Yesterday was a cutting day. After what felt like a looooong afternoon (it was more like two hours or so), I now have five project boxes full of freshly cut fabrics just waiting to head to the machine. I’m very excited for a brand new batch of projects; I’m less excited about the slipcovers I have to make for my parents first.
That, however, is not the point! I have recently dipped my toe into the realm of refashioning (is that a mixed metaphor?) and thought I would toss up a quick post to show you how it went.
Here’s a thing about me: I never wear holiday appropriate colors for holidays. I NEVER wear red or green on Christmas, pink on Valentine’s Day, orange on Halloween, or the hues of “Old Glory” on Independence Day. I don’t know why; I just won’t.
However, I will wear red, white, and blue together on off days (same with red and green). Which is why I’m showing you this outfit today, but I’m certainly NOT wearing it 🙂
Remember this top? If you do, then we’ve been friends for a while!
This is a modified New Look 6107 sewn in a jersey rather than a woven. I always liked the top, but I found that I never wanted to wear it. Since I don’t keep things I never wear, I had to find a way to make it wearable or get rid of it. After pondering the problem, I realized it was the sleeves.
So, I cut them off, added some (very deep!) darts to close up the gaping armholes, sewed on some narrow binding, topstitched with a twin needle and bam! I now have a summer top I actually want to wear (and have worn quite a few times since finishing it!).
I realized that it would pair nicely with my red Moss, which is lovely because I’ve been on a quest to figure out what I should wear with it.
And since I never showed you any Moss detail shots, here’s a little glimpse of the insides. (Red is so hard to photograph! In reality, the fabric doesn’t hurt your retinas.)
And that’s it.
I plan to do more analysis of my wardrobe in the coming months, particularly as I gear up for a new school year. My goal is to find what I don’t wear and then figure out why. I hope I’ll discover some sewing mistakes to avoid in the process (i.e. puffy sleeves are not for me!).
Farewell, friends! I hope you’re all having a lovely Fourth of July! (Even if you’re in a country where it’s not a holiday–have a great day anyway! 🙂 )