Thursday, 17 August 2017

Re-fashioned Bettine Top

This project started life as a Tilly and the Buttons Bettine dress that I made in 2016. I didn't really get on with the exaggerated tulip style skirt as it was too wide around the hip area (and being pear shaped seemed to make it worse) so I decided to take it in at each side seam.

I took it in too much and now it was too TIGHT! Unfortunately I had already removed the excess seam allowance so when I wore the dress it used to ride up to what I would consider cheekily short proportions. Evidenced in this photo below (I always had to wear it with leggings to save my blushes). Yes, this dress is supposed to be around knee length!


It sat in my wardrobe unloved until yesterday when I had an idea to re-fashion it into a top. I carefully unpicked the waist seam and removed the elastic waistband. 

At this stage after trying the top on I realised that with an additional couple of cm's removed for the hem I would be left with a VERY short crop top. If it was 20 years ago I would have certainly gone ahead with a cropped style but in my mid 40's you have to consider the mental health of others and avoid flashing a pasty white un-toned belly at people......



Long story short, I created a bias band using the cut-off skirt section to mirror the bias cut cuff of the sleeves. I wore it today on an adventure to Dalston Curve Gardens and I loved it!




Here are some lovely shots of the fabulous Dalston Eastern Curve Gardens just two minutes walk from Dalston Junction train station. A secret oasis of gardening magic and a chilled out and calm atmosphere.


Large scale outdoor cross-stitch tapestry at the back of this planter is awesome!

Disco greenhouse!


The opening hours are from 11am - 10pm and there is a small cafe to buy homemade food and hot drinks. My friend Charlotte and I enjoyed a pot of tea sitting on outside sofas like this awesome one below!

 


Overall a lovely day! Have you re-fashioned a not-so-great hand-made into something better recently? 

Talking of re-fashioning.... are you going to join in with the Refashioners 2017 this year? 
Portia at the Makery is running the challenge again this year and the theme is 'Suits'. I think I'm going to give this one a miss and concentrate on working through my own stash of patterns, fabrics and half-made clothing!

14 comments:

  1. This is a great solution for turning a bodice into a top. Even more desirable for my 60yr old belly than yours lol.

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    1. Thanks Karey! I am pretty happy with the fashion save.

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  2. Great refashion Caroline! I love the bias band x

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  3. Great save! Such a good idea to cut the waistband on the bias, I really like the effect :)

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    1. Thanks Kat. I am really happy with the final top x

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  4. Your top looks really great and I am sure that it will now get lots of wear. The bias cut band really adds style and compliments the sleeve bands. I have a half finished dress which was too big so like you I took it in and made it too tight. You have inspired me to look at it again.

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    1. Thanks Rosemary. I am really glad to have saved this make and can now wear it!

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  5. Yay great save! Your top looks great, especially with the contrast band. I haven't done any refashioning in ages though I have a whole bag of things ready & waiting!

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  6. This is a really adorable top now. I love the waist band, its so trendy.

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    1. Thank you Leanna. I like it so much better now.

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  7. Great idea, when you've taken time & trouble to make something it's annoying when the fit is not good. This seems like a perfect solution and I was reading just the other day that gingham is very on trend this year so well done you!

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    1. Hi Juile - I think it is a happy co-incidence that my top is now trendy!

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