Trying my hand for the first time at free form altering of some clothing. I bought this tunic a couple of years ago because I fell in love with the fabric. The linen print is so simple and old fashioned. But, I have never worn it because overall it felt too frou frou and too big. I am no sewist. I stitch free form and raw, I dabble with making things but never clothing. Today was the day I overcame my fear and said “what have I got to lose”. The finish result is below and what I did to alter it follows.
This is where she started.
The first thing I did was to remove the apron ties and the ruffle.
It left her looking a bit forlorn, shabby and strings hanging.
I added two darts at the top and took out some of the dimension on the sides trying to make the curve as smooth as possible. It’s not perfect but alot more slimming than the original.
Finally I added 5 colorful buttons at the top slightly offset from the center. I like things off kilter, not perfect, wabi sabi.
Now that I have conquered my fear of alteration I’m going to try and make a tunic from a pattern that I am also altering. Onward and upward. What do you all think? Shall I hone my skills, or take my thread and go home?