Abaya, So Long, and Farewell – Pantone Projects (no. 4)
Ever start a project with high hopes only to find you're really not into it? Well, that's how I feel about the Pantone Projects series. There’s only so much purply-pink I can take. I need some variety! So I'm discontinuing that series in favor of doing whatever I want throughout the fall and winter. Maybe I'll revisit the series again with Pantone's 2015 color. Maybe.
But before I move on to some fall refashions, I’ll leave you this parting gift – a beautiful embroidered abaya.
Translation: “Specializing in making Abayas. Made in Jordan.”(Thanks for the translation Facebook friends!)
First things first, off go the shoulder pads and sleeves. Then, I cut off the bottom half of the abaya and hemmed a new edge.
Chop and hem!
Then I altered the top half, refitting the shoulder pad-less shoulders, adding (weird and pointy) darts, and reshaped and finished the arm holes. I also took in the sides under my arms a bit, but I don’t have a photo of that.
I wound up with a bright and breezy beautiful new summer top, and I love it!