Monday, May 16, 2011

Restyles # 14 &15 - Nautical Top + Broderie Skirt

Ok, so, been pretty behind with blogging anything other than our Draft-along lately. But that doesn't mean to say I haven't been refashioning away when I can. Just don't seem to have been able to get myself together enough to photograph my finished garments. I've so totally NOT been in a camera mood of late either, which probably doesn't help matters. Anyhow, with all of that in mind this is a double whammy post.

First up is this 90's long dress in a navy crepe style fabric. It's not an awful dress by any means. Just not really my style plus it had shrunk a little in the wash. So it was ripe for a bit of attention. I've been inspired by some of the "skirt to top" refashions I've been seeing, so thought I'd have a go too.
Essentially the hem of the dress in the first photo has become the neckline of the top in the second photo. The seam you can see down the front of the top was the centre backseam of the skirt, but I quite liked the effect of having it run down the centre front.
Having cut the top portion of the dress off completely I turned the skirt portion inside out. I cut all along the side seams on both sides so I was essentially left with 2 pieces of fabric. One for the front and one for the back. Using chalk, I marked where I wanted the armholes to finish then drew in new, shaped side seams and cut the two layers of fabric along these lines and pinned them together.
For the neckline I marked a 12" section in the centre of the old hemline. This was to become my neck hole. After sewing the hem closed either side of the neck hole, I topstitched all around the neckline and shoulder seams. Partly for decorative reasons but mostly to stop the seam allowance around the neck edge from rolling back out. I then pressed under the raw edges of the sleeves and stitched these and then the side seams; finishing the hem last of all. The buttons from my stash (and the slash/bateau neckline) add a little nautical touch..

All in all, this took just over an hour from start to finish and I'm especially pleased with the result of this one. Here it is, worn with another skirt restyle I did recently. This was a size 8 maxi skirt. I was totally drawn to the gorgeous broderie and scalloped hem. It's fully lined (always a plus with cream/white skirts!) I could no more fit into a size 8 than I could settle for just the one slice of ginger cake (nom,nom! My only real cakey downfall!). However, because of it's A line shape it of course gets wider and wider all the way down. A no brainer then that at some point it would be wide enough to go around my waist. Cue fabric scissors, waistband elastic and a sewing machine. I just loved the chunky broderie border on this skirt too much to pass it up even if it was 3 sizes too small. It's a really nice length for me. Kinda tea length I guess you'd call it. Which is great when you're not a fan of flashing too much leg but want to stay cool. Hurrah for sewing machines!
Have you refashioned anything recently? Would love to take a peak so please feel free to leave a link in the comments section.
Happy stitching!
Px

24 comments :

  1. You look gorgeous! Was that the top you were wearing on Saturday? Love the whole outfit. x

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  2. Oh Portia, I just love this one. I really like the three buttons too. I have tried to refashion, but I must say, I am not very good at it. I am not sure how to do it. Do you have any sites you really love for refashioning? Great job!

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  3. I love your top it looks wonderful! Love your skirt too.

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  4. What a fabtastic re-style - & it looks gorgeous in real life too. I would never have imagined it was an upside down skirt & the buttons are the piece de la resistance. SO amazing to meet you Miss P! I am reeling from the happiness of it!

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  5. Hey Tilly! Wow,thanks! Yes same top as Saturday but I promise I have washed it since then, lol!
    So nice to meet you and everyone else on Saturday. Looking forward to your Toast homage!
    Px

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  6. Hey Gina,thanks so much, I'll just bet a creative person like you would be great at refashioning. Sometimes you just gotta jump in and have a go. On thrifted items that cost a few cents, you haven't lost a great deal if it goes wrong, and probably learnt alot about how garments are constructed in the process. (I know I have)Plus a refashion can be pretty quick compared to dressmaking. So it's great for a quick fix of creativity! I tend to look at a garment in terms of how much fabric there is to use,what I can squeeze out of said fabric,and what seams and details I can keep. (If you're looking for bit of inspiration then Refashion Co-op has some excellent contributors ;)
    Px

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  7. Hey Winnie, Sooooooo nice to meet you. You looked simply gorgeous in your Gingham number on Saturday! (And those shoes that spawned a dozen fabric purchases, lol!)Tried to stop by your blog and say hi via Karens Goldhawk post but kept getting page load error. You having tech issues?
    Px

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  8. Oh my goodness, I love both of these refashions! The buttons on the top are the perfect detail. I am wishing I had a blouse with that lovely neckline and cute sleeves. And that skirt - I would have bought it too no matter what the size. Plus, I like this length better than a maxi skirt.

