Sunday, July 7, 2013

Mortem's Tricks or Treats: A Brief Interlude

I'm afraid this isn't a post about one of the patterns I hoped to deliver unto you, my readers...
But, it is something I promised at one point in my blog.

I had went to a thrift shop once upon a time in this little town of mine-- obviously I didn't come out with much of note, otherwise I would've posted about it earlier.
I guess I should revise that statement, considering I'm about to let you all know about a top I did catch for 25 cents.

Anyway, in its original state it was/is nothing to write about; just a plain, baggy lace top. It was made for a larger woman, but lace for 25 cents? I couldn't pass it up.


And here it is... you can see that Frankie Stein-- meaning myself-- drown in the shirt. It was mainly used as a lounge-about shirt.

I should say that since my last posts, I haven't even thought about crafting, much less did anything; I was gaming all this time; playing SWTOR.
So yesterday, after struggling to find a nice outfit to post something so my blog didn't go dormant, I suddenly got the itch to sew. I didn't feel like doing anything as elaborate as crating something from scratch, so the next best (and quickest) was to revamp something. This top made it onto the cutting table...


Then onto Frankie Stein for some tweaking...

Slightly fuzzy action shot!
Then finally onto me for some modeling. All in the same day.





I don't know how long I had the white lace collar appliques... all I know is that it'd been in my sewing supplies almost as long as I've had my overlock. My mother sent them along in one of my care-packages, and they remained collecting dust until yesterday. Now I feel it was like destiny-- the two went together so well!


So, I turned a very baggy lace top into a peplum top. Not too shabby for 20 mins worth of crafting. I took in the upper bodice portion, and inserted an elastic onto the bottom half that remained otherwise unaltered, since it was big enough to create the poof I needed for the peplum.

Styled it with a belt, a pencil skirt, and some jewelry, then bam! Done.

Speaking of old treasures, my mother also sent me one of the first pieces of jewelry I ever made; they were a little tarnished, but with a bit of polish they're almost as good as new! They required me to reopen my only piercings... which was surprisingly easy considering the length of time it has been since I last wore earrings.


Not a particularly original design these days, but it was once upon a time; I used to get compliments left and right; now they're like everything else on Etsy lol... ah well, they're still pretty!

15 comments:

  1. I do that all the time, find clothes too big from flea markets, and then use them to create new garments. Glad to see I'm not alone! The top turned out lovely, and the white collar works really well with black lace :)

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    1. Heh, I love it; saves me a lot of time while satiating my desire to craft/sew.

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  2. So lovely! ^^ I also used to take bigger clothes to alter, but I stopped doing it when the pile of stuff to alter grew too high in the back of my wardrobe...:P You did a great job, I love that top! ^^

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    1. I hear that! My project pile up North is sky high lol
      I'm kinda wishing I had it here, now that I have oodles of time and motivation to finish them all =P

      I actually surprised myself with the outcome of this, I think it might be a new favorite top lol.

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    1. Thank you!
      I'm really glad I finally got to use those white lace collar appliques lol

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  4. Oh wow, what a transformation!! Sewing is such a skill ... one sadly lacking in my repertoire, unfortunately ;)

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    1. Altering clothes is how I first started teaching myself how to sew-- it's quick and easy! A great way to build confidence and learn some rudimentary skills. I find that in a lot of cases people get most discouraged from sewing because they begin with a pattern, and I find they can't ever complete it since they don't understand the jargon and can barely visualize what the pattern means.

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  5. I adore that blouse! That collar is killer. :3

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    1. The collar piece was just aching to be used, but inspiration is a fickle mistress-- glad I waited, though!

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  6. The blouse turned out very pretty, and I also approve of the outfit you have while you where sewing :'D

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    1. Hehe, thanks!
      That shirt is one of my favorites-- it always seems to bring me motivation and inspiration =P

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  7. The top turned out fantastic ~ and I love your action shot, fuzzy or not! I think the earrings look a lot nicer than many things I see on Etsy. Is the metal part all one piece or many pieces put together?

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    1. Thanks!
      I saw another blogger post action shots, and I loved looking at it for some reason... I thought maybe I'd have a few readers who might enjoy the same =P

      The earrings are pieced together, from a piece of filigree (the base) and the little skull stamping. It was one of my favorite mediums to use, filigree and metal stamps.

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  8. WOW, certainly a nice shirt for 25 cents! I really love the white appliques, they really do go perfectly with the shirt!

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