When I lived in Montreal, I loved shopping at La Gaillarde, “boutique mode ecologique”, reviving forgotten clothes and promoting Quebecois fashion designers. I bought several refashioned/upcycled pieces from this store. I wear all of those pieces, except this tank top which I don’t find to be overly flattering!!
You can’t tell the true extent of unflatterage because I cut off the bottom part of the photo- it was THAT bad!!
On the upside, the collar is pretty sweet.
My mom also loves to shop. She loves to shop for things and then never wear them!! But that’s rare, right Mom?! I’m fine with that, particularly since I’ve started sewing and refashioning clothes! She gave me this black basic dress:
Ummmmm….ribbed collar? Yuck yuck yuck…that reminds me of horrid turtlenecks I used to wear back in the day.
Don’t mind the scary skin colour in the photo below-I had to change the exposure so you could see the ribbed texture. The bottom is actually pleated (NOT ribbed), and I do like pleats. Ribs and pleats are two very different things!
I turned the dress inside out, and decided that I wanted the old collar’s green part (inside) to face outwards (right side of the fabric) and the black side (outside) to face inside (wrong side of the fabric)…so I kept the new collar as it was on the tank top, meaning that when I turned it inside out, that the green part should be on the outside (right side of the fabric). Okay that was confusing- inside, outside, right side of the fabric, wrong side of the fabric…argh! Sometimes my brain doesn’t understand all this outside inside business!! But I’m working on it 🙂
Pinning was a bit finnicky because the new collar was slightly bigger than the old collar. So I pinned at front and back (1/2 way), and then halfway between those measurements (pins at 1/4 of the dress collar)…and then attempt to gather material equally between pins.
And then it was time to sew it down!
Here’s the final product!
The new collar can be draped in different ways. Comes in handy if you need to hide your face, have a nap, or play peek-a-boo at any moment!!
Annnnnnd the whole refash of a refash didn’t even take me too long, or cause too much grief. Phewf