Tuesday, October 7, 2014

- Reworking a cotton blouse boro-style

I bought not one, but two cotton gauze blouses last year ...

the green one because I loved the color even though it didn't quite fit (they only had a large) and the coral one because I loved the color and it was the right size.

Unfortunately, when I washed them the edges sort of collapsed on themselves (see the collar of the coral blouse) and the sleeves on the green shirt were so long and loose that I constantly had to re-roll them up. As a result, they spent more time in my closet than out of it.

The good news is that I made the online acquaintance of Saskia during Considering Weave and got inspired by her creative reworking of blouses (you can also link to her blog "Tales from the birdhut" in the KINDRED SPIRITS list to the right).

So I cut the collar off the green blouse, removed the buttons (I always wore it open, so the buttons were pointless), permanently rolled up the cuffs, and worked Kantha stitch on all the edges I could find. 

There now, much better!


grace Forrest~Maestas said...

it's amazing isn't it....re creating so it's exactly what we want???
these are a pleasure to see.

Liz Ackert said...

Why did it take me this long to figure this out? Ha!

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

hello kindred spirit! thank you for mentioning me over here!

loving your kantha stitches, aren't they just about the best!!

Liz Ackert said...

Belated thanks for the link you put on your blog ... which inspired "kindred spirits"