Crop & Tails to kick off 2013

Happy 2013! Did you enjoy your holidays? I’ve just got back from a week in Laos, which I will post about later, but I thought I would kick off the new year with a spot of DIY. 

About a year ago I made this top to test a sewing pattern. As it was only for a test, I used the lining from a kimono that I’d unpicked, which is why there is a seam down the front as well as the back: I had to join two lengths together to make a piece wide enough to cut out the body pieces.

The top sat around unfinished (I hadn’t neatened the sleeves or hem) under a pile of material and other projects until I was looking for something to do over the summer holidays and the inspiration fairy waved her wand in my direction. She said I should hem the sleeves, unpick the side seams up to the waist and trim each side of the front, as well as unpicking the centre front up to the waist. Then of course she told me to hem all the raw edges. So I did. You can’t argue with the inspiration fairy.  

After that I wandered all over the garden trying to find somewhere pretty but not too bright to take some “after” shots.

Have you ever tried to take detail shots of a white garment? The inspiration fairy had flown off by that stage without offering any photography advice, so I’m not sure if you can see how it turned out. Probably not… so here’s the less posed but more easy-to-see shot of my new tie-front top, without me in it and without any sun reflecting off it.

Ta-da! Now you can see it properly, I think you’ll agree it would be easy to recreate this using an oversize T-shirt – simply cut the front and back into shape and snip up the centre front. You don’t even have to hem any raw edges because T-shirt material doesn’t really fray. So this is the perfect project if one of your new year’s resolutions was to start doing some DIY!

2007年、日本から帰って来た時、リメーク用の着物をたくさん購入してほどいておきました。本当は外側の生地のために買ったものなのに、裏地の方をよく使えます。なぜなら、型紙を試すときに便利です。一年ぐらい前にこのトップスを着物の生地で作ってみました。あまりかわいくなかったからちゃんと終わらせなかったけど、何でもキープしておく私のことなので、念のために保管しました。そして夏休みにいきなりこのトップスを思い出して、作り替えることにしました。横の縫い目と前の真ん中の縫い目をウェストマークぐらいの位置までほどいて、前の横をきれいな形に切って縫い上がりました。袖もきれいに縫い上がったら完成!前で結ぶトップスに変身!普通のTシャツでもできるので、もし今年からDIY生活を始めたければ、これでスタートして見ては?Tシャツの生地なら、切りぱなしでもOKなので、初心者でもチャレンジできますよ。
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