Well it's now all sandwiched an pinned and I started quilting a couple days ago. I thought it would be a great project to take with me.
There was only one problem, though. I was dressed for cool temperatures but our sewing room felt more like the beach (minus the sun, the sand and the water). Thankfully my back-up project was not a quilt, but a re-fashion I had been meaning to do ever since I started following Gillian's blog, the Refashionista (go see her blog even if you are only interested in quilting... it's worth it!). Anyhoo, rather than buy ugly clothes from second hand stores, I figured I might as well work with my own unloved closet.
Today's project is a dress from my early 2000s April Cornell period (anyone remember La Cache stores? I used to love these stores...) I have not worn this for years, yet I could not bear to give it away. Here is the before picture:
|This is so 2003...|
Yikes! This dress is big, ill-fitting, does not do anything for my shape, and although I like the colour, it's not particularly good for my skin tone.
My plan was very simple: take in the sides a little, and chop it to make a top. I would love to show you a picture of the big chop, but whoever tried to take the picture did not actually press on the button... Ironically one of the reasons I waited that long to work on this dress is I wanted help in documenting the how-to... Well, at least I have this one... thanks Linda!
|Notice I am wearing long sleeves? Man that was hot!|
So, one chop and one hem later, I had a new outfit for a hot sewing day! The whole process probably took 20 minutes...
|Don't be fooled, though, it was still cool outside...|
I wasn't entirely sure about the angle and the pointy side, but my top got rave reviews from my guild mates and I have to say, it's comfy! The colour is still not the best for me, but there is less of it, and I think it looks pretty sharp.
And so, dressed with my weather appropriate outfit, I enjoyed working on the Christmas quilt for an hour or so.
Anyone else intrigued by re-fashioning / upcycling?
PS: to check out my other upcycling / refashioning projects, check the "Upcycling" tab at the top of the page. It's a work in progress...