WHAT ARE GOOD REFASHION PROJECTS FOR BEGINNER SEWERS? Or a more advanced sewer? A few tips to help!

WHAT ARE GOOD REFASHION PROJECTS FOR BEGINNER SEWERS? Or a more advanced sewer? A few tips to help!

If you’re a sewing beginner, or maybe have some sewing experience but are new to refashioning and upcycling clothes… you know it’s hard! Let’s break it down into 3 levels so you can know what is a good refashion project for your sewing skill level!

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REFASHION DESIGN IDEAS – How I come up with and develop ideas to refashion clothes – https://youtu.be/FVPGJGRh0Ls

5 good sewing habits you need – https://youtu.be/i0VJfPaz76E

3 quick fix refashions – https://youtu.be/QEUQTYsRzcE

Simple Ladies Blouse refashion men’s shirt 2 ways! – https://youtu.be/WGUZuUebsFI

Green top to 20s kimono blouse – https://youtu.be/qRiZ3eRpSd8

90s dress to 20s dress refashion – https://youtu.be/5rTOp4_RAr8

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50 Comments

  1. Kim G on February 16, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    Love your channel and videos. I’m experienced Quilter and have done minor alterations but really want to learn to upcycle garments into unique pieces. Help planet and save money 🙂



  2. Rhonda Waller on February 16, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    I’m definitely level 1. I a beginner with sewing and I’m struggling.



  3. VeeBee81 on February 16, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    I have a denim coat that’s a bit too small. I don’t want to give it away. How can I make it larger? Open the back seam and add material? Or the side seams?
    I’m DEFINITELY level 1



  4. Anitra Moore on February 16, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    I’m at level one.



  5. Mara Thorne on February 16, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    I am really interested in learning more about garment renovation. I have a vision that in future I will focus mainly on refashions/using bed linen as fabric, rather than purchasing new fabric. So far I have cut down/remodelled large men’s tee shirts to fit me, and deconstructed dresses to make skirts or blouses. Possibly level 2 stuff? Not all successful – I have learned the hard way that some ready to wear clothing is really badly made, e.g. not cut on the grainline etc… It is really gratifying when it works, though 😁



  6. Michael D'Angelo on February 16, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    My hope is to resize the shoulders of my shirts as they are several inches broader than my actual shoulders! I have been sewing daily for several years now, but other than shortening sleeves and pants legs I haven’t done any garments (just drawstring bags, zippered pouches, pillow cases, curtains, cases for eyeglasses, and patchwork quilts — things which do not require easements or precise curves). Would my shirt resizing project be level three (delusional on my part for now) or might it be a mere level two (challenging but realistic)? Any suggestions will be appreciated.



  7. Evelyn Wood on February 16, 2022 at 10:40 pm

    I hope you enjoyed this one! Leave me a comment and me know what level of refashion you think you’re at, or want to be!



  8. Anne Heerdt on February 16, 2022 at 10:43 pm

    I just was watching this while I pick apart a linen dress to be a button down shirt. I think it is a level 3 or close because I need to make it larger for the bust. Making things larger for the bust is really tricky, plus I want to change the sleeves.



  9. Roxann Legg on February 16, 2022 at 10:43 pm

    I consider myself a rather skilled sewer, but i still struggle with pattern alterations due to being much larger size, and resizing sleeves, and making the correct sleeve shape for the arm scye just eludes me and is always trial and error. In an historical sewer and made very complex garments in the georgian to victorian era – but everything there is fitted snug to a corset with tight fits. BUT im looking now at creating a day to day closet of vintage style clothing because modern stuff is for my size, shapeless, tired looking and uncreative. But wearing ease i shard for me to figure out without a corset and not wearing stretchy modern rubbish clothes i can really only fit today. I have bought a few linen blouses boxy shaped blouses with long sleeves, and wanting to look to reworking them into something pretty…but i screwed one up and just dont know where to start, other than darts etc. Ive looked at your sewing school and think i might be a bit beyond your intro school – i need more advanced help.



  10. Lori Osborne on February 16, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    Thank YOU! You’ve encouraged me to "Go After" the old (gently used) to make new! Ive not been that good at making clothes but have enjoyed making decor projects and recently quilting. So this will be another way to broaden my imagination which I LOVE doing! You’ve already inspired me to sew a red buffalo ruffle on a shirt I enjoy that’s always been too short. The applique on the chest area has a red robin and red buffalo plaid. I hope to find some to add to this so I can continue to enjoy it for a few more years!



  11. Mariel Maxted on February 16, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    I definitely prefer to do level 1 fixes, but I can accomplish level 3, which is nice when you fall in love with an oversized pair of velvet pants! Upsizing garments always introduce a new level of creativity and difficulty as well.



