Today, I have for you a refashion instead of an outfit sewn from scratch. Perhaps you’ve been noticing a prominent downtick in my production of K-sized clothing? There’s a war raging. Well, not really, but sometimes it feels like a fierce battle to get her dressed in the mornings.
My daughter is like me and loves clothes. Loooooooooooves. And like me, she’s very particular about the types of clothing she’ll allow on her body. Trouble is, her style and my style are usually vastly divergent and lately she’ll only willingly wear about four out of the hundreds of items I’ve sewn up (yes! hundreds! I can’t believe it either). Indeed, she’ll dig deep and long to find clothes I didn’t actually make. As you can imagine, this is difficult and requires a level of tenacity that gives me hope she’ll succeed at whatever she decides to do in life.
Fortunately, we both love stripes. This is a knit top I bought for myself years ago that I’ve never worn, a “before” shot, if you will. It was one of those i-can’t-believe-how-cheap-this-is purchases, and when I examined it with level-headed spectacles and not my bargain-frenzied goggles, I had to admit that the top was too clingy and unflattering. So by snipping a seam here and there and reassembling the pieces, I miniaturized it and it looks exactly the same, except about five sizes smaller.
It looks fantastic on K. This is really a top that should be worn by the flat-chested.
And she wholly approves of the top, an approval which is getting harder and harder to come by these days. I also made her beloved After School Pants into shorts because they were headed there anyway. The denim is way stretchy and she’s just getting taller and leaner, so I’m glad we’ll get more wear out of them.
The day turned from rainy to blindingly sunny yesterday and K wanted the photoshoot to be outside. I love the calm, clean shots I get inside, but it’s fun to change things up from time to time.
For me, all sewing is rewarding, but this kind is particularly rewarding: I upcycled an unloved top into something wearable for K, extended the life of a pair of pants, the outfit appeals to both of us aesthetically, and it took twenty minutes. Win, win, win!