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  9. This looks great. It's nice that it took you no time to complete. The neckline and the buttons on the shoulder really make this top great. love it!

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  10. Looked great with jeans on Saturday too! great to meet you!

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  11. Hi Portia

    Well I have seen this top live and it is gorgeus.
    Very nice to meet you saturday - I hope to go back and find that the shop has more dotted fabric - however do not think so.... :-D
    Pia X

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  12. Portia - both of those refashions look amazing! I especially love the skirt-to-top refashion! You have a great sense of style, Sam xox

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  13. Wow, that top is sooo pretty and I love the skirt. Eyelet! :)
    I did a pullover-to-cardi refashion a while ago and last week I took apart a multi-layered petticoat (my very first me-made garment) and attached a waistband to each layer to make it more versatile. Refashions are wonderful, although I've mostly just shortened skirts until now...

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  14. Oh my God, is that the top you were wearing on Saturday?? It's fantastic, I can't believe it's from the bottom of a dress! And what a great tip about making a skirt from an upside down A-line. Portia you're a re-fashioning wizard. It was so lovely to meet you on Saturday and I would have LOVED to have spoken more to you. Next time, definitely. xxx

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  15. Hey Sam, thankyou, thankyou!

    Hey Pia, Thanks so much. Coming from such a stylish lady that's a real compliment! Didn't Jane go back and they were all out of the polka dot...hopefully they'll get more in. I've already pre washed it so it's ready to rock and roll!

    Hey Tamsin, aw thanks! Although judging by the photos on Tilly's blog, not quite as flattering with jeans! Funny, I didn't feel that fat when I left the hous, lol!

    Hey Mahaila, yes, a super quick creative fix! I can see myself running a few more of these up!

    Hey Annabelle, thanyou! The neckline is the thing I like most about this top too!

    Hey Alessa, thankyou. I have a couple of pullovers waiting in the wings but haven't been brave enough yet. Cutting into knits scares me a bit! Skirt refashions are great for a quick and simple creative fix. Love 'em!

    Thanks everyone for such lovely comments :)
    Pxxx

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  16. Hi Portia :) The top is great, and really suits you. My current refashion is more of a remake really - I'm going to use an old pair of trousers to cut another of the skirts I was wearing on saturday. They just fit on the fabric and I'm hoping to cheat and reuse the zip!

    Seeing yours is definitely inspiring!

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  17. Hey Jane, Thankyou so much! Yes, the very same to (but since washed, lol) as Saturday. So nice to meet you and all the others. Still on a high from Saturday :)
    Px

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  18. I want a top just like that one! I think the bateau neckline is so flattering and I love the little buttons. I just love the nautical look- I think it's partly from being raised in New England where to be summer fashionable was to emulate a "Kennedy on a yacht" style. Beautiful! And there you go again with another pretty white skirt! You are brave, girl! Just keep those Little Tornado hands far away from it :) or, you might end up with an 80s throwback handprint splatter paint version!

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  19. ahh! I love that top! love necklines like that and the buttons are a great touch!

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  20. Love this!!! I too recognise it as your Goldhawk Road Fabric Fandango top...whoop!

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  21. Great top! Would you mind explaining the part where you say "drew in new, shaped side seams "? Did you use another top as a pattern or just winged it? And, what is the new shape? Does it go in at the waist?

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  22. Hi there,
    Thanks so much! I sort of eyeballed this one but it was along the lines of the technique I explained in this refashion:

    http://portialawrie.blogspot.com/2011/01/restyle-2-denim-shirt-dress.html

    Px

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  23. That nautical top is awesome! Its nice to see a non-stripey fabric being used for that effect.

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