I am soooo excited to welcome Morgan as our first guest post for Mama Made It. Enjoy her refashion and please check out her awesome blog!
Hi everyone! I'm Morgan a wife and mom of four little ones. I also have a little blog called Mama Loves Papa. Thanks so much to Cassie for asking me to share a refashion tutorial on her cute blog for Mama Made It. I'm a huge fan of vintage clothing and I love to go to thrift stores and yard sales in search of amazing vintage. Unfortunately, mint condition floral fifties dresses are hard to come by. Unflattering, awkward vintage is a dime a dozen (or one for two dollars, but you know what I mean) and with a little bit of refashioning you can turn something you would never wear into a staple in your wardrobe.
(Please excuse the dark and grainy photos of the process. I do all my sewing at night after my kids are in bed which doesn't make for the best photos.)
See my weird face? I started with this several sizes too big and poofy sleeved blouse. I loved the tie at the neck and the fabric, though, so I bought it.
The first thing I did was try it on to see about how long I wanted the sleeves. I then added two inches for the hem and cut there. For this blouse I measured them 17 inches from the cuff. Make sure you measure it from the bottom, not the top because the top of the sleeve should be longer to go over your shoulder.
It looks like this after cutting. (All of the sewing and measuring was done with the blouse turned inside out.)
Then I hemmed the sides. I tried it on and pinned it to mark how I wanted it to fit. Then, I took it off and measured the pins to make sure they were even. I then sewed up the sides and tried it on to make sure it fit before cutting the fabric.
Now it's time to hem the sleeves. I did a rolled hem where I measured it an inch, pinned and sewed it, then measured an inch and pinned and sewed again. I then turned it right side out, tried it on, and there you have it. I hope you give it a try!