I knew right away that it would be shirt city since I saw no way to get around the pouchy gathers and the black sweater band.
|WTF: Pouchy band for mom tummy (I have it too, I'm not criticizing)|
Pleated skirt - who designed this crap?
So first things first – slash out those stupid shoulder pads.
Next to go was that terrible black band and pleated skirt. Is it just me, but aren’t pleats and green zebra prints just a no-go? 4 sho. Anyway, I didn’t want to seam-rip all the way around the band, both the zebra and lining fabrics – what a waste of time! So I just cut the fabric away at the base of the band. That worked really well, actually.
I started with pinning for a new seam on the black lining fabric. Since the zebra was gathered to cover a spare tire, there is a lot more of that than the black liner. It ends up being shorter than the zebra, but that’s ok, I still want a lining in there.
Stitched that up on my Singer Curvy.
I needed to do a new seam on the zebra and I was a little worried that it would not cooperate with a smooth seam because of the slippery fabric. But I pinned it carefully and guess what – it is nice and straight! That is purely my seamstress talent shining through, I’m sure.
I tried the shirt on with some work slacks and at first put a belt on – but the shirt length and bodice cut didn’t work with that. I wanted to give it a little shape, though, so I riffled through my jewelry box and found this nice rhinestone brooch. A little fabric cinch-up with my brooch and I’ve got a perfect new work shirt.
Unquestionably an improvement. Thrifty Nana really liked the pattern on me and even gave the ultimate compliment – she said she’d wear it! I’d say this is one of my best re-styles to date, Friends!