Sunday, February 19, 2012

You made this from that?

Don't ask me why but when I saw these 1970-esque, red white and blue, granny polyester pants, I had to have them.  I bought them on my inaugural trip to the thrift store back in December.  I knew I wanted to turn them into a shirt but wasn't sure how I was going to do it (or why for that matter LOL).

The first thing I did was open up the waist band and take out the elastic, which I set aside to use in a future project since part of the reason I am doing this is to reduce waste.  Of course, we all know that the main reason I am doing it is to ensure NO ONE will have the same outfits as me.  People can try to come close, but they will never be exact.

Next, I cut the legs off just below the crotch and opened up the seam so I had a tube.  I decided to put it on the dress form and see where it would lead me.  I put it on upside down and it just started to materialize in my head.

This is what I came up with.....

Here is a shot that shows the armhole.  I took the cuffs from the bottom of the legs and sewed the raw edges of the top inside the cuff and extended them over the shoulder area to make a boat neck.  I also took part of the legs and added a band to the bottom to extend the length. I finished the look with a flower  made out of the leftover fabric by sewing a running stitch,  gathering it like you would for a ruffle but then rolled it into a circle and sewed it together.

Viola!!   Here's a close up of the top and the flower.  I can't wait to wear it!!

1 comment:

  1. Love it and the flower is great! Tell me are you seeing less comments lately???? Mine are getting really low???? just asking...~~Debb