As my first experiment in sewing post-puppy, I wanted to keep it simple. I didn't feel like I could commit to a big project if it turns out she freaks out at the sound of my machine. Luckily, it went well. With the craft room door closed, she slept right through it. Hurrah!
This week's black & white refashion is actually just black. (Hey, I said I wanted to keep it simple.) I scooped up this 100% silk blouse for... $2, I think.
The body fit well, and the silk felt wonderful, but those sleeves? Too short and too gathered.
I first cut off the cuffs and pressed out the wrinkles.
Then I overlapped the slits in the sleeves and sewed them closed.
I hemmed the raw edge and set my shirt aside for a bit.
Since the cuffs still had bits of sleeves encased in one edge, I cut a thin slice down the side. I did the same to the other side to keep the buttonhole in the center. I also removed the buttons.
The edges were then folded toward the inside and top-stitched.
I rolled my sleeves up and inserted the non-buttonhole end of my new cuff-tab.
I sewed it securely to the sleeve.
And finally, I hand-sewed my salvaged buttons back on.
And there we have it! A relatively quick fix to make this shirt wearable.
But wait, you say, that's not black and white. That's just black.
And indeed, you're right. How astute. So I paired it with my new favorite skirt - the tulle one I made a few weeks back - and my comfy black thrifted pumps. Happy now?