Tambourines and Elephants

Is it just me, or does any one else think it’s almost criminal how great fabrics and prints become ugly, ugly clothes? Take this shirt from the 80s… (I’m guessing it’s 80s.)

before copySo much going on here.

I loved the bright, cheery elephant print fabric. The sky high shoulder pads and weird sweater-y bits? Not so much. They had to go.


The sleeves didn’t feel right, so they were the next to go.


After removing the knit panel on the bottom, the shirt was way too short. Crop tops just aren’t my thing. To fix this, I used the leftover sleeves to add about 4 inches to the bottom of the shirt.

3Elephants on top of elephants!

Once the bottom was lengthened and hemmed, it was time to finish the top. I took it in a little under my arms, and then added two small-ish darts. (I’m definitely going to have to practice dart making. They’re a bit lopsided.)

IMG_4084bWeird dart #1.

Then I reshaped the arm holes…

4Much better!

…and finished them with bias tape.

IMG_4091bArms before.

IMG_4135bArms after.

And after lots of pinning and sewing and pressing, I had a new elephant print blouse.

After copyLoving these elephants!

This is probably my new favorite summer top. Hopefully my previous favorite doesn’t get too jealous.

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