Monday, March 23, 2015

A Quick Refashion

So I posted a pic of this sneak peek at a refashion I had an idea for a few weeks back on Instagram.

Then, I didn't do the refashion. Life is busy. I'm working more (which is great) but haven't found the balance yet between that, my family, my hobbies, and cleaning...yes, that totally deserves its own category! ;) So the blog is slightly neglected as is my refashioning pile. But this weekend, I got to it!

I started out with this tunic that had darts at the hemline...don't ask why that's a good idea in a woven fabric. I unpicked the darts and the hemline first. Then I took this 'made in Nepal' thrifted silk scarf and zigzagged it to the bottom of the tunic, about two inches up from the hemline. There was a small hole just below that point, so I wanted to cover that, while keeping the final hemline above the knee.

The excess fabric underneath is still there for now. I was essentially too lazy to trim it and finish it, though that will only take a matter of minutes once I get to it. I had also opened up one side seam of the tunic's hem so that I could then sew down the side seam after attaching the scarf. I trimmed off the excess scarf material, zigzagged the raw edges and also stitched down the seam at the new hem and where the scarf connects to the tunic, then pressed the seam open.

And that's it. I think I'll actually do one more quick fix after seeing the finished product in pictures, which is to stitch down the scarf much closer to the top edge so that it doesn't stand out from the tunic so much...does that make sense? I zigzagged it onto the tunic about a quarter inch from the top edge of the scarf and it looks a little funny. Anywho, I didn't iron it before snapping some pics, but here's the after!

I styled it first a little dressier with thrifted heels, necklace and clearance earrings.

And a little more casual with a thrifted belt and clearance sandals. I don't love the styling on either, but I was pressed for time. I can work out how I'll actually wear it once warmer weather hits.

For now I've got another easy dress to add to my wardrobe. I'm not in love with it yet, and may never be, so it could find its way into my Instagram shop at a later date. Time will tell! Here's the before and after.

Tell me what you think! I'd love to hear your thoughts on if you would have done the same, chosen a different fabric to lengthen the tunic into a dress, and used the scarf for something else entirely.

Happy Monday, and Happy Refashioning!


  1. What a lovely colour! A wonder if the dress fabric is a little light to pair with the thick scarf, so it seems a little heavy.
    But it looks fine with the belt. Good idea. I do love the scarf fabric. Xo Jazzy Jack

    1. Yeah, the scarf is much heavier and something lighter would probably be more ideal. I'll see what I think up on this one ;)

  2. I actually really like the combination of these two fabrics - their difference is what I like! Fascinating how we all see with a different eye. By the way, it's neat how the belt changes the length from more formal to more casual. Both lengths look good.

    1. Thanks Jenny, I can see it from both standpoints :) I like this combination but could see adding a lighter (in weight and color) band to the tunic in place of the scarf to give it an entirely different look...always so many options!!! :)

  3. I love that scarf you added to the bottom of the top.

    1. Isn't it beautiful? I've got the fringed ends with a bit of length and plan to make a little something with those leftovers!