Friday, April 25, 2014

Refashioned Top

Drapey Tunic to Summery T-Shirt

Ha! I'm finally getting around to writing up my first refashion post! Things have been a little chaotic around here, but in a good way. I just found out a couple of weeks ago that I got into my first art festival, and I am beyond excited! It takes place on historic Whyte Avenue (also known as Old Strathcona) in Edmonton, Alberta, and I will be painting with over three hundred artists for three days! So...this means I will be extra busy making art for the next couple months.

Anyway, on to the post!

I was visiting Serger Pepper not too long ago and saw some of Irene's beautiful refashions. Next thing I knew I was sifting through my closet to find some clothes to make over. It didn't take long either, because many of them need a serious overhaul. Here is the first one. 

It was a beautiful top, but I felt it needed to be simplified.
I thought it would be better to make a more casual look.

Here is how it looked on. 
Sorry about the face. 
SOMEbody's trying to make me laugh!

When I turned my top inside out I noticed the front facing was 
bigger than I thought, kind of like getting a bonus piece. 
I'll be saving that for another sewing project.

I sat down with a cup of coffee, took the top right apart, and 
set all the pieces out to start cutting out my new design.

 I keep a handy notepad from scraps  on my
night table for when inspiration hits.  
Here is my sketch.

The t-shirt that I'm using as my pattern is an old favorite. 
Try really hard not to look at the grease spots on the front, 
and remember:
Never wear anything you like to the garage.

The t-shirt shoulders extended beyond the edges of the tunic.
So I just cut extra pieces and sewed them on.

You can barely see the seam. Of course it 
helps that the pattern is a busy one!

It went together like a dream, and I have a 
few more (maybe a dozen?) to redesign.

Here we are Before,

And After!

I see myself getting good fashion mileage out of this little top!

I have more of these clothing re-do's in the works.
Till next time,
Have a great day everyone, and happy refashioning!


This post is linked to these great blogs:
Worthwhile Wednesdays @ Crafty Allie
Krafty Inspiration Thursdays @ Krafty Cards etc. 
Friday Link Party @ The Pin Junkie 
Say G'Day Natasha In Oz
Bewitch Me & Tity @ TitiCrafty
Friday Link Party @ The Pin Junkie 
Happiness Is Homemade A Peek Into My Paradise
DIY Sunday Showcase @ VMG206
Saturday Show=licious @ Sewlicious Home Decor
Do Tell Tuesday Vintage Zest


  1. Your shirt turned out beautiful! Thanks for sharing it with us! Have a great week!

    1. Thanks for the comment Marti, and for hosting!


  2. It looks great in the after shot! Thanks for sharing at Happiness is Homemade :)

    1. Thank you Betsy! I enjoyed the party!


  3. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us at Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party! I hope you will join us again this Saturday at 8:00 am EST!

    ~ Ashley

  4. Replies
    1. Thanks Amy! I'm getting so much wear out of it. Have a great day!


  5. I really like the after version so much! I wish I had the patience to sew, the most I ever do is pillows and curtains, and that's just because I can't find what I want in the stores. ~Ann
    Tarnished Royalty

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Anne! I think it's great that you're creating decor for your home! Have an awesome day!



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