Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Top to Bolero Remake

So, about a month ago, I was sifting through the racks at Value Village and came across this really pretty top.

I fell completely in love with the pattern in the sheer fabric . . .

And the beautiful lace lining the neck . . .

BUT, there was one small problem.

I may have lost almost 20 lbs since Christmas but this shirt needed another 10 to fit. 

Still, i had this crazy idea I could do something with it.  I hummed and hawed.  I thought about all the unfinished and backed up projects I had stacking up and thought about how I really didn't need another one did I? But ooooh the print . . .  sooo pretty . . .   the lace . . . sooo pretty. . . but cut it up without knowing if it will work? For $7.99?  And will I even get a chance to work on it?!

Sadly I ended up putting it back on the shelf.  For $7.99 I just couldn't bring myself to cut into it not knowing.

Forwards a couple weeks and I get news of a 50% off day at Value Villiage This is a golden day for pro thrifters. I gather up a bag of toys and a big packed lunch and my toddler and spend a few hours going through the racks. Lo and behold there it was! Still waiting for someone to take it home.

Well,  now it was only $4?  I said fine! BUT, only on the grounds that I work on it right away.

So I snatched it up and took it home and started by cutting off the white bottom.

Still didn't hang right so I also removed the elastic that was added around it.

Then I decided it still needed a little something but what?

Digging around for something I came across some lovely peach satin ribbon that had been intended for a baby blanket that never got used. (The ribbon, not the blanket.)

Pinned and sewed and here is what I ended up with . . .

A very sweet and light bolero style shrug.

My god this is a terrible picture *hides*

I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out given I was really wingin' it.    I might still go back and round out the corners of the ribbon but we'll see.  Now I just need some nice warm weather so I can wear it!

Do any up-cycling or clothing mods yourself lately? 

Till next time, keep crafty!

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  1. Very nice refashion bolere!!!Good job!I'm your new follower!

  2. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts - you were featured today!! Most Viewed Link!
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  3. I love this refashion! It's brilliant and I never would have thought of it (and I do a LOT of refashioning let me tell you). I love that you took something that was such an awful fit and made it into something you can wear all the time. I'm always excited to meet other bloggers who love to refashion!


  4. Oh! And I followed you on Bloglovin'!

  5. Cute shrug! I also like you hair! Thanks for sharing @ Submarine Sunday!

  6. Great job Joanna!

    Virna from craftmates