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Sweater to Skirts Refashion

Yet another sweater of mine that ended up in the dryer, and needed a refashion.  I love the aqua color, so I couldn’t let it go to the donation pile.

Refashion one, body of the sweater becomes a skirt.

Sweater Refashion Sewing Ideas-001

Even though Jen, at Diary of a MadMama warned me off about pinning on the right side of the skirt… I forgot and had to move the pins anyway.

Sweater becomes a skirt

My smaller helper insisted on being in the picture, and wearing the collar of the sweater, which has not yet been assigned to a refashion.

Refashion two, sleeves become skirts for an American Girl doll.  (Only one shown.)

American Girl Doll with Sweater Sleeves

The shirt Jess (American Girl Doll) is wearing, is from a Scientific Seamstress pattern.

American Girl Doll in Sweater Skirt

My helper wanted to pose with the doll. This one is actually my doll. I bought it for me, even though I am all grown up, because I have never before seen a doll who resembles me in the slightest. So I just had to have it!

child with American Girl Doll wearing sweater skirt


Sew in Bra – Seeking Ideas

Well, the Kwik Sew patterns have finally arrived.  And I would like to begin sewing for Spring and Summer. My sewing mission is to make sleeveless tops that fit well, and do not show my bra.

Because it gets so humid here in Georgia in the summertime, I ordered one pattern that includes a shelf bra.  However, I rarely purchase ready to wear tank tops with a shelf bra, even though I like idea of having one less layer of clothing.  Typically, the shelf bra doesn’t fit properly, is not particularly flattering, and tends to dig under the bust – probably because it doesn’t fit properly! I don’t want to continue that trend with a top I make myself.

sew in bra sewing ideas

I would like to add sew in bra cups.  (That should be more supportive and flattering.)  I’m thinking… that I can lengthen the shelf section and then add the cups and proceed with the rest of the tank top sewing.

While I was looking for simple, sew-in instructions, writer Emma Barnett has given me more to think about.  Or obsess about, as I will now be concerning myself about the DD boob myth.  Ha!

Advice is welcome. How do I do this?