Monday, 22 February 2010

Project Upcycle Day 22 - From Maternity to Fabulous Waist Cincher

Yesterday I asked you what I would make out of one of my most loved maternity outfits and an empty apple juice container. The hint was: think sexy and cinch it!

Oh how I loved this outfit. I wore it almost everyday. But now it's time for a revamp! No more frumpy maternity clothes for me!

1) Cut out the pattern

2) Sew all the pieces together (outside and lining)
3) Sew lining in.

4) Topstitch top and down the seams. Make about a bazillion button holes. I have never loved my sewing machine more than when I have to do buttonholes. It does all the work for me. It was smoking after all these buttonholes, and I barely broke a sweat.

5) Cut out some "boning" from the apple juice container. Insert it into each section of the corset belt.
6) Sew some binding onto the bottom to close it up. And insert some pretty laces. Note: I tried to use the existing laces from the maternity top, but they weren't long enough and I had worn them out too much. I found this ribbon from another project I was working on.

I've been reading up on corset or cinch belts and I've learned that if you want the most cinching, you have to use two laces and tie them in the middle. So I've done just that. No more baby fat for us yummy mummies!

**** This From Maternity to Fabulous Waist Cincher will be listed at Tawny Bee for $50. Half the proceeds ($25) from the sale will be donated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation as part of my Upcycle for Heart and Stroke 2010 campaign****

Stay tuned tomorrow for Day 23 of Project Upcycle. I will be making something out of this green fleece sweater, some dried lavender flowers, and some more scavenged wrapping ribbon. Everyone thought I was crazy for always saving all the ribbon from presents we've received. Whose laughing now? huh? huh? hehehe.

Hint: Kiss me - I'm Irish... and I smell nice too.

Earlier posts in the Upcycle for Heart and Stroke series:

Day 18: XOX Puffies


Jennie said...

Love it!

Anne said...

I never would have thought of using the juice container as boning. And I THOUGHT I recycled a lot. Great idea!