Monday, August 13, 2012

Mortem's Tricks or Treats: Devil's in the Details

Good day, my fellow darklings!

Once upon a time, there was a vintage non-stretch cotton top that fit our protagonist beautifully-- she loved the cut very much!
Sadly, dear readers, it was plain, and it was boring! There was nothing that made it distinguishable and it fell between the cracks of her wardrobe into the abyss known as 'The Project Pile'...

For years our protagonist waged war on this pile, digging and pondering 'what shall I do?!'
And for many years the blouse lay there, as it did in the vintage consignment shop...

Until a night like last night, overwhelmed and not wanting to do other projects, our protagonist dove into her wardrobe, needle and thread in hand; she fought her creative block tossing venetian lace trims and antique lace collar appliques. Cutting and measuring, and pinning and poking! Oh she wanted that shirt's fit, she wanted it so badly she fought all night!

And when the dust finally cleared, and the battle ended...

Hear ye trumpets of triumph!

Our protagonist won! Oh glorious beautiful victory!
Though, dear readers, her spoils did not stop there-- oh no.

The meat of her battled waged in wanting to replicate the top into luxurious fabrics and notions!
And so the story begins again, as this one ended now...

The end... ?

So. Yeah. Didn't have that much trouble-- but calculating seam allowance, pleats, and darts was a bit of a drag.
I have this wine colored crushed taffeta that I bought with the intention of making a tie on bustle, or a capelet-- but I just may make another one of these tops with some minor but significant alterations to pieces to make it my own. The original top seemed to be handmade itself, perhaps from a basic pattern too-- it's not that fancy at all, but the various (and too many, if you ask me--total of 14) pieces hug the form so well.

Featured self-made jewelry in this post:


  1. You made that top become so beautiful! The lace and the bows... really pretty. It's nice to be able to turn plain items into something we like... a top like that can be even expensive if you go to a gothic store, and it may not be exactly how you want it or not fit you very well.
    The necklace is very pretty, too <3

    1. It is fun!
      I much rather make my wardrobe than purchase it, any day lol.
      It lends itself to your own imagination, and that's a beautiful thing!

      Thank you!

  2. This is gorgeous! You turned it into something so beautiful that people would really pay to have! I must look out for nice ribbons and lace so I can have a go at this! Thanks for the inspiration!!! :)

    1. Thank you!
      The best clothes are usually the ones you make yourself ;)
      I'm glad I could pass the inspiration on!

  3. Your alterations came out beautifully! I really like the lace you chose.

    1. Thanks!
      Lace is the most versatile material-- makes everything beautiful, hehe.

  4. Awesome job on the top! You definitely improved it, the lace is gorgeous!

    1. Thank you! =)
      As they say: lace makes everything nice, hehe

  5. That is some really nice lace! I wish I could find trimmings like that in my local craft stores! You've really transformed that top into something much fancier and nicer.

    1. Thank you =D
      Online places like Ebay and Etsy offer an even better range of trims and things; if it wasn't for the fact I am quite impatient when I have an idea in my head, I would shop online first hehe


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