Wednesday, November 11, 2009

pink refashion

Back in early June I was in desperate need of a blouse to fit my 2 1/2 months postpartum body. I was so done with maternity clothes, but most of my regular clothes didn't fit yet, and I had a wedding to attend.

I found a pink men's dress shirt at my favorite thrift shop's semi annual 50% off sale-- they always have a lot of pink men's dress shirts for some reason.


Anyways, I had a time crunch and no pattern (and, you can see, a sink full of dirty dishes), not to mention the fact that I was a bit hormonal-- a recipe for a fine sewing experience, don't you think?

I chopped off the sleeves (saving them for later) and took in the sides-- in an effort to get a somewhat more feminine fit. The acrobatics involved in trying to fit myself were probably very amusing. (side note: I recently ordered a kit for a My Twin Dress Forms-- I'll let you know how it goes)

half-way there!

I also unpicked the collar. Then I sewed up the new side seams and threw in a few haphazard darts. I re-attached the (now shortened) sleeves, and in the highlight of the entire project, learned how to use the rolled hem attachment on my sewing machine to finish the sleeve edges before attaching some lace trim (also thrifted).

The fit ended up being too wonky for me to be thrilled with the outcome, but I like it enough to wear it frequently-- even 5 months later.


(many thanks to my four year old photographer)

Cost: $2.50
Time: Way longer than it should have-- I worked here and there over the course of
two days.


LullabyLane said...

I think it looks great! You look beautiful in it, and your 4-year-old may have a future in photography. Love it.

Su said...

I love how well it fits you after the refashion. You look very glamorous in that last photo

Emery said...

you're a talented and gorgeous stud.

Erin said...


Theresa said...

I likey. I'm impressed with your frugality and amazing sewing ingenuity. :)

Infarrantly Creative said...

You look hot...Loves it. I am a sucker for refashions.

Melissa said...

How amazing is that!You look so retro, so beautiful!

Della said...

Aw! It's really cute, and you look lovely in it. :)

Angie said...

That is a rather sexy photo at the end there. Very curvy and come-hither.