Anyway, a few weeks ago I was heading to the butcher while umming and arrring in my head whether or not to duck into Vinnies. I decided that I'd give it a miss. So self-disiplined! As I was walking past however, I glanced up at the window. There, in all it's watermelon-coloured glory was a blouse made from Liberty fabric. I recognised the print straightaway. I also remembered that Sportscraft has released tops in this print last summer. I went in to investigate. It was a size 18 blouse in Liberty by Sportscraft and all for the sweet price of $5. Score!
I brought it home and transformed it into this little number. I used my shell top toile to recut the shape. I removed the buttons, swapped the sides and sewed up the CF, adding a little fold to mirror the existing fold (You might need to enlarge the photo or squint to see it). I used bias binding for the armholes (using this method from my tutorial) and cut a neck facing out of some scraps of watermelon coloured voile. Ain't she lovely!
- Worn with Elk swallow brooch -
- Paired with silk satin skirt blogged about here -
- before shot -Country Road Refashion
I picked up this Country Road blouse for $5 also. It's made from ramie and has interesting cotton lace type stuff on the front. I've had this one since last year and had never worn it. Every time I put it on, the sleeves just seemed too oversized for my taste. It made me feel all a bit dowdy/frumpy. I'm guessing the previous owner had the same experience because it was in new condition. Anyway, this top made it to my throw-out pile the other day. However, after a bit of thought, I decided to chop the sleeves off and give it a second chance. This top has a 10cm hem, which I must say is quite a nice feature.
- before shot -
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Oh yeah...my children have a few more parties to attend this weekend so I've whipped up a few more pencil rolls. I have been busy, haven't I!