i thought it was over but it's not

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I finally got down to chopping a dress I no longer wore into a blouse - about a year after I decided to do it, because I kept putting it off out of laziness. I knew the dress (from A.P.C.) was no longer right for me; I was never going to look right in what looked adorably coltish on Alexa Chung. But I felt it was a shame to simply give it away or sell it because I still love the fabric (the loveliest cotton with a subtle checked texture) and the round, neat neckline. 

I was of course, spurred by the success of Sue, who demonstrated brilliantly how the meh can become magical with a snip of the scissors. And so this week I finally whipped the cover off my sewing machine, spent an hour making sure I threaded the machine right and testing stitch sizes and tension on scraps of cloth, and off I went.

It was pretty easy breezy - the only tricky bit was sewing the pockets shut and making sure it was done neatly. And voila, new blouse! Love how it has just enough structure. Love the softness of the cotton. Love that I can now wear it with cropped trousers for work and denim shorts for the weekend. Love it, basically.

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Comments

Oh I love it. Well done!
Joy said…
looks surprisingly fresh once you chopped it off!
Mary said…
Ah, I love what you've done with it! It looks great and that round neckline is just too charming.

I'm a little jealous because every time I attempt to work some magic with my scissors, it all just goes terribly wrong haha x
Amanda said…
I actually think the blouse looks better than the baby-dollish dress! Looking great Lin - perfect for the sweltering tropical weather.

Ammu said…
Nice job! It looks great - love the outfit.
jamie-lee said…
It turned out so well - what a great idea and good on you for taking the plunge. I think it can be a bit scary altering something since you usually can't go back but worked out for the better - and good to end up with something you like and will wear :)
Nomadic D. said…
Awesome! The top looks great on you. I too was deeply impressed and inspired by Sue's coat transformation. A few weeks ago I took some scissors to an old pair of wide leg wool tweed pants and made myself a little clutch! Recycling at its best.

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lin said…
editor, joy, ammu: thanks!

mary: i don't try anything drastic beyond hemming things with my machine. a few years ago i did made a top from scratch based on one of my tops and it was very very difficult, especially when it came to the neckline.

amanda: yes, i don't know what i was thinking when i thought the shape would work on me...but i think when i was in my mid-20s i felt i could get away with cutesy things.

jamie-lee: as alterations go, this one was pretty safe i guess, since I didn't change the silhouette and the dress was pretty short and easy to visualise as a top.

nomadic d: turning trousers into a clutch sounds very impressive!
anna said…
really well done. loving the outcome! maybe you should check out 'a pair & a spare' - geneva has so many inspiring before & after projects, you won't want to put things off for another year.. ;)
Les Ardeurs said…
Oh wow, that turned out really nice! I also have a white dress that definitely does not look good on me anymore so will definitely try this. Thanks for the idea!

Bec said…
Brilliant! I just threw away a Boden tunic I could have done this to. Now I regret it.
Katherine said…
This is such a good idea to cut a dress down! It looks great on you.
Eileen said…
Great job, Lin! Love how fresh it looks and I love your outfit with those new shoes.. so chic!
Sue said…
It's done it again - I left a comment last night and it's disappeared in to the ether. I wanted to say that the new top looks fabulous especially the way you've paired it so simply with the shorts - it doesn't need anything more does it? I found the hardest thing was not the actual committing of cutting something up - it was the actual dragging out of the sewing machine, threading of the sewing machine, getting the tension right and the whole palaver before hand and not the actual cutting itself. But it was worth it? And you've also managed to enjoy the dress in its former incarnation and now as a top in it's new form. A double bonus.
Lucy said…
Wow, great job! I actually like it better as a blouse; it seems fresher and much more versatile that way.
Lindsay K said…
I love this as a blouse. You did a terrific job. It looks like Vanessa Bruno's airy blouses- utterly charming. I actually prefer it this way.
miss sophie said…
this looks fantastic on you - and i have a few overdue items to alter myself...you just might inspire me to do it myself instead of handing it off to the tailor!

R A said…
It looks beautiful as a blouse! A brave move but definitely the right thing to do.

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