To continue my under 10 euro project, another great bancarelle location is right next to the Eur-Fermi metro station (the blue line) and it’s wonderful as it is large and opens from the morning all the way till about sunset.
I scored myself this dress for 1 euro! One! I kid you not. As always, I liked the print, and trying it on, I liked how flowy and swishy it is.
Probably an odd thing to notice, but I also admired how neat and well made the stitching is. Very very clean. I am not that skilled yet.
You could tell that someone loved this dress a lot before this was sold at the bancarella, because I noticed quite a fair bit of hand stitching at the sides. So I feel a little torn to have it cut up (Hey, accidental pun!) Heck, it doesn’t even look bad on me as it is!
But I told myself to stop the cycle of collecting clothes, only to feel bad about cutting it, and then stuffing it in the cupboard.
So I strengthened myself, took a pattern from my favourite magazine and put some weights on top of the dress to flatten it …
And here goes nothing! I tell you, as I started cutting, I felt really really bad! But there’s no turning back now!
And here is what’s left of my previously flowy, kinda princess-y dress. Poor thing. I had to constantly remind myself that it’s only 1 euro and I can try to get more of them if I wanted. Better than spending 70 euro.
Then with the cut material, I folded the edges and ironed them, to make stitching more manageable.
Added some quick running-stitching to put the edges in place and started sewing. Here we go (On hindsight, I wish I knew how to do seaming, to prevent the edges from fraying)
And a couple of hours later, I’m done! I don’t think that it’s very well made, but I felt rather happy with my handiwork.
And as always, its camwhore time! Hahaha!
I’m so proud of myself for sewing this!
Below, I call this, the half-half-pigeon yoga pose.
I love how the top has an adjustable neck, so you could tighten the ribbon or loosen it to fit your body. And think it’s great for the hot summer that we are experiencing right now.
So what do you think of this upcycling project? Awesome, no? I’m not sure if I’d wear it out much, so I’m contemplating on giving it away.
Nevertheless, I can’t wait to try to do the next one! 🙂