Sunday, October 26, 2014

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.
Before2 copy
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.
3Shaping up!
I wound up with a  bright and breezy beautiful new summer top, and I love it! 
after copyFavorite top of the summer!
I have a little more information about the making of this top on my blog. See you later for some new fall projects!
- Elizabeth
aka The Hungry Octopus
Now blogging at!
What's a Pantone Project? Find out here.
10x10 - 5 image collage - radiant orchid 2


Carissa said...

I don't blame you - keeping up with a series can be really challenging! This piece had so much potential though, and it turned out fantastic! I'm glad you stuck it out.


Unknown said...

Way better!! I love it as a shirt!