I recently acquired some pre-loved clothes from one of my daughter's friends. She's much the same size as me and we have a similar taste in clothes. Instead of donating clothes she no longer want to an Op Shop, she gives them to my daughter. Luckily for me, most of the clothes are too large for my daughter and so I have my pick.
In amongst the clothes was a knit dress. I knew I'd never wear it as a dress, but thought it would look good if I shortened it to wear as a top with skinny jeans or leggings.
Refashions don't get any easier...
- Try the dress on with jeans or leggings underneath.
- Mark the desired length.
- Cut off the excess.
- Hem with a twin needle.
I rather liked the ruching at the sides - a very flattering look when you don't want to wear a tight fitting top across the tummy. The back had a tighter fit which suited me. There was a bit of a high / low effect - back to front to normal with the front being slightly longer than the back.
All good, until I realised...
... it was a maternity dress and now a maternity top!!! I laughed and laughed, not sure why I hadn't seen this straight away. My first reaction was... I can't wear a maternity top. I'm not pregnant, and am NEVER going to be.
And then I thought... I don't care. I like my new top and it is SO comfortable. I am going to wear it anyway.
So after a photo shoot, I dropped some things off at the Op Shop and then did the weekly shopping in my new top. No one gave me any sideways glances, no sniggers or odd looks (not that I noticed, anyway). My secret is safe. You won't tell anyone will you???
That afternoon I discovered three stains on my new top. Initially I hadn't noticed them, or I probably wouldn't have bothered to take it up. It limits where I'll be able to wear it, as the stains are noticeable. However, I'll be able to wear it around the house. Matter of fact, I'm wearing it now.
One more thing I have to share... Mr TMW likes the top and thinks it looks good, too. He even went so far as to suggest that I shop for clothes in the maternity section!!! LOL!!! He couldn't understand my NO reaction... You like it. It looks good. Why not? That may well be, Mr TMW, but I simply couldn't. NO, NO, NO!!!
Have you ever refashioned a garment, only to find a little surprise after you had finished?