Woah! Thanks for all your input re my buttons! Hahaha I still have no idea which ones I'm going to use. At the moment I'm slightly more inclined towards the coat of arms buttons just because I seem to have misplaced one of the brass domes and I can't really be bothered looking for it!
I'm very excited as it's a long weekend this weekend (I have no idea what Monday's public holiday is... nor do I particularly care!!). Michael has gone camping, so I get to spend the whole weekend shut up in my house sewing (hopefully interspersed with some bits and pieces of study if I'm feeling like a good girl).
I am FINALLY feeling inspired and have plans for a top and a dress. Hopefully I'll have something to show you by the end of the weekend.
Here is the sweater refashion that I have been working on ever since I joined Wardrobe Refashion.
This is it in its unadulterated state:
I found it in a garbage bag at the back of my mum's wardrobe. Someone gave it to her in about 1995 and she always hated it so she felt bad about throwing it away. It was a nice fabric and I really liked the cable knit at the back (I think that's what it's called), so I thought it would be a great idea to make it smaller and wear it backwards (with the buttons at the back). My overlocker broke halfway through and the bloke who fixes it has been a prick so it's taken FOREVER!
I originally intended to wear it with my black harem pants, so I dyed it "black". My usual dye supplier was on holiday so I bought shitty, yet expensive, dye from Spotlight (I think I spent about $40 on it!!!) and obviously it's not at all black... but I do like the colour! Unfortunately it looks like crap with my black harem pants, so if I was going to do it again I would not have bothered dyeing it!
Apart from the broken overlocker and dye debacle it was really easy to do. I cut off the waistband and sleeveband (don't know the proper name), leaving a 1cm seam allowance. Then I removed the sleeves and cut about 7cm off the bottom. I reattached to the sleeveband to the armhole (to create tiny little sleeves) then used my overlocker to remove about 5cm from each side seam. Then I reattached the waistband and changed the buttons. DONE!
It's soooo hot in Perth at the moment. I've had to sleep in the lounge room with the aircon on all night! And my self esteem has taken a bit of a beating as one of the psychiatric patients asked me yesterday if I am a transvestite! Although I'm not too insulted as he wanted to hold my hand and kiss me 5 minutes later (although maybe he just has a thing for trannies??). HILARITY!