Crawfish Fest Top

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Hey Guys!  Remember when I refashioned this 2 piecer here

Remember me?
Remember me?

…into this 1 piecer here?

I remember it just like it was a few weeks ago!
I remember it just like it was a few weeks ago!

Remember how I had a few leftovers?

What will happen to that bottom scrap!?!  I must know!!!!
What will happen to that bottom scrap and the jacket thingy!?! I must know!!!!

Today you get to see what happened to the rest of it!  :)

I played with the leftover fabric, and really didn’t see any way to make a decent dress in a reasonable amount of time, so I opted to make a top instead!

First, I took that leftover bottom scrap and hemmed the raw edge.

Pinned!
Pinned!
No longer in the raw!
No longer in the raw!

Then, I put it on my dress form and pinned it to where it would be nice and fitted under the arms and allll the way down!

It looks like a fin!
It looks like a fin!

Then, I stitched this down.

Whirrrrrr!!!!
Whirrrrrr!!!!

I’m not done!  I liked the collar from the jacket, and decided to use it to make my top into a cute halter!

I cut it off, then stitched a couple of lines of zigzag stitches to keep it from fraying.

First you zig, then you zag!
First you zig, then you zag!

I pinned it around the neck of my dress form to the front of my new top, like so:

So far, so good!
So far, so good!

Then I stitched those two ends down!

Just about finished!
Just about finished!

After a quick press, I was done!  Check out Part II of this refashion!

Fun & Flowy!
Fun & Flowy!

I styled my new top with a pair of cutoff paint-splattered khaki shorts and a pair of bronze gladiator sandals.

And here’s the back!

Gaze into my pallor!
Gaze into my pallor!

Q: If a refashion is made but is never seen in public, does it make a sound (Just go with it)?

A:  I think not!  I wore my new top to the annual Rosewood Crawfish Festival!  This is a super-fun event that my friends and I look forward to every year! :)

My new bff!
My new bff!
Mmmmmm!  Those crawdads are good eatin'!  :)
Mmmmmm! Those crawdads are good eatin’! :)
It's Brad & Liz!  :)
It’s Brad & Liz! :)
What in the????
What in the????
Love these guys!
Love these guys!
Mustard Bag Twinsies!
Mustard Bag Twinsies!

Cheers!

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20 thoughts on “Crawfish Fest Top

  1. Did you do the zig-zag stitch on the inside and then turn the collar right-side-out, or did you just leave it right-side-out and did the stitch? I’ve never really understood the difference between a straight and zig-zag stitch. They both hold the same, don’t they?

  2. I actually really like this! I love halter tops I just wish I could wear them! (Bad bad bingo wings lol) I love the detailing on the strap from the collar, very fashionable! Well done hunni!! Xx

  3. Very cute! I love the collar/halter straps. One question – since you fitted the top so closely, how did you get in and out of it?

  4. I love your blog! Can you do a tutorial on setting up a dress form? I have one and can’t get it to match my measurements even though I bought the biggest one made. :( also, when I pin something on my dress form, I can never get it off without tearing :( can you do a post on using them? Thanks!!

    1. That’s a really good idea! I’d love to know how to use them as I was thinking of making one to my size when I’ve finished losing weight. Duct tape and a tee shirt and stuffing is all you need, oh and a willing friend to wrap you up!!

    2. Ahh, getting the dress form to match your measurements, the bane of the curvy gal! Our fabulous and talented ReFashionista did a post with a few tutorials on how to make a dress form made from your body. There is a model, I believe from Nancy’s Notions, that allows you to pad and mold the form to your actual body. When I make clothes for myself, or other’s that don’t quite fit my form, I go to the ole thrift shop and buy a t-shirt a bit bigger and longer than I would normally wear. Then, I take my measurements, and the measurements of the dress form. Say that we are a tad lacking in the bust area, I would use some old shoulder pads and pin them directly to the form, until I get it just right. In the hips, wind some quilt batting or old toweling around. When I have it padded out the way it needs to be, I put the t-shirt on, and hand stitch it as tight as possible, to keep everything in place. Violá! Now you have a custom dress form that you can pin directly to.

      As far as your garments ripping when you take them off, without being there to see what you are doing, I’d say that you are pinning too tightly. All garments, even close fitting ones, are made with something called ease, which allows for movement and getting it on and off. A good rule of thumb is, if you can’t get the garment off the form, you won’t be able to do things like sit down, or raise your arms, without having a wardrobe malfunction.

      1. ^What she said. :) Also, when pinning, someone suggested a while back that you pin both sides, then outline one side in chalk, UN-pin it, remove the garment, then RE-pin it along the chalk line. Sounded genius to me! :)

  5. A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E! I “refashion” junk into accessories – record albums melted in the oven and cut into pendants wrapped with wire, chunks of plastic softened and formed into bracelets, purses made of men’s ties. It so much fun making something new out of something, well, unattractive! LOVE YOUR WORK! It’s fantastic!

  6. I REALLY, REALLY LOVE THIS! The print is so… much… as the dress, but these tops, i would wear them both. :D thank you refashioinista for doing what you do. Dont stop.

  7. When I saw the “before” pic, I thought: “no way will I love this outcome”. But I do… what a cool geometric creativity with your strap!

    Annie at Biocadence

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