Monday, 29 September 2014

Racy Dress to Lacey Skirt

The versatile top. This started off as a size 14 gypsy long sleeved buttoned blouse - which was referred to as 'pyjamas'. I had a solution to that. Didn't take a before or outfit photo as very pressed for time! I removed the sleeves and cut in to create a more racer-back shape, resized to slimmer fit, cut down the front of the blouse so there is no button placket (it had horrid steely buttons that didn't go with the soft cotton autumn print at all). It was very easy to hem, didn't require binding tape.

You can refashion your awkward dresses to a simple but glamorous skirt. Alice's Closet Part 1Dress from Alice + Adam ant style blouse and Shanghai Tang black lace top Ive had since the 90s. It used to have a hot pink vest croptop with it (yuk) but I cut it off years ago to wear under chiffon fabric to make it less see-thru.  Shanghai Tang is beautiful but unfortunately largely silk / wool.
Tiny dress, meet Mr Scissors... just chopped the boob bits off and left a ruffle of lace on the elastic to make it pretty and cut the straps of the drawstring bow to 3 inches so it is more delicate.
I liked the layering at the bottom and black lace is suitably moody without being sixth-form-goth! 
I seem to have a penchant for black glitter. Waistcoat over Alice's blouse:
We saw some local art. Original mouse print 1910 
 Kiwi cross section. David Bowie portrait mosaic

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Claret and Chocolate

I dyed my hair grape/raspberry! (mixed colours over blonde) I love it but it doesn't match a lot of colours!
A little after-work refashion. 80s long pencil skirt to CHERRY RED MINI.

A red skirt is a welome staple item - the red goes with white or navy rather well.  It was heavy polyester so I don't think it suited a pencil skirt, but it was tailored and lined so suitable for a smart above knee. Although I do like to dress classy, I want some sassy items in my closet too! Matches a white blouse and any waistcoat or jacket.

All it took was pins, shears, red thread and a sewing machine. About 10 minutes.

Fallon  Fashionista enjoys playing dressup 80s style pink visor. Look to the left... look to the right... 

Hobbs lined skirt (classic brand, smart fluted skirt, but was just was a bit outdated with this busy pattern). Sometimes I'd just rather separate unwanted clothing into buttons, lining material and fabric (or just change my mind and re-charity shop it!) and not bother with the noisy sewing machine. This scarf was another no sew. I just cut of the outer viscose-chiffon layer and used it as a scarf, fluted skirts are ideal for this as they drape nicely. I wore the scarf on my bike and it kept the wind off so practical yet glamorous. I wore the circles print with dots (zara shirt). Hobbs lightweight scarves cost around £40 (yet so easy to make!). Alice gave me a suitcase of clothes to refash so that's on my agenda...

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Shan Shui Mountains Blouse

and the outfit pics!

 Midnight stars fluted skirt with japanese crepe My modern version of 1940s!

CASUAL BLOUSE - A shirt my brother did not want. It was a mens XXL. I managed to cut the blouse without needing the fabric from the sleeves I removed. I adore the fabric, and you wouldn't find anything like this in Fabric Land! It's a lovely soft material that keeps its shape and colour and doesn't bobble, smooth knit. I've called it shan shui as it has water and land in the print. I removed the existing collar as I wanted a cute neckline (it is a busy print). I used the fat end of a grey/blue polyester neck tie, opened and removed the interfacing using a picker. Cut it in half and used as the front of the collar. I had to re-iron one of the sides and stitch in white on the edge, Maybe I should have matched the lines for symmetry, but for a one-off design, anything goes! I used the thin side to make the back of the collar (the inside of the shirt is shown in the centre). I also created a flap of material to act as interfacing on the blouse - it joins the tie to the blouse to make it less flimsy.  
I have no idea how old the tie is but the font looks retro! And really, it hasn't been in fashion for a while! and Made In Britain -  most items are imported now.

This is the original mens shirt. I know I could have charity'd it but I REALLY wanted the fabric! The more unusual the better. My blouse looks feminine with the round short sleeves (they are cut from the blouse). Blouse made using a necktie as a bias.
Angry Fallon. I made the skirt in the previous post.