I set myself a sewing alteration challenge.
This is a skirt I had in my wardrobe, bought more than 10 years ago in the sales because I loved the style and fabric, but which I didn’t wear much because it was always rather a snug fit. Over recent years, my waist & hips have expanded so this was destined to go to the clothes recycle bin. Until I decided to unpick and reuse the fabric.
I started by simply unpicking all the box pleats in the hopes I could actually wear it as a skirt. However the waist band would have needed removing and replacing too . . . so while I was busy with the seam ripper, I just took the entire thing to pieces.
Then had a look at my patterns so see what fabric could be made into . . .
and decided I had enough to make model E of NewLook 6086. I’ve made model D twice already, so thought it was about time I made a variation.
Anyway . . . fabric was washed and ironed after unpicking . . . to remove the holes made by previous seams, but also to try and get fabric back into shape. It seemed to have pulled a bit skew-wiff in places because of the box seams.
The first try-on looked liked this but I wasn’t happy as the front kept on gaping at the neckline and straps were too far out for my narrow shoulders. I therefore unpicked binding on neck and under arms, trimmed the curve at armholes so that the points on front came in by about one inch and tried again.
That’s better ^^ You’ll notice I’ve added buttons where the straps are attached to the front. My hubbie thought they were needed to hide the join.
Side view also looks good, because I managed to get that bottom stripey bit lined up nicely
View from back isn’t quite as flattering . . . this is where the distortion of fabric really shows, and I didn’t make the slightest attempt at pattern matching (so you don’t get to see a close-up shot)
But since I can’t see what I look like from behind, I’m honestly not too fussed. I achieved what I set out to do: reutilise the skirt fabric and make myself a lovely tunic to get a bit of sun on those shoulders (while sitting in the shade, I reassure you lol)
This is an example . . . flaked out on a recliner and not alone . . . Blackjack’s rear end is in the photo too, as are Abby on the other recliner and Le Bleu underneath. This is the life ^^