Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Recycle/reuse: Trousers

I don't follow many blogs outside of livejournal (I must remedy that) but there is one that I not only read religiously, but I spent a good week reading her back posts too.

ReFashionista! What she can do with the most hideous of clothing is nothing short of amazing!

I keep promising myself that I will waste less and make adjustments or (if one day I'm feeling brave) do a total refashion of a garment.

Today I'm starting small and adjusting some trousers I've slimmed out of. I didn't get much wear out of them before slimming down and it seemed a shame to toss out a perfectly good pair of trousers.

Saving money by adjusting old clothes that are too big for me. Before...

I wanted to take them in at the back seam as to not disturb the front pockets and zip. But first I wanted to save the belt loop that was right on the back seam

Out came my trusty seam ripper

Next I needed to decide how much to take them in....

Have you ever tried to pin a pair of trousers in the back whilst wearing them? Don't! It's painful! I ended up estimating how much to take them in by the thumb test "yes, they need to go in by about 2 thumb lengths...very scientific you understand.

Then I pinned and sewed down the pin line

Then chop off any excess (I recommend you try them on before you chop, if they're too tight you can then unpick and sew again. Sew the belt loop back on and....

ta da! Trousers that fit! Simples
And after. I took them in from behind. I had to remove the belt loop but will sew it back on later

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

FO catch-up

I've been terrible at updating my blog recently so I thought I'd do a bit of a catch up on the crafty things I've completed.

I didn't do much crafting this Christmas gone. Mainly due to all the illness we've had. I did, however, manage to make a couple of things. I made this costume for Anara. She loves My Little Pony and her favourite character is Rainbow Dash


I saw this tutorial on pinterest and had to make it for her.

I made Anara a rainbow dash costume (my little pony)

It's just missing a cutie mark, which I ordered from the US and is somewhere in the house...it will look awesome when it's got it's cutie mark.

I also made Rheya a sparkly little sister dress. It's a little short on her. I was going to rip it back and make it a little longer, but I'm not really keen on the yarn so I might just leave it.

Rheya's little sister "dress" is now finished too

Sort of action shots (these were taken Christmas Day) It doesn't look too bad here, but it is too short for her.

Christmas Day

Christmas Day

I made a cowl for the winter (it's been particularly snowy this winter). The pattern I used was the Aspen Neck Cowl

Cowl has been cast off #knitting

Or is it a snood? #knitting

I made 2 ear warmers. Both for friends.

I made this for a friend who specifically asked for it (trying on for size)

This one I made for a friends Birthday. I even got to try out my new label/ribbon
I love the headband I made for @cazfaw69 so much that I made my friend one for her birthday. Got to use my new ribbon too #handmade #knitting #headband #earwarmer
There may be more to show you but they will have to wait for another post.