Update Your Clothing

All it takes is a little creativity and a few sewing supplies Maria Skelton from Salt Lake Community College Fashion Institute took inspiration from the ads of some of our local department stores and then went into her own closet to see how she could make something new with items she already owns.


Butterfly Stenciling Project:


-Stencil(s) (Butterfly)

-Stencil Adhesive

-Fabric Paints (silver and gold)

-Stencil Brushes (1/2 -3/4 round flat with natural white bristles)

1. Apply stencil adhesive onto back of stencil (follow manufacturers instructions)

2. Plan where you are going to stencil the design onto your garment (either place pins or use marking chalk).

3. Lay your project on a flat covered surface.

4. Place the stencil onto garment.

5. Squeeze approximately 1 tsp of silver paint, and ½ tsp of paint gold paint onto artist’s palette or a plastic plate (squeezing out more as needed).

6. Lightly dip the brush into the silver paint and then use a tapping motion 4-5 times to work the paint into the bristles and removes excess paint.

7. Dab the brush evenly up and down all over the stencil surface until paint covers the open area in order to create a light base surface. Reapply paint to brush as needed, always taking care to tap off the excess before stenciling.

8. Next, dip the brush into the gold paint lightly, taking care to tap off the excess before going to the stencil.

9. Dab the brush sporadically up and down over the stencil surface until it has the desired look.

10. Dip the brush into the silver paint lightly, taking care to tap off the excess before going to the stencil.

11. Dab the brush sporadically up and down over the stencil surface until it has the desired look.

12. When finished, remove the stencil and check your work. If an area needs more paint, carefully realign the stencil and complete the work, however if reusing the stencil immediately, blot against a paper towel to remove any paint that may have seeped under the edges from the previous application.

Lace Embellished Cami Project:


-Cami (Knit Camisole)

-Stretch Lace

-Matching Thread

-Hand Needle

1.Put Cami on, carefully position and pin (or have someone help you) the stretch lace to the upper edge of bodice (no need to pin lace to hem).

-Miter lace where the bodice edge changes direction.

-Fold under and pin edge of the lace at side seam.

2. Set your sewing machine to the zigzag stitch at approximately 1.5 stitch width and 3 stitch length (make a test sample using some scrap t-shirt knit and a few inches of stretch lace to be sure that your machine is set correctly). Begin sewing the lace to the cami across the edge of the bodice starting the side seam, sew across to the other side seam.

3. Sew from the top edge of the lace down one side seam to the end of the lace, repeat at the other side seam.

4. Sew across the bottom of the lace placed on the bodice.

5. Near the hem (or bottom of cami), pace the lace ½” before one of the side seams. Sew the lace (still using the zigzag stitch) to the cami, gently pulling the stretch lace as you sew. Sew all the way around and overlap the lace ½” past the side seam you started at.

6.In order to finish the side of the bottom lace, turn the cami so the sewing direction will go down the side seam. Starting at the top of the lace at the side seam, zigzag down the lace then reverse all the way back up. Cut the threads, then trim the overlapping lace.

7. Finish the mitered corner on the bodice by hand

Pants to Capris Project:

Changing the hem of a garment can create a whole new look.

Choose a type of hem: The selection of the hemming method depends largely on garment style and fabric.

Criteria for hem:

-Should hang evenly and gracefully

-There should be no lumpiness (unless it is part of the “look”)

Steps to creating Capri pants or shorts from pants:

1) Determine the new length you desire for your garment

2) Mark or pin the new hemline

3) Determine and mark the hem width (hem width to be sewn under)

4) Double check to see if the new hemline is where you want it to be

5) Cut garment at the new hem edge (hemline + hem width).

6) Finish the newly cut raw edge by one of the following methods:

a. Zigzag the edge (see illustrations below)

b. Turn the hem edge under (see illustrations below)

c. Stitch and Pink the edge, cut with pinking shears (see illustrations below)

7) Fold each pant leg at new hemline and press at fold.

8) Hem using one of the following methods.

Source for Illustrations:
Reader’s Digest/ Complete Guide to Sewing

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