Saturday, January 28, 2012

Well, Hello There!

Hey everyone!

Hellabella here--long time refashion co-op reader, first time contributor! I'm so excited to be a part of this fantastic community of creative people! I love all aspects of creation and crafting, but sewing is definitely my first love. Since I was in middle school I've been rummaging through thrift stores and altering what I find. Bed linens are a particular favorite resource of mine.

Today I thought I'd share my most recent transformation. My sewing machine is in the shop, but I've really been itching to make something, so I decided to jump in and do my first completely hand sewn piece. I think it came out pretty great!

I started with this shirt, which was buried down at the bottom of a drawer--it's comfy but had lots of small holes in it and a few discolorations.

I made a pattern from another skirt that fits me really well, and cut pieces from the shirt. I had to get creative to avoid all the holes and stains, but being forced to make do gave me the bright idea to play with the placement of the stripes, and (hours of hand sewing later) I love how it came out! I saved the bottom hem of the shirt for the waistband, and luckily the fabric had enough stretch I didn't need to add a zipper :D

7 comments:

Helsefremmere i Bergen said...

Welcome as a contributor, Hellabella! I love the skirt - freat fit, and clever use of the stripes! I look forward to new posts from you!

Torill

Erica Louise said...

That is a fantastic refashion, unrecognizable from the 'before'. Looking forward to seeing more from you too Hellabella!

Kathleen said...

Very inspiring refashion! The contrasting positioning of the stripes is very clever - as is the use of the hem as the waistband. And the no-zipper is a fab bonus! :D I look forward to seeing more of your refashions.

Erin said...

Gotta love a skirt that doesn't require a contortionist act to zipper. And the use of stripes makes the finish skirt look visually very interesting in contrast to the simple shape. Great job!

American Nanny said...

Hi Hellabella - love your skirt! Do you have a blog where you post your refashions?

Beth Huntington said...

Love the skirt! What a great idea!

Refashion said...

Great job on the refashion! I am a big fan of making shirts and sweaters into skirts, and of stripes, so you certainly have won me over. -Seeks, EOD