Redesign now!


DIY, FASHION, fashionoverforty / Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

Sewing and redesign is trendy like never before. Thanks to (Norwegian) TV-concepts like “Symesterskapet” and a certain Norwegian celebrity, sewing has been lifted from a slightly dusty life amongst the world’s grandmothers to a passion with trendy urbanites. This is good news, and perhaps a natural reaction, in a world that is weighted down by fast fashion and a out-of-control fashion consumption.

Redesign is the big sister of seaming. Where one, with a certain amount of sewing experience, can create personal, and (hopefully) environmentally friendly designs, redesign requires the ability to see the qualities of the individual garment that should be retained, patience to undo seaming, and then knowledge of adaptations. Precisely for this reason, this is not a widespread occupation among everyone.

However, with my background, I can demand of myself that I do just that myself. My personal goal is that I should not have a single garment hanging in the closet that I am not happy with. Therefore you’ll find below my latest projects. The two pictures on the left are the new designs, while the far left is the original.

Here I have changed one dress and a skirt (not pictured), into a new dress. The top is fitted with an inner corset, and the skirt is draped with an oblique thread direction.
This blouse had trendy, big shoulders. I never could get used to them. Therefore I used parts of these for a belt in the waist, and for a narrow, adapted “collar” over the new, figure-hugging top.
This dress had a large skirt, with wrinkles at the waist. The design was too cute for me, but I could keep the top. However, I undid most of the seams however, adding black piping to the seams and edges. Next, I draped the wide skirt over one hip, and finally added a deep slit, which removed the last remnant of Polyanna.
This dress had many great qualities, but the buttoned up front is better suited to a woman with a smaller bust than me, I therefore used the buttoning tab in the front for a fake buttoning at the back (the dress now has a hidden zipper on the side. Thereafter, I adapted the “shirt” to a custom-made top, and finally added adjustable straps.
Here the starting point was two dresses. I never became completely familiar with any of them, and therefore used large parts of the shirt-dress to the skirts of a new one. Details from the waist of the narrow dress were used for details of the waist of the new one. The rest are waiting to be sewn into a dress for my eldest daughter.
I just had to have the beautiful art-nouveau print in this dress. But, alas, the figureless shape of the dress never became me. I therefore cut off the top shoulders, and tailored the skirt. Finally, I added a wide cape at the bottom as a detail, and to make the best use of the fabric.
This top has been a dress. The top of it was tailored, but not done well enough. It was supposed to be a skirt at first, but eventually became a top with small puff sleeves and decorative ribbons both here and there.
This dress also had a beautiful print and great details. However, the width in the skirt left something to be desired and therefore I ended changing the length, using double width to get a skirt with a lot of width at the bottom.

If you do not have sewing skills, patience or interest in carrying out such projects yourself, I still encourage you to take an extra look in your closet, at treasures you no longer use. Can they be adjusted with simple grips? Taken in? Made shorter? Other stuff? There are tailor-rooms in most cities and they will, with the right instructions, be able to make similar changes to those you see above.

Still unsure? You can also hire me for a small consultation. There is a lot of joy and satisfaction to be gained in utilizing the treasures one already has.

PS – I know I’m not as active in here as I used to be, but please know that you can hop over to Instagram, any day, to get your daily dose of fashion and style-inspiration. See you there!

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