Monday, May 11, 2009


Since I'm working on a t-shirt reconstruction at present:

before after

I thought I'd share with you this wonderful video I found! Apparently there are several videos done by Hot Patterns, and I'm anxious to check out more. This one is great. I can't wait to try this technique:



  1. Jen, thank you for all the inspiration! I found you from Threadbanger. I'm excited to make a capelet based from your tutotrial! I've seen a lot of capelet tutorials, and yours makes the most sense to me, so thank you! : )

    I have a question that I'm hoping you can help me with, you seem very experienced and I would be most honored. I wanting to make bags of canvass to tote heaps of laundry, so the bags need to be durable. Canvass itself is pretty durable, so I guess what I'm concerned about is seams ripping. Is there a certain stitch that you would reccommend for something like this? That is, would you prefer a straight stitch over a zig-zag, or vice versa? I don't have access to a serger, just a regular ole Singer. : )

    Thank you, Jen! I hope you're having a wonderful day! : )

    Take care,

  2. Oh, by the way, here is my email:

    I'll check back to this blog most definitely, so I suppose you could just respond right here. : )

  3. Hi Jenn,
    I just watched the threadbanger's caplet video.
    Great project.
    love the embellishment of the tshirts above also.
    I just did a similar embellishment on a silk shirt this morning. Check it out on my blog.
    I did it as a project for 'wardrobe refashion'.
    I have white tshirt material waiting to do a white tshirt ruffle similar to yours, except I want a ruffle down the center front as well.
    Did you finish the edges of the ruffle or are they raw?

  4. Hey Betty Ann!

    Thanks for stopping by! I left my edges raw; it just seemed like too much trouble to finish them. But if I were using a fabric that would ravel, I would probably finish the edges with a rolled hem. If the project was very casual, I might just stitch about 1/4" away from the raw edge to prevent a lot of fray.

    I LOVE Wardrobe ReFashion. I need to re-up for life, I think! Can't wait to check out your blog.

    Thanks again --

  5. FYI for all -- I advised Megan (via email) to either
    1. Stitch the seam twice, once at the regular width (1/2 or 5/8, your preference) and again at 1/4", OR
    2. Stitch the seam, fold the raw edges to one side, and then topstitch over them at about 3/8".
    Either method should give a good, reinforced seam.

  6. Thanks for sharing. Love your blog!


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