Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Finishing Touches…

Just a note to post some finished objects, one sewing related, and one not!

The resized knit top from Sears came out all right. It’s wearable, but I’ll see if I can tweak the front knot a bit more as it still bulges a bit. Here are the Before and After shots:

2012-10-03 001  2012-10-08 002

The fabric was a *b^gger* to sew; it’s one of those really thin, slippery knits that will NOT stay put! Can you imagine, 4 hours to fix this? Nuts!! So here’s what I did:

  1. Cut off the sleeves at the armhole seam
  2. Sew the new shoulder seams about 1 inch down, to lift up the Plunging V-neck
  3. Open up the side seams a couple of inches down from the armhole seam, and the same on the sleeve
  4. Sew the sleeves back in, sort of on the flat
  5. Resew the side seam and back down the sleeve (I didn’t take the seams in, just resewed it)
  6. Added clear elastic to the bottom of the side seams for a ruched effect
  7. Fiddled with the front knot (there’s a CF seam there!) to reduce the weird bulging

And now that I have a fairly nice top, there is nowhere to wear it. ~sigh~ Yet! It’s too damn cold in the house to put this on without a fleece or cardi! As I said in a previous post, this type of sewing would not have even occurred to me had it not been for following Beth’s fabulous refashioning blog, The Renegade Seamstress.

On a last note, here’s a picture of our Finally finished kitchen, with it’s new backsplash. We did it a couple of weeks ago, and it only took a few days. The longest day was actually putting the tiles (in sections) on the wall, and cutting and filling in the edges. Then a couple of days to rest (the tiles, that is) and half a day to grout.

 The new backsplashThe new backsplash

Oh, and those are 4 new lights too. I think we put them up back in September, and what a difference they make over the old ones. No problem seeing the dirt mess with those on!

The two t-shirts I wanted to compare during my Home Alone did get sewn up, but are still awaiting some fitting adjustments. But I’ve decided to put them on hold (yah, more UFOs!!), since winter isn’t the best time for this type of garment, and I am in DIRE NEED of actual “Cake” clothing. I have an idea…!Winking smile


  1. What a kitchen! It looks amazing.
    You have a lot more patience than I do. I would have run screaming from that top, lol! Though, I have to admit that your after version looks really good, so you have been rewarded for your efforts.

    1. Oh, I was literally *swearing* at that top! LOL it's a good thing nobody else was in the house!!

  2. Oh your kitchen is gorgeous! I love the back splash. We desperately need to redo our kitchen but it will have to wait a while. The top is a great save, too. Worth the effort.

  3. Oh my - your kitchen is stunning - like something from a home style magazine!!! But I'm in awe of your alterations to save your top - it sounds like a lot of work, & would have instantly put me off - however it was worth it! Just goes to show ...

    1. Thanks! The kitchen still gives me tingles that we actually stuck to it and finished it; I knew going in that it would be a tough slog.
      There was a point with the top when I just stopped and wondered what the hell I was doing! Throw it or keep going! I really *hate* those slinky knits!!

  4. I love, love, love your kitchen!!! And your shirt turned out gorgeous. Its fun for me to see what you make.

  5. I love, love, love your kitchen!!! And your shirt turned out gorgeous. Its fun for me to see what you make.

  6. Thanks Beth! The kitchen was an incredible reno, still can't believe we actually did it.
    And thank you for sharing your fantastic refashioning wizardry! You've inspired me so much to start doing more of this too.