Altered Couture. Vest Makeover
I am 40 as of today! And that marshmallow heart with 40 candles greeted me last night when I came down into the living room just after twelve. I will show and tell more about my birthday later.
Because today is also Natasha Burns Revamp It challenge (click on the picture below to be taken to her site and check out all of the other ladies participating).
When I saw her invite a couple of weeks ago and it was planned on my birthday I knew I had to participate.
But when I started to think about what to revamp the first thing that came to mind was that I needed a revamp myself (I am 40 now, you know!). So I seriously considered checking myself in in one of those beauty camps and have them really revamp me. That could have been some glamorous before and after shots, don’t you think!
Ah well, maybe someday. Instead I waited far to long to find my revamp item (I gambled on France as my source and I couldn’t find a thing there, yeah strange I know). So last week I ran through the thrift store in a mad dash to find something to revamp and I came up with these:
A rather plain beige vest. I can’t remember anymore why that caught my attention.
And this of-white little thing that I liked for the collar. These before pictures are very bad I know. I almost forgot to take them at all, so I took them late at night with only insufficient lamp light. But I guess now you can have at least an idea of what I was working with.
First thing I did was change the shape of the vest. I cut of all the hems (saving the buttons of course!) so it would fall better and added some seams in the back and took the waist in, to give it some figure. See here is a look at the back that used to hang just straight down.
Then I basically cut up the little white sweater and used it for bits. To come up with this.
I cut up the bodice and the sleeves to make the ruffle.
The collar was reattached to the beige vest.
I had this old, somewhat rusted clip among my pretties and used it as a closing.
Then all that was left to do was make a nice brooch from some doilies and and old earring.
Here is another look of my new revamped little vest. What do you think good enough to wear to work Monday (vacation is over, alas).