January Refashion Month with Ana Sofia from S is for Sewing

I'm not really sure when I first got to Sofia's blog, S is for Sewing. I know I stood around to see some more, although her style is not close to mine, I really like to see her clean looks and beautiful fabric choices. Knowing she doesn't usually do any refashions, I thought it was a good idea to challenge her into this addciting world of giving new life to any garment. She was up to it, and the best part is, to know she might try some more. 


I was so over the moon when Magda invited me to participate in January Refashion Month. Thank you so much Magda!

You see, usually my refashion intends don't deviate much from re-purposing some old shirts from my husband and vintage sheets handed by my mother. And that, doesn't happen very often either :(

Yet, I've been playing with the idea of refashion an old item and this was just the perfect excuse I was looking for ...

Earlier in December I set aside a couple of old sweaters of mine and instead of giving them away, I decided to use them for this challenge.

I do sew most of my girl clothes, but unfortunately I don't knit. So, knitted items are always among the pieces I need to buy her when winter arrives. So, I knew a knitted refashion was bound to happen.

I selected a beautiful turquoise cool-neck sweater (not very old but badly distorted) ...

Quando a Magda me convidou para participar no January Refashion Month fiquei super entusiasmada! Muito obrigada pelo convite, Magda!!

Apesar de adorar a ideia de reciclar peças já usadas, não costumo sair muito da minha zona de conforto - uso algumas camisas velhas do meu marido e lençois antigos doados pela minha mãe e pouco mais. E mesmo assim, estas minhas tentativas não acontecem com frequência :(
Contudo, já andava há algum tempo a namorar a ideia de reciclar uma peça antiga, e o convite da Magda foi a desculpa perfeita ...

No inicio de Dezembro, coloquei de parte algumas camisolas velhas que já não usava e em vez de as dar, achei que as podia aproveitar para este desafio. 

Quem segue o meu blog, já sabe que costuro a maior parte das peças de roupa da minha filha mas, infelizmente, não sei tricotar e por isso, quando chega o Inverno, tenho sempre de investir em alguns casacos de lã. Como devem calcular, aproveitei para remediar esta situação. 

Selecionei uma camisola de gola alta turquesa - nem era muito velha mas estava completamente disforme ...

The aim was to refashioned it into something similar to a jacket I had saw in an old Ottobre issue (issue 4/2010).

I was able to use the previous hems (sleeves, front and back bodice) and added a printed lining to the refashioned jacket (it's not fully lined because I also wished to use some fabric scraps from a previous project. It's a super soft viyella fabric). A sweet satin ribbon was added in between the lining and the jacket front pieces.

O meu objectivo era transformar esta camisola num casaco parecido com um que aparece numa revista Ottobre antiga  (issue 4/2010).

Conseguir aproveitar as bainhas das mangas, da frente e das costas da camisola antiga para o novo casaco e acrescentei um forro colorido (o casaco não é totalmente forrado, porque também quis aproveitar uns restos de tecido de um projecto anterior. O tecido é viela e é super macio. uma delícia). acrescentei também, entre o forro e as frentes do casaco, uma fita larga de cetim cinzento a contrastar. 

The whole process took me about 1 hour - from cutting to modeling - and I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome.

From an old sweater I was able to make a lovely winter cardigan for my girl.

Todo o processo não me demorou mais de 1 hora - do corte até à prova final - e, como é óbvio, não podia estar mais feliz com o resultado. 

A partir de uma camisola usada fiz um casaco amoroso para a minha filha. 

Did she like it? You bet she did! She didn't need much persuasion to wear it right away :) Love it when this happens!

Acham que ela gostou? Podem apostar que sim! Não foi preciso sequer convence-la a vestir o casaco de imediato :) Adoro quando isto acontece!

After this first attempt, I'm pretty sure there will be more. Much more ...

Thank you once again, Magda!!

Depois desta tentativa bem sucedida, tenho a certeza que não vou parar por aqui. Tenho mais projectos em mente ...

Obrigada mais uma vez, Magda!!


  1. Lovely Ana Sofia, and encouraging too. I've a couple if ideas for refashioning knits into something for my daughter. I'm I'm exactly the same position, she has plenty if home sewn clothes, but really needs some warm knits. You've inspired me to give it a go ! Finding time to get near my sewin machine is the problem!

    1. Thank you!
      It was an easy sew - now, I just need to find more old sweaters to play with (they sure look better on her)!

    2. Thank you!
      It was an easy sew :) Now I need to find some more to play with (they sure look better on her)!

  2. I LOVE IT !!! lovely turquoise knit woman's pullover recycled for a young girl's cardigan. The pale blue satin wide ribbon tie adds to the FAB LOOK! I can see a glimpse of the tiny flowered lining. INDEED, you created a practical yet stylish sweater for JANUARY REFASHION MONTH by Ana Sofia on S IS FOR SEWING blog. Bravo! Sarah Helene, Minneapolis, MN

  3. Ficou mesmo giro, Sofia!
    Magda, esta tua serie é fantástica!
    Muitos parabéns às duas!

    1. Obrigada, Marta!
      Foi um desafio bem giro (a repetir, de certeza)!

  4. Beautiful - you did a lovely job of this refashion!

    Is that a child-size dress form? How cute! and practical, too, as we all know how kids have a hard time holding still.

    1. Thank you!
      Yes, that child-size dress form is a life-saver (my girl is not the most-willing model for sure)! It was a gift from my husband (I might have given him some clues) :)

  5. The cardigan is so cute! Excellent refashion.

    1. Thank you Cindy! It was really fun :)


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