Changing Seasons Sewing

Changing Seasons Sewing
Cool mornings of late summer with scorching hot afternoons that changeover into early fall weather with warm mornings but chilly afternoons can be especially challenging when deciding what to wear. Clothing that is appropriate for the start of the day can seem unsuitable as the day progresses. Having a few transitional clothing items can making changing temperature ranges much more pleasant when choosing what to wear.

Consider the following no sew or easy sew projects for a sweatshirt makeover, fleece poncho and A-line skirt great for transitional weather and fluctuating temps:

Pullover Sweatshirt into a Cardigan Jacket is a popular sweatshirt makeover favorite. Remove the ribbed cuffs and waistband from the sweatshirt, cut straight up the center front, sew or iron-on a medium-weight interfacing about 2-inches wide along both center front cut edges to stabilize, embellish the outside with of embroidery, applique of autumn leaves, or iron-on fall themes. Face the center front edges, sleeve ends and hem of the sweatshirt with a contrasting fall print. Turn back the cuffs to reveal the added print facing. A single frog closure or large button and loop closure at the top front completes the sweatshirt to cardigan conversion.

Cold Shoulder Sweatshirt - might seem inconsistent with the very basic function of a sweatshirt -to keep warm, however this very popular fashion trend seems much at ease in tops and tees, so why not a warm-to cool season lightweight sweatshirt? Keeping the neck band on the sweatshirt cut out a section of the top of each shoulder partway down the sleeves. For an added design element cut a few intentionally placed slits into various parts of the sweatshirt for a trendy street look. Slits widen at the cut edges after washing making the cuts easier to see. No sew and no fray!

Lightweight Fleece Poncho - The poncho is one of the most versatile of easy body coverings to make. Adjust for adult or child sizes. Most ponchos require only one yard or slightly more of fabric. Lay out the folded fabric and cut a semi-circle opposite the folded edge. Find the center of the fold and cut a small semi-circle for the neck opening. If you would like the poncho to have a front opening, open up the fabric and cut from one edge to the neck opening. The poncho can be lined for extra warmth. Clean finish all edges by folding under a small amount and top sew or using 6-strand embroidery floss or yarn blanket-stitch all edges. Add a decorative button closure if the poncho has the front opening placket-like split.

A-line Skirt - is one of the easiest no-pattern-needed garment to sew to add to a transitional summer to autumn wardrobe. Use two yards (72 inches long by 44 inches wide) of purchased fabric for maxi, one yard (36 by 44 inches) for knee length out of linen, denim or light weight corduroy. Fold fabric in half length wise as the fold will become the skirt's center front fold.

Create a personalized skirt template. Draw the center fold line onto tissue paper (newspaper works too) and mark as such. Measure waist and add one-inch then draw a slightly curved line from the top of the center fold line to what will be the side seam. Measure hip width and add one-inch drawing a horizontal line down approximately 9-inches from the waist line measurement over to the side seam. Draw desired finished hem length line from center fold to the side seam. Add a 2-inch hem fold line under this finished hem line measurement. Side seam can be created with a yard stick laid on the template and drawn from the waist line side seam meeting the hip width measurement then onto the hemline fold line drawn as a slight diagonal. Lay the template onto the fabric and cut out two - one on the fold and one not on the fold. Sew side seams together using a 1/2-inch seam. Sew 4-inch darts on either side of skirt back at the waistline if needed. A facing can be added to the waistline to finish the skirt top with a smooth line or add a waistband.

To add a waistband, cut a 4.5-inch width of fabric about 2-inches longer that the waist measurement. Iron on fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the waistband. Fold in half lengthwise wrong sides together and matching raw edge of folded waistband to the raw edge of the skirt waist, right sides facing, stitch using a 1/2-inch seam. Press waistband away from skirt, fold in short ends to neaten and topstitch to secure. A short zipper (an invisible zipper is preferred for smooth lines) should be added to the center back seam for easy in/out and closure.

Some clothing transcends seasons, however temperature variations and changing weather conditions within the same day make for challenging clothing choices.

Sew happy, sew inspired.




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