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Holiday Thrift Challenge | DIY Sewing Pattern Hack

November 21, 2019


Hey there! Recently I started a challenge
on Instagram to put together Christmas party outfit using thrifted fabrics or clothing only I found these silky curtain panels and got the idea to make a jumpsuit by hacking a sewing pattern I already owned to create the look I was going for. You don’t have to use the same pattern I did In fact, I wouldn’t recommend this top because the raglan sleeves were a little harder to work with. Any basic top and pants pattern will do. That’s assuming you’re familiar with commercial patterns and know how to do a few workarounds. To keep the videos short, I’ll only be focusing on the changes I made. So let’s get started! starting with the bottom of the jumpsuit
I call out the patterns for the pants setting the waistband aside for later I
have to compare my waist and hip measurement to the chart on the booklet
level with the largest size based on my hip measurement moving on to the layout
I folded one of the current panels in half then laid out the pattern pieces I
felt much of the fabric was being wasted so I undid the seams and give it a nice
purse then try it again much better next I transferred all the
markings before removing the patterns in the front I turned the darts into pleats
by transferring only an inch of the dart legs using the dots of the guide to sew
the pleats I match the markings together then sewed one inch from the waist down after suing the dart n pleats I press
them towards the center then finished up the pants following the pattern
instruction booklet going in I knew the waist was a little big so I fit the
pants then took in a couple inches using my hip curve to taper it into the
original seams all that was left to do on the pants was to search the seams and
finish the hem which I left for last for the top of the jumpsuit I got out the
patterns for the top – the neck facing I should add that this top was drafted for
stretch knit only so to play it safe again I went with the largest size
starting with the front and back patterns I caught both of them on the
lengthen or shorten line then I quickly cleaned up the edges before moving on to
my layout using the leftover panel still folded in half I laid out the patterns
for the front back and sleeves before pinning and cutting i shortened this
leave length leaving two inches at the underarm seam another thing I did was to
tack on an extra inch at the center back since it was drafted to cut on the fold
I didn’t think it was necessary for the front since I would be changing the
neckline here’s a closer look at the pieces for the Raglan sleeve I used one
of the size lines as a guide to shorten them jumping ahead here I saw the darts
and sleeves on leaving the side seams open as you can see here on one side of
the neck I change the shape by removing the point to give me the option of a
plunging neckline you’ll see what I mean by that later to make sure both sides of
the neck were symmetrical I pinned them together then removed the excess
I know normally you do this step before putting the top together but after I did
I felt the facing will be better to finish the plunging neckline as opposed
to turning the edge under twice so I place in pin the top on a large piece of
paper making sure the neckline was laying flat from the shoulder down and
then traced from the top of the shoulder seam allowance through the neckline
ending at the waist I also traced along the width of the
shoulder seam for the width of the facing imager to mark three inches the
row the back neck I drafted in a similar fashion by placing the center back along
the edge of the paper after first measuring and marking three
inches from the bottom first I quickly mark the pieces so I
could tell which side was which I had also iron fusible interfacing to the
pieces but found it to be too stiff so I wound up removing it from the front neck
later on with the facings around at the shoulder seam I pinned and sold it to
the top with right sides together here’s a neckline all done I went ahead and
understood she edge of the facings not all I needed to do was to tack it to the
shoulder seams I also pinned the top to the pants to try it on and make sure
everything was lined up correctly so I could clean up the side seams here’s
what it looks like after I cleaned it up by the way I overlapped the center front
by about a quarter inch at the waist in the back all I did was trim the
allowance at the corner of the facing flipped it over and ironed the allowance
along the center back as for the closure I hand sewed a hook and eye to the neck
now even though I was eager to finally saw the top and bottom together I first
needed to add the flounces to the sleeves I started by measuring the width of the
sleeve then taking my measurements I subtracted it by 1 then divided it by 6
which brought me to roughly two and a quarter
I discovered this method after looking for something easier than this fashion
spread technique link in the description box below taking a large piece of paper
I folded it into four equal parts from the corner I used my measurement and
measured and marked one 1/4 to form a curve
I chose 4 inches for the length of my short flounce adding another inch for
allowance so from the curve I measured and marked 5 inches down to form an even
larger one I then call along the curved lines
opened it up and voila to check if the width is accurate you
could go around it with your tape measure but keep in mind your fabric
will stretch a little or a lot depending on the fabric you’re using to make it
easier for myself I fold the pattern in half and cut out the flounces on the
fold instead I also cut open the circle to attach it to the sleeve okay so as you can see here I cut
another phone to choose four and a half inches longer by using the shorter one
as a guide I also finished the hems here not sure if you could tell but I made
the bottom floss with the dull side of the fabric being on the right side to
add a little contrast to attach the flounces to the Steve I treated them as
one by first layering the longer one on top of the shorter one with the wrong
sides facing me I would recommend basing them together beforehand I then pinned
them to the right side of the Steve hem using lots of pins to keep the layers in
place after sewing on the flounces i was left
with a little extra to remove it later and pin the flounces as far as possible
to figure out where to cut from there I saw the flounce is together along with
the side seam after closing the sides I was finally able to attach a pants at
the top to complete my jumpsuit before sewing I flipped over the center-back
allowance onto the zipper tape to conceal it after sewing on the waist I
had sort of hook-and-eye above the zipper and last but not least I finished
the hems the waistband did come in handy after all for making the sash belt I
used the other pattern cutting it under fold a couple times to create the length
I wanted and that was it I promise oh by the way at least hook-and-eye at
the boss so I have the option to switch between a deep V or higher part well the
challenge is on going on to December 22nd and there’ll be giveaways so we’ll
check out the link below to participate let me know in the comments what you
thought of this tutorial and if you’d like to see more pattern hack videos
thanks for watching until next time

18 Comments

  • Reply S Whye December 8, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Love a pattern hack.. 😍😍😍😍

  • Reply Johari Ingram December 8, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    🔥🔥🔥 yes, please more pattern hacking videos!

  • Reply Connie Turner December 8, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    So chic, great design and great execution. Everything is perfect, the color the style, fit, everything. I am so impressed by your abilities.

  • Reply Rara Avis December 8, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Uh, pretty! Love that color and the casual fit. Reminds me of the Jumpsuit in the current Burda, which is right on top of my to do list!

  • Reply Miss Faye December 8, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Sooo Cute TFS!

  • Reply Goodwill Bunny December 8, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Wow! You did an amazing job! Thank you for this video.

  • Reply Goodwill Bunny December 8, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Yes – I would like to see more pattern hack videos! In years gone by, I used drapery fabric to make costumes & robes for a Christmas nativity and Easter plays at church – there's great yardage in drapes!

  • Reply Kev F December 8, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    It's so nice I love it 🤩🤩🤩🤩 gorge yaaaaaaaaaaz

  • Reply Denise Oates December 8, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    Wow! Bravo! The finish product is off the chain. Doing the "Gone With The Wind" challenge, making clothing out of curtains. Love the color and the end results looks so expensive. You have such skills at this. Thank you for sharing you tutorial.

  • Reply Fashion Artyy December 9, 2018 at 12:45 am

    Amazing!!! ♥

  • Reply Briana Luana December 9, 2018 at 3:34 am

    😮😮😮 Que padre el resultado!!! Me encanta mucho mucho, saludos desde México😘😘

  • Reply Angela Hart December 9, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Beautiful & more pattern hack videos please

  • Reply dawn cambrelen December 12, 2018 at 7:18 am

    real nice

  • Reply Conjurer Woman December 13, 2018 at 11:27 am

    You have outdone yourself again! The sleeves really make the outfit. Awesome! Keep up the good work!

  • Reply Esther Enyonam Woode January 2, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Amazing as always 😍 ❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply Natalia D January 13, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    I love it! You're my newfound inspiration! <3

  • Reply nani nina August 7, 2019 at 3:49 am

    Braaaaavo 👏👏👏

  • Reply Lisa Gaw September 5, 2019 at 1:44 am

    Beautiful work, where have you been?

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