Free Form Alterations

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Trying my hand for the first time at free form altering of some clothing. I bought this tunic a couple of years ago because I fell in love with the fabric.  The linen print is so simple and old fashioned.  But, I have never worn it because overall it felt too frou frou and too big. I am no sewist.  I stitch free form and raw, I dabble with making things but never clothing.  Today was the day I overcame my fear and said “what have I got to lose”.  The finish result is below and what I did to alter it follows.


This is where she started.


The first thing I did was to remove the apron ties and the ruffle.


It left her looking a bit forlorn, shabby and strings hanging.


I added two darts at the top and took out some of the dimension on the sides trying to make the curve as smooth as possible.  It’s not perfect but alot more slimming than the original.


Finally I added 5 colorful buttons at the top slightly offset from the center.  I like things off kilter, not perfect, wabi sabi.

Now that I have conquered my fear of alteration I’m going to try and make a tunic from a pattern that I am also altering.  Onward and upward.  What do you all think?  Shall I hone my skills, or take my thread and go home?



  1. Keep going while you are on a roll. So far…fabulous!

  2. I love the more shapely version (thanks to the darts), and the buttons might as well be diamonds in my book! Carry on; you have become a sewist!

  3. I love it. What a great top for the summer now. Yay for sewing.

  4. It looks much better now, keep going, you did a great job! Hugs, Valerie

  5. Fantastic alteration ! Great !
    Happy Sunday Corinne!

  6. It’s fabulous, Corinne! Well done you and keep going! xx

  7. Great idea and it’s worked out wonderfully. Love the little row of buttons.
    Remember the old days when we had to follow a bought sewing pattern exactly?
    It’s a lovely fabric too, I can see why you held on to it.

  8. kampysgirl says:

    Corrine,Nice work!
    I think your sewing skills should continue on! Now that you have altered the first- there is no stopping you!!! muhahhahaaaaaa!!! heehee xo

  9. you crack me up! what are you going to conquer next.? maybe metal? the jumper looks much better but we need a pic of you wearing it! and don’t forget to paint a posey or two!

  10. Well done! Now you have something you will actually wear, and all that long piece of fabric from the ruffle to play with. I’ll bet we will see it somewhere down the line in your future work.

  11. Love it Corrine ,love the fabric ,it is so beautiful, and you did great with your sewing 🙂
    Dorthe xx

  12. pamelaarts says:

    Are you kidding??? You gotta keep going! i love what you did — and those off-center buttons are too cool. have you seen that cool series of books on making cool clothes in a VERY simple way? I love looking at them but I don’t sew…….

  13. I love the changes you made!

  14. Fabulous result of telling fear to step out of the way!

  15. rock on, i wish i had the skills to do that. and i love These Little Buttons in a row. awesome, summer can come!

  16. Nancy S. says:

    You are SO funny…
    Keep it up! It looks great!

  17. Yep, lovely fabric, keep creating…Thank you for sharing!

  18. Excellent!

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