An updated refashion

I added some applique crochet flowers and changed the button on this white top last summer to make it more interesting…

The finished top

but it had never really made it into my regular-wear clothes, because it’s a size or so too big and just hung in quite a baggy and unflattering way. I thought about taking it in, but i’d spent ages carefully hand-sewing some of the flowers over the side fabric i’d have to lose, and didn’t fancy unpicking and re-doing all that painstaking stitching. IMG_9711

So i took it in from the back in a really simple way. I pinched up and pinned two pleat-like lines of fabric either side of the middle of the back. I don’t have a photo of this step but hopefully you’ll be able to see from the finished photo that it’s not complicated. Then i just straight-stitched along the ‘pinched’ line to create two sticking-out ridges of fabric, kind of like reverse pin tucks. For this top they each stuck out about 5mm, obviously this could be adapted to take a top in by more or less.

The tucks didn’t take in the top as much as it needed, but they didn’t need to – the next step was to use a thick (but sharp) needle and embroidery thread to sew corset-style lacing down the back of the top. This is much easier to show than to describe:

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You can see how the tucked strips of fabric now lie pointing inwards towards each other forming the sides of the lace-up section. I’ve done similar things before by just cutting up the middle back of a top and making it a lace-up, but this way the fabric stays in the back and keeps it a bit warmer and more modest. As you can see below, the top now looks more like my size and hangs better and the back has a bit more interest to it!

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