Thursday, December 17, 2015

Alterations and Preparations

I've been working on a twin size quilt, some small projects, and a couple of alterations.  None of those projects are for me, of course. The quilt will eventually be for a grand, the small projects are Christmas gifts, and the alterations for others.  I don't have pictures of the cute little dress for a little granddaughter, but I do have a few photos of the sweatshirt that I altered.  Because I had to get creative with this one, I thought I'd share my process.

A co-worker bought a sweatshirt from one of the sport teams at school but the sleeves were much too long.  It was easy to figure out how much to cut off, but once we did, I realized I didn't have any pins to hold it in place.  

Paperclip to the rescue.  It worked well until I wanted to remove it. I had to open it up and hold the sharp edges away from the fabric.
The original fleece sleeve had some stretch to it and I wanted to keep that, so I decided to add a sew-in elastic and use a knit stitch that would allow some stretch beyond what the elastic affords.
That stitch looks a little like this.  The seam begins on the left, takes two straight stitches, then one back-stitch just barely off to the side, then a fourth stitch that brings the needle back to the center.  It's the back-stitch that allows the thread to move with the stretch of the fabric.

The end result of the alteration is a neat sleeve that is the same size as the original.  That was important because I had to cut off about four inches which left the cut edge very wide. I didn't really want to alter the arm seam because I was afraid it would make the sleeve wonky and uncomfortable.  

The picture shows the new sleeve on the left and the old sleeve on the right.  Notice that they are almost the same width but the new sleeve has some shape from the elastic.

My friend was satisfied with the alterations, and I figured out how to make some odd improvements while keeping comfort in mind. Since she will be wearing this sweatshirt at work, which can be stressful, it seems extra important that it be comfortable.

And another Bunkie New Tech High School fan will be cozy and comfy when the cold weather hits in a few days.

Since this is a finish, I'm linking up with 
(who shared two cute finishes of her own)
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
(two finishes here, also)


Karen S said...

I think most of the sewing we do is for others. I even put off my own mending! But we do know it is appreciated.

Mary Marcotte said...

I definitely agree, Karen! I so rarely sew for myself these days, even to make repairs or alterations. So why I agree to do it for others, I just don't know. Well, there is my thing about saying no to people. lol If I ever learn how, I'll free lots of time for myself.

Linda said...

What a cool solution! I bet you are the go-to person for alterations, simply because you sew. My DIL always comes to me, even for hems, and brought all my granddaughter's jazz costumes to me to alter. She never knew about my struggles to figure out how to make the alterations look like they took no effort at all - lol!

Mary Marcotte said...

Oh, now this I understand. You should see the crazy ideas that I've come up with...that worked! I've also gotten requests from people who barely know me. It's strange to get those phone calls, but the only thing to do is be gracious and seriously consider my stress level before agreeing to anything. Thanks for visiting and Merry Christmas!