The Latest Experiment... Altered Clothing

Anyway, I guess that's what you call it! I'm not exactly just altering an existing piece of clothing, I'm experimenting with combining 2 or more pieces of clothing to create something new and completely unique.

 So... I started with a sweater vest and one of those graphic Ts with 3/4 sleeves. The sleeves of the shirt became sleeves on the vest and the body of the shirt became the "tail". Feeling it needed a little more dressing up, I trimmed it in vintage embroidered trim. The closures are actually necklace clasps and then I fancied up the neckline with gold metallic buttons and flowers made from the left-over fabric of the T-shirt.

This is just an experiment, of sorts, but I would love to hear what you think of it, in general. The combination of prints and colors may be a bit much for some but I wanted it to be feel gypsy-like or bohemian, slightly ethnic or tribal or... well... something like that! I'm thinking about making the "tail" less square - possibly going from short in front to long in back and ruffling the hem like I did on the sleeves. Hmm... that might be a nice alteration...

Anyway, feel free to leave comments and be nice - this is my first crack at this sort of thing! :)
Thanks for stopping!


Andrea Ostapovitch said...

I'll start off by saying that I am a plain dresser who has always envied women who can pull off loads of colorful pattern. This piece would definitely have me looking twice, and worn with the right sense of style, I think this would be a stunning outfit that would have everyone asking who the designer was.
You did a wonderful job!

Cindy Caraway said...

Thanks, Andrea! I so appreciate your comments... I have a pile of clothes that I picked up at thrift shops just to play with and cut apart - you have encouraged me to try another! :)


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