Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you make some good memories and have a great holiday with your loved ones. Living far far away from my extended family, I have learned to cherish those moments.
Here is the latest edition of Fall Wardrobe Revamp 2012. Here are the other tutorials of the series:
- Sweater to pretty top
- Vinyl embellishment on tank tops
- Infinity scarf from a skirt by Rikka of Ricochet and Away
- Paisley Vinyl embellishment mini tutorial
- Floral fleece scarf tutorial
- Fingerless Gloves Tutorial by Palak of Make It Handmade
Plunging necklines have been biggest of my pet-peeves when it comes to ready-to-wear clothing. I don't understand why the retailers feel compelled to draw out necklines all the way to waist. Why not just make a strapless dress/top/tunic?
Anyway, that's how it is and short of just buying button downs and polos there's nothing we could do about it. Oh wait! there's actually something we CAN do. Fix that neckline, and its not that hard either.
I used the hem of a tank top that I had re-purposed earlier. It had some stretchy lace on it which I thought was a good bonus. I cut a strip about 4 inches wide from magenta and 1 inch wide from turquoise. Then I sew them along their long sides ( right sides together).
This is how it looked after I ironed and top-stitched on the right side.
Don't worry about the excess fabric hanging inside. We will take care of it later.
This will ensure that the neckline doesn't gape when you wear it.
I know most of you will cringe at the thought of hand-stitching but this step is important for a great fit and you can go as rough as you like. Just make sure the piece will stay in its place for half an hour max. That's all you need.
Now set your sewing machine on minimum speed and match the stitch length to whatever has been used in the original garment ( you don't need to be precise, just make a guess) now sew a seam over the original neckline seam ( preferably). You don't have to be very precise but it will be good to not have too many seams at the neckline, because its a highly visible part of the garment and too many seams may make it unappealing. If you go slow and steady, its not that hard to follow the original seam anyway.
Here's how the fabric looks on the inside. Now we can cut off the excess fabric.
There! much better!
Here is the tunic, modeled on me. No plunging neckline! yay!
I could have left it as is at this point but since I had a couple more minutes in hand, I decided to take it up a notch further. The tunic had an interesting print on its hem and sleeve cuffs. I decided to see if I could recreate the look on my add on.
To do this I slipped a sturdy paper ( camera ad insert from Sunday newspaper) between the front and back of my tunic. This would prevent any color bleed to the back of the tunic while I painted in the front.
then I pulled out my fabric markers and Tulip Soft Fabric Paints. I drew the damask design on the neck fabric using fabric markers. Its actually quite easy but if you have never used them before, just try them on a scrap fabric first. I couldn't draw the whole motif on my fabric but I think it does have a fair resemblance to the original design. Then I filled the big flower in the middle with yellow fabric paint. Then I placed the whole thing on a flat surface to dry for about 2 hours.
And that's all! The tunic was ready, neck and all. I have already gotten many complements when I wore it to the office. I know its probably because of the colorful summery print and great fit, but I am just so happy that I didn't have to pass it because of the neckline.