January sales are the best, as you might know I love this period. The perfect occasion to grab some ‘getting old’ trendy pieces that anyone want at a reasonable price -and to transform them into unique garments. My last find has been this checked overall from Zara, seriously on promotion: If checks are not out of fashion for spring, I was looking forward to experiment something different.
Its straight cut and integrated belt enable the following project, so I first cut it to make high waisted pants and kept the top to create a kind of romantic shirt. More generally, the idea works for any ‘cropped’ top that you’d like to extend, or simply embellish with pleats.
At the end, here is what I get: a shirt that’s perfect to match with patterned tanks and slim jeans. You’ll find more pictures about the look on this post!
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It’s actually simple and it doesn’t cost much.
What you need:
– black chiffon whose length is about x 2 longer than the waist length of your top ( ideally, from a dress or any stuff that has finished borders, it helps really! )
– thread, scissors, needles,
– at best, a sewing machine. If you don’t have one, you can also hand sew -it only needs more time.
– a ironing board + iron
Step 1. Prepare the borders: cut buttons if necessary and iron at about 3 cm from it.
Then sew all around the waist border and make finishings.
Step 2. Set up your sewing machine with following positions to create plissé on your chiffon. If you’re used to work at the machine you might won’t need to stitch the material before, but feel free to do it to make your work more secure!
For my part I only fixed the chiffon with needles and iron it -don’t undervalue that step. It’ll give the right position to the chiffon. When you’re ready, stitch the whole length like following:
Step 3. Before making finishings on your chiffon, adjust the length to the top’s borders. With some carefully senses in your hands, you will easily move the fabric to the right length! So make sure that the measurements are correct: the chiffon fabric will now be stitched right ON the borders. Place the needles like following:
Now hand sew discrete stitches; start on the side you prefer and throughout the reverse side to the outside. Keep on like this… We’re done! Make finishings.
I hope you liked it as I do, really love it : ) Have a good day!