Saturday, May 17, 2014

#68: Red Unitard

Guess who's back? Back again? Leanne's back, back again!

I've been working hard on creating balance in my life, and that hasn't come easily. The past couple months has been very rocky, with lots of self-exploration, tons of work, and very little sleep. I have begun reclaiming my self-care, and part of that is getting back on the sewing train, as that is so life-giving for me. So here I am, beginning again.

I found this incredible red unitard at the thrift store for a few bucks.

Before: Red Unitard

Wooooo! That open lacy area on the sides was terrific, but definitely not my style! It didn't fit well, but since it was stretchy, I knew exactly what to do to transform it.

I first took my seam-ripper and separated the entire inner leg seam. Then I turned it inside out, folded the piece in half (so that the sides met), and sewed a new seam straight down.

Sewing a new seam

With the legs opened, it gave more room to fit in the torso area.

I then cut off about 1 1/2 feet of the leg material.

Cutting length

I was not comfortable with the fully exposed sides, so I took the leg material I had just cut off and pinned it to the inside of the lacy openings.

Pinning leg panel

Then I carefully sewed around the edges of the lace and cut off the excess.

Sewing the panel behind the lace

Finally, I reinforced the seams and hemmed the bottom of the piece. And that was it!

Here again is how it looked before:

Before: Red Unitard

And here is how it turned out:

After: Red Lacy Top
After: From behind

I've picked up a number of new projects over the months, and I'm looking forward to sharing some of my new creations with you. Check back soon for my next project!

Until next time, blessings.