Top Stitchers - Upcycling March Madness

This is an exciting day - we are kicking off a week of Upcycling projects, can I get a WOOT-WOOT!  March is National Craft Month, so we have a whole month of fun projects and ideas ahead of you to re-ignite your sew-jo and get you creating.

So, I get to kick off the month with my entry to the Top Stitchers competition.  Essentially we have a team of Pattern Revolution girls facing off 'tete a tete' with other bloggers.  We were each assigned a 'prompt', and today I get to see what my competitor Michelle (from Falafel and the Bee) has been up to!!!

So what is my prompt????  Well March Madness of course - as in Basketball, as in sports, as in......ummmmmmmmm, dang!  Hahahah, I am not a really athletic girl, I am highly competitive in sports, but I don't actually have any talent.  Luckily for me, sports knowledge and athletic prowess were not a part of the prompt, I just needed to create a look with athletic wear.

Instantly my brain jumped to black jerseys (we are Steelers fans) and black basketball shorts and black yoga pants and I was envisioning a couture styled gown for Mack in all black.  I was skipping to my upcycle stash imagining how I could embroider parts, use interfacing to create new textile weight and shape, and create this stunning dress that no one would believe was made out of athletic fabrics.  And then I hit my stash and REMEMBERED - I cleaned it all out in December!!!!!!!!!!!  I felt like a lead balloon had fallen on my shoulders.  I tore through the 3 boxes I had left and found 4 pieces of athletic wear....and none of them were black, and none of them had a bunch of fabric in them, and none of them were something I was inspired to work with.

So I sat out for a few days and pouted.

And then I remembered that just because my original vesion would not see the light of day, I could still create something cool.  And as I thought more and more, I started laughing at myself - a couture gown for a 2 year old! BWAHAHAHAHAH.   A fancy dress that she could never wear except for the photoshoot - so not ME! Bwahahahahahahah.  I think I had watched too many episodes of Project Runway before being 'inspired'.  Cause you see, my aesthetic is all about wearable - comfortable - and yes, stylish, but in an age appropriate, life appropriate way!

So Mack ended up with a new outfit for spring and summer-  separates that she can mix and match into her existing wardrobe, but that also looks so dang cute together.

For the Skirt, I cut each leg of a pair of pink jogging pants into 2 horizontal panels, then I opened up the inseams to create long rectangles with the racing stripes in the middle.  I kept the original cargo pocket for some detail and a pop of interest.  I pleated the front of the skirt - with lots of heat, steam, and starch to give that wimpy knit some structure.  I kept the original pant hem for the front and then matched it by sewing with a twin needle to hem the back - score!

The shirt was a bit more interesting.  I took an old golf shirt that was stained and pilling, and transformed it into a shirt that I may just try to recreate because I really like it!  I used the side sections under the arm because the fabric was the least damaged in those areas.  This gave me built in parallel piping details - I loved how that worked with the vertical racing stripes in the skirt.  But the shirt alone was just too blah.  It needed a touch more girly.  Collars have such a transforamative power, so I was inspired to attach a triangle collar in lace - once I had lace on the front, I realized I could do a whole panel in the back.  Suddenly, I was in love.  A few pink buttons and lace sleeve cuffs later, and even Mack (who previously snubbed her nose at the non-purple or pink shirt) was won over!

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 Peek-a-boo!!!!!!!!!!

Peek-a-boo!!!!!!!!!!

 This one is for me.....

This one is for me.....

 and this one is for me.....

and this one is for me.....

 and that one is for meeeeeeeeeeeee.......

and that one is for meeeeeeeeeeeee.......

Lace leggings using my staple Jocole legging pattern completed the outfit.  I love it, Mack loves it, and I hope you love it too!!!  

Go check out Michelle's look and decide Whose Sewing Reigns Supreme!!!!