  12. dsd Dala on February 16, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    I am a level 2. But I just ordered a customized dress with all my measurements (…and I definitely know how to measure myself properly), and they got the upper bust and chest size below the bust so wrong!! 3+ inches greater than my measurements. Now, I have to jump fully into level 2 and restructure this dress by Saturday (5 days). It’s a square neckline in front and also one in the back, only the it’s lower, and the neck is about 1.5" too wide (straps sit on the outside of my shoulder and won’t stay up). Plus, the back is not sewn right, the dart is 1/2" further from the middle back zipper on the right than the left, which makes it pucker weird. The dress is stitched together really well and very tidy, with a full lining and proper understitching and invisible seams on the hem and the like. I love this dress and I am so worried I am going to screw it up. If I do, I will just make it into a lovely circle skirt, because the skirt and waist fit me well, and just fold the bodice down for a waistband and sew on a button tab for the back and change the zipper. Wish me luck.



  13. K.S. BF405 on February 16, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    I appreciate the dose of reality about the skill level needed! 🤗



  14. Sarah Gilig on February 16, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    Level 1 but my first project was level 3 and I messed up and stop sewing, so thankful that I found your channel and now start sewing again…



  15. Jan Jay on February 16, 2022 at 10:50 pm

    Love your videos! 💖🤩



  16. Pumpkin42 on February 16, 2022 at 10:51 pm

    At skill level 1 but trying level two anyway lol



  17. Emily Janet on February 16, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    I’m currently in the process of cannibalizing an old fitted sheet and turning it into a matching pleated skirt, fitted bodice top, and a mask (because why not??) It’s this lovely orange and blue check pattern. I’m currently working on the shirt and it’s definitely a bit beyond my skillset – wish I had someone in person and not just YouTube tutorials guiding me through the process! But I’m learning a lot and I’m having tremendous fun in the meanwhile.

    I derive a lot of inspiration from the Micarah Tewers line of thinking – ie just wing it with some cheap fabric and see what the heck happens!



  18. Susan Hardin on February 16, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    Very interesting information. Thinking about trying this



  19. Josie Clement on February 16, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    You are always beautifully dressed. My compliments to you. You match your clothes so well.👍👌



  20. StillHuntre55 on February 16, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    I only started sewing a few months ago. I am watching this while altering a 90’s boxy fit dark purple silk blouse. The look is very "oversized men’s shirt" with dropped shoulders. I have a large bust, so I’m looking forward to having a blouse that isn’t tight across the front! I’m bringing the shoulder up to the proper place by unpicking the yoke across the front, along the top of the sleeve, and across the back for a short distance, and cutting the yoke shorter. Then I’m gathering the front to fit the shorter yoke, and creating a small box pleat on the back.Then resewing everything. It’s a little 40’s inspired. Then I’ll change all the buttons to the largest black buttons that will fit through the buttonholes. Small changes, but I think it will be a big improvement!



  21. Anitra Moore on February 16, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    Everything looks so easy!!!! Nothing worth it is easy!



  22. Judy Weigl on February 16, 2022 at 10:58 pm

    Okay, love your videos and teaching style. I have a question on men’s shirts: in the US, clothing is buttoned/fastened opposite to women’s clothing. How would you address that issue? Hope you see this. Thank you 🙏



  23. Ana Dominguez on February 16, 2022 at 11:01 pm

    I’m excited to watch ALL of your videos !



  24. Johanna Janiszewski on February 16, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    Level 0 would be cutting old tshirts 😁



  25. 佐マ木泉咲 on February 16, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    I always have no idea of redesigning 😂.



  26. Jamie Kirk on February 16, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    I keep being told by sewing friends that I just should absolutely not try any clothing before doing a number of non-clothing projects. I can’t figure out though how a lined tote bag is harder than a simple top? Am I missing something?



  27. Judy Mowatt on February 16, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    Pleeeeez get to the point more quickly.



  28. Sharron Lamb on February 16, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    I find that 99% of the refashioning videos, including yours, are meant for young women with thin arms and flat stomachs! Although I’m very inspired to go this route (I’m an experienced sewist…have tailored a tuxedo and several prom dresses), but I’m a size 2x now, and cute little sleeveless or cap-sleeved tops, and belted waists, and gathered or pencil skirts just don’t make it for me. Would you consider doing some videos for us old, plus-size ladies (I’m 75 years old and still active and still love to sew)? Thanks so much for your inspiration, instruction, and encouragement.



  29. Mercedes Murillo on February 16, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    The problem I have is I see the potential of the fabric but it’s so hard to start because I don’t want to ruin it.



  30. TheSongwritingCat on February 16, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    Level 0 jumping to Level 3. Being a larger size, you often don’t have the option of taking a larger garment in so you have to make garments from scratch or just treat old clothes as fabric.



