Hello Readers! I'm Dixie from DixieDIY.com and i'm here to share with you my new digs I made from restyling an old blouse and skirt. I'm so glad I got to be a part of The Refashioners, such a talented and skilled group of sewers and designers. Thanks Portia for including me!
Like everyone else I had no idea what to expect when my little package arrived all the way from the UK (I live in Austin, Texas). What was inside turned out to be a button down top and long faux wrap skirt. The fabric was 100% Rayon and had a cool, almost chevron stripe style print to it.
I used a pattern that I had lying around but never used - version b of an old simplicity pattern from the now discontinued Built By You series - Simplicity 4112. I loved the diagonal and gathered cut on the long sleeves, an interesting design detail that I've always wanted to make but never had the right fabric. I thought the directionality of my print would be perfect!
Next I arranged my shirt tolay as flat as possible on my table and pinned my pattern's bodice piece to the fabric. By lining up my pattern piece at the point where the shoulder and the neckline of the shirt met, i could keep the original collar and centre buttons but trim off the sides of the shirt to make it fit better. I remembered to take a mental note that the pattern piece had 5/8 seam allowances, and the shirt already had those seams sewn, and so I pinned the pattern piece accordingly.
I did the same thing to both sides and the back, lining up pieces along the shoulder seam until I had my basic bodice. I stitched uo the sides and was ready for the sleeves!
I sewed up the sleeves according to the pattern directions and attached them to the shirt bodice. Finally I switched over the old pearly coloured buttons for plain black ones. I would have had to get new buttons anyway beacause I needed two extra for the sleeve cuffs and I didn't have any that matched the originals.
But wait, I'm not finished yet! I still had some fabric left from the skirt. Enough to incorporate into another top....
So lookout for another post from Dixie in the next few days, this time with a FREE PATTERN DOWNLOAD especially for the occasion......! Thanks Dixie. Awesome refashion!