I call them "mom jumpers". Those shapeless long jumpers that fill the racks at thrift stores. Even if they are not your style, they offer lots of potential for restyling. Here's one I picked up at Salvation Army yesterday.
I felt as though the price for this one was a little high, given how very worn the jumper was in appearance.
There was fading along major seam lines and pleats.
And the kick pleat on the skirt was tearing.
But it was a nice sturdy jersey material, and I really liked the fish print! So, first I cut off the skirt.
Next, I sewed the new raw edge to create what would become shoulder seams on a new crop top. I left a wide opening for a boat neckline. Next I made bias binding from more of the fabric.
The I cut sleeve holes just beneath the new shoulders.
I bound the neckline and the sleeves with this self bias binding. I left the hem of the former skirt intact as the hem of the new top, but that left a problem because the kick slit was ripping. So I made a little bow from more fabric and covered it!
Then I added my label!
And here's the finished product:
That was fun, and it took about two hours, start to finish.