Monday, May 4, 2015


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These were my favorite capris.  If you look you can see the waist line of one of them was much larger.  I guess I wore this pare more often than the other one. The problem is that they are too loose now, as the elastic has stretched out.

So instead of throwing them away or turning them into rags, I decided to tighten the elastic.  That should give me a couple more years of use.  More pinny-penching but also more money in savings account for that dream RV we want to get.

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I went to the back where my homemade tag was.  Riped out a section that will allow you to pull the elastic out of the seam.  To see tutorial on tags CLICK HERE
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I pulled the elastic out to where I had secured the elastic together.
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I cut off about 4 inches.
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Cut some scrap material to hook the two pieces of elastic back together. To see the tutorial on how to secure the elastic CLICK HERE
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Reclose the elastic casing by sewing the opening closed.
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My capris are now finished and ready to wear now.  

Saturday, May 2, 2015


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Jumpers were in style for a long time and I had my share of them. 

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I have had 2 jumpers, a blue one and a red one, in my closet that I had not worn for at least a year. The fabric was still in great shape and some of my favorite colors. I wanted a change so I decided to make them into skirts. 

Are you ready-lets get started.

The first step is to carefully cut the bodice off the skirt of the jumper. Unfortunately there is not a before picture of this procedure.  Just try and cut where the seam is at or close to it as you can.
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Line the jumper up by the seams and trim the waistline evenly.
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Bias tape is a good choice for the elastic casing. The size of the bias tape will depend on the size of the elastic you will use for the waist line.
In my scrap box of bias tape I had 2 pieces.  I will use about 1/2 inch elastic. 
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 Iron the bias tape open.
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Starting at the front edge of the waistline pin your bias tape to the top and fold back one edge as seen in picture.  Make sure you fold back an edge at the end also.
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Sew the bias tape to the top of the skirt waist line.
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Iron the bias tape up as seen in above picture.
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When finished it should look like this.
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Turn down and iron the sewn bias tape to the wrong side of the skirt. Make sure when you are turning it down you turn down a little of the skirt material. If you look closely on the next picture you can see what I mean.  At this time ziz-zag the unfinished edge of the bias tape to keep it from raveling.
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Sew a small seam at the top of the waistline. This little seam helps to keep the elastic from twisting in the casing.
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Now sew the casing as shown in the picture above that the elastic will be inserted into.
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Hook a safety pin or any sewing tool you use to insert elastic.
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Insert the elastic.
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Work your elastic through the casing.
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When finished inserting elastic it will look like this.
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Hook the elastic on both ends. I used safety pins. You can sew each end at this time, securing the elastic.
Apply some kind of hook (trouser hook, hook 'n' eye, button, etc) to the end pieces to secure them when wearing your new skirt.  
I will permently sew a button where the button hole is, so it looks like it was buttoned.
I am in the process of loosing weight so I am waiting to do this step.
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I now have 2 new skirts to wear. So if you run accross any jumpers at thrift stores or in your closet you can try this and make skirts.