I’ve been looking for some Breton stripe in red or blue for ages without success, so I snapped this top up for $6 when I saw it at the Red Cross Shop in Sandringham Village, with a view to reworking it at some stage. That was three months ago…
It doesn’t look like it has ever been worn, in fact I think it is a sample that has been rejected because the front facing doesn’t work and the labels are cut off! It does fit me, but looks a bit nerdy in my opinion. And it bunches at my back waist too:
I removed the front facing and the armhole binding:
…refitted the shell to me (shortened the back, lowering back armhole and neck):
Then I tried it on and pinned a new neckline and armhole shape:
After chopping off the excess, I bound the edges in the remnants from my 1950’s red spot dress:
It still looked a bit boring, so I added a ‘corsage’ to give it a vaguely nautical feel:
I made the corsage by gathering up a piece of selvedge and whipstitching it in place:
Then photographed the finished result, because every Fix-it Friday needs a Before and After!
What do you think – better or worse?!
Have you got any things in your wardrobe that you never wear because they are not quite right? Try Fix-it Friday too! I’ve fixed up three things now that I probably would never have got around to doing had I not set a goal to do one every week. Now I’m on a roll!