I felt like I needed to do something pink or red for Valentine's Day yesterday, and this hot pink silk blouse from last fall's clothes swap fit the bill perfectly. Too bad it was a size 3X and had shoulder pads out the wazoo. Not to worry! I know just what to do!
My first step was to remove those shoulder pads.
Next, I took in the sides and sleeves. With the blouse right-side-out, I pinned and stitched my new side seams. Then I trimmed off the excess as close as possible to the seam.
Then I flipped the shirt inside-out, pressed my side seams, and sewed them again, creating a french seam to encase the raw edges.
I cuffed the sleeves up and gave them a press, then added a few stitches to keep them in place. Don't worry - I'll be covering these up in a minute.
From the excess fabric, I cut three rectangles - one about 3"x10" and two 3"x5". I pressed the sides and ends inward, and then pressed them in half.
The long piece was attached the center front of my new top, to become a faux button band. I unfolded it and sewed straight down the center.
Then I folded it in half again and top-stitched around the top, right-hand side, and bottom. This asymmetric top-stitching will add to the button band illusion.
With the other two rectangles, I top-stitched all around.
Then I attached them to my cuffed sleeves as faux cuff straps. Once I add some buttons, you won't even know the difference.
Nine buttons later, and we're all set for Valentine's date night!
I kept it simple with my black skinny jeans and black flats.
Add in some gold accessories for the bling factor.
Also new this week, are these slick tortoise frames from Firmoo. I've been ordering my glasses online for years now, so I was super excited when I was contacted by Firmoo to do a review of their product and service.
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Disclaimer: I did not receive any payment for this post. I was given this pair of glasses in exchange for my honest review of Firmoo.com. Had I not liked their product or service, I would have simply not posted anything at all.