Peasant top

When I showed this 50 cent garage sale find to my husband, he raised an eyebrow and delicately asked, “Is that a…’beeee…fore‘?”

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Of course it’s a before, muffin! 🙂

I was excited about this one! …I get excited about all of them, what am I talking about? 🙂

This was going to be really simple. I needed a white spaghetti strap undershirt, so I was just going to chop off most of the skirt, take in the sides and call it a day.

First thing’s first

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Chop!

I was definitely going to use this bottom scrap for a rainy day… Upon closer inspection of the top piece, though, I came across a problem…

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Ew!

I must not have noticed this and the OTHER stains all over the top part of this dress. They were everywhere: in the armpits (even “ewww-er”!), the shirred waist, the straps, everywhere! I wash everything before I wear it, but I must not have noticed these stains when I purchased this with the sun blaring in my face… Luckily, the bottom of the dress was perfect. No stains whatsoever. Look likes today is my rainy day for that “scrap.”

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Plan B…

This dress form is all but useless to me as it’s a size 12… but at least I get to kind of see what my refashions will look like on a human and not just in my mind.

There was so much fabric I decided to get really creative and make this a peasant top with sleeves! I do love a good sleeve 🙂

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Waste not, want not 😉

I measured 7 inches from each side and marked it with a wash-away blue fabric marker.

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See it?

Then, I sewed TWO lines side by side down each of the blue lines… then, I carefully cut in between the two lines…

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Is it starting to make sense?

Now, I’ve got this weird, open, droopy neckline thingy to my new shirt that’s just completely unfinished… Elastic to the rescue!

After sewing a casing allllll the way around the top, I used a nifty bodkin to “feed” my elastic through.

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The bodkin goes into the casing with the elastic on the other end

This is what happens when it reaches the other side

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Reunited and it feels so goooood…

I sewed the elastic together, sewed up the holes in the blouse from whence the elastic fed through, and voila!

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Yah sleeves!
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I should be at a folk concert lighting incense 😉
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But, alas, I’m at work instead.

I have to admit, I like this better than my original plan. This top is super lightweight and perfect for these sweltering 90 degree days. I’ll definitely be wearing this a lot this summer.

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3 thoughts on “Peasant top

  1. Gorgeous top and a fab refashion! I sometimes get caught out with stains, I think sometimes the excitement of finding something nice for very little clouds my judgement!!

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