Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Wardrobe refashion frenzy - converting skirts to tops Part 2
Stained Skirt to Vest Top
I managed to get a big red stain on this skirt - no idea how, it may have been red wine or it could just as easily have been cherry juices from my jam making or even beetroot juice, anyway the end result was one ruined skirt - and a hand made skirt in some lovely old retro fabric at that. Well there was no way I was going to take that lying down, so out came the scissors and another refashion was born.
First I removed the waistband and put it to one side. As this skirt is made from scraps and I don't have any more of the material around, every square inch is required.
For the armholes I copied the curve from another pattern onto some publicity paper.
To start, I pinned the contrast material to the necklines, right sides to right sides. The skirt material has some horizontal pattern lines so I just used one of those as the base line to follow.
Then with the use of the hot iron, I folded in the raw edges at the sides then tucked under to create a hem across the front and back to create a block of contrast material that I could then topstitch in place, but not until I had the straps in place.
I then pushed the end of the straps into the sides of the contrast material at the back, then put on the top to find the right length for the straps.
I marked the correct length with a pin, and evened them up once I had removed the top, so that both straps were an identical length.
With the straps in place, I topstitched all the way around the contrast material in straight stitch, reversing over the places where the straps feed into the front and back corners.