Skirt into a top #refashion

August 26, 2018

As the school summer holidays continue my desire to sew, to have space in my sanctuary of a sewing room has become ever stronger. When I spotted a gorgeous Monsoon skirt in a charity shop (op shop for American readers) I was immediately drawn to the fabric, an impulse purchase was made with the aspiration that the pleats in the skirt would yield enough fabric to make a new top for myself.

skirt with pattern for the top New Look K6284

Twenty four hours before we set off for France I found myself cutting out the top New Look K6284, the pattern came with the Make It Today Dressmaker magazine. As an aside, I love my subscription to sewing magazine. I may not immediately feel drawn to a pattern but I love having a stash of patterns to browse through when fabric comes my way.

I unpicked the waistband when I first bought the skirt but then the project at in my works in progress basket for the summer holidays.

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To optimise the fabric plus the need to reduce the time I chose to place the pattern so the base of the top matched the hemline of the original skirt. To be completely honest I forgot to allow for seam allowance but as I have a long torso I can pretend that this was a deliberate pattern adjustment!

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Once I had the body of the top cut out I bought some black fabric to make a slightly contrasting yoke. I added interfacing to the fabric prior to cutting out.

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Adding running stitch to draw up the gather in the fabric was smooth and easy. The pattern has good instructions to follow.

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Before adding the lining to the yoke I pressed under the seam allowance. I do love my hemming sewing tool gadget, it is a superb help in pressing under the correct even amount.

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Once the yoke lining was stitched around the neckline, turned through, pressed and topstitched I slip stitched the base of the yoke in place (whilst waiting for the children having haircuts!).

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The side seams were quickly stitched, then lastly the armholes were finished with bias binding.

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The top did not take long to make, it’s difficult to tell exactly how long as I grabbed fifteen minutes here and there.

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I am a little disappointed with the fit along the back of my refashioned top, but this may be to do with using a heavyweight interfacing (as that’s what I had to hand).Skirt into a top #refashion 19

If you prefer quirky refashions then check out my Kamino top from a dress where I share how to draft your own pattern, of this jacket refashioned into a skirt, a truly fun make.

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2 responses to “Skirt into a top #refashion”

  1. Faye says:

    Well done, I really like that…clever girl.

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