Saturday, February 07, 2015

Bring on the summer!

It's still freezing here in Manchester (UK) but i've been looking through pictures of past, more summery refashions and will share a couple of these with you...

No before pic (i am really bad at remembering to take them, sorry!) but this was a t-shirt with a weird square neckline that never sat well, and was a bit too wide and too short. So i chopped off the top and stitched up the sides, folded over the back top to make a hem adding some elastic to pull it in, and crocheted a bikini top and bottom trim.

This next one is a refashion in the loosest sense - i haven't changed it dramatically, just made it work better for me! I got this dress from a clothes swap, and while the fabric was gorgeous, stretchy and comfy and covered in lovely leaf designs, the bust area was a bit... stretched. It was quite saggy on me :s The dress was a couple of sizes too big, but it didnt look weird anywhere but in the bust. The straps had also stretched out A LOT. No before pic - it would have been indecent!

The bodice was lined, so i was able to shorten the straps dramatically by unpicking the back where they were attached, chopping off a few inches and reattaching, and i also took in the sides of the bust. I added some lovely little beads gifted me by a friend the year before to the front of the straps for some interest. Now i have a lovely summer dress that fits great!

 I'm not kidding about how much the straps had stretched. From the bit i cut off just one strap i made a bracelet to match the dress with some more of the beads.

This last refashion is one i wear all the time. There wasn't much wrong with the original tshirt, except the neck was a bit tight and there was a kind of reverse image of the neckline on the back of the shirt, both of which meant i didn't wear it all that much, which was sad as i loved the design and colour. So i copied another shirt i had, which had a deep cutout in the back and a tie across the shoulders. I made binding, and the ties, from fabric from another tshirt in the refashion pile.

Before: (i finally remembered to get a picture!!)
Close up of the back-imprint - the design must have been printed after the tshirt was sewn up.

I cut off the original neck edging and added purple binding,
and a scoop back with a tie
sorry for the awkward picture! I also cut the original hems off the sleeves as i thought the raw jersey edge would look more in keeping with the raw-edged binding.

That's all folks, thanks for reading!

xx xx


RenataLaura said...

Love the crochet detail! Cute hippy top

Elizabeth Hill said...

Cute refashions! Makes we want to start on spring and summer projects.

- Elizabeth, EOD
aka The Hungry Octopus

Gema Ensenat said...

My fave out of these is the crochet-bikini-t-shirt, gorgeous!! :)

Therese said...

Looks lovely, well done!