Here it is – the makeover reveal of the poor blouse I had posted comment on last week. Isn’t she lovely now?
Before, this blouse was dated and although the fabric was eye catching and elegant, it was just too much with the blouson sleeves, boxy shape and wide collar. The sleeves and collar have been removed and the length of the original blouse fabric shortened. The rose patterned fabric is now highlighted with the addition of solid black and cream accents.
The sleeves and hemline from a second blouse were added to the rose patterned one and a new neckline detail was created using a black lace applique and pieces of the black second blouse. The faded plastic buttons were removed from the rose blouse and the button and buttonhole plackets and back neckline were covered with black lace trim. The blouse now has a tie front closure and can be worn over a tank top, camisole or sleeveless top.
A Paris themed linen trim was placed in the center back of the blouse from neckline to hemline. Lace doilies, cotton measuring tape ribbon and variegated red ribbon roses further add to the vintage feel of the piece. Miniature charms in the form of scissors, a ruler, wooden thread spool, cameo locket and stemmed rose have also been incorporated as embellishments. A small length of pearl chain and two rhinestone medallions lend some final femininity to the design of this new blouse.
After coming across this inspirational plate in all of my bits and pieces, I was moved to name this piece Une Vie de Creation. The plate and its saying meshed really well with all of the charms that you would use to be creative – scissors, thread, ruler and it made me think that our life is indeed one where we create ourselves, our legacy and who we want to be remembered as when we are gone. Part of creating yourself and your life, is the statement you make about who you are and what you stand for in your clothing and style choices. The makeover of this blouse into a fresh and interesting wearable art piece speaks of beauty, femininity, creativity and loving life – Une Vie de Creation.