Friday, March 04, 2011

Refashion Friday

by the way, in case anyone cares: I decided not to participate in Me-Made-March because it's still winter here and i could not be less excited about wearing the same clothes that i've worn for an entire season. trust me--all i want to do right now is live in my fleece pjs and stay in bed until it's 50 degrees outside. if me-made-may rolls around, i might want to participate because i'll be able to wear spring clothes by then.
skirt refashion: before
i've had this skirt that i bought from the gap for around 10 years or so. i like the color and the fabric but i've never worn it much because it's such an awkward length. despite owning a sewing machine for most of the time i've had the skirt, i never thought to refashion it until now.
0311_bowblouse
i cut 3 inches off the bottom and gave it a 1.5" hem. then, armed with a C crochet hook, some leftover tofutsies, and Around the Corner Crochet Borders, i made some lace trim for the hem. i did a couple rounds of hdc, then the trim. then i just zigzagged it on by machine. I was inspired by Ali's use of lace for embellishment. since i don't have any trim on hand, i had to make my own.
0311_bowblouse2
the blouse is made from some thrifted white cotton sheeting. right after i finished my coffee date dress, i saw this tutorial and thought it was adorable. but since i had no desire to make another dress, i decided to apply the details to a blouse instead.
Bow Blouse & Refashioned Skirt
this is Simplicity 2599 in a size 6. I added the cuffed sleeves from 2403. i also lowered the neckline a little bit and used bias tape to finish the neck instead of facings. i sewed the cuff buttons on sans buttonholes because there is 0 chance that i would ever unbutton them. i think that i added to the seam allowance for the bow. i also gathered the center with a wide zigzag before stitching on the center. i handstitched the bow to the blouse.

i probably could've used a good starch and iron but this is what you get when you're in a rush. this is the blouse i tried to pair with the floral jenny, but they look awful together. i think it looks much better with a fuller skirt. i'm reasonably sure i'll end up wearing both of these items a fair amount when spring arrives, so yay!

have a good weekend.

4 comments:

  1. Wow, handmade lace trim. I'm impressed! The outfit looks really cute.

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  2. wow, very Nice! That length is much more flattering on you and I'm so impressed, tho not surprised, that u handmade that lace. It makes it really special. And u keep making all these lovely Blouses!

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  3. I love the crochet trim. I've got to do some garment sewing soon. I have so many patterns to try and even the fabric to make them!
    This outfit looks adorable on you.

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  4. Very resourceful you, for making your own trim. The refashion and white blouse work! Hope your weekend isn't too cold!

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