Tools and materials:
- Measuring tape
- Safety pin
- Sewing machine
These days, a lot of us are at home more than ever before. I’ve found that there is nothing better than wearing comfy and cozy clothes to lounge around the house in. I got a cozy fleece blanket from IKEA and I decided to transform it into a very cute loungewear set. Check out this amazing upcycle!
To start off, I folded the fabric over and then measured the length that I wanted which was 18 inches plus an inch for seam allowance.
I then marked the width of the fabric which was 10 inches including an inch for seam allowance.
Next, I went ahead and drew a line where I wanted the top of the piece to start.
From that line, I marked an inch downward.
I then marked two inches inward from the fold and connected the last two markings I had made with a ruler.
Next, I marked the shoulder measurement. Mine was 16 inches which I then divided by 2 and marked on the fabric.
From that shoulder measurement, I went down 8 inches to mark my armhole.
I then took my ruler and drew a horizontal line from the armhole marking.
I also drew a vertical line from the shoulder mark to the armhole mark.
For the bust, I measured along the horizontal line I had drawn, dividing my bust by 4.
I also marked the midpoint between the shoulder and the armhole.
Next, I marked an inch inward from that midpoint.
I drew the armhole curve by connecting all the points.
With the armhole ready, I moved on to work on the neckline. I decided to make the neckline 3 inches by 3 inches so that it wouldn’t be too low. Once you have marked the two points, you can then connect the two markings with a curved line.
Finally, I could cut the fabric following my markings.
I used the front piece as a pattern to cut out the back pieces. The only difference was that I added an inch to the armhole of the back piece.
Once I had the front and back pieces ready, I moved on to the sleeves. I used a pattern for sleeves that I already had to cut out the fabric.
To put these pieces together, I pinned and sewed the shoulder and side seams together. I decided to leave the neckline as is because this kind of fabric doesn’t really need to be hemmed.
In this step, I moved on to attaching the sleeves, First I pinned and sewed the sides of each sleeve together.
I lined up the sleeves and the armholes and started pinning things in place. I then sewed the sleeves onto the bodice and it was complete!
To make the matching shorts for this loungewear set, I used a pair of shorts I already owned. I folded the fabric over twice and placed the shorts on the fabric. I then cut around the shorts adding fabric at the top and bottom because I wanted my new pair to be high-waisted.
Once I had the fabric cut out, I pinned and sewed the front seams and bottom part of the crotch seam.
I then matched the crotch areas of the two pieces together and pinned and sewed the two pieces together.
I measured and marked to get the desired length for my new shorts. I cut off the excess fabric that I didn’t need from the top.
I then folded over the top of the shorts to create a channel for a string to go through because I really wanted to add a drawstring to the shorts. I folded the fabric in by about an inch and a half and sewed all the way around.
I used a pair of scissors to make two small holes on the center front of the shorts to thread my drawstring through.
I cut a strip of the fabric for the drawstring and attached the safety pin to the end of the strip. I then used the safety pin to help me thread the drawstring through the channel I had created.
This was such a fun and easy upcycle! I am just obsessed with my new loungewear set! Share your thoughts about this DIY in the comments below!
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