  31. Gloria Patri on February 16, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    This was amazing. You are so clever! My husband even thinks so, which is saying a lot. Not many husbands will sit through two videos in amazement of something in which they typically have no interest. I love the peasant blouse. The third sample is not something that would look attractive on my body type. You have a beautiful figure. I am well over 50 years and three children and three c-sections later, I have a bit of stomach…probably about 10 pounds over ideal, but my lower abdomen is something that I am severely self-conscious over. Have you or would you ever consider a video or class on how to style or reconstruct with those problem areas? Thank you in advance.



  32. Phương Linh Trần Lê on February 16, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    I realize that i can do level 1 pretty good without really sewing. I can change buttons, can do simple embroidery, can put decorative stones, can even do the "sewing" with heating tape (not sure if they call it that, but it’s the thing you put inbetween fabric and iron it to make the fabric stick together). I can even make pocket with that kind of tape, too.

    Saving for a sewing machine tho, cuz i really want to turn that annoying floor length sleeveless dress to a trendy short flowy dress with puff sleeves



  33. Tammy Eaton on February 16, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    I’m sure the Pinterest Fails website is REPLETE with ‘refashioned’ FAILS!!



  34. Krystyna Henrikson on February 16, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    I have made myself a dress from a linen table cloth. I was glad it was already washed so many times and falling nicely. I decorated it around the neck and wrists with a colorful and soft indian cloth. It became onevof my favorite dresses.



  35. Tia Spells on February 16, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    I’m a level 1 with the ambition of a level 3. I just purchased my first sewing machine a few days ago and the idea is to use this huge pile of clothes that I can no longer fit and deconstruct to recreate. My first project is underway and I absolutely love the challenge and learning as I dissect and make mistakes. I guess that’s a way to say that I’m a glutton for punishment, LOL!

    Your videos are wonderful for us newbies all the way up to lifelong sewists. There is always room to learn and grow and I look forward to getting better with each garment and ripped stitch 😀



  36. Emily Smith on February 16, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    I’ve been considering myself a ‘beginner’ for the past several years, but this video helped me to realize… I’ve leveled up!



  37. Janet Tyson on February 16, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    I would love to join a level 2 course, I have done some refashioning, mainly adjusting current clothes that no longer fit me or I’m not happy with to fit. I’m very tall 6’3” so it’s a challenge! I do not want to buy anymore RTW clothes whilst I have perfectly good clothes in my wardrobe that just need adjustment. Now going to look up some more of your videos!



  38. Katherine Lewis on February 16, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    Do you have a video for the re fashioned shirt behind you. I would love to try to create that look.



  39. Audrea Lambert on February 16, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    Get on with it!



  40. Kimberly Perrotis on February 16, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    At a thrift store, I saw a 100% cashmere long coat that was literally twice as big as my size, a man’s maybe. I was tempted to re-make it in my size, but my skills aren’t up to that yet. It was beautiful fabric.



  41. Kimberly Perrotis on February 16, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    I need to take in the shoulders of every jacket I buy, new or vintage, but I’m just starting on garments like that. I have a lot of experience in home dec sewing, but less in garments, I’m about your mid-level. Do you have a video on shoulder alterations?



  42. second_banana on February 16, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    I really appreciate this video. I struggle because I want to be refashioning most of my wardrobe, but being on the larger end of plus size almost everything I would be altering right now is some kind of knit or other stretch fabric. And I am *not* there yet.



  43. Cornelia Brandon on February 16, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    i WOULD LOVE TO KNOW HOW DOES EVELYN FIXES HER HEAD SCARF AND IT DOES NOT SLIP AND SLIDE. WE START A NEW TREND.



  44. Dr. Kate L on February 16, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    I’m just a beginner but I’m now obsessed with turning clothes inside out and studying how things are made. I’ve become embarrassingly critical of 90% of my family’s wardrobes.



  45. mel m on February 16, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    i tried to teach myself sewing as a kid by beginning with alterations – i thought it would be easier to fiddle with something and not start from scratch but i know now at age 30 that i was wrong haha



  46. Anitra Moore on February 16, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    I are a great teacher! This is fabulous! Great info



  47. Noire Rouge on February 16, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    I always was thinking about how I can get back joy into my sewing !!! I really love buying fabrics and making new things !!! But when I think about how many trash Is laying around,the scraps I don’t know what do to??? Who else has the problem???



  48. joseph alexander gemmell on February 16, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    speaking of using printed tablecoths, did you know people (including myself) use vintage hankies ( prints, tatting, lace, embroidery etc.) to make beautiful doll clothes?



  49. Abby Crose on February 16, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    THANK YOU 😍💕



  50. Simple Thoughts on February 16, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    I just found you tonigh! I learned so much! I would love to take classes from you OMG.