Monday, 26 May 2014

Refashion For My Daughter

I was starting to think I was never going to get another blog post up this month! In keeping with my pledge I've been doing a lot of alterations and repairs. It seemed no sooner than the pile was done, than one or other family member would appear with a garment with a hole, a missing button or a bag with a rip. Maybe I should take some time out to teach them to sew themselves?! Or maybe sewing should go back on the school curriculum for everyone. Surely it's a life skill and extending the life of stuff you would think would be a very practical, cheap and relatively easy way to help ease finances and contribute towards sustainability...

Where was I? Oh yes. I've done all the repairs. Please don't bring anymore! I've also completed my daughter's refashion this month. 

Both my daughters have a lot of imagination when it comes to getting dressed. They seem to come up with new and unexpected combinations daily. The idea for this refashion came from an outfit my daughter saw Ariana Grande wearing, made by Kenley Collins

This was the dress before:


It was bought new but was outgrown - a little girl's dress really, with long side zip and loose fit pulled in at the back with ties, and net petticoat underneath. 

This is how it looks now:


Now I appreciate this looks like I've just cut it in half, but believe me this is not the case! I've reshaped the top (several fittings), added interfacing, buttons and buttonholes, I've re-shaped the waist, made a waistband (hand stitched down inside), I've shortened and re-inserted a lapped zipper (small scream) including slip stitching down the lining, and shortened the skirt and net underskirt and possibly other alterations I've forgotten. In a nutshell, nearly as much work as making a new outfit!

Here is my beautiful youngest daughter modelling her 'new' clothes:


She could teach me a thing or two about confidence in front of the camera for sure!


I loved how this came out and am relieved to say it was worth the effort!

I'm getting on well with the rest of my pledge too, so hope to be back with another blog post soon. How's your May going? Participating in Me-Made-May or not, I hope you're having a great month!

Happy sewing, 'til next time,

Philippa x

20 comments:

  1. Cute refashion Philippa. Sewing is a great skill to have, my girls haven't shown much of an interest...yet. I have hope that maybe someday they will.

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    1. This daughter (my youngest) is the most interested. I have hope, too!

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  2. I love to see other people's refashions. This is so beautiful.

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  3. Wow! Great job Philippa! I seriously detest doing repairs. They tend to be more work than making new. You pulled off an amazing feat here! Her outfit looks great and boy is she a pretty girl!
    I agree with you too, that sewing should be back on the school curriculum.

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    1. I really don't like doing them, yet logically I know they generally don't take that long!

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  4. That looks great! I really love the crop top looks, but need to find your daughter's confidence to rock it!

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    1. I love it too - but not on me! ;)

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  5. Very cute! And you earned some serious good sewing karma for all your unselfish sewing :)

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  6. I do repairs for very few people - my husband, my sis, and one of my dearest friends - but I'll bet I'd fall for it if people brought the ailing garment and put it in front of me. I hate to see garments in need of love! Your daughter's refashion is just lovely.

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    1. I have to draw boundaries with the whole repair thing. It seems as soon as I let slip I sew, even acquaintances think I will enjoy doing their repairs for free! I have a stock of nice but firm things to say these days, or I would never make anything for myself!

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  7. Tee-hee, I know exactly what you mean! I'm not even (for all intents) a sewer, but perhaps because my life is so imbued with elements of the past, of which sewing was certainly a very important one for many folks (of course it still is for lots in today's world too, I'm not implying otherwise), people in my family think I'm a seamstress and love to bring me their repair jobs. Needless to say, humbly, I've got quite good at hand sewn mending jobs (and creating cuffs/turn ups) over the years as a result. :)

    Big hugs & many thanks for your wonderfully nice comment on today's outfit post,
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. It's a time honored skill for sure and I always feel a connection to the past (particularly to my grandma) when I sew.

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  8. Gorgeous refashion! You daughter looks just lovely. Sounds like you've earned a spell of selfish sewing after all that mending...

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    1. Thank you - I'm taking that as permission!

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