I went to one of my favorite thrift shops for their Memorial Day sale last weekend (half off all clothes!). I've got it in my head recently that I need more nice warm-weather, tattoo-covering tops for work. So I picked up this skirt for $2, among other things.
It's not terrible, but the thin elastic waistband is not comfortable, and I'm not sure this type of skirt is in style right now (but who knows). But sheer polka dots? Seriously loving it!
The first step was to get rid of that elastic. To keep the sheer fabric and the lining in place, I pinned the two layers together before cutting off the waistband.
Then I pinned the outline of my collar and armholes before cutting those. I took measurements and got all mathy about it, but you could certainly just use an existing top as a stencil if you'd prefer.
I joined the shoulder seams.
I cut three strips of black polyester from the remnants of this dress, which has now become part of several refashions. They are about 1.5 inches wide; two are about 22 inches long for each armhole binding, and the third is about 26 inches long for the neckline.
I pinned each binding to the right side of the shirt and stitched them down. To finish off the ends, I like to simply fold the first end back on itself, then overlap the second end on top of that. When the binding is wrapped around the edge toward the inside of the shirt, the folded layer will be on the outside, encasing the raw edges.
I pressed the binding flat.
Then each binding was folded over twice toward the inside of the shirt.
And a final top-stitching completes the project.
It's loose and flowy - perfect for summer.
And though I paired with some cuffed-up, skinnified jeans today, I know it'll also look great with slacks or a skirt and blazer for work.