November 03, 2011

Refashionista - Lizzie from Cotton and Curls

Today is the first day of Refashionista!  This is one of my favorite events.  I love the idea of taking something old and giving it new life.

Our first guest is Lizzie from Cotton and Curls.  I fell upon Lizzie's blog recently and was impressed with her refashioning skills.  Lizzie is darling and she's been into refashioning for a long time.  Her blog is full of beautiful ideas.  Welcome Lizzie!

Hello I'm a Momma Hear Me Roar readers!  I'm Lizzie from cotton and curls and I'm SO dang excited to be apart of Cheri's refashionista series. I decided to share with you guys one of my favorite refashions to date, the granny polyester elastic waisted pants upcycle. I swapped these bad boys at a swap meet last summer because of the bright pink color and the potential of becoming some cute pleated high waisted pants. and turned them into high waisted pleated pants. Despite my husband's hatred for them, I adore them to pieces. I was SO happy to see them turn out and I LOVE them!!

1. Seam rip out elastic waist band.
2. Iron out the old creases to make the fabric nice and flat. 
3. Hem the top of the pant's waistband under at least 3/4 of an inch to an inch, to make it pretty inside you can sew under a quarter of an inch first, then the 3/4 of an inch to an inch.
4. Measure elastic that was just taken out from one side to another, making sure it is at your natural waist. Then sew the elastic into the back waist of the pants (just the back, from one side to another) with a zig zig stitch. To do this, you must pin the ends of the elastic at each side of the pant's waist, then stretch the elastic so it is flat with the waistband of the pants and sew a zig zag stitch or a wide straight stitch. I sewed  a zig zag stitch both on the bottom and top of the elastic.
5. Make the pleats with pins, iron down the pleats, then top stitch them down a few inches starting at the top.
6. If the butt of the pants is too big, then take it in at the butt seam by turning them inside out and sewing in as needed at the butt line.
7. Skinny up the legs by turning them inside out, putting them on, and pinning or marking them to the skinniness you desire, then sew! Done! 

Thanks so much Lizzie!  Those pants look adorable on you.  I never would have seen the potential in those pants beforehand, but you totally rocked it.  You guys can leave a comment for Lizzie here and you can find more of her refashioning goodness on her blog HERE.


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