Yay! It’s my first EVER Wannabe Wednesday! Have you ever seen a fab frock in a store and wondered if you could refashion a lookalike version for way less $$$? My goal is to do this every week, and show you how you can do it too! :)
Today’s piece is inspired by the Intimately Striped Low Back Top by Free People.
I love most of the stuff Free People has on their site, and I love this top! I would love it even more if it didn’t cost $48 (and if I were an assless, boobless, gorgeous vixen with long silken hair like Slim here).
Seriously…$48. For a long-sleeve Tshirt???? Uh…no. Mama didn’t raise no fool! ;)
I found this top at the $1 a pound Goodwill on their 50% day (That’s 50 cents a pound, folks!), and just knew it had potential! :)
The first thing I had to do was reshape my top to make it super-fitted.
I cut off the excess material, and put it aside. It’ll come into play in just a bit!
I trimmed off the original neckband…
…then I cut a big chunk out of the back!
This left raw edges all along the back and neck that would get stretched out if I didn’t take care of them. I took my leftover scraps and cut them into strips.
I used my strips as a sort of bias tape, except I only folded them over once, instead of twice towards the center. I pressed the center fold, then pinned them all along the raw edges of my top!
I stitched it all down using a zigzag stitch as this top was suuuper stretchy.
I tried it on and wasn’t totally happy. I made the open back too wide, and it kept wanting to fall off my shoulders. :/ No worries! I just took it in a bit more from the bottom of the back, and all was well!
Here’s my new copycat top that probably cost me 25 cents!
You can see I’ve layered a grey tube top under this shirt as there is no flippin’ way I’m going braless while the weather is so nippley! ;)
I wore my new copycat to Cellar on Greene where I met up with a couple of fab gal pals! :)
Original Item Cost: $48
Copycat Cost: 25¢