As you may recall, all I did was pick out the seams attaching the striped fabric, and I had the perfect black sweater vest. But I was left with those striped remnants which have languished in my stash for over a year now. And with the resurgence of black and white stripes, so these stripes resurfaced in my mind and on my sewing table. I didn't have much to work with, but I thought it would be enough for a strappy little blouse. Now this is gonna be a little photo intensive, so bear with me please.
With Rosy's help, I got to work, draping and pinning my pieces to see how I could fit them together and cover all the necessary bits. First, I cut off the cuffs and placed one sleeve on Rosy's chest, at an angle. I pinned the top corner at the shoulder. Then I pinned at the center and the side and folded under the extra fabric.
I added two more pins, a few inches down on the side and in the center. I made a simple pleat just under the bust to take in the extra fabric.
Then I duplicated this with the other sleeve on the other half of the chest. And I added what was once the skirt to cover the belly and around the lower back.
Once the basic plan was settled, the actual sewing began. I stitched the two former sleeves together down what will become the center front. Then I pressed them open and folded over my v-shaped neckline.
I top-stitched along the folded neckline and the center seam for a nice, finished look. Then I used my pinking shears to trim the excess.
After that, I attached the skirt, making sure my bust pleats were in the correct places. I also attached each of the old cuffs to the sides of the bust. These will wrap around and fasten in the center back, a lot like a bra.
The skirt had more fabric than necessary to go around my torso, so I created a new center back seam and pinked off the excess.
The skirt/torso was attached to the cuff/back-straps, leaving about 6 inches of each strap free. Then the whole horizontal seam was top-stitched.
I had left enough circumference in the skirt/torso to get over my head, but I didn't want it to sag once I had it on. So I grabbed a small piece of thin elastic (salvaged from another project) and zig-zag stitched it to the top edge of the center back.
Next I measured how long the back straps needed to be and folded over the extra. Each end was stitched down, and I used my zipper foot to add two large hook-n-eyes.
Lastly, my shirt would need shoulder straps. So I cut four long rectangles from the extra skirt material and joined them in pairs, end-to-end.
I pressed the sides toward the center, then the whole thing in half to create strong, 4-layer-thick straps. I top-stitched them over the black stripes so you can barely even see the stitching.
Finally, the shoulder straps were attached in the front and in the back.
It's fits like a glove!
I kept the outfit fairly monochromatic with my black skinnified jeans and my Nasty Gal gold-toed black flats.
My black and white mod earrings were a fun addition, and I added one little pop of color with a chunky, lime green necklace.
The shiny, clingy fabric and the bra-like fastening in the back give it a pretty slinky appearance. Not exactly office appropriate, unless accompanied by a cardigan or blazer.
Top: free and refashioned // Jeans: $7 thrifted and skinnified // Shoes: $5 Yerdle // Necklace: clothes swap // Earrings: Etsy
How's that for an almost-zero-waste refashion?