Hello, dears! I hope you all have been having as enjoyable a Spring as I have. The sun has been shining strong nearly all day every day, with a few storms in between. Leaves are beginning to unfurl in the wake of the bright blossoms we enjoyed for the last two weeks. My favorite little birds have come back to the neighborhood and are already in the midst of making their little nests. Oh, how I love this season! For most, it is a season full of new things. But it’s also a season full of old things making new beginnings–getting a fresh start in life if you will.
I must have caught the bug, because I too have been taking some of my old garments and turning them into something fresh and new, such as taking the sleeves off a blouse for a breezy summer top.
If you take a look at this post, you will see what this blouse used to look like with sleeves. Yes, it’s a lovely blouse, but those sleeves made it a pain to wear. I have broad shoulders for my petite frame, which makes it really hard to wear some blouses if the cut is not just right. For instance, if a blouse is buttoned up all the way to the collar and the sleeves are tugging at my shoulders, that means the blouse doesn’t fit properly. Besides this, I was constantly having to re-tuck it when I was working around the house due to the cut of the blouse armholes. So, even though it went with nearly every outfit, I decided to quit wearing it and hung it up on the project rack for later.
I forgot about it until a week ago. The warm weather prompted me to go looking for a tank-top sort of shirt, and when I couldn’t find one, my probing eyes latched onto the forgotten blouse. I pulled it and another problematic blouse off the rack, and sat down to think how I could best alter them. Since they were old blouses and the armholes were finished, all I really needed to do was cut off the sleeves. So I grabbed our pinking sheers and cut about 1/4 inch away from the armhole, leaving a nice pinked edge. I tried it on and found the armholes were way too big, so I took both blouses in an inch on each side, following the curve of the seam. I tried them on again and… voila! I had two perfectly adorable sleeveless blouses!
Sometimes it is the simplest things that elude our minds. I personally prefer slow processes and lengthy tasks, but this was so blatantly simple it was surprisingly refreshing and satisfying to fix something without having to follow instructions.
I am also very happy with how the pinked edges turned out. Both blouses went through the wash and came out looking like a purposefully distressed trim was added instead of the sleeves being cut off.
Have you ever cut off sleeves to make a summertime sleeveless blouse?
Do you like wearing sleeveless tops in warm weather?
Blessings to you all,
Jessica, the Eldest Sister