Hoody Love!

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Hanging quietly in my closet was this simple, little zippered jacket that hadn’t been worn in years. That was about to change when I the itch to stitch on her!

I had just finished sewing up a shift dress in this black and white polka dot knit fabric when I had that “light bulb” moment to freshen up this hoody with a simple ruffle, of the same dotty fabric, to both sides of the front zipper closure. I measured the zipper area top to bottom both sides and then multiplied it by two (doubling the measurement ensures a nice full ruffle). I decided on a 4″ wide strip of fabric and after using a long machine stitch length at about 5/8″ from the top edge, I gathered the fabric to make the ruffle. I opted to overlock the raw edges but they could have easily been left raw or turned up. Since this was a knit fabric, I used a zig zag stitch to attach the ruffle. Super cute, no?!  On the back I added a fabric backed with double-sided fusible in a “10” as a tribute to this the 10th Anniversary of Art is You Retreats. Two very simple ways to perk up a basic sweatshirt hoody!

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Under the jacket, I am showing a baseball style T where I repeated appliqué stitching “10” again using the fabric backed fusible web method.  Since T-shirts are usually not the most stable things to stitch onto, I usually iron a piece of freezer paper onto the wrong side of the fabric in the area I am planning to stitch. This provides an additional stabilizing layer. The freezer paper makes the machine sewing a breeze and then easily tears away after stitching!!

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These are some more of the fun ways to makeover, recycle and freshen up garments that you already own into fun and functional pieces to wear while you are making art at home or off site! Everyone always works so hard to create their own special unique artistic pieces, showing their your personal style and talents! Your art making clothes should reflect your individuality as well! Join me to learn techniques like these and many more in my workshop at “Art Retreat Threads” this October at Art is You Stamford. Click here to read about my class and to sign up!

“Holey Jeans”!

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Here is the final installment of the so-called Unfortunate/Ugly Garment Stepsisters of the plain and simple. If you missed the last part of this series,  click here.

In this last part of the trilogy, I’m showcasing a pair of overalls. And again they are okay as is, but who in our creative community is satisfied with okay…meh!! Now I know the whole frayed and distressed look is still trending but I thought here is an creative opportunity if I ever saw one!

I started by patching up the holes from the inside with fun fabric scraps. Then added some embroidery stitching.

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Here’s a couple leg shots! By opening up the leg side seams a bit, I could easily get in to do the work.

The pinks and blue patterns of the fabric scraps and the colorful floss, give it a little pop!

For many years, have loved adding words to my pieces so I stamped SEW on the front of the overalls, STITCH on the back and then a simple running stitch….

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I loved helping out the Unfortunate Step Sisters get their looks together. What’s so fun about projects like this is that you can always go back and add more stitching, fabric paint stamping and trims! It’s your look to define!

In my Art Is You Stamford Workshop this October, “Art Retreat Threads”, I will be guiding you along to create your own garment transformations!

Click here to read more about the workshop