There’s a good chance you’re wondering why this is nr. 10 – have there been others then? Well yes, but the last one in this series was over 2,5 years ago! I still love refashioning but I just haven’t had the opportunity to do it in the last years. It all started with this shirt way way back in 2010 when I had just decided to stop buying clothes for a year. (Oh my, going back to that post just made me go off on a big reading tangent. This is how I felt after my one year challenge, and it still rings true to me now!) Anyway, I’m still always on the lookout for garments to refashion at the thrift store, but I just don’t go there very often and I don’t seem to find the good stuff. Last time however I found a dress and a shirt that I liked, mostly for the fabric.
I thought I’d refashion the dress and keep the shirt, but it was the other way around – the shirt didn’t fit as well as I thought, and the dress actually did. The dress is hardly worn and really well made too, fully lined. And the fit is pretty good, except of course that it’s shorter on me than intended. Probably the waist should be lower too, but that’s a plus since now there is more room for my bump. The shirt is a 100% viscose of what seems like a good quality. I like the irregular dots, they’re not as twee as real polka dots. If I weren’t pregnant I would have made it into a sleeveless top, keeping the collar, but that wouldn’t make much sense now. However, I desperately needed a skirt, the most straightforward refashion for a button-down.
All I did was cut it into a rectangular shape, scoop out the front to make room for my belly, sew the front shut and add elastic at the waist. Not a spectacular transformation, but it gave me the skirt I needed. And hurray, it pairs well with the rest of my limited wardrobe, which is a victory in itself. This is an RTW top that should be perfect for nursing too, but it also shows my problems with RTW. My narrow waist makes the crossed front pull in a weird way, and the sleeves are much too short. You know, I’m of half a mind to start over completely with my wardrobe after my pregnancy. Having a small but cohesive wardrobe feels so great! On the other hand, there are many pieces I still love that I’d have to get rid off…
In other news, next week we’re launching our 6th pattern! Especially after reading back those old posts where I discovered sewing, designing and finally pattern making I can’t help but feel proud at what we’ve accomplished these past few years. It’s so easy to get caught up in where we feel we need to go, I’ve forgotten where I was just a short time ago. I’m not sure what the future for Paprika will hold – this will be our last pattern before the baby comes and who knows what will happen after that. I still have so much I want to do though, sewing related and business related (maternity hacks! a pattern business e-book! babyquilts! shoe making!), it won’t be quiet over here. I think this period without pattern deadlines will be really good for me, I can’t wait to get the creative juices flowing again. For now there is still work to do – the launch is close! Subscribe to our newsletter if you want to be the first to see the new pattern.