I completed another one of my DIY fashion projects. This top was originally a size 16 denim maxi skirt from the 80’s. I bought it just to use the fabric but at that time I didn’t know what I wanted to transform it into.
Recently, the off the shoulder tops in a light denim has become trendy. I mentioned the style comeback in my Top Spring 2016 Fashion Trends post. As I was organizing my fabric stash and project box, I saw the skirt and this style top immediately came to mind. After pondering how I was going to replicate the style, I got to work. I was so excited, I forgot to take a before pic of the full skirt. Here it is laying flat right after I cut it.
First I measured my torso (from top of bust down to my waist) to determine how long I wanted the top to be. I added about an inch seam allowance for the elastic band that will be at the top. Next, I used the current seams to help guide me into making the sleeves. I ended up with 3 pieces. I was a little concerned about how much fabric I used for the sleeves but I’m in love with how full the bell shape came out to be. I had some 1/4 inch elastic that I used for the top of the bodice and sleeves. I have seen some the tops with thicker top seams but I like the thinner ones best. After I added the elastic, I attached the sleeves to the bodice with a 2-3 inch stitch placed about an inch from the top. I’m glad my sewing machine and I are becoming friends. I will be doing more thrifted DIY looks.