Alice had a tshirt-dress that had a silly stitched in faux collar in a daggy apple green... just what is the point of that! I don't refashion jersey but I do mens ties! When she handed me this dress I was like... ties! Plus, she likes paisley and jewel colours and I had two complementary ties (same brand and time - st michaels is circa 2000). I sewed the ends of these ties onto a mens cardigan for another bestfriend - good use of £2 I'll say!
X-BACK VEST FROM HEAVY DRESS
Navy version of the dress I bought - I'd only worn it once as I felt swamped in it. I marked in blue where I folded and cut the fabric cut out the pockets and used this as an outline to the pinafore. I removed the skirt and the bottom skirt elastic, fitted it to a bodice, cut the back lower and sewed the straps from material I removed. I went over all the edges with the sewing machine and rolled hem. I also sewed darts into the back so the arch wouldn't droop. Very useful to have a mannequin! I kept the bodice of the dress (black buttons removed) for sewing into a delightful dress eventually.
I love the slightly Medieval result on its own, or it can be worn as an evening top or a vest over white blouses 60s style - stylish way to keep warm! Also posted this week:- Zebra Print & Glitter