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quick refashion of a top

original top (before refashioning)

I bought this top because I loved the colour and the print, and the 60% off price tag didn’t hurt either. But when I tried it on, it just looked wrong to me. The dark brown fabric was too prominent and the ribbons that go under the bust and tie at the back just didn’t look good on me.

I figured there had to be a simple way to modify it so it wouldn’t look so strange. A quick bit of refashioning was in order…

After unpicking the seam between the brown neckline piece and the ribbon at each side, I looped the two ribbons over each other at the front for a gathered knot effect and then fed them through the unpicked areas to the wrong side of the top. I re-sewed the seam, sewing through the ribbons as well to keep them in place, then trimmed the excess ribbon from the inside. Finally, I snipped off the belt loop from each side and here’s my finished result:

refashioned top

Not bad for half an hour’s work!

There are some more modifications I considered (shortening the length slightly and/or adding some beading over the brown neck area), but sometimes the hardest part is knowing when to stop, and I like it the way it is now, so I will call this project done.


  1. Rose said

    I really like the shirt both ways. Mind telling me where you bought it?

    • June said

      No idea, I’m afraid! This was way back in 2007 🙂

  2. Valerie said

    What a nice shirt! You did a wonderful job revamping it. I think I’d leave it alone now actually. Beads would be too busy for it with the pattern it has and the length is just right for your figure! You go girl!

  3. Stephanie said

    Love this! Great idea for a shirt like that…sometimes they just don’t look quite right.

  4. valerie said

    LOVE IT……….

  5. kris said

    OMG June!

    i can’t believe you did that! its awesome! your talent will never cease to amaze me!

    great job!

  6. Denise said

    Wow! Excellent job. And it looks very nice on you too!

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