I didn't get as far as I had hoped with this challenge. I wanted to make a cloth necklace, and a flower head band as well as a blouse inspired by Frida. All I got to was the blouse, and it had a few glitches. But I did make some cloth flowers around the neckline. I used the same blouse pattern from the plaid blouse I made in Spring with the matching chicken skirt. I also recycled some of the scraps from that blouse to create the little flowers on the neckline
|The flowers are made up of scraps from the eyelet blouse, and from my plaid top.|
The redesign of the lining into a top felt more like an up-cycle project. I did not want to waste this really nice cotton but the thought of trashing the whole idea did cross my weary mind. I had completed the lace blouse on July 3rd. But due to my school schedule, I didn't get to re-working the lining until last week.
The lining is 100 percent cotton, and has a wonderful weight to it and doesn't cling to the body. Which is why I think it's perfect for linings, even though it's a bit on the thick side. I used a similar piece, but different color on my chocolate lace dress. The lining on my lace dress was pink instead of purple.
There was a problem with the length of the lining, which was cut a lot shorter in order to fit in the original eyelet blouse. I found some leftover fabric from my daughters quilt and added a piece to the bottom. I added bias tape on the neckline and arm hole to create a nice contrasting effect. After I was done, it looked like a short dumpy mini-dress. The bottom was too narrow to actually walk comfortably. I hated the look.
I made my daughter try it on, and she didn't like it either. I chopped off the bottom and re-hemmed it. Now it's just a cute little sleeveless top. I gave both the eyelet and lining top to my daughter. Lucky her!
|Before I cut the bottom.|
|After I cut the bottom. Looks a lot better.|
This is a great way to lengthen any blouse, or if you want to up-cycle an existing piece and change it by adding new binding to the edges.
Using bias tape is one of my favorite things to add on a garment.
I also used my new wooden clapper to iron the bias tape fold. It really made a nice crisp edge. I recommend folks who create a lot of bias tape to invest in a clapper.