Made this tunic out of a full length dress, it was too tight around the bust, so I used the bottom half of the dress to make a tunic top, pleased with the result, forgot to take picture before I started but this is the finished tunic.
Well today I made a tote bag from two skirts that do not fit anymore. This is something I have been wanting to do for a while, but kept putting it off, too much trouble to get the sewing machine out. Really glad I did , I enjoyed making the bag and it was very easy.
|I found the pattern on http://tinyhappy.typepad.com/tiny_happy/2006/06/shoulder_bag_tu.html|
|It took me about 2 hours, but I am pleased with the result. There are so many different ways to adapt the pattern, I might try a patch work bag next time.|
I bought a large gents white shirt from a charity shop for 2 euros, and decide to recycle it into a tunic style top, that I can wear with leggings.
I took the collar off, shortened the sleeves, took it in a little and added a few colourful buttons, hey presto! a new item to add to my wardrobe.
It only took a few hours once I decide what I was going to do, and I had so much fun, forgot how much I like dressmaking. It is a great feeling to have created something, certainly gives you a lift.
I am quite thrifty, always looking for a bargain, and new ways to recycle. I have been sewing since I was 12, I used to go to night classes with my sister, when we were at high school. Over the years I have made a number of articles of clothing, including my wedding dress, my daughters and christening gowns. When I was in my teens (a while ago now ) I enjoyed the fact that I had clothes no one else had ,they were unique because I had created them.
I have not really done any sewing since I moved to Tenerife, for one thing material is expensive here, and there are not many shops that sell threads, elastic, ribbons etc.
On looking through other peoples blogs as I do on a regular basis I came across some crafty ones that gave me an idea, so I searched google for some help and found this great sewing site http://www.allfreesewing.com., from there I discovered different ways of using the clothes you have to make new ones, very exciting.
So I set to work and made this dress out of a top I no longer wear and a dress that I did not like the top on.
My opinion is it is great so comfortable, and free. Over the next few weeks I am going to be looking in the second hand shops for clothes that I can revamp, large flared skirts could be made into a dress for me, mens shirts could be made into tunics, there is no end to the possibilities now that I the bug.