My New Thrift-Flips, Sewing & DIY



 This is a real relaxed blog post today. I got some thrift-flipped items, some DIYed clothes and a few tops I've sewed. Hope you enjoy!

A month or so ago, I designed this white top with a corset-like panel and it's one of my favourite tops. I wear it at least once a week, because is it ever cute! Not only is it cute and well-fitting, it was so quick and easy to make. I wanted to make another one, but a little more colourful and funky so I chose these punchy floral fabrics. The colours go perfectly together. I haven't got a chance to wear it yet, and its rather summery, but with a cardigan layered over it I think it can be functional.

the white shirt

The other top I sewed is for my sister's school spirit day. Her school colour is orange, but she didn’t have any orange so I made her this top. I did make a mistake sewing the shoulders, because the head hole became very, very tiny. It was luckily a time-consuming but simple fix. To make it a little more special, I chose to add a lettuce hem to the bottom of the shirt. I’ve tried this technique before but it worked out so much better here. You just stretch out the fabric as you sew and use a zig-zag stitch.

the original lettuce hem

One item I DIYed is also for my sister.  I took one of my old traditional Chinese dresses and turned it into a skirt for her. I cut right under the armpits and sewed a hem. I also had to take in the sides so the waist fit properly. For a similar shirt-to-skirt project, click on the link down below!

another Chinese-inspired DIY

I have a final shirt, which to start out with so ugly. Who designed this?.. just kidding. I DIYed this from something I made! So, I posted this too I had made a few weeks ago but I posted it before I even had tried it on. And it was way too tight, so I literally had to cut myself out of it. To make it wider I added this panel of plain fabric to the back. Now it fits perfectly! This is an idea you should definitely try yourself. Not only is it practical, but it looks pretty cool. Plus, this just goes to show you that everyone makes sewing mistakes!

the shirt Pt. 1

                  

The final thing I have to show-and-tell you is this thrifted hot pink cardigan. This is a super easy idea to make a basic not-so-basic! I added contrast stitching around the neckline, the cuffs and the waist with teal zig-zag thread. I think it adds a bit of something-something or je ne sais qoui  and looks great.

As always, thanks for reading! Have a great weekend - I know I will!

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