3 High-Necked Tops Refashioned

Since I looked through all the clothes I own, and after realised how many of them I never wear, I decided to see which ones I could make into garments I would wear.

A few years ago, I bought 3 tops – I think from New Look – in blue, green and cream and at the time I liked them, but I’d gone off them recently, mostly because they were too tight on my neck and felt a bit strangle-y! Here they are before:




They all look like this on the back. The blue and cream ones were a little big (the green one is a size smaller).


The first thing I did was to unpick the collar from them all:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA(I won’t post 3 identical photos of the collars off!)

I decided to just hem the neckline of the cream one. But for the green and blue ones I decided to make little peter pan collars for them – the blue one from its own collar and the green one from the cream collar, for a contrast.


I used the collar from my refashioned dress as a pattern. I had to sew the collars down all the way around as they kept rolling up. The only other change I made was to take in the cream one by about an inch – the blue one turned out to not be as big in the end. I’m pretty pleased with all of the results as I now have 3 tops I can wear!


The back of the cream one – I sewed one of the buttons and button loops from the original collar back on as a fastening.


Close up of the neck hem – you can just about make out the interesting stitch I used on my sewing machine!



And a close-up of the collar:


I think the green one is my favourite:


The back:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARefashioned High-Necked Tops

I thought I would share this goofy photo to finish…..


Peter Pan Collar Dress Refashion

Back in February, I bought a new dress from H&M. I say I bought it. It was actually free as it was only £5 in their sale and I had a £5 voucher. I really like peter pan collars so I liked this dress when I spotted it and it was a small, so perfect. It has little beads/ ‘pearls’ on the collar (not sure you can see it on the photos) and is a 60s-style shift dress. I did wear it once as it came, but I felt a bit too dressed up and it’s a big old expanse of cream!


So I decided to take off the collar (thanks to an idea from a friend on Facebook)….


….and dyed it green! (minus the collar)


I dyed a skirt at the same time and here they are sloshing about in all their newly green glory!


The skirt ended up a better colour, I think, because it was darker before. Also probably has something to do with their respective fabric contents. The stitching didn’t dye, which I was prepared for as the packet said it wouldn’t work on polyester thread. I kinda like it with the highlighted stitching!

Here is the closest photo I could get to their real-ish colour (dress on the left, skirt on the right):


I added some darts to make the dress more fitted and sewed the collar back on and I’m pretty pleased with the result. When I wore it to work, I got lots of unsolicited compliments!

This is the back (with the facing sticking out, grrr!). The darts aren’t perfect, but I couldn’t be bothered to re-do them! It doesn’t look amazing from the back, but for a free dress, I’m not too bothered!


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARefashioned Peter Pan Collar Dress


Not a bad refashion for only the cost of the dye! I’ve already worn this more than I did before I dyed it.

Make It: Polaroid Camera Case

At our work Christmas drinks, I had a conversation with my very drunk friend about making a Polaroid case for her camera. I wanted to make is as a surprise because I thought she might not have remembered the conversation, but a) she did remember it and b) I had to ask her which model she had to know what size to make it. She has an sx70 which is 18cm x 10.5cm x 4cm. I added a cm to each edge for a seam allowance. I made the outside out of calico and the inside out of grey felt (both of which I had in my stash) and put 2 layers of wadding in between the 2 layers.

I decided to decorate the case with an old-fashioned drawing of an anatomical heart as my friend has been talking for a while of getting a tattoo of one – so I did this whole bit as a surprise! I picked this image:

Heart 1

I used the special paper that you can print on and then iron onto fabric:


Unfortunately, I’m an idiot and didn’t peel off the backing before I ironed the heart which I printed at work (because my printer is broken). This meant it was ruined…..and I was on a week off so I couldn’t just print another one. So after a long time of being full of rage at being so stupid, I had the brain wave to trace the heart onto the special paper by hand. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out:


This is the inside:


The corners where a bit tricky, but I managed to make it all look okay. Plus this part stayed inside out, so it didn’t matter if the corners weren’t sharp when the right way around. I had to trim the seam allowances to get it small enough to get into the outside.


I hoped I would be able to sew the wadding into the seams, but my machine wouldn’t go through that many layers. So I sewed the wadding to the inner part:


I made the flap for closing the case separately, so I could then sew it into the seam between the inner and outer. I put the poppers on the grey side before I sewed it all together so you couldn’t see the stitching. They weren’t quite in a row, but I’m claiming that I did that on purpose so you’d know if was handmade!


I had to hand-sew the seam around the top of the case partly because I don’t think my machine would have sewed through 2 layers of felt, 2 layers of wadding and 2 layers of calico, but mainly because I couldn’t get it under the needle because the case is too small to fit. I forgot to take any photos of the top seam (which is a shame because I was pretty pleased with how neat it looked), so here is the finished case.

This is it with the camera inside – thank god it fit perfectly!


And again, but from the side:


This one is to absolutely prove it fits!


And a photo my friend took (she’s the photographer who is going to give me a lesson!)

Polaroid Camera CasePhoto from herePhoto from here

New Look 6000 Dress!

I have finally gotten around to writing a post about my first dress! Hurrah! I only finished it, like, 6 weeks ago!

I decided to make this dress because a load of sewing bloggers I follow have made it and they all said it was a fairly easy pattern to put together. I especially liked the versions by Tilly and the Buttons and But it can’t be from Dolly Clackett. She gave me an Easter egg!  I made view E with the sleeves and cuffs.


I  used this fabric which I bought in Holloway Road a little while ago:


I had to make a few changed to the pattern to make it vaguely fit me. I cut out a size 10, because my measurements indicated that was the best size, but if I made this again, I would make a size 8.  I had to take so much off the side seams that it was a bit silly! I also shortened the body by 6cm and the waist and hip measurements were both about that much lower than they should have been. Because of all this and working out where the darts should go, I did make a muslin/ toile:


As you can see, I only made the top part (as I was low on fabric) and it seemed to fit. Unfortunately, I didn’t pin it or fasten it in any way at the back so it ended up being bigger than I thought in the finished dress, though as I said, I just took about 2cm out of the side seams.  I had to sew this a couple of times as it kept bunching up where I’d sewed too steep a curve:


After wearing the dress once, with a cardigan, I decided I didn’t like the cuffs so I unpicked them and took the sleeves up by 8cm to make it more short-sleeved. I feel like this fabric is a bit too Summery for a long-sleeved dress. I think the only other change I made was to make the skirt a bit more A-line as, like Tilly and the Buttons, I thought it would make it more wearable.

Anyway, enough rambling, here are some pics:

New-Look-6000-14-a(Sorry if they’re slightly blurry – The Boyfriend was very patient with all my demands!)


A close up of the new sleeves – unintentional boob shot!


This is the back. I know the zip is really obvious, but I’m claiming it as a design feature. It’s not because I didn’t understand how to put it in so it was hidden…..oh no!


This is the inside. I slip-stitched down the facing as it wouldn’t sit flat. Is this something everyone does anyway?

New-Look-6000-12-aAnd a goofy smile (and blurry face) to finish with:

New-Look-6000-15-aOverall I think this was a good pattern as a first one (first in a long time if not first ever) and I’m pleased with how I got it to fit nicely. I’m not sure how much I’ll wear it as I slightly fell out of love with the fabric as I sewed it, and it looks kind of silver and shiny from a distance. Maybe when I finally finish knitting my red cardigan, I’ll wear it with that……

Craft Fail: Soldier Bowl

Sorry for my lack of posts this week. I had a busy work week, went to a gig and then yesterday when I left work early to catch up with blogging and do some sewing/ knitting, I got a migraine 😦 It’s the first one I’ve had in years and was really bad timing!

I was going to write up my New Look 6000 dress which I finished over a month ago, but although I took some photos of it, none of them are great so I’m going to have another photo session tomorrow and hopefully then I can share my first clothing make!

So instead, you get a craft fail! As I’ve mentioned several times, I tried to make Christmas presents for as many people as possible last year. For one of my best girlfriend’s boyfriends, I decided to make something I saw once somewhere (I don’t know where I saw it, but I definitely didn’t come up with the idea myself). Basically you can glue a load of toy soldiers together inside a bowl and then take it out and hey presto! you’ve got a bowl made of soldiers – he loves all things military so I thought it would be a cool present.

A bowl (as a mould) and some soldiers.

Starting to build up the soldiers....

...and a few more...

This is it finished, still inside the mould. The soldiers didn't go as far as I'd thought so it was quite a small bowl!


I don’t know what I did wrong, but it did not work. I think it may have been my choice of glue – it was too rubbery so the bowl wouldn’t keep its shape:


I put some tape around the top to help it keep its shape but it looked a bit shit!

Soldier Bowl Fail!

Mmmm, blurry and shit!


I did give it to him (with another present of beer) but after 2 minutes in the hands of my friend’s toddler, the bowl was in 2 pieces. Which probably made it look better!

Not my best work…….

If you’ve managed to make something like this, please let me know how you did it because I still like the idea!