Thought that I should start the New Year as I mean to go on and try and tackle some projects that have been hanging around.
This top has been hanging - literally - on my model Merle for at least six months.
I bought it for 20 pence at a jumble sale with the purpose of practising my alteration skills on it. It's a UK size 18 and I am a (debatable) size 14. I picked it up because it is a good quality Per Una brand top and is 100 percent linen. Bargain!
First things first. I cut off the sleeves! I realise this may well be the cowards way out but I just couldn't face trying to set in new sleeves so it became sleeveless. One step at a time I say!
Then I pinned the sides a little closer to Merle and just sewed a new seam. Not very scientific I know.
I decided to change the buttons as I wanted to bind the armholes with some contrasting bias binding - so a nautical theme emerged with royal blue. I used six buttons I purchased from an indoor market for about 5 pence each and the binding was kindly given to me by a lady in Penarth who was clearing out her mother's things. A lovely surprise when I opened out the bias binding was an old business card from the supplier - now no longer there I believe.
I'm not sure when telephone numbers in the UK stopped being four digits but I am thinking this is a rather old card.
Anyway - the finished result is finally a wearable top.
As you can see I am a very happy customer!