17 Nov RL Cashmere Refashion
I often read and hear conversations about whether one really saves money sewing clothes. It’s all relative of course. With the exception my two Susan Khalje garments and Mother of the Bride dress, I’ve spent very, very little on clothing.
Personally, I love comparing what I’ve spent on sewing and refashioning clothes to what I would spend buying similar garments.
Time to get to work ………….
There’s nothing better than a boyfriend sweater for casual cold weekends IF it fits. Hubs never wore this Ralph Lauren cashmere sweater he received as a gift 10 years ago. Being more attracted to tailored clothing it wasn’t his style or size.
What an easy fix! The original hem of the sleeves and lower edge of the sweater are a simple turned hem making alterations a snap. After measuring and marking new seam lines, I:
- split the existing seam with scissors
- pinned along the new seam line
- basted in place to avoid slipping
- stitched the new seam line
- and finished the edges with the serger.
For the sleeves, I applied Steam-a-Seam the moment I cut the excess length, then turned the edges. I used a very narrow zig-zag stitch for the sleeve hem which proved to be a better choice than a twin needle. The sweater length was perfect after the arms and sides were altered and I left the dropped shoulder seams.
The entire process took 1 1/2 hours to complete.
My jeans are a Doncaster refashion project from my first RTW Fast blogged here. I made them skinny but not super skinny as seen in the Polyvore photo. The scarf………. we all know it’s not a Burberry 😉 I bought it for $5.00 last year off the street in NYC on a cold, windy day. Hubs gave me the TB boots in 2013 for my birthday.
Put it all together and here is my Weekend Getaway ensemble. I spent a grand total of $5.00 and saved $1090 compared to the similar look above.
Sew Your Own Clothes, Save Thousands of Dollars and Look Like a Million Bucks.