Thursday, August 27, 2009

My Creative Space - The Green Vest

A few weeks back, I told the tale of a jumper....

...a jumper with a destiny to be refashioned

...a jumper with a destiny to leave behind her Op Shop past and find a loving home in my wardrobe

... a jumper whose destiny was not to end up as a midrif or as pants for my son


Well after much procrastination panicking planning, I confessed to Gina that I didn't know where to start. She told me to just do what she did and that was all I needed. I got cutting and sewing and am happy to report that the jumper has fulfilled its destiny.

I started with a cut up the front then took the side seams in a little to give it some shape. The collar was then cut down to about half its original size and part of it was used for the front piece with the brooch. The rest of the collar and the sleeves were sewn on the bottom of the vest to give it extra length.



So I send a BIG thankyou to Gina and Mim for sharing their creations and inspiring me. I know it might be daggy to say but I really love this vest! I am excited and inspired at the idea of making things I want to wear from things that somebody else didn't want to wear.

And on the thanking, thankyou to Nic at yardage girl for the fabric she sent me. Now, what to do with it... .hmmm....

Head over to Kirsty's to visit more creative spaces...

53 comments:

Selina said...

Nikki, it's fabulous! Great job!! very jealous too, after my felting fail!

Selina :)

handmaiden said...

wow Nikki, its fab and suits you too. great work

Linda said...

it is sooo gorgeous Nikki an amazing transformation you must have that refashioning gene Gina has!!!

Bianca Jae Makes Stuff said...

Fantastic work!! Love it, well done xox

Amanda said...

Totally cool, loving it what a great refashion that is..Absolute upgrade to the umph degree!!!

clare's craftroom said...

Thats amazing ! You did a great job !

Tammy James said...

I love it ... great job!!

yardage girl said...

Wow - this is very clever work - well done. I love that it is both new and old - my favourite combination! Thanks for the mention too! x

One Flew Over said...

A very, very cool refashion!

Nicky said...

You are one clever cookie!
It looks fantastic!!

Cathy said...

looks great Nikki - you are a clever girl, wish I had enough guts to cut something up like that. Love the brooch too - where is that from?

dillpickle said...

Wow! That's great! Talk about refashion magic! My latest challenge is a circle skirt to be made from a Gina gift. Scary, but I think I got a way easier challenge than you! Which is lucky, because otherwise I would have just ended up with a big mess ;-)

The broach really adds something as well. Nice.

june at noon said...

Very clever. And, mostly unrelated, love the brooch!

Tania said...

You LITTLE RIPPER! (as they say). Well done, lovely. Addicted yet?

elk said...

i love the way it turned out...simple yet unique!

Kylie said...

I love that vest too - super cool! You've done such a fabulous job - those panels are just the ticket :) K

Bec @ honi design said...

oh that looks great!! (love the brooch too!)

Miss Muggins said...

wear it with pride. It looks amazing.

knitting sprouts said...

what a clever chook - it looks awazing

Gina said...

I really love it Nikki and I'm honoured that you took up the challenge. Not that it was meant to be a challenge, more of a gift, but a challenging gift clearly!!! I really, really love the choppy look of the extra panels. You're awesome.

Thea said...

Wow! You've really outdone yourself Nikki. I would buy that.

Kirsty said...

It looks fabulous! I'd be thrilled with it too.

kellie said...

That's fantastic. Great refashioning ~ some people are sooo clever!

Sandrine said...

Wow! You have created a really nice and unique vest!!Bravo Nikki!
Very impressive, I hope you will keep doing more...;)Love the brooch very cute too ;) xx

Sherrin said...

It looks excellent!!!

tea with lucy said...

Cool. Cool. Cool. You should be excited AND proud. I love it! I want one.

Mel said...

Oh my god Nikki that is super super cool! Loved the colour when you dyed it but this new incarnation is fabbo! I'd be wearing it every day if I were you ;)

Emjie said...

This jacket is so totally cool. I LOVE it! Now I wish I had one.

Angie said...

Oh no....I feel an op-shop-woolen-jumper-bonanza coming on! Hope I can create something half as gorgeous!

Leonie Guld said...

Wow and Wow and Wow!! I love it and I love that Pin!!!

Stephanie and Carlos said...

*Clapping and jumping around* YAY... that's awesome I want one can I commission you to make one for me?!! lol... I would be super proud to!!

xo Steph

Lucy Bowler said...

Wow! This has come together beautifully. It's been a nice little journey following through what you've done - look forward to some more now!!

Mookah said...

Wow - you have no idea how much I love that vest and am envious of your talent to be able to do it in the first place. I'd pay you to make me one of them no problem at all!!! (In fact, will you).

I am pretty sure I'e never worn a brooch in my life but I love that one of yours. Where did you get it from?

Kate said...

Wow! Well done. You will most certainly be stopped in the street with people admiring that one.

rachel said...

Wow it looks absolutely awesome. I lovbe it... you must blog exactly what you did to it... I have quite a few jumpers that need new lives.

Angie said...

just me again, back to admire the vest some more!

teddybearswednesday said...

Oh Nikki, it is gorgeous!! Aren't you clever! I love this post and the story of the jumper. It's now with it's rightful owner I think, with a new lease on life.
Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog.

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

I love the beautiful lines - it looks fabulous on you. That's some really clever work there. You're becoming the refashion queen!

midge said...

looks fantastic, i love to op shop and rebirth, so satisfying

Leslie said...

All I can say is wow! That turned out amazingly.

Maria Rose said...

That's great and the best part is that it is one of a kind!

Danielle said...

what a fantastic transformation.

Christina Lowry said...

Fabulous! Not daggy to say at all! I can totally see why you love it, it is fantastic. And the brooch. It's perfect too! :)

Melanie said...

now that is an awesome bit of refashioning. brilliant!

Cath from chunkychooky said...

Thats is brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!... and I love the adornment too.

woollywotnots said...

Oh my word. I can't believe my eyes. The transformation is amazing!!! Wow! YOu're so creative. I'm so impressed. What a super idea. It looks fantastic.

Treacle Beak said...

Love your work, Nik. You're becoming such a clever one with your head and your hands. Very proud of your latest design.

Faith Hope and a whole lotta Love said...

you must enter this in my feature friday post!! it's perfect :)

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Wow! I just love this! You've really inspired me to try my own.

Debra said...

Its adorable....love your style girl...!!! You dag...LOL
Fab job...cant wait to see your next refashion..:)

Lauren said...

You did a great job Nikki...I have that brooch in red too!

Bronwyn said...

Me super jealous too! I would wear that in a heart beat!! Going into business??

Juddie said...

Oooooh so cute! Thank you for the inspiration!