circus clown to tailored fave

i love thrifting
i love good bargains. i love one-of-a-kind items. i love quirkiness. 
so basically thrifting gives me all of the above! 

but sometimes finding good thrifted items can be hard when they aren't the right size. 
and since i'm no seamstress {by any means!} i'm always afraid that i'll ruin something by trying to tailor it myself. so i wait for my mom to come into town to do it for me :) 

this time though, i decided that i was going to put on my big girl pants and turn this shirt i love into something much more flattering. i loved the pattern and all the small details of the shirt that i couldn't wait to fix it up. i was pretty proud of myself {and honestly surprised!} that i actually pulled it off! 

here's the before: 
[this is actually taken inside out before i pinned it]

when i first showed Adam this shirt, he started laughing uncontrollably.
"is that a joke?" he asked. "it looks like a clown shirt!"
undettered, and a little offended, i assured him that this was a great shirt and just needed a little a lot of taking in. 

so the other night, i decided to try my hand at sewing. 

annnnnd i totally winged it. 
i had seen my mom do it to another one of my shirts and figured it couldn't be that hard. plus, online tutorials kind of overwhelm me cause i feel like they make it sound more complicated than it really is. and i just full out don't understand it. i like to make stuff up on my own and hope for the best. 
in this case, i think it did! 


maybe it doesn't look that much different... ha. 
but i promise if you saw it in person before you could tell the difference. 
before it was veerrrrry big, fluffy, and was too flowy. 
not the cutest shape but again, the pattern had me hooked!

and the sleeves are defnitely a fun change to other polka dots tops. 
i think you either love them or hate them. 
Adam hates them. i love them. 
and of course my opinion matters more. 


[holy crazy eyes!]

now for the moment of truth.... 
does it really look like a bad clown shirt?? 

Adam also said i just need some maracas to complete the look. 
i mean really?!

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18 comments:

Kathleen said...

I love it! It's unique, and sassy, and looks like you spent high dollar for it!

Gentri said...

I love it!! I'm glad you kept the sleeve. :) You did a fantastic job! I love your outfit posts, seriously. You should do more of these!

TheUnlostWanderer said...

I think it's adorable! You did a wonderful job! :]

leean robinson said...

Of course you could do it! You are more talented than you give yourself credit for. I think it looks absolutely wonderful and no one would ever believe how big that blouse was on you originally. Very cute too.

Katie said...

I think you look super cute! Consider me impressed.

Object of Maya*ffection said...

LOVE the shirt! The pattern is FAB!

Matt and Blair said...

You're adorable.

Sue said...

This is so cute. Good for you making it work! I'm not great at that :)

amanda said...

So... I hated the first pictures of just the shirt. The floral was just not doing it for me, but once you put it on it somehow became adorable!!! Very cute and it seems to really fit your personality!! :)

katilda said...

I think it is funkalicious, and I don't use that word lightly.

Kassi Mortensen said...

Yay!! I'm proud of you for attempting it on your own! Looks much more shapely now! I haven't actually ever tailored anything for myself, other than hemming pants and easier things like that, so this is a big step! :)

Jen & Laryssa @ Blissful 55 said...

ADORABLE! I totally love it! Great job with taking it in.

kali said...

I LOVE it! Could you be any cuter?!

kali said...

I LOVE it! Could you be any cuter?!

kali said...

I LOVE it! Could you be any cuter?!

Breenah said...

If you're feeling adventurous I think a different collar (maybe v-neck?) would make it even cuter, although it's not horrible ;)

Sarah Crooks said...

Megan you are SO pretty! Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!! Just had to say that

Kassie Rew said...

I couldn't pull it off, but you do!
I also like that's it totally layer-able. Put a long cardi or blazer or it and it's just polka dots! So fun and great job!