuff onto the gathered portion, matching up seams and placing the raw edges together evenly. 
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I stitched 1/4” and zig-zag or serge the edges to help control fraying.
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And there you have it!  A really easy way to refashion a shirt.  It looks much better now!
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Even better belted.
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And my favorite—with a cardigan and belt!
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Thanks again so much for having me today, Cheri!  I’m excited to see what the other guests have in store!


Thank you Christie!  I seriously want to run to the thrift store after seeing this transformation.  I LOVE it. You guys can leave a comment for Christie here or you can stop by  her blog HERE.

Thanks for stopping by.

22 comments:

  1. SO cute, if I had a waiste I would do this in a heartbeat.

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  2. What a super cute transformation! It totally is
    inspiring me to go to a thrift store and do a makeover!

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  3. You hit it right on the head about Christie! That quote fits her perfectly. Great shirt too, it's darling now!

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  4. I can never get enough refashioning posts! She did such a lovely job. If only I could see the end result of those projects while I'm shopping at the thrift stores. I'm practicing!

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  5. Ooh, I totally love what you did with that shirt! And I'm glad somebody else takes in stuff the same way I do. Little by little always wins! :)

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  6. Love this! What a great refashion. The print and the tie around the neck are great! Thank you for sharing. And taking some of the scary out of refashioning shirts.

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  7. Very cute! I'm going to have to try this method of altering some of my shirts!

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  8. That's amazing!! Thanks for the great tutorial!!

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  9. Holy cow, that's so cute!! I'm not sure I would have ever thought of that looking at the original shirt. I better start working on my "refashionista vision". Love the boots too.

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  10. Love it! Great Job Christie.

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  11. Cheri--you are the best. Thank you so much for such kind compliments! And thank you for having me today and helping me challenge myself!

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  12. Adorable! I love this top and how you re-sized it. Especially love the belted cardigan look.

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  13. It's fantastic, you did an awesome job! :)

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  14. That is so cute! I'm loving this series.

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  15. So so so so cute. I love it!

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  16. oh, it's a much cuter top than before! love it!

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  17. So cute! Love the top it's a beautiful pattern/fabric also! Just gorgeous!

    Natalie
    www.projectdowhatyoulove.wordpress.com

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  18. Wow, this looks fantastic! Very inspiring!
    Lindsay
    craftyladylindsay.blogspot.com

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  19. Way cute and super smart!!!

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  20. Well done, I say! Well done! I wish I could pull off the belted look. Even without the belt, though, it looks cute.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  21. I am so grateful you both shared this. I will definitely be using these tips. What a lovely blouse.

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  22. Why did you cut off your face in every picture!!! You little stinker...LOVE the shirt (the colors rock!)

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