Monday, 7 January 2013

Easy Elastic Re-fashion

Hi Internet

let me start by saying, I just typed out this whole post THEN BLOGGER ATE IT!!!!!!

So if you detect an undercurrent of grumpiness please note that it is directed at Blogger, not at you! I would never be grumpy with you!

Right then - did everyone have a good Christmas & new years?

I did! and now my temp retail job is finished so I have some time for sewing again (in between looking for a new job and homework of course)

I had this garment, which was well past its best (I'm not sure it ever had a best to be honest)

Yes, It is hideous, but it was fantastic lounge wear when paired with some thick tights or leggings. It was like like wearing PJ's, but with the benefit of being actually clothes so you could nip around the corner to the shop if you wanted too.

With the help of a seam ripper and a bit of elastic I ended up with this -

 OK, so not the most inspiring of re-fashions, but I'm left with a basic which is fine for layering up in this crappy wet British winter weather which I am forced to endure (why no lotto win yet?!?)

How was it done?

Unpick 'skirt' section
Measured the length I wanted the sweater to fall
Cut two pieces of elastic to this length (minus the length of the ribbing at the bottom)
Wrestle elastic into side seams using the sewing machine
Enjoy the ruche-ing effect the elastic creates

You think I was exaggerating when I said I wrestled the elastic into place - check out that stitching line - looks like I was drunk when I was sewing

Rachel-Lou x


  1. That counts as a refashion in my book. ;)

  2. It was certainly a lot easier than the one I have on the table at the moment, sheesh!