Friday, 7 September 2012

Recycled dress turned into a circle/poncho-top

As I mentioned before, by going thrifting I am sometimes drawn to certain patterns and materials. Just today I got myself a pleather dress from More & More for 2 Euros. It looks pretty bad worn, but I did not get it for its looks but the material (who does say no to cheap (p)leather?).
So my today's cutting-up victim is an old h&m dress in XL (obviously not fitting me), that fascinated me by its print. Plus it was stretchable, but made out of cotton, so therefore it also gained all the material points. And since the whole print reminded me of birds, I wanted to make something more soft, without any geometric/harsh lines.
To put it in a nutshell: Today I am going to show you the pattern I created after brainstorming, being inspired by a circle, ponchos and batwing-sleeves.

Hat: h&m; Lucky-Coin-Necklace: DIY by my Aussie Mum; Two-Color-Jeans: Cheap Monday; Shoes: Geox

What we need:

fabric: 60 cm* 130 cm or two smaller pieces in contrast colors ( I used my inspirational dress and IKEA fabric, as usal xP) for XS/S, measurements do especially depend on how broad your shoulders are, stretchable
measure tape
some paper for notes
scissors and typical sewing stuff

 1. Firstly I had to cut up my dress and to estimate the diameter of the half circle the shirt is based on, mine was 64 cm, but that depends on your body measurements.
2. I marked the center of the half circle by crossing two pins.
3. Going from the center I marked down the circle line always using my radius of 32 cm.
4. Fold your piece before cutting it, so the half circle will be symmetrical.

5. Since I had to use the given width of my dress my half circle did not have the radius I wanted, so it would cover anything. To prevent my stomach from freezing I added 20 cm on the open side that were supposed to go straight.
6. I traced the outline of my cut out "half circle + 20 cm on top" onto the fabric for the backpiece.
7. To make sure the neckline of back and front would meet up I added a little slit to the meeting point after folding and lining up both pieces.
8. Go wild on cutting your neckline, but better go smaller at first, you can always cut away more.

9. Lay the right sides of your both pieces on each other, then I pinned and sewed the shoulder seam (aka the straight line of your piece) together.
10. Iron the seam allowance, so the seam will lay nice and flat on your shoulder.
11. Then I had to work on all of the open edges. So you fold them in once...
12. ... and a second time, so no unpleasant fraying is visible. Use your zig-zag stitch to fix that.

13. For the last step you should wear your now poncho and pin down at the sides were you want your seam to be. Maybe you can ask someone to help you.
14. Then try to line up left and right and sew down, so you get side seams and by that sleeves.

And you are done. You did not just recycle an old something, but also joined the whole poncho trend of the autumn (even though it will probably too cold to wear it). So open your eyes for nice material and patterns. One day you can work with that stuff.

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