The clothing itself inspired me. I was at the community flea market and saw these pants and this shirt waiting there, asking to be transformed. Plus I needed another long skirt and sleeveless shirt. Coincidence? Maybe.
I especially love how it's actually an outfit I can wear now, and later. Yay!
For the skirt from pants:
- Ripped out the inseam up to a few inches into the crotch zone to remove unsightly points in the finished skirt
- Sewed the front inseam line together, cutting out the crotch zone triangle afterwards
- Sewed back inseam line together for a few inches past crotch zone, cut off triangle, then hemmed the remaining edges into a slit so I could walk
- Realized the pants were originally a large, then hemmed the bottom a few inches
- Embroidered a shine onto the bottom left (right?) of the skirt
For the Shine embroidery:
- Desperately lusted after cuteness of Shine Sprites from Super Mario Sunshine
- Searched the web for picture to use, found tiny pic to trace in Illustrator
- Printed out enlarged Shine, realized would be insane to embroider all the details
- Remembered that my sister had leftover printable fabric from her Barbie Fashion Designer program
- Reprinted and cut out Shine to attach and embellish
[Even if the fabric/ink gets destroyed, the embroidery should remain and still look sweet]
For the shirt:
- Cut off sleeves from unworn pajama top near serged seams since I have no serger to fix the edges
- Decided to lace ribbon through midsection to slim the shirt, as it was also a large and I am not
- Tied ribbon for length and placement
- Screwed around with scissors until it looked okay
- Slid ribbon through holes, fixed tiny extra snip in the back
- Contemplated edging holes, but decided against until I see fraying that looks dangerous
Total cost: $5? I bought the shirt, pants, and a nice jacket for $10. If the jacket was worth 5, then total for this project was 5. Sweet deal!
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's contributions, there was such awesome stuff last time. Leah, these challenges = brilliant idea. Thanks for looking!!