Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Repair It and Wear It

Today's challenge is so outside of my wheelhouse that I am actually doing the opposite of this challenge.
I have no repair pile, no alter pile, no to be sewn pile anywhere in my house.  The closest I get to a repair is sewing on a lost button.

I did have a white jean jacket that was just too big and boxy for me and I was very tempted to donate it.  Then I read on several other blogs that the solution to this problem was to cut off the sleeves and make a vest out of it.
Hence, the opposite part of this challenge. 
 Instead of repairing something, I destroyed something. 
 Well, that is a bit dramatic, but go with it....
You know what? cutting off the sleeves didn't make this vest the best thing in my closet, but it sure did help. 
 Once I belted it, it really improved.
Will this be a go to item?
  Probably not, but it wins a place in the closet and not the Goodwill bag.
Are you like me? 
 No repair pile in sight and probably never will have one.
  Or are you a DIYer making dresses into skirts and turning old jeans into cute bags and accessories?

stripe shirt-Banana Republic
jacket turned vest-Old Navy
earrings-accessory swap


Tiffany said...

Oh, that was clever! I have a repair pile, but I'm not planning to repair them because I'm terrible with a needle and thread! So, they're going to the cleaners because the guy there is a genius with a needle and thread. lol

Tracy said...

Brilliant idea. I love the vest. 


silvrgurl said...

I am not a
Sewer either!
Sometimes I wish I were though

silvrgurl said...

Stolen ideas are always brilliant lol
Hope your headache is staying at bay!!

Betty said...

That looks so cool!!  I love the baggy jeans with it.

Rebecca said...

I think the vest looks good.  I don;'t have a repair pile, but I do have a dress sitting around that I plan to alter some day.

silvrgurl said...

yes, well it was incredibly hard to make....
scissors and go!

silvrgurl said...

sitting around to alter someday
sounds like something i would say!!

Tinfoil Tiaras said...

Great idea- I think the vest looks cute! For my last DIY project I tried making a long sleeve top into a tube top but forgot to keep the elastic attached so as soon as I tried it on it fell to my feet...oh dear!

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Debby said...

Such a cool idea and it looks so cute!

WendyB said...

I take everything to a great tailor. Definitely have no talent for doing things myself but I believe in altering everything to suit!

Kristin & Megan said...

What a great idea! I never would have thought of that.