This refashion isn’t brain surgery. I had a t-shirt I wanted to wear that was too small. I ripped it apart at the side seams from the hem, up the sides and right through to the underside of the sleeves. I stitched in a piece of lace on either side of the t-shirt and I had the perfect shirt for a ball game.
I picked up this tie-dye tunic in Frankenmuth, Michigan a few years ago and even though it’s faded and dated I still love it, so I decided to rescue it from my pajama drawer and refashion it into something I’d actually wear outside the house.
I cut off the top of the tunic just above the under-the-bust section. I moved this band to above the bust line to make it a strapless tunic. I don’t really like strapless tops though, they’re too fussy, so I used the scraps left over from the top of the tunic to make straps and a little flower.
So of course I got excited and forgot to take apic of the blouse before I starting working with it. Waaa-wah!
Basically this was a hip-length sleeveless blouse that looked a bit dowdy. Not pass it along to grandma dowdy, but dowdy enough that I wasn’t going to be wearing it. This one was a really simple fix. I cut the back of the blouse all the way across to the side seams and then angled the cut down to the existing hemline at the front to create a tie-front blouse. After trying it on though I discovered that the ties weren’t long enough. No prob. I used the section I cut from the back to cut pieces to extend the ties. I also removed the interfacing at the front from the bottom button to the hemline so that the ties would be as “flowy” as possible.After stitching the pieces cut from the back to the existing front ties this one is ready to wear.
droopy and shapeless
I had this cardigan which while I liked the material it was made from I always wore it belted because otherwise it looked a little dated.
pretty details - but pretty boring as a whole
I had another cardigan that was almost the same color. This one was cropped and I NEVER wore it except maybe once in 2001.
one little insert - one big change
I cut up the shorter cardigan to make an insert that I stitched in place in a triangle shape under the right arm.
view from the side
I cut up more of the short cardigan to make a long rectangle that I stitched to the top of the collar of the longer cardigan creating a wide piece that I could wrap around and toss over my shoulder. The triangular insert under the right arm gives the sweater room for me to wrap it and throw it over my shoulder.
view from the back
view from the front