My two-month Wardrobe Refashion contract officially started Thursday, May 1.
Here are some principles I’m using as I embark on this contract not to purchase new clothes for two months—and the additional deal I made not to buy thrift clothes, either, for that period.
1. I will refashion to make my clothes fit better or otherwise be more enjoyable to wear.
2. I will refashion to make use of good quality and fabric.
3. I will have fun and experiment.
4. I will accept failure and learn from it.
5. I will attempt to make things I love or at least can wear comfortably—the same standards I have for new clothes.
I’ve now written enough text that you didn’t see any pictures of me when you opened my blog.
I can now proceed to this. Here’s a Woolrich dress I wore when I was pregnant. It takes a lot of courage to post this. Why did I keep it? It feels like a blanket, the color is neutral, and…I don’t know.
Clearly, though, I can’t wear it like this. The night I committed to my WR contract, my sewing machine was in the shop. So I got this dress out and started cutting. Here’s the result.
Better? I think so. I didn’t even hem it. This refashion took about ten minutes.
The empire waist is a style that works for me, and it’s worth the challenge to make it work. I’ve noticed that the new-millenium style of empire waist has the horizontal bodice seam way higher, which cuts right across my bust. This older style is better on me.
I’ve used other principles about what looks best on me, like where the bottom should hit, and having 3/4 sleeves. When I get my machine back I will hem the bottom. The “rolled” hem tends to flip up and draw attention to that horizontal line.
I like this new top. It strikes a reasonable balance between flattering and comfortable. I don’t have to suck my tummy in every minute, either.
So, what do you think?!