One of my favorite things to do is score great finds at thrift shops, and I thought I’d hit the jackpot when I found this great, funky plaid silk blouse. Though a little “loud,” I though it’d be a great Christmas season top. However, when I got home from the shop, I discovered a rip along the button line. It wasn’t a fixable problem, but there are plenty of alternative uses for great fabric! Here are 3 ways I up-cycled this plaid blouse.
FAUX COLLAR TOP/DICKIE
I wanted to still wear this as a blouse under cardigans, so my first project was to make a Dickie. Most people have super dorky connotations of the Dickie (aka Christmas Vacation) but they are definitely back in style, in a much more chic way. It gives you that button up look without the bulkiness of layering it under a sweater. Here is an easy tutorial on how to make one. Mine is definitelt not perfect, and it’s a bit uneven, but you don’t notice the imperfections once it’s under my cardigan.
BOW TIE HEADBAND
Using some of the sleeve fabric I made a retro bow headband. I’ve made them before, so I just winged it, but for a detailed tutorial, click here.
Since there were ruffles on the sleeve, I was able to make a super easy flower brooch by cutting off the ruffle, twisting it around and securing with thread. I added a white covered button from my button box and a brooch pin on the back (secured with super glue). For a similar concept, this link is a great option for a variety of different fabric flower brooches.
Grab a little helper like mine, put some Netflix on, and you have yourself a great winter project!