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Topic: massive vintage smock -> cute cropped victorianesque folk bolero-thing!!!  (Read 5966 times)
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« on: June 22, 2006 04:54:19 AM »

Hello all!!

My first successful reconstruction that I might actually wear!!!

Started with a lovely embroidered cotton smock top that I bought from a vintage shop on ebay...Absolutely gorgeous but also really really massive, I don't have a photo of it in it's original state but here's one similar..

I tried wearing a belt round it but it still made me look pregnant. However the embroidery was too cute to get rid of it, so I decided to take it in.

My first major mistake...forgetting that it was made of 100% cotton and therefore totally non-stretchy, I reconstructed it in the normal t-shirt way; aka drawing round a tee and sewing the new shape. Of course, this left me with a top which couldn't stretch over my elbows, let alone my chest! Disaster!!

However, I then had the idea to make it into a sort of bolero jacket, and used the material I cut off the bottom (when cropping it) to make a panel in the front with hook & eye fastenings...Added decorative victorian-style buttons and voila!! Rather quirky but I love it Grin

Pic #1 (in which the floor wears the top)

Pic #2 (in which I photograph myself in the mirror)

Pic #3 (well, why not)

Lizzy xx
« Last Edit: May 17, 2009 07:48:57 AM by jungrrl - Reason: fixed a coding issue. - don't mind me! » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2006 05:40:29 AM »

That's really nice!  Great recon (even if it wasn't what you originally intended)
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2006 05:52:07 AM »

Thankyou!! Cheesy  Lx

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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2006 07:05:15 AM »

I really like it .... and the sleeves are fantastic - i am very jealous on them - much more that until now i was not able to master sleeves. The single thing i would do to that bolero top it would be to add a second row of buttons on the other seam of your front pannel .... i think it will look even cuter - but that is me  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2006 08:35:23 AM »

I LOVE this! What a fab recon!!!  Wink

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« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2006 08:37:21 AM »

Awesome! It looks adorable!  Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2006 09:03:26 AM »

I like the way the recon looks, very smooth. Reminds me a bit of what Sarah wore in Labyrinth, and I'm a Labyrinth freak so that's a good thing.

Very cute on you, too.

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« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2006 11:20:17 AM »

that was def worth reconing. great job!

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« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2006 11:25:44 AM »

i really like that. very cute. great job.

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« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2006 01:09:53 PM »

that's beautiful, i love boleros. Smiley
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