Up-Cycle Fashion Sewing FUN ...

Updated: Sep 13

Honestly, I'm not sure when this vintage quilt top made its way into my 'stash', but it recently surfaced saying "Make me into something new!" In the middle of the picture below you see the quilt top, and other pieces I found to make my "Three-some"with which I like to create. A piece of yarn-dyed chambray from my stash, and a sleeveless seersucker jumpsuit. Again - I have no idea where that jumpsuit came from, but somewhere along the line, perhaps at a thrift store, I 'saw' it as a striped fabric and added it to my GREY Stash Box.


Here's a larger photo of just the vintage quilt top....

The quilt top is a combination of hand-pieced and machine-stitched piecing. As you can see by the inside shot below of the interior of the shirt I made, it is quite 'raggy' and UN-finished, to put it mildly. I decided that 'finish' it part of the charm - of even the 'new' Shirt and Duster garments I created.

Also in the photo below, you can see the great fabrics in this quilt - each one of them is 'Yarn-dyed' rather than printed. I love, love, love fabrics like these - which is why I elected to save this Vintage top when it came my way as part of a regular stream of boxes of 'sewing stuff' given to me because I teach kids to sew in my Sunroom Sewing Studio. There ARE some 'age' spots on this quilt top, which of course I tried to get out during the laundering process, without success. Again - I decided those spots are just part of the charm of the garments.


I decided to use strips of the blue chambray 'stash' fabric as a type of 'binding' in what I call a Strap Seam on the Duster, and bias-cut strips of the seersucker jumpsuit on the Shirt. To do this, you simply layer a strip along with the garment pieces placed WRONG sides together. I believe I cut these pieces 1.75" wide. To decide on width, multiply the seam allowance by 2 and add at least 1/4" for a 'turn under'.

After layering and stitching, you just press towards the seam allowance, pressing under the raw edge of the 'strap' and topstitch.

In this close-up of the Shirt front, you can see another detail.... Here the striped seersucker fabric is not a Strap Seam, but what I call a 'Flange'. The lowermost edge is the fold of a strip of the fabric. How wide did I cut it? Since it finished at 3/4" wide, that means that I cut it twice that, or 1.5" plus 1.25" (two 5/8" seam allowances), = 2.25" wide. This is an example of the kind of math I love to teach my girls in class - proving to them that fractions ARE worth learning because they will use them in sewing!!!

Additionally, note that the angle of the stripes is symmetrical, pointing up and out on both sides of the center front. A minor detail, but something I just HAVE to do when dealing with stripes. To do this it is NECESSARY to cut strips in opposite angles - believe me! Turning even a yarn-dyed striped strip over does NOT accomplish what you see below.