|Before: Shiny purple shorts!|
I found them at my favorite thrift store a few months ago for one dollar. I already had a transformation in mind when I picked them up. Let's see if my vision came to be!
First, I separated the seam between the legs of the shorts with a seam ripper.
Then I sewed away the inner thigh material and cut off the excess so it was like a skirt.
|Sewing away the inner thigh material|
|Shiny purple skirt|
Next, I cut a large slit just underneath the elastic waistline on each side, leaving half of the elastic connected on both sides.
|Cutting under the elastic waistline|
Then I folded it flat so that the 2 cut parts were on the sides. These were becoming new shoulder straps.
|Slit shoulder straps|
I sewed the piece straight down the sides, then I laid the piece flat and cut off the excess material I had sewn. I kept those 2 side panels for later.
|Cut off the sides|
I measured and sewed the new shoulder straps to adjust for length, cutting off the excess. Then I fake-serged around all the edges to keep them from fraying.
|Sewing the shoulder straps|
I took in the sides to give it a little more shape, but not too much to be clingy. Then I folded and sewed a new hem for the underarms on each side. I also darted both sides just under to bust to give it more shape.
|Side darts under the bust|
It's time to make some flowers. First I grabbed those 2 side panels I had cut off and cut out multiple circles in descending size (no need to be perfect with this).
I stacked the wavy shapes on top of each other from largest to smallest, setting aside the smallest shape.
|Stacked wavy shapes|
I hand-sewed a small "X" pattern in the center of the stack of shapes, pulling tightly so it would bunch up.
|Hand-sewing the flower|
Then I took the smallest shape, folded it in half twice, and sewed it into the center of the bunched flower.
|Bunched wavy flower|
I found a great tutorial for a felt scarf with these kind of flowers on Pinterest. I made 2 of them.
|Two wavy flowers|
I pinned the flowers at the base of the upper right strap. Then I sewed them on carefully so they wouldn't lose their waviness.
|Wavy flowers pinned and sewn|
Finally, my new blouse was complete!
Here again is how it looked before the transformation:
|Before: Big shiny purple shorts|
|After: Shiny purple blouse|
|After: From behind|
I like the way the elastic waistband lent itself to a nice wide neckline. And I love the bit of fair the shoulder flowers add to it.
It's very light and comfortable, and when I pair it with a flowy cover, I feel very therapist-y in it; perfect for my job!
|After: Covered all therapist-like|
And my thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected by the bombing at the Boston Marathon. Peace be with us all.
Until next time, blessings.