No Waste!

4:46 pm

My friend found this fabulous vintage housecoat a few months ago, and knowing how much I would love it, she sent it to me. Sadly it wouldn't fit over my ample boobage and so hung on a hanger for a while, while I pondered what to do with it. I felt kinda guilty hacking into it, not something I usually worry about, but it was a gift...

After a few months I summoned up the courage to have a go at making it wearable, so I popped it on my dress form and began the hacking...

 I cut the neckline deeper...

 And the armholes, taking about 3ocms off the length too..

Slitting the dress up the centre back and using the fabric taken from the length added in a shaped panel.

The rest of the fabric taken from the length was made into bias binding to finish the neckline and armholes. There was still some scrap which I used to make fabric roses.

I even made one into a hair slide.

I didn't waste a single scrap, this was all that was left to throw away.

And the final tunic? I love it!

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  1. Anonymous7:04 pm

    You did a great job with the alterations, and its a fabulous fit! You are very resourceful and no waste too. A complete success!

  2. You took a gift and turned it into something that will bring you joy each and every time you wear it. i'm sure this is exactly what your friend hoped to have happen. It really does look so cute.

  3. Lovely alteration. I wouldn't know where to start. You really have an eye for details. Love the bias and the roses. Well done K xXx

  4. It looks great on you and I love that you used every bit of fabric! Check out the new Dottie Angel pattern soon to be released by simplicity if you like this housecoat style. Great refashion, Ellie tu x


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