Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Little Transformation

I love tunic tops, and while I have several that I can wear during cooler weather, I don't have many for summer. On a quick thrift store run, I found a skirt on the clearance wrack for less than a dollar that I though might just make a cute tunic top. I forgot to take a picture before I began dissecting it, but I pieced it together so you can get an idea of what it looked like originally.
The skirt flared out at the bottom with four godets. The first step of my transformation was to take them out and take off the waistband. That left me with this:
I sewed the seams together where I had taken the godets out, took out the side seams at the top for arm holes, and cut a neck hole. It was starting to look more like a shirt!
Once I had sewn the shoulder seams, I tried it on. Hmm...it was a little shorter than I wanted. No worries! I could just cut the shirt in half and insert the waistband for extra length.
I planned to gather the top and bottom pieces to the waistband and add a zipper in the side. I didn't want the top to have too much gathering, so I cut it down a little, angling towards the waist.
At this point, I finished the neckline with small strips of facing cut from the godets. The neck was a little wide, so I gathered it a bit in the middle, front and back.


Here is the top, gathered and sewn onto the waistband:
And then the bottom piece:
Now all that was left was to hem the armholes and put in the zipper!

Hooray for cute summer tunic tops! And the cheap skirts that can be transformed into them!

No comments:

Post a Comment