Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Couldn't Have Been Simpler!

Here's a top that I have made for our 10 year old grand from a skirt of mine.  I forgot to take a picture of the skirt before I cut into it.  It was a simple a-line 50% linen skirt with a yoke at the waist that hit just above my knee.  I love the embellishment of the scalloped lengths of trim sewn down in a flared pattern.  It no longer fit, and I had only worn it a few times, anyway.  I decided it was really shorter than I wanted to wear  my skirts.   I've decided lately  that I am not going to throw out or give away any of mine or my mom's clothing until I have decided if perhaps I can refashion them into something else.  Some of the fabrics are way too nice to do away with them. 

This is the pattern I used.  I cut it from view B.  I simply folded the skirt down the center back and center front.  I left in the zipper as it was.  I cut the top a little longer and slightly more flared on the sides.  I left the lining in place that was already in the skirt.  I bound the neck line and arm scythes with a purchased white bias binding.  I usually make my own binding, but there wasn't enough fabric left from the skirt to cut lengths long enough on the bias to make enough binding.
I sewed French seams on the shoulders and side seams.  I clean finished the bottom edge for a hem, and VOILA  a top for our grand.
I think this top will be casual and cute with a pair of bermuda shorts or a little dressy with a skirt.
I hope she likes it.

If you are interested don't forget to go to my new blog titled Baby Girl's Observations that will be a train-of-thought style of writing trying to get into my mom's thoughts.  There is a link at the top of my sidebar. 


Anonymous said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. BTW...Go ahead & use the BP photo. I just picked it up off the internet.....
I used to sew when my children were little. Fabric was inexpensive & it was a cost saver but now I have no interest in slogging my way through a pattern & fabric!! Too much work!!

Sara said...

this is fabulous!!! what a darling top. I am so impressed with your ingenuity!!! I do see more and more people "repurposing" other garments and I think it is wonderful idea!!!

KID, MD said...

Very cute!!

Tracey said...

I have tried daily for 4 days to comment on your blog! I don't know why it wouldn't let me!
Anyhow I just wanted to say....you are so talented!! xxx

Liesl said...

What a sweet little top! I love that you have made it from one of your skirts.

gwensews said...

That's very pretty, Julia. I'd like one like that myself!

Marydon Ford said...

Oh, Julia, the more I watch you create you bring back moments of Mother :), never throwing any fabric away & designing the neatest fashions for we 4 girls ...You are one fabulous lady. I love this creatiaon!

Have a beau-TEA-ful week.
TTFN ~ Marydon

Trudy Callan said...

That's such a lovely top. What a great idea to make it from one of your skirts.

mickey said...

That's a favorite pattern of mine! When Jacie still let me dress her 'like a girl' I made her an Easter outfit from it using a pretty boucle. I love re-purposing too!

Donna said...

What a gorgeous blouse!!You are so creative!

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