One of my favourite upcycle makes ICYMI:
…black and white vintage look patchwork print. Yes, truly “another great find”. The photo does not reveal the fun and nostalgic essence if the print. But I could not pass up a thrifty treasure such as this. This is also 2x too big.I’ll take the sleeves and collar off. Alter at the shoulders and armholes, round the neck line. I’m thinking ,smock with pockets, it has a square bottom. Would you take off the buttons and sew the front closed?
The black and white print blouse has been deconstructed and refashioned into a versatile smock with pockets. I love it!
The only dilemma I encountered was what to do with the armholes and neckline after removing the sleeves and collar. The fabric weight was light enough to try a scalloped edge and I’m glad I did. It turned out better than expected. Using Thread Magazine’s post “3 Neat Edge Finishes” as inspiration helped give my upcycle project a cute detail. I also found a new use for the satin stitch on my machine!
Here is a closer look at the scallop edge. I used two different colors to get the black and white affect.
Tip- Use a wash-away stabilizer and then apply fray check .
Using another upcycled smock I did a few months ago that was a good fit as my template made this task even easier . The only element I’d do different next time is lowering the gather seam just a bit or insert a solid colour black band at the impire seam to breakup the print detail.I left the buttons on this one and used the leftover sleeves to make the pockets. I trimmed the pockets with some ribbon and sewed them on at a slant.
This is my new favourite top to wear out-n-about even in cooler fall weather. Looks fab layered with either a black or white turtleneck or bright neon colour (chartreuse or violet maybe?) when I feel spunky. So next time you see a thrifty find you love that’s too big for you, don’t leave it behind. Take it home and Upcycle it!
FORE!~ This flashback Friday post is brought to you due to my being preoccupied and not in my sewing room.
#TheOpen is being played this week. ;D Watching it live in PNW is challenging for sewing without sleep.