Flashback Friday – Medieval Peasant Costume

I actually didn’t remember which costume I made first – this medieval peasant outfit or my Strawberry Shortcake ensemble. I sewed both during high school (back when I had more time to do such things!). However, being that I’m wearing glasses in this picture it must have been when I was a sophomore. I, happily, got contacts my junior year.

I was excited to use grommets on the corset/vest, but they were such a pain! Luckily I now have several tools for inserting the obnoxious things. It’s a fun costume and I’ve worn it many times. I think my mom even borrowed it once. A peasant costume comes in handy!

Illfitting Dress to Cute Top

I came across this dress while shopping the other day. I loved the color and the shirring at the waist, but it fit horribly. The top was much too big, which put the shirred waist in completely the wrong place. Yuck. But otherwise it was cute, and cheap…

So I got it with the idea of making a few changes. Okay, maybe more than a few. I took out the sleeves, which I liked, and unpicked the waistband from the bodice. Then I flipped the skirt up-side-down, cut off the hem, and cut out the neck and arm holes. So I essentially turned the skirt into a shirt with the same waistband. Make sense? I made a slit in the front and lined it with a strip from the old bodice. I sewed across the shoulders, then sewed around the neck to form a casing and put the sleeves back in. Then all I had to do was thread a cord through the neck casing and hem the waist.

Taa-daa! A much more flattering, shirred waist, peasant top! I wish I hadn’t cut the neck hole up quite so close to the shoulders, but it’s not too bad. Now I can show off the cute “x”s in different colored threads across the waistband without looking terrible while doing it.

 

 

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