I've been watching The Great British Sewing Bee lately, which I endlessly love and everytime I watch it I want to dust off my sewing machine and do something amazing. So last time I watched one of the episodes when I decided to do some garment alteration. I have many items piled up in my wardrobe which I don't wear but can't bin as they mean something to me or reminds me some special occasion or I have some items that I haven't even worn as they were given to me as a gift and aren't 'my cup of tea' if you know what I mean... So I've told myself why don't you change these slightly and make them either wearable or alter them to something completely different. Here is the first alteration and I hope you like it!
I had this blouse only for couple months, but I didn't wear it as I didn't like the collar and wide sleeves, therefore these were first 2 things I removed from the blouse immediately.
I used existing collar and sleeves as a pattern so I didn't have to measure the blouse again or create new pattern. As material I used black leatherette (faux leather) that you can buy in any shop with fabrics. You can buy various type of faux leather from heavy duty to very thin letherette. In my opinion medium leatherette is the best as it still look like leather and it's easier to sew and shape.
Once I cut the shape of sleeves and collar I pinned and sew onto the blouse and cut it to the wanted length/shape.
I've also added a piece of leatherette onto button's line matching the width of the line and sew on new black buttons on top of it.
And that's it! The new blouse has been born :) I think it will be my favorite this summer :)