Project Repurpose The Wardrobe: Mrs. Rogers to Miss Pillsbury

A couple weeks ago a good friend purged her closet. Guess who was the beneficiary? You know, there are definite perks to being a repurposer…I seem to inherit old, unwanted clothes:) I am using a bunch of old sweaters for a different project (who knows when I’ll get to it…) but this little blue number screamed for renewal.
It is a soft, worn-in cotton knit, and will be a perfect season-transition top. I love the color and think the buttons are cute. However, the billowy middle with tapered sleeves and hemline isn’t flattering. And it needed a little sprinkle of sass… in ruffle form of course!
This was one of those, I-have-no-idea-where-I’m-going-with-this pieces. The first cut I made was straight down the front center, I figured I was going to end up turning it into an open-front cardigan. I next created the ruffle detail down on the bottom front using leftover sleeves from this repurpose. When it got bottom-heavy I cut off the ruffles, used a sweater sleeve to close the front with a sporty little A seam, and then added the ruffles up to the collar, which looks more right.
After cutting both sleeves off short, I simply used a zig zag stitch off of the edge of the fabric to get the nice butterfly flare. It finishes the edges nicely and ties in with the ruffle detail. I love love this tucked into a high-waisted skirt or paired with some pressed slacks.  What do you think?
P.S. I miss Glee!!
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4 Comments

  1. Melanie
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Miranda I told you I would have to think of some new words but you are amazing. Excited for the next photo shoot.

  2. Heather
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    You are so talented. I love reading your blog and I'm so inspired by it. I'm trying to repurpose a purse into a camera bag. Super excited. I'll let you know how it goes.

  3. Sarah
    Posted July 28, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    When oh when are we going to be delighted by the next photo shoot? I just can't wait! I LOVE this one! It's just adorable.

  4. Our Pratt Pack
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    a new fav for sure

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