Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sleeves, ta-da!

Sometimes I'll go through the rack at a store and think, I love this but, I just wish it didn't have blank. Or this would be great if it had blank.  It's one of the things I love most about sewing. The power to transform clothing into something that fits your own unique sense of style. 

Owning a serger (read about mine here) has made this soo much easier. A material like this (flowy chiffon-like) would be very difficult to keep from fraying without serging. There are some options such as using pinking shears, a bias tape, or hemming the raw edge. None of these are as effective or as easy as serging. So if you're on the fence about making the purchase, I would highly recommend you do. Especially if you'd like to get into more apparel sewing.

I found this top in the Target clearance rack. I wasn't crazy about the shape. The extra fabric at the sides gathered in a way that was unflattering. But I loved the unique print, enough to where I couldn't pass it up. It only took about 10 minutes to make the modifications needed.


I more or less eyeballed the first cut. Then I used the cut-out material to trace and replicate the same on the other side. 





Much better right? I wore it over a lace tank I made last summer.




Hope you have a great week (:

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26 comments:

Arlo and Olive said...

I absolutely LOVE this! you were right in making the purchase- the fabric is just lovely! so nice for a casual, yet feminine summer look. perfect for a warmer overcast day.

Danny Heyen said...

So cute. I really love that print! I don't blame you for wanting to fix it up!

crearescout said...

Beautiful print and color! I'd add a maxi long necklace and it's perfectly in style!! :)
Cecilia

Coolsario said...

That was great! Amazing makeover for that kind of pieces that we don't know what to do with!

Clarissa said...

Adorable!

Danielle said...

This is absolutely adorable! It looks so cute on you!

Carolyn said...

I referred back to your post about your serger and at that time you said you weren't in love with it. How about now that you've had it a while? I really want a serger but don't want to spend a LOT of money.
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Ashlee :) said...

So cute!! You're making me want to hit up a clearance rack right now. :) Love your lace tank too!

Emskyrooney said...

Love it! I have the same top and have only worn it once- perhaps switching it to sleeves will help it get more wear!

Francesca MyStrawberryNose said...

LOVELY!!!! XDXD

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Kailee said...

Cute!! Wow, I love it. You are seriously genius, I love everything you make!

Christen said...

That is awesome! I'm trying so hard to get better with my sewing! That looks so simple and easy.

CouldBeKim said...

i'm jealous, i have a sewing machine and took two classes. At one i made an apron, lol! Thank you for keeping me inspired!

Kim

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Emily H. said...

that fabric is absolutely adorable! love it! and love the alteration you made. looks great.

Allyson Butler said...

This looks great!

Nell said...

You are so clever! I am always a little bit scared to just jump in and cut! Your serger also makes it look way too easy!

Whitney said...

Super cute! Love the lace tank too, any chance you have a post about making that?

Whitney

Anngela said...

Tutorial for the lace tank????? ;)

Elyse said...

i agree!!! we need the lace tank tutorial as wellll!!!

Qué Acierto! said...

Really fantastic. Recycling is always good, with clothing also has to be done.

Vanessa@Designs By Sessa said...

You are so pretty in it! Love the remix! :)

lindseykelly said...

i'm so going to look for one at my target tomorrow! so cute.

Mozzypop said...

Gorgeous! And suddenly you have a garment that no one else does. I love it, I need to learn to sew!

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Brown Eyes said...

This is so smart! I love your blog. I think your tutorials are wonderful. Thanks for showing off your fun sewing projects. It makes me want to put more on my blog.
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a little sewing said...

cute!!

Sharon Follensbee said...

This is why I need to learn how to use my sewing machine. Once you have that skill set, you're only limited to your imagination. Your projects are always fresh and inspiring. Thank you for sharing!

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