Refashioning Success

Welcome, Reashion Co-Op Readers! I am so excited to finally be a part of the First Friday Linky Party, something I’ve wanted to do for a while.
Here is a shirt that I thrifted at the beginning of summer. It ran in the xl or xxl size range and was made out of a heavy cotton with moderate stretch. I forget the exact price, but I’m going to guess $3 because anything more at a thrift shop seems extravagant to me.

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My original thought was to size it down a little with some careful cutting and new side seams but keep that nice neckline. Once I got it home I realized I would have to mess with the armsyce quite a bit to keep the coverage modest enough for me. I flirted with the idea of a skirt, especially since the fabric was so durable, able to withstand splintered park benches and picnics on the climbing rocks with my boys. But my motivation wained.

So the shirt took up space in my thrifted pile all summer and into fall until a heat wave struck our fair city mid-September. Dying for something cool to put on, I spent an hour clicking through all the Burda downloadable tank top patterns and landed on this little number:

Burda Square Neck Tank

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I liked the square neck line, the fat shoulder straps, and the side darts for nice shaping. It was also rated quick and easy so I had the crazy hope that I could finish the top by the time I needed to pick up my son from school and cart him to the park. (ha. ha. very funny.)

The top did come together very easily. The neckline was a little difficult because the patten calls for a more stable fabric (pique, to be exact). So my neckline stretched a bit. Some top-stitching and a hot steamy iron helped fix this. In the future, I might try some interfacing. Of course, I wasn’t done with this piece until the temps dropped again so it will have to wait until 2014 for a park debut. I’m please none-the-less!

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2 thoughts on “Refashioning Success

  1. Amanda says:

    Nice work, Leu! Looks great. I have a dress to refashion, but I just haven’t gotten around to it…

    By the way, do you know about Craft Industry Happy Hour that Jennifer at Workroom Social organizes? It meets every second Thursday of the month. You can email her to get on the list if you’re not already!

    • leuinda says:

      Thanks, Amanda! I am on the list and I went in October. November was too booked; were you there? What about December? Let’s meet up there!

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