I must confess I’ve bought more than a few items of clothing in my time, that turned out to be duds.
Take these two for example; somehow they just weren’t quite right. Unworn, unloved, their future looked bleak … so I bravely took to them with a pair of scissors … and am rather chuffed with the results, if I do say so myself!
The furry waistcoat was long and drapey, and had great potential, but somehow it just made me look enormous. It’s much cuter and flattering at this shorter length! Unfortunately I don’t have a “before” photo as I didn’t think of writing this post until AFTERWARDS! (D’oh!) It looks fab with jeans – yes BBeingCool, even THOSE purple jeans (I can feel another blog post coming on …)
I bought this black maxidress online but as you can see below, my shoes were barely peeping out – it was just TOO LONG. I felt like Morticia Adams when I wore it!
I found another dress that was a bit shorter than what I wanted this one to be, so used it as my cutting guide …
Here’s the results of my first attempt … still a bit too long I thought … made me look like I was wearing Minnie Mouse shoes! (Sorry about the grainy photo – not sure why it wasn’t very clear when all the others weren’t too bad …)
So it was back to the
drawing cutting board … and voila! I think this dress will be great for layering this Winter!
Fortunately both these items are made of knit fabrics so don’t require hemming, although I think I will hem the dress to make it a little neater (and because I’m
anal a perfectionist like that …)
So there you have it – I’ve managed to rescue two items that were destined for the charity bins!
What’s your favourite trick for breathing new life into old clothes?