I would like to introduce myself to all of you lovely Refashion Co-op readers because this is my first project! My name is Diane and I blog at Vintage Zest where I share many of my different creative outlets, such as sewing, cooking, crafting, travel, and more!
Today's garment is a blouse that I made for the latest challenge for my online Facebook sewing group, Stitch Once, Rip Twice. Our latest challenge was a Simple Top, and I knew that I had to make something nice and breezy for the 80°F weather we have been having here in Southern California!
Read on for all of the details, including how I turned a huge mishap into a fashionable detail and how this only cost me $1!
Initially, I searched through my regular fabric stash, but I didn't like any of the fabrics. Eventually, I headed to my $1 swap meet garment stash and found this blouse with the tags still on it. Perfect!
I decided to turn the shirt around so the buttons would be in the back, which was just like another refashion I did before joining here.
This is the final garment! I love the blouse. :)
Before, I just wanted a simple top, but I ended up having to make a pocket. Why? I actually accidentally cut right through the fabric while taking the blouse apart. Eek! Complications! There was a huge V cut over the left chest, so I needed to add a pocket after I patched it up. Actually, part of me wants to make the pocket a contrasting black fabric instead, which I may revisit later.
Another minor detail came about from the small amount of fabric that I had to work with in the underarm area, but it ended up okay!
To see all of the close-ups, click on over to my full post!
Lastly, for the only detailed that I actually planned, I decided to "borrow" the original cuff and the buttons. This is one of my more favorite parts of the blouse and I did not even have to use my buttonhole foot!
For more details on the pattern I used and close-ups of the details or to just say hello, click on over to Vintage Zest!
I'm so happy to be here with all of you, and I hope that my first post was a good one. :) Thanks for having me!
Lastly, a question for all of you refashionistas: Should I keep the pocket I have or trade it in for a contrasting black fabric?