Giddy with excitement, I pulled this garment from the 50p bin in my favourite charity shop.
I say garment because I wasn’t sure what it was meant to be. My best guess is a beach cover up bought by someone on holiday in Italy, or maybe on a cruise, anyway its too short and baggy for a dress and too long and baggy for a top.
There was an unusual bust and hemline arrangement
This item had a lot of things in its favour, apart from the price.
The label states its is 100% linen and made in Italy, without actually being branded.
There was a nice lace yolk at the back and a rope edging around the neckline
And the unevenly dyed linen reminded me of a summer sky.
I usually buy things with a plan of what to do with them but with this sky blue number I didn’t really have a plan, so following the advice of another blogger, Kathy W, I wore it around the house for a day hoping for inspiration.
I was wondering if the linen would be a bit scratchy but it wasn’t. I decided the sleeves needed to be short.
The construction was a bit unusual with two overlapping flaps at the bottom of the front.
I removed the flap panels at the front and shortened the sleeves and was left with this.
I took in some of the width in the body and sleeves but still left it quite loose, and hemmed the sleeves with a cuff.
Now there were decisions to be made, how to finish off the hemline.
I decided to leave the it with the asymmetrical higher at the front, hemline but do I use a contrasting fabric for the binding or self bind?
There is always, I believe, a temptation to over embellish with a refashion, and maybe I have fallen victim to that temptation. I decided to trim the front with a binding made from a red checked fabric which was in my stash from when I shortened this Superdry shirt – more on that in an as yet unwritten post.
I think I made the right choice.
The finished top is still roomy. The red check gives a nice contrast against denim jeans.
I couldn’t resist adding this ‘Superdry’ badge because it features two crossed sewing needles.
More photos of me wearing the top around Old Leigh, near Southend.
This will be a nice casual top to wear with jeans