Red is my favorite color, so this top caught my eye, peeking out of the thrift shop's fifty cent bin. As it turns out, it doesn't fit, but even if it had, it's a little junior department for me. One thing you can't see in the first picture is the cut out on the back. Yep, definitely not something I'd be wearing to the library!
Over on Wardrobe Refashion, I asked for advice to see what others would do with it. A few of the comments suggested changing the sleeves, but if there's anything I can't wear, it's flutter sleeves! One observant commenter pointed out something else that bothered me about the top: the uneven line of the fabric's design right under the seam. I knew there was no way I could live with that, so there went any hope of keeping the bodice intact. Chop chop chop, and I have a rectangle. (And four nice red buttons salvaged from the bodice.)
At this point, I played around with some ideas for adding ribbon straps or incorporating the fabric into another garment somehow, but I finally came to the conclusion that I would never have the occasion to wear such a creation--too much pattern and too much silky polyester. I also feared it would end up looking too crafy or "happy hands at home" as Tim Gunn says. So, I went with what was actually Plan A all along and made a scarf!
One seam, turn it inside out, et voilà. (First time I tried to type an accent mark. Is that going to show up?)