Just a quick post today, and another win for upcycling!
During the move, I had a massive wardrobe clear out, I was ruthless! Bags and bags went to the charity shop, or into “it’ll probably never fit again but I have an irrational sentimental attachment to it” storage. As for the things I couldn’t give away, that looked like they could be useful, I stashed them in a bag to make something out of them!
Well, here’s my first go. I’ve been hanging on to this stripy blue cotton sundress for more time than is reasonable – it never really fit as it’s a size 10 (and a Topshop 10, so super small), and made me look far too tit-tastic to ever be worn in polite company. Plus now it’s more like a t-shirt than a dress. So for the chop it goes!
I’m using the cute and versatile Little Zippy by See Kate Sew, a great template for a top made from non-stretch fabric. I’m not adding a zip to it, as I reused the button fastening at the front of the dress, so it was as simple as drawing round the pattern and sewing right-sides together.
I’ve been playing with my new overlocker, so instead of double-turning up the sleeves and hem, I overlocked, and turned it up once, sewing through the overlock stitching to secure it.
The only tricky raw edge was the back of the neck – I had overlooked it when cutting it as the front was finished. I guess I could have made my own matching bias tape to finish it, but I hate doing that, so a little strip of pink polka dot fixed it. I like the way it pops against the blue, and I sewed over the buttons with matching thread, so it looks a little more intentional that it’s pink on the back!
Here she is wearing it (this kid never sits still!)
She was making some important calls on her awesome little flip phone, I don’t think she appreciated being interrupted. I love having a sewing blog, but I really could do with having a more co-operative model!
See you soon,