I was reading a thread on A Fashionable Stitch about refashioning. Sunni was asking her readers' opinion about refashioning. One commenter described the results as generally looking like a girl scout project gone horribly wrong. I agree that sometimes it does seem that way. I've seen many an item in Altered Couture, for example, that I would not be caught dead in. However, that being said, I really enjoy refashioning, and I try to keep my stuff wearable by the average Josephine. Here's my latest. You be the judge, please.
I had a leftover Mom Jumper top portion. You may recall that I made a sixties top wearable muslin from the fabric I harvested from the skirt of the jumper.
I ripped off the remnants of the skirt that were still attached.
I also had an old T. Love the color (brings out my red hair), but it shrunk in the wash and was too short. I don't like to be suddenly showing my tummy when I'm loading groceries into the car.
So I married the two together to make a new Frankentop. The top now hits at my hips, so there's no danger of scaring small children and animals with a view of my tum.
Now, this is nicer looking than my usual hockey tournament T shirts for everyday wear. Once it warms up I could wear this out and about. I can even put a sweater over it.
Economically it works out well, too. The jumper was $9.99, but I used most of it for the other top...I'd say $3.00 toward this top. The other T was free, as I already had it and had stopped wearing it due to the shrinkage. Thread, negligible... so, new Frankentop for about $3.00 plus labor!
Thoughts? Girl Scout project gone horribly wrong, or CPR for unwanted clothing? Let me know what you think (and I promise not to be sensitive!)!