I bought this fabric in Devon earlier in the year for £5, just one metre and I had thought that once I got it home it was a bit matronly however it has grown on me. It is a cheap and cheerful make and I'm sure it will get lots of wear. I suppose you just have to find the right idea for every piece.
I thought I would show a neutral image on the mannequin first.
Here you can see the effect on the sleeves.
So this was cut out roughly on the kitchen table, pinned on to stand and then overlocked.
I have found draping fabric on here helps me get an idea if I like the shape I'm making, it is so much easier than constant trying on although I do still do that a lot.
I pinned the neck and to be honest all it really needed was a very narrow hem, the fabric is so fine I thought any bulk would spoil it.
The skirt I am wearing in this image also had a makeover today, it was a bargain ebay buy a while ago. It was a bit loose on the waist, well you could just pull it way at the back so it gaped, also it was that sort of length to the k nee that stops you walking quickly. No good for me I walk very fast and I am out with the dogs a lot so I don't need anything restricting my stride. I decided to shorten it and take it in.
I cut out a V each side because there are belt loops in certain places and this was the easiest option.
Here is the amount I cut off the bottom, it is much more versatile now and in the cold weather I will wear thick tights with it. You can do something with most items that don't fit, it is always worth a go especially if you intend to throw them out.