Saturday, January 30, 2016

Designer Clothes - made at home

Montana-Rose had a shirt which I originally bought for her at Pumpkin Patch when she was 5 years old.  She would not wear it for several years, and it's only in the past year that she has worn and worn it.  In fact not only did she wear it out, but it got way too small.

On an expedition to Quilters Quarters in Rangiora we chose a fabric to make a new, bigger version out of.

It's certainly not cheaper to make your own clothes, the fabric,buttons and elastic came to $44.20, but you get a one off piece, made to fit you.  It certainly is something that no-one else will have, and I hope she gets lots of use out of it.

Amongst the many advantages of making your own clothes is the fact that you can make a quality garment, the buttons will be properly sewn on and not fall off, you can select a long lasting fabric.

 First I cut up the original, it was pink, taking note of how the elastic was fitted into the bodice and sleeves, and the gathering around the neckline.

I used the pieces to lay out the new fabric, blue, and cut them bigger, especially at the armholes where Miss Rose had been finding her old top very tight.
After a couple of try-ons it was done!

The back.

It's come out so like the original,but better and bigger in size.