Thursday, February 12, 2015

// #thriftstylethursday // Anthro-Inspired Color Pop

Thanks to Kristi of Delightfully Kristi this week for our theme: Color Pop! I've been itching to do a refashion, and in keeping with my resolutions for this year, I wanted to shop my refashion closet/pile for just the right piece! Weeeeell, let's just say I found something ;). Here's what I pulled out:


This is a MAJOR mistake, right? Stripes and floral all in one but not in a good way. It felt like a clown shirt...boxy and poofy armed. Yuck! But it's also the perfect piece for a transformation because who else would be crazy enough to pick this out at the thrift store? Amiright? I used this Anthro Cloth & Stone top (check the back view) as my inspiration for this piece.


First I removed the sleeves, cut off the cuffs, then opened them up along the seam and laid flat and ironed.


Next, I cut straight up the middle of the back, and unpicked the center 5-6 inches of gathered fabric along the top back below the collar...you know the section, it has a name I'm sure! I trimmed up one of the sleeves into a 6 inch strip long enough to reach from where I unpicked at the top all the way to the shirt hem. I had to stitch two pieces together to get a long enough section. Then I sewed the panel into the opening I'd made in the back, finished off all of my raw edges with zigzag stitches, pressed all of the seams and folded the top portion over on itself before topstitching it back into place.


Next, I took in the sides, cut off the excess and finished off the edges. I also finished off the hem to match where I inserted the panel, finished off the sleeves with two lines of topstitching and this back view shows the folded over section in the back of the top. Anything like the original inspiration?


It turned out to be the perfect top to throw on with my favorite (and only) distressed denim, and a pair of cobalt flats for around the house...I'm home with a sick little boy today, and this is comfortable but cute enough that I don't feel like a slob ;).


Can't wait to wear this out with leggings and flats come spring! Or with skinnies and booties for work...and maybe a belt when I feel like changing up the look of it. It's still floral and stripes all over, but way toned down and with a modern style, it totally works for me. Hope you like it as much as I do.


Felt good to be back with a refashion, and now I'm looking forward to seeing what all the other ladies came up with for Color Pop! Head on over with me :)





Peace,
Andrea

18 comments:

  1. LOVE the makeover you did on that shirt. It looks about a million times better and the perfect pop of color. Such a great TST! Way to go!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm really pleased with how it came out ;) Despite the crazy print!

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  2. OMG Andrea this refashion is beautiful and the transformation is stunning!! I seriously love what you've done with the top, I want to go out and find a top to refashion, too (yet another project to add to the list)! ;) Awesome refashion for color pop! :)

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    1. Haha, thank you Kristi! I wasn't sure if I'd love the print, but I think its doable as long as everything else tones it down ;) I'd love to see a refashion from you, too.

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  3. Holy crap. This is an incredible transformation! It looks 100 million infinity times better. You nailed the anthro look. :)

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    1. Thanks! Lol, sound like a number my son would make up ;) 100 million infinity!!!! hahaha, glad you approve!

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  4. I love how this transformation turned out - you did an amazing job and now you have a super cute top! Very nice!

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  5. You had nowhere to go but up with this shirt, and up you went. I love how it turned out! Less is definitely more in this case.

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    1. Hahaha, right?! The print is still cray but I think I'm ok with it now ;) Thanks, Carissa!

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  6. Wow, what a great job - love the style, especially the back, and the print is a beautiful colour. Seriously love the back. Just to repeat myself :)

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    1. Hahaha, do you like the back? ;) Thanks Jenny, I'm so glad it turned out!!!

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  7. Well done! Visualising a swan in that ugly duckling. They are worlds apart. You brought it to life with a few cuts and stitches. Very impressive! xo Jazzy Jack

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    1. Thanks for your words, JJ, and your kind thoughts, as always!

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  8. This refashion is perfect! It looks great with distressed denim - great work this week!

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