Striped dress

Since I am now a collector of recycled men’s shirts, I will show you another refashion application of the shirt: the dress.
I wanted the simplest way. So I cut the collar and sleeves of a striped shirt, in order to recover a maximum length. I cut the side seams and re-sewed it as French seams to harmonize the sides.

I turned the shirt over to have the back in front. The button placket which was now behind being shorter than the front, I had to add the old wrists to equalize with the front part. Two shoulder straps and the dress was finished.

Well, the step of leveling the front and back was a bit longer, I even allowed myself to create a horizontal crease embellished with a piping of the same color as the dress. Easy, right?

This dress can be worn with or without belt, as shown in the pictures below. And you, how much are you inspired by shirts?

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Easy stitching

As an eternal apprentice, I am always looking for good, simple and visual methods, that make you want to get sewing. When I discovered “Mode pour LOL” on Youtube (in French ony), I told myself that my blog had serious competition. So I asked Catherine, the creative director, to send me the 2 DVDs for beginners (pattern-making and stitching) to get an idea of her method. Today I will stop only on the stitching DVD.

The content is comprehensive enough to beginner or intermediate level, the basics are there (machine stitches and hand stitches, skirts, pants and tops), but also some tips for impeccable results (collars, pockets, interlining). There is also a chapter that is difficult to find in sewing books: “in what order to assembly the clothes” which is useful when making patterns on her own.

The videos are easy to follow, clear, coupled with a pleasant voice. There are some good tips (like the one to make small test pieces when trying a technique for the first time) and 2 hours include all essential steps for sewing.

Here are my favorite sequences:
Sewing darts: everything is explained, from baste stitching to ironing, interlining and strengthening. As a bonus, there are the couture darts that require special threading of the sewing machine (which I discovered for the first time):
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Sewing pants: always a complex piece, now the installation of the fly front is carefully explained.
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Sewing sheer fabrics: it might seem plain but when we do not follow these rules, we are sure to bungle the garment.
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Adapting commercial patterns: with a couple of pins and a pencil, we can pivot and redraw any pattern (well, not the most complex) to our size.

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The DVD allowed me to review some techniques and discover others without being bored. It’s less expensive, funnier and more diggest than a sewing encyclopaedia. Details are here.