Darlene’s Thread: How to Recycle Old Clothes into New Styles
One curb against inflation is to reuse clothing items for several seasons. A complete style overhaul seen below uses a Diane Gilman comfy long sleeve tee-shirt tunic from 2009. The challenge: give it a fresh look to re-wear in 2010.
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1) Removed skirt from shirt body. Removed all gathering threads and pressed. Fold in half to prepare to cut two sleeves.
2) Cut off sleeves leaving a shoulder cap.
3) Cut bottom of shirt leaving a 1 1/4″ hem allowance.
4) Position sleeves on sheer and make chalk markings for new sleeve. Cut sleeves from sheer. You’ll notice that the bottom was already finished with a factory machine rolled hem (time saving layout trick!)
5) Stitch each sheer sleeve using a French seam.
6) Pin top of sleeve in tee–shirts armcye seam allowance. Stitch sleeve into shirt.
7) If needed, mark taper lines on the shirt’s inside and take in with a serger or overcasting stitch.
8) Press hem up 1 1/4″ using a fusible adhesive strip (Stitch Wichery) to hold in place. If you don’t have fusible tape, you can use pins.
9) Using your cover stitch on the serger or a twin needle on your conventional machine, top stitch the hem so that the stitches on the backside encase the top of the hem allowance.
10) Embellish your new styled Tee by stitching on strand sequins and/or pressing on fusible stones. Wear with a smile!
Tricks of the Trade
When you’re stitching an applique and the image comes to a point, you can adjust the stitch width while you’re sewing. The tapering technique is easier if you have a machine with center needle orientation.
When you are organizing your paper pattern pieces, there are usually a few creases from packaging. For best results, press out the wrinkles before laying out your new pattern. A little steam press will have the pattern looking pristine!
Three Reasons to Love Embroidery
1) Did you know that there are no copyright laws on the built-in Futura embroidery designs? You are free to sell some of your finished embroidery masterpieces!
2) One of the greatest benefits to owning your own embroidery machine is to be able to customize your belongings with professional looking monograms. I embroidered this book bag’s opening flap on the Futura SES2000 for my trainer’s daughter. Use sticky stabilizer and be prepared to hold the bag for the entire process (only 10 minutes) since the weight of the bag would otherwise pull on the hoop and distort the stitching.
4) For best results when embroidering on your Futura, Remember to select the “SPEED LIMITER” option when using the Cross Stitch and Photo-Stitch